I guess this is the time of year to bring up a guy like RB Artis-Payne the 5th round rookie pick for the Carolina Panthers.
Artis-Payne is the kind of player I like to take a flier on and let me tell you why. Now I get that most late round rb's end up being waiver wire fodder and are lucky to even make the squad they were drafted to.
However, who is Artis-Payne...
-He lead the SEC in rushing last year. The same SEC that had Gurley, Yeldon, and Chubb in it. Now I know he had more carries than those guys but it is still a note worthy stat especially showing he is durable and can handle a big work load. Also in the SEC it is not as if he was playing a cup cake schedule.
-His stats this year: 303 carries, 1608 yards rushing for a 5.3 ypc and 13 tds. He also added 13 receptions for 147 yards.
-Combine stats: 5'10, 212 lbs, and he ran a 4.53 forty time. 36.5 inch vertical, 118 inch broad jump and 7.13 three cone.
-Artis Payne was a late bloomer. Took some time off then played 2 years of JUCO before playing his final 2 years at Auburn. He is an old rookie as he will be 24 when the NFL season starts.
-Stewart is number 1 on the depth chart but for the last 5 years Stewart has not managed to have more than 178 rushes in a season.
-He is in competition with Fozzy Whitaker who is on his 3 team and Jordan Todman who is in his 5th year in the league and has done absolutely nothing.
-There is a real chance that Artis-Payne wins the back up role behind Stewart and could be an injury away from being pretty good. All of that at a bargain price.
Just throwing out a name that maybe is not high profile that you can get for cheap. If he does not pan out, no big deal.