Zach Zenner, Z2K

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  1. Flint

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    Saturdays game was a let down from the perspective of Zenner. 11 for 34 yds. 3.1 avg, with a long of 17. He also led the team in receiving with 6 catches for 54 yds. Not a bad day for a player on a losing team that was seriously outplayed. And the offensive line is atrocious. The Lions haven't had a 100 yd. rushing game in a couple of years. The effort was not enough for him to change a lot of minds though. He's still considered a back up forced into starter duty because of injuries.

    I figured yards would be tough to come by, the Seahawks are good against the run. Zenner's only shot at a good game was if the passing game was clicking. It was not. Besides the dropped passes, Stafford was wildly inconsistent. He was obviously effected by the busted finger on his throwing hand. One of the other ways that hurt Zenner is that Stafford did not want to take any snaps under center so he was in the pistol all game. Mixing it up and giving Zenner a chance to run from the typical spot of a RB, perhaps even with (gasp) a blocker in front of him, would have helped. The Lions also only run on 1st down which helps the defense anticipate a run play.

    For next season it does not look good for Zenner either. The Lions are high on Ameer Abdullah and his infinite upside that is never realized. Theo Riddick is locked in as a pass catcher out of the backfield, which he is good at. Rookie Dwayne Washington also has that infinite upside that only needs 3 or 4 years to appear. Plus the organization is sure to draft a running back at some point which will add another player with infinite upside. I don't see room for Zenner anywhere. It's possible that GM Bob Quinn picked up some white player friendliness from his time under Bill Belichick, but more likely the Pats will have a shot at him after late cuts.
     
  2. DixieDestroyer

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    Unless he gets some (more) "lucky breaks", ZZ will be back on the bench next season (in alignment with caste policy). :(
     
  3. Don Wassall

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    It's only a matter of time until the little guy gets hurt again:

    When asked if Ameer Abdullah or Theo Riddick could be lead backs, Lions GM Bob Quinn said, "I do." The Riddick remark can be safely ignored — he's more of a wide receiver than running back — but Quinn's continued trust in Abdullah is notable. The Lions' run game scuffled badly in his absence this year, though Zach Zenner emerged as a passable three-down back down the stretch. We're guessing Abdullah will be the No. 1 running back heading into training camp, but won't be gifted the starting job.
     
  4. La France Blanche

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    Dat upside vs. dat lunch pail. Same old stuff from the usual cuckspects.
     
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  5. celticdb15

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    Haha great post!
     
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  6. Flint

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    As I have always said the rules for a white running back in the NFL are as follows:

    1) be productive every game
    2) don't have a highly touted black back up
    3) make sure the team wins

    After the Lions last dud against the Seahawks all of the good will Zenner accumulated from his good play the previous 3 weeks disappeared. One bad game due to poor team play and he was back to being considered a 3rd stringer. Abdullah has been doing interviews and the media has been playing him up. He is a black guy with an african name and once in a while breaks off 15 yard gains. So he has limitless upside.

    NFL teams turn over about a third of their roster each year. Some of it is due to injuries and free agency but teams like to shuffle out marginal players. It looks like they are doing something, and there is a lot of pressure for management to do something. Non super star white players are easy targets because of the low regard the DWF fanbase has for them. NFL players are virtually interchangeable with a fresh crop of players coming in from college every year. The rabid enthusiasm for the draft drives the desire to add young players that have not disappointed anyone yet and so the fans and management can imagine that every pick is a future super star. Especially black players who bring "speed" and "athleticism" to the roster, even if they don't.

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