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DKphin
03-12-2010, 08:59 PM
The argument for Spiller that is most commonly given: he addresses an immediate need for a quick playmaker that can also contribute in the return game. Spiller definitely fits the bill, and his success in college leads those same supporters to justify using a coveted first-round pick on the him.
The question is, did we already have that guy in camp last year - and let him get away?
The answer: a resounding maybe.
Kory Sheets, a RB from Purdue, was brought into camp last year by the Niners as an undrafted free agent.
Sheets was coming off a solid senior campaign that upon closer inspection wasn't that different from Spiller's statistically: In his senior year, Sheets ran for 1,131 yards on 234 carries (4.8 avg), scoring 16 touchdowns a single season school record at Purdue. In addition, he had 37 receptions for 253 yards and a score.
In C.J.'s senior year, he produced 1,212 yards on 216 attempts (5.6 avg), totaling 12 touchdowns. As a receiver, Spiller had 36 catches for 503 yards and four touchdowns.
The big difference, of course, is in the return game, where Spiller took four kickoffs and one punt return to the house. Sheets, on the other hand, was used sparingly in the return game, averaging about 18 yards on 14 kick returns.
Do I think that Kory Sheets is as good as C.J. Spiller? In a word, no.
Do I think he's close? As a RB, maybe. On special teams, no.
Do I think that Sheets has the ability to fill the role that we want Spiller to fill? Yes, I do. He wouldn't be as good, but considering the price of both (first round pick vs unrestricted free agent) I'd be willing to accept that.
The problem is, Sheets was assigned to the practice squad last year (after a very impressive preseason) in favor of Michael Robinson. He was subsequently signed by Bill Parcels and added to the Miami Dolphin's 53-man roster, where he remains today.
Again, I'm not going to argue that he's as good as C.J. Spiller (or even close) but I would have liked to have seen what he could have done in that role last year before deciding if we should spend a first-round pick on a part-time RB/return specialist this year.
At the very least, I would have liked to have seen Kory Sheets on the field as a 49er last year during the regular season. It seems to me that he deserved as much after his early success and glimpses of potential in camp and in the preseason.
Only time will tell, but it's quite possible that the speedy back/return man that we so clearly needed last year may have already been on the team.
And we let him go. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/361687-kory-sheets-the-one-that-got-away

j-off-her-doll
03-12-2010, 09:04 PM
If you're talking about Sheets filling the spot that I see Spiller occupying, you're talking about Sheets being an elite RB, great receiving RB, and constant HR threat.

I'm optimistic about Sheets. But . . . I get the feeling this guy wants us to draft D. Williams.

#1dolphinsfan
03-12-2010, 10:38 PM
I think Sheets is going to show that he is a good RB when he gets his shot in the nfl i would rather have him as our #3 RB rather then Cobbs or Hilliard

JT-forpresident
03-12-2010, 10:45 PM
sheets was insurrance policy more than anything IMO ...

bobw999
03-12-2010, 10:46 PM
Sheets averages 5.0 yards a carry, albeit he's only had 1 carry.

DefensiveEnd76
03-13-2010, 03:10 AM
Sheets was never cut from the team. We still have him. He's #21

#1dolphinsfan
03-13-2010, 03:12 AM
Sheets was never cut from the team. We still have him. He's #21
Sheets is #22 you know the guy we drafted Vontae Davis yeah he is #21

DefensiveEnd76
03-13-2010, 09:16 AM
Sheets is #22 you know the guy we drafted Vontae Davis yeah he is #21


Yes you are correct about the number ..my bad...but we do have him on the roster

X-Pacolypse
03-13-2010, 11:57 AM
I don't know what to make of Sheets quite yet. The OTA's, mini-camps, and TC should give Miami fans a better idea of what he has to offer.

hemidemon
03-13-2010, 12:48 PM
Yes you are correct about the number ..my bad...but we do have him on the roster
Yes he's still on our roster. The article refers to the 49ers losing him.

MrEd
03-13-2010, 12:51 PM
Yes you are correct about the number ..my bad...but we do have him on the roster

Yeah, that's exactly what the article stated. That "we" have him now. That was SF 49ers saying that "they let him go...". We took him off 'their' practice squad, thus why the columnist states that they let a potential Spiller type get away.

flynryan15
03-13-2010, 12:51 PM
Do I think he is a CJ Spiller? No, but I do think he can do everything a McCluster can do and more. What I saw of McCluster at the Senior Bowl I wasn't impressed, not to mention the first big time NFL type hit he took he fumbled. I just don't see his body holding up to the abuse, yeah I know Sproles. The difference is look at Sproles quads they are tree trunks, McCluster not so much.

I like Sheets and hope to see more of him in the Preseason, I was shocked we didn't use him more the Hillard. Lex is just a north south down hill dump truck, bringing Sheets in for a change of pace would have been sweet!

Geforce
03-13-2010, 01:59 PM
Do I think he is a CJ Spiller? No, but I do think he can do everything a McCluster can do and more. What I saw of McCluster at the Senior Bowl I wasn't impressed, not to mention the first big time NFL type hit he took he fumbled. I just don't see his body holding up to the abuse, yeah I know Sproles. The difference is look at Sproles quads they are tree trunks, McCluster not so much.

I like Sheets and hope to see more of him in the Preseason, I was shocked we didn't use him more the Hillard. Lex is just a north south down hill dump truck, bringing Sheets in for a change of pace would have been sweet!
I wasn't. Especially after reading this article by Omar Kelly back in December.
http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_football_dolphins/2009/12/miami-dolphins-tailback-kory-sheets-waiting-impatiently.html


Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said Sheets has improved his overall knowledge of the Dolphins offense, and their protection package. I'm assuming those were two things holding the rookie back.
Sheets also admits he needs to improve his special teams contribution in order to get on the active roster for Sundays. And that doesn't even guarantee him any carries, which is what he really craves.
With an entire off-season in the system, maybe Sheets can become the running back so many think he can be and add that different dimension to the running game we need him to be.

flynryan15
03-13-2010, 02:31 PM
I wasn't. Especially after reading this article by Omar Kelly back in December.
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With an entire off-season in the system, maybe Sheets can become the running back so many think he can be and add that different dimension to the running game we need him to be.

Yeah seems strange, I would think he would have been used on 3rd down draws and screens. Try to get him in open field for a mismatch, not kept in to protect.

I was looking for him in punt return. I know people love Bess, but on PR it looks like he runs on a treadmill!

FinaticalOne
03-13-2010, 11:43 PM
I've been waiting for Sheets to be given a chance to run the ball too. The one time he did, the speed was evident. He could be a surprise this preseason.

Phin-Phan 66
03-14-2010, 12:50 AM
I like your mock draft dude - hope it goes down like that

X-Pacolypse
03-14-2010, 11:43 AM
I've been waiting for Sheets to be given a chance to run the ball too. The one time he did, the speed was evident. He could be a surprise this preseason.

It's a surprise that I don't think anybody would have a problem with.

#77KB11/69
03-14-2010, 12:16 PM
I agree:up: