T.J. Duckett of the Falcons is on the trading block, and has been for the last few weeks. I for one like Duckett. He reminds me of a poor man’s Jerome Bettis or REALLY poor man’s Earl Campbell. He has some speed, but is more known for his power. His brusing style does not really fit the Falcons system, and with the emergence of rookie back Jerious Norwood of Mississippi State, who has been good enough to anoit as the backup, it looks as if Duckett’s days as a Falcon are over.
There are a few teams out there that could use the services of Duckett in my opinion, and here is the rundown:
1. Pittsburgh – Why not replace Jerome Bettis with a poor man’s Jerome Bettis? The Steelers looked to trade for Duckett on Draft Day, but the deal fell through as the Falcons were asking for a 3rd round pick. While Vernon Haynes has done well this preseason looking to be the backup for Willie Parker, Duce Staley has not, and that has to concern the Steelers.
2. Indianapolis – With Edgerin James in Arizona, the team is turning to Dominick Rhodes and rookie Joseph Addai to be the primary ball carrier. One of those will emerge as the number one, but Duckett would be a solid 1B or number two in that system when a few yards are needed.
3.Philadelphia – The Eagles are always it seems like in need of a back, and this year is no exception. Again Duckett could provide those tough yards and take the burden off of Donovan McNabb to make a play on short yardage situations.
4.St.Louis – With Marshall Faulk on the shelf, and the new coaches wanting to run more, it makes sense to grab someone that could give Stephen Jackson a rest. I think Duckett would fill that role nicely.
5.Houston – The Texans always seem to have injuries at the RB spot, and also need some more skill players to try and take the pressure off of David Carr. While not a guy that would need the ball 15-20 times, Duckett would be a nice 4-10 carry per game guy.
Expect Duckett to end up somewhere within the week, and I think at the right price, getting him in the right system would make him worthy of the first round pick that the Falcons used on him a few years ago.