JIBTA has longed for a big bruising back. He’s been all over Brandon Jacobs from day 1, and was really mad that we didn’t figure a way to grab Beanie Wells in the draft. I’m calling him out publicly to see if he believes Leonard Weaver is that guy he swears we’ve been missing.
*Leonard Weaver: 6’0”; 250lbs*
62 Carries, 301yds, 4.9ypc, 2 TDs (Longest was 41yds for a TD)
15 Rec, 140yds, 9.3ypr, 2TDs (Longest was 59yds)
*Brandon Jacobs: 6’4”; 264lbs*
202 Carries, 782yds, 3.9ypc, 5TDs (Longest was 31yds)
17 Rec, 182yds, 10.7ypr, 1TD (Longest was 74yds for a TD)
*Beanie Wells: 6’1”; 228lbs*
153 Carries, 706yds, 4.6ypc, 6TDs (Longest was 34yds)
11 Rec, 118yds, 10.7ypr, 0TDs (Longest was 24 yds)
Size: Check. Jacobs does have 4 inches on Weaver, but Weaver has 20lbs on Wells. It seems that Weaver is right between these guys on the size scale and fits the ‘you can’t teach size’ line that JIBTA loves so much.
Speed: Check. He has the longest run of the three, and a 59 yard TD grab and run. As a side-note, for all of Wells’ 4.5-40 combine, he hasn’t moved more than 34 yards in a play this year, and that play didn’t go for a TD, which means guys are able to catch him and get him down.
Yards per carry: Check, Weaver leads them all!
Yards per reception: Weaver lags behind both of them by about a yard and a half, but I’ll take just under 10 yards/catch.
Red Zone threat?: Check, Weaver has 4TDs in only 77 touches. Jacobs has 6 TDs, but he’s touched the ball 219 times! Wells also has 6TDs, but he’s touched the ball 164 times!
Clearly, the biggest difference between these guys is the number of touches. For all we've asked Weaver to do, he's been brilliant. So, JIBTA, what do you think? Does Weaver fit the mold you’re looking for?