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tdmills

Footballguy
As I entered into a very large devy league(10 round draft of just devys), I needed to research more prospects. I've been in devy leagues before but nothing this deep(120 players). I stumbled across Marion Grice's name and began researching him. My first note on the kid was "WOW watch more!!!" after watching his highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjwYycQEMY4 He is my #1 draft eligible RB because he has the total package.

Marion Grice

6-0 204

2012 stats:

103 carries for 679 yards 6.6 11 TD, 41 receptions for 425 yards 8 TD

Grice averages a touchdown per 7.57 touches!!! That's simply incredible.

Skills:

Grice is dynamic in the open field with great vision and lateral agility. He has a 4.4ish type speed and will lower his shoulder to get tough yards. With 41 receptions(2nd on the team), he adds a lot of potential FF value being a 3 down RB.

The most amazing thing about Marion Grice's 2012 is he entered a very established and crowded backfield. Cameron Marshall was the veteran RB for 2012. In 2010, he rushed for 787 yards(5.2) with 9 touchdowns; in 2011, he rushed for 1050 yards(4.6) with 18 touchdowns. DJ Foster was 4 star recruit that came to ASU with big expectations.

Here is the 2012 breakdown between the 3:

Cameron Marshall 135 carries for 583 yards 4.3 with 9 TD, 13 receptions for 99 yards 1 TD

DJ Foster 102 carries for 493 yards 4.8 with 2 TD, 38 receptions for 533 yards 4 TD

Marion Grice 103 carries for 679 yards 6.6 11 TD, 41 receptions for 425 yards 8 TD

So how could a great prospect like Marion Grice be under the radar? He's a JUCO transfer(just like Cordarrelle Patterson).

-He was committed to Texas A&M, but then switched to Arizona State

Why should we expect better results from Marion Grice?

-He joined ASU in late summer of 2012, so this will be his first exposure to an offseason training program. He never really lifted weights(up 10 pounds from last season). Scary he was that good with very little training.

Other information if you're interested:

Quotes from his RB coach:

-"His potential is through the roof," said ASU running backs coach Bo Graham of senior Marion Grice. "His potential is going to be much more than it was last year."

-"You can't underestimate a full year of development," Graham said. "Coming through the junior college ranks, he never really went through an offseason. Then he joined us late in the summertime and was really thrown into the fire. He never had an offseason training regimen. He's had that, and you can see in his body the change. When he breaks away on some of the long runs this spring, you see an extra gear."

Good article on him:

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/asu/articles/20130524watching-film-with-asu-running-back-marion-grice.html

 

Clifford

Footballguy
Definitely has some good open field moves but he was running through truck-sized holes. Would be interested to see how he fares against a decent defense.

Unfortunately he doesn't play one next year

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Thu, Sep 05 	Sacramento State 	Tempe, AZ 	7:00 p.m. 		Pac-12 NetworkSat, Sep 14 	Wisconsin 	Tempe, AZ 	7:30 p.m. 		ESPN or ESPN2Sat, Sep 21 	Stanford 	at Stanford, CA 	TBA 		Sat, Sep 28 	USC 	Tempe, AZ 	TBA 		Sat, Oct 05 	Notre Dame 	Arlington, TX 	4:30 p.m. 		NBCSat, Oct 12 	Colorado 	Tempe, AZ 	TBA 		Sat, Oct 19 	Washington 	Tempe, AZ 	TBA 		Thu, Oct 31 	Washington State 	at Pullman, WA 	7:30 p.m. 		ESPNSat, Nov 09 	Utah 	at Salt Lake City, UT 	TBA 		Sat, Nov 16 	Oregon State 	Tempe, AZ 	TBA 		Sat, Nov 23 	UCLA 	at Pasadena, CA 	All Day 		Sat, Nov 30 	Arizona 	Tempe, AZ 	TBA 		Sat, Dec 07 	Pac-12 Championship 	TBA 	TBA
 
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tdmills

Footballguy
Clifford said:
Definitely has some good open field moves but he was running through truck-sized holes. Would be interested to see how he fares against a decent defense.

Unfortunately he doesn't play one next year

Thu, Sep 05 Sacramento State Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m. Pac-12 NetworkSat, Sep 14 Wisconsin Tempe, AZ 7:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2Sat, Sep 21 Stanford at Stanford, CA TBA Sat, Sep 28 USC Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 05 Notre Dame Arlington, TX 4:30 p.m. NBCSat, Oct 12 Colorado Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 19 Washington Tempe, AZ TBA Thu, Oct 31 Washington State at Pullman, WA 7:30 p.m. ESPNSat, Nov 09 Utah at Salt Lake City, UT TBA Sat, Nov 16 Oregon State Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Nov 23 UCLA at Pasadena, CA All Day Sat, Nov 30 Arizona Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Dec 07 Pac-12 Championship TBA TBA
Agreed he had some big holes to run through. However, Lache Seastrunk and Kadeem Carey get the same benefit.

I thought UCLA/Stanford/Notre Dame would all be good defenses this year, they were last year.

 

Xue

Footballguy
The best receiving RB in college football.

He's my #2 Senior RB. I think he's more like a 4.50 guy at best. Reminds me a lot of Cierre Wood, with better receiving skills.

 

Xue

Footballguy
Clifford said:
Definitely has some good open field moves but he was running through truck-sized holes. Would be interested to see how he fares against a decent defense.

Unfortunately he doesn't play one next year

Thu, Sep 05 Sacramento State Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m. Pac-12 NetworkSat, Sep 14 Wisconsin Tempe, AZ 7:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2Sat, Sep 21 Stanford at Stanford, CA TBA Sat, Sep 28 USC Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 05 Notre Dame Arlington, TX 4:30 p.m. NBCSat, Oct 12 Colorado Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 19 Washington Tempe, AZ TBA Thu, Oct 31 Washington State at Pullman, WA 7:30 p.m. ESPNSat, Nov 09 Utah at Salt Lake City, UT TBA Sat, Nov 16 Oregon State Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Nov 23 UCLA at Pasadena, CA All Day Sat, Nov 30 Arizona Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Dec 07 Pac-12 Championship TBA TBA
Wisconsin, Stanford, and Notre Dame are pretty good.

Stanford held Oregon to 14 points last year.

 

Faust

MVP
ASU Football's 13 Most Important Players in 2013: #7 - RB Marion Grice

by Brad Denny

azfamily.com

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 9:25 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 9 at 10:24 AM

Typically, a team using their running backs "by committee" is a clear sign that the depth chart lacks a clear starting-caliber player.

But for Arizona State, it means that they have two...and maybe three such players. It also means that for one of those backs to stand out from the pack represents a rather impressive feat.

"His potential is through the roof," said ASU running backs coach Bo Graham of senior Marion Grice. "His potential is going to be much more than it was last year."

Given what Grice produced last year, Graham's proclamation should keep opposing defensive coordinators up at night.

Grice came to Tempe last season as the nation's highest rated junior college running back, and joined a three-headed backfield attack with D.J. Foster and Cameron Marshall. He burst out of the gate in a big way, topping 100 yards rushing with three touchdowns in the opener against NAU.

He then settled into an effective part-time component on the ground, not topping 50 yards rushing in any of the next 10 games, although he did add three more scores.

However, over that span, he surprised many with his receiving abilities, quickly becoming one of the team's best playmakers in the passing game. Grice hauled in four or more passes in five games, and caught eight touchdown passes on the year. That figure not only led the team, but was also the highest total of any running back in the nation.

Grice saved his best for last. He assumed the lead back role against Arizona, and he ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns in the Territorial Cup win. Against Navy in the Fight Hunger Bowl, he had 159 yards and two more scores.

For the year, he posted a team-high 679 yards on the ground and 11 scores along with 41 receptions for 425 yards and those eight touchdowns through the air.

Not too shabby.

Even with Foster looking to build upon his dynamic freshman year, and an apparent return to form of Deantre Lewis, Grice stands atop the depth chart as ASU's go-to back in 2013.

"Right now, Marion is taking that role and will take more of the load to start out," said Graham.

One of the primary reasons that Graham sees big things for Grice this fall is the impact of a full offseason of work in the team's conditioning program.

"You can't underestimate a full year of development," Graham said. "Coming through the junior college ranks, he never really went through an offseason. Then he joined us late in the summertime and was really thrown into the fire. He never had an offseason training regimen. He's had that, and you can see in his body the change. When he breaks away on some of the long runs this spring, you see an extra gear."

Much like last year, the strength of the Sun Devil offense will come from the backfield. With continuing questions at wide receiver, the backs will figure to see significant work both on the ground and in the air this fall.

Should Grice reach the level that his position coach expects of him, it could be a special year for ASU.
 
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Clifford

Footballguy
Clifford said:
Definitely has some good open field moves but he was running through truck-sized holes. Would be interested to see how he fares against a decent defense.

Unfortunately he doesn't play one next year

Thu, Sep 05 Sacramento State Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m. Pac-12 NetworkSat, Sep 14 Wisconsin Tempe, AZ 7:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2Sat, Sep 21 Stanford at Stanford, CA TBA Sat, Sep 28 USC Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 05 Notre Dame Arlington, TX 4:30 p.m. NBCSat, Oct 12 Colorado Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 19 Washington Tempe, AZ TBA Thu, Oct 31 Washington State at Pullman, WA 7:30 p.m. ESPNSat, Nov 09 Utah at Salt Lake City, UT TBA Sat, Nov 16 Oregon State Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Nov 23 UCLA at Pasadena, CA All Day Sat, Nov 30 Arizona Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Dec 07 Pac-12 Championship TBA TBA
Wisconsin, Stanford, and Notre Dame are pretty good.

Stanford held Oregon to 14 points last year.
Stanford will likely be the class of the Pac 12 and did dismantle Oregon.

I think Alabama showed exactly how good the Notre Dame defense was last year, and now their "star" is gone.

 

Xue

Footballguy
Clifford said:
Definitely has some good open field moves but he was running through truck-sized holes. Would be interested to see how he fares against a decent defense.

Unfortunately he doesn't play one next year

Thu, Sep 05 Sacramento State Tempe, AZ 7:00 p.m. Pac-12 NetworkSat, Sep 14 Wisconsin Tempe, AZ 7:30 p.m. ESPN or ESPN2Sat, Sep 21 Stanford at Stanford, CA TBA Sat, Sep 28 USC Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 05 Notre Dame Arlington, TX 4:30 p.m. NBCSat, Oct 12 Colorado Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Oct 19 Washington Tempe, AZ TBA Thu, Oct 31 Washington State at Pullman, WA 7:30 p.m. ESPNSat, Nov 09 Utah at Salt Lake City, UT TBA Sat, Nov 16 Oregon State Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Nov 23 UCLA at Pasadena, CA All Day Sat, Nov 30 Arizona Tempe, AZ TBA Sat, Dec 07 Pac-12 Championship TBA TBA
Wisconsin, Stanford, and Notre Dame are pretty good.

Stanford held Oregon to 14 points last year.
Stanford will likely be the class of the Pac 12 and did dismantle Oregon.

I think Alabama showed exactly how good the Notre Dame defense was last year, and now their "star" is gone.
LOL. Manti Te'o is so overrated, nothing special. He's just a guy to make tackles. Right place, right time. Not a difference-maker/gamechanger. The real "stars" of that defense is Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt.

I'm pretty sure the Alabama offense could probably expose their own defense.

 

Clifford

Footballguy
Always pretty much a tie at the A-Game, but /hijack

Definitely someone to watch this season. The Stanford game will be especially telling.

 

Xue

Footballguy
I think he can have a Kevin Smith-type ceiling, hopefully have a healthier career. Two other guys he reminds me of are Joique Bell and Travaris Cadet.

I like his fit better in a pass-heavy offense.

 

biju

Footballguy
Great thread OP.

On first glance he looks to have good vision, elusiveness, and some explosion as a runner. As a receiver he certainly looks like he has a knack for finding the soft spot in coverage when the play breaks down. I think the only issue I can see is that long speed that will really "prevent" him from being a 1st round pick, but then again it's always hard to judge this based on a few clips.

I would love to see a full game of clips from his touches, as these tend to be more indicative of talent than highlights.

 

Faust

MVP
2014 NFL Draft: Arizona State Preview

Excerpt:

3. RB Marion Grice (6-0, 205, 4.58)

The breakout campaigns from ASU's dominant duo of Sutton and Bradford on defense played a critical role in the Sun Devils' first season under Graham, but it was the immediate impact made by junior-college transfer Grice that could pave the way for future success in Tempe. Grice was one of 12 junior-college prospects whom Graham and his staff signed as part of their first recruiting class and the team signed 10 more this year, including highly regarded defensive end Marcus Hardison and wideout Jaelen Strong.

The Sun Devils can only hope Grice's 1,104 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns is a harbinger of things to come for himself as well as the program. Grice rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his two seasons at two-year Blinn College and signed with Texas A&M after reportedly receiving interest from Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Baylor and several other prominent programs. When the Aggies fired Mike Sherman, however, Grice reconsidered his options and wound up at Arizona State despite incumbent starter Cameron Marshall returning for his senior season.

Rather than languish behind Marshall, however, Grice emerged as ASU's most dependable weapon, leading the team with 679 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and catching 41 passes for 425 yards. Just as Graham's aggressive, hybrid defensive schemes accentuate Sutton and Bradford, his spread attack's use of motion, deception and traditional downhill running takes advantage of Grice's skill set. Grice is a patient, one-cut runner with the burst to take advantage of a crease. He reads defenders well, showing the vision and toughness to cut back against the grain to elude despite possessing less-than-ideal agility and straight-line speed.

As his catch total indicates, Grice is also very good as a receiver, demonstrating good hand-eye coordination as well as some savvy as a route-runner. The presence of exciting sophomore D.J. Foster could keep Grice from significantly improving his production in 2013, but the limited reps could actually help his stock, as Grice's versatility has already caught the attention of scouts.
 
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tdmills

Footballguy
Lets take a snapshot look through 4 games:

65 carries for 256 yards (3.9) 8 TD, 22 receptions 183 yards (8.3) 4 TD

1st in FBS scoring with 12 TDS, 2nd best has 9.

I'm not pleased with the 3.9 YPC, but believe the opponents could be the reason. In terms of rushing yards per game, Grice has faced the 14th(Wisconsin), 15th(USC), and 21st(Stanford) ranked defenses. In terms of yards per rush they're 3.01, 3.53, 3.47 respectively. Considering those facts, I don't think Grice is doing a terrible job, but I don't think he's doing enough.

He's averaging 1 touchdown per 7.25 touches, which is incredible considering the defenses. Kid is still impressing me with his ability to score.

 

Faust

MVP
Arizona State RB Marion Grice performs for 10 NFL clubsBy Chase Goodbread

College Football 24/7 writer

Not all 10 of the NFL clubs represented at Arizona State running back Marion Grice's pro day workout Tuesday necessarily need a third-down back, but that's the skill set Grice showed them.

And that, according to Grice, it what they see in him.

"A lot of them said I'm a third down back," Grice said, according to azfamily.com. "Over time, I'm going to prove that I'm an every down back. I would say I'm balanced, a little bit of all of it. I don't want to be listed just as a power guy. I can run fast too. I'm working on my form and showing that I can run in open space, use my speed, and catch the ball."

Scout who witnessed the speedy back with some of the softest hands in college football were from the Kansas City Chiefs, San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Redskins, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. And for now, it's Grice's hands that attract most. He made 91 receptions over the last two years at ASU, a whopping total for a running back, including 14 touchdown catches.

Grice broke a bone in his leg while playing against UCLA in November, and missed both the NFL Scouting Combine and ASU's primary pro day as a result. His rehab, however, was good enough to get him unofficial 40-yard dash times in the 4.6 range on Tuesday, along with a 32-inch vertical jump.

The most interested club? One never knows for certain, but Grice said he has a private workout scheduled next week with the Redskins. Roy Helu led Redkins running backs in receiving last year with pedestrian totals of 31 catches for 251 yards and no touchdowns. By comparison, some of the NFL's top receivers at the running back position last year included San Diego's Danny Woodhead (76-605-6) and New Orleans' Darren Sproles (71-604-2).

Follow Chase Goodbread on Twitter @ChaseGoodbread
 

Faust

MVP
Marion Grice workout has audience of 15 NFL teamsGil Brandt

Representatives from 15 NFL teams were on the campus of Arizona State to watch running back Marion Grice go through a workout outdoors on grass on Tuesday.

Grice was sidelined late in the 2013 season with a leg injury (Grice missed three games, including the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Holiday Bowl), and was not able to participate in the Sun Devils’ pro day on March 7.

Grice (6-foot 1/2, 208 pounds) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 and 4.69 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-7 broad jump. He did the three-cone drill in 7.03 seconds and the short shuttle in 4.37 seconds. He also performed 14 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press.

He caught the ball extremely well out of the backfield, but did not show a lot of explosion in the running back drills. That might be because he is not yet fully recovered from his leg injury. Grice appears to be a likely third-day selection in the 2014 NFL Draft.
 

Faust

MVP
Rotoworld:

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
 
Rotoworld:

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
What's not to like about his landing spot? An injury-prone starter, an undersized backup, and an over-the-hill third stringer... opportunity could be knocking sooner than you think.

 

Maurile Tremblay

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Donny Loved Bowling said:
Rotoworld:

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
What's not to like about his landing spot? An injury-prone starter, an undersized backup, and an over-the-hill third stringer... opportunity could be knocking sooner than you think.
I wouldn't call Donald Brown over the hill. (I'm also not so sure he's the third-stringer rather than the primary backup.)Mathews and Woodhead are in the last years of their contracts, so Grice could get significant playing time in 2015. I wouldn't count on anything from him in 2014.

 
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msommer

Footballguy
Donny Loved Bowling said:
Rotoworld:

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
What's not to like about his landing spot? An injury-prone starter, an undersized backup, and an over-the-hill third stringer... opportunity could be knocking sooner than you think.
Fragile Fred was fragile until he wasn't anymore.

The Woodhead and Matthews roles are distinct, Woodhead may have acted as Matthews back up in certain situations (I remember a few pathetic attempts at the GL) but the primary back up for Matthews was expected to be Ronnie Brown. Donald would have to be classified as an upgrade over Ronnie

 

cstu

Footballguy
Donny Loved Bowling said:
Rotoworld:

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
What's not to like about his landing spot? An injury-prone starter, an undersized backup, and an over-the-hill third stringer... opportunity could be knocking sooner than you think.
Fragile Fred was fragile until he wasn't anymore.

The Woodhead and Matthews roles are distinct, Woodhead may have acted as Matthews back up in certain situations (I remember a few pathetic attempts at the GL) but the primary back up for Matthews was expected to be Ronnie Brown. Donald would have to be classified as an upgrade over Ronnie
Whether or not Mathews stays healthy doesn't matter much - he's unlikely to be back unless he signs a cheap contract. If he doesn't the Chargers will roll with Brown, Grice and whatever RB they draft next year.

 

bicycle_seat_sniffer

Smells like chicken
Donny Loved Bowling said:
Rotoworld:

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
What's not to like about his landing spot? An injury-prone starter, an undersized backup, and an over-the-hill third stringer... opportunity could be knocking sooner than you think.
They will draft a RB higher next year if Mathews isnt re-signed

 

identikit

Footballguy
Michael Gehlken @UTgehlken


Chargers have waived RB Marion Grice, source says. Sixth-round pick from Arizona State. Eligible for practice squad if he clears waivers.
 

Zaphod

Two heads are better than one
With the injury to Woodhead, Anything more to see here now?

Guy was cut and placed on taxi. Was a multifaceted weapon for ASU, but doesn't have top end speed.

Will he be given a shot and if he is, does he have enough goods to deliver anything?

 

Craig_MiamiFL

Footballguy
Interesting signing by Cards. I question if he'll be able to run in tackles in pros, but Taylor's the least talented #2 RB in league so the chance is there. Has ST ability so should be a gameday option.

Cardinals signed RB Marion Grice off the Chargers' practice squad.
The Cardinals escaped Week 3 without any notable injuries. Grice will likely take the spot of RB Jalen Parmele, who was signed when Jonathan Dwyer was sent to the NFI list. Grice is a sixth-round rookie out of Arizona State. He's an average athlete, but can get what's blocked and catch passes out of the backfield. Grice is a candidate to bypass No. 2 RB Stepfan Taylor on the depth chart.
Related: Chargers

Source: Michael Gehlken on Twitter

 
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steveski

Footballguy
Really odd that SD didn't promote him after all these injuries. Might be one of those things where he signed with the Cardinals before discussing with the Chargers. The Chargers must really not like him to not promote him after losing 2 starting RBs.

 

SameSongNDance

Footballguy
Really odd that SD didn't promote him after all these injuries. Might be one of those things where he signed with the Cardinals before discussing with the Chargers. The Chargers must really not like him to not promote him after losing 2 starting RBs.
Yeah, seems really odd. I have to think Grice was signed before Woodhead went down because it really doesn't make any sense otherwise. Whose behind Branden Oliver?

 

Faust

MVP
Rotoworld:

Marion Grice rushed five times for 12 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's Week 9 win over the Cowboys.

The score was the undrafted rookie's first of the season. Four of Grice's five carries came late as the Cardinals gave a heavily-worked Andre Ellington some rest. Grice will be Ellington's backup for however long Stepfan Taylor (calf) is sidelined.

Nov 2 - 5:51 PM
 

Faust

MVP
Rotoworld:

Marion Grice - RB - Cardinals

Coach Bruce Arians said RB Marion Grice has made strides learning the offense and will be part of the game plan Week 10 against the Rams.

Grice saw his first action of the season last week against the Cowboys, rushing for 12 yards and one touchdown on five carries. He's seen the occasional first-team rep during practice, but this is still Andre Ellington's backfield. Ellington is averaging a robust 22.6 touches per game this season.

Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter

Nov 5 - 2:50 PM
 

Leroy Hoard

Footballguy
Rotoworld:

Marion Grice - RB - Cardinals

Coach Bruce Arians said RB Marion Grice has made strides learning the offense and will be part of the game plan Week 10 against the Rams.

Grice saw his first action of the season last week against the Cowboys, rushing for 12 yards and one touchdown on five carries. He's seen the occasional first-team rep during practice, but this is still Andre Ellington's backfield. Ellington is averaging a robust 22.6 touches per game this season.

Source: Mike Jurecki on Twitter

Nov 5 - 2:50 PM
Some guy on TV said that Andre is not built for heavy usage, this could be something to think about.

 

B Maverick

Footballguy
Rotoworld:

Chargers selected Arizona State RB Marion Grice with the No. 201 overall pick in the NFL draft.
Grice (6-foot, 208) spent two seasons with the Sun Devils after transferring from JUCO, rushing for 1,675 yards and 25 scores on 294 carries (5.70 YPC). Grice's calling card is versatility, as he tallied 91 receptions in 2012-2013. Lacking ideal burst, Grice ran forty times of 4.68 and 4.69 at ASU's Pro Day with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-7 broad jump. Grice is a linear, upright runner short on lateral agility whose game tape resembles a poor man's DeMarco Murray. He has a chance to become a solid No. 2 or 3 NFL back who probably wouldn't embarrass himself as a short-term starter. It's just not a great landing spot for Grice behind Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead, and Donald Brown.
Rotoworld:

Marion Grice rushed five times for 12 yards and a touchdown in Arizona's Week 9 win over the Cowboys.

The score was the undrafted rookie's first of the season. Four of Grice's five carries came late as the Cardinals gave a heavily-worked Andre Ellington some rest. Grice will be Ellington's backup for however long Stepfan Taylor (calf) is sidelined.

Nov 2 - 5:51 PM
Rotoworld is on top of things here....

Too bad Grice didnt stick around in SD. Oliver is a nice story but I think Grice could have been better. Az should have a nice backup and ins for Ellington. Taylor had a score or two but really hasnt done much else.

 

Faust

MVP
Rotoworld:

Marion Grice rushed five times for 16 yards and caught three passes for 24 yards in Sunday's Week 13 loss at Atlanta.
Andre Ellington left in the first half with a hip injury and did not return. Grice operated as the main back, but lost third-down work and hurry-up duties to Stepfan Taylor, who caught a touchdown on his only touch. Even if Ellington misses time, Grice will be a low-upside add as Michael Bush figures to get into the mix next week and Taylor isn't going away. Drew Stanton is also crippling this entire offense. Grice is a deep-league flier only for desperate owners.

Nov 30 - 7:44 PM
 

monk

Footballguy
Fariq said:
Ellington has a hip pointer. This likely means he will miss one game max.
You keep believing that!

This is a blessing in disguise for Ellington owners ... this guy has been a turd for quite a while.

The only reason why anyone has been playing him is because they feel obligated ... now that burden has been lifted.

I was actually looking forward to playing against him in the first round of the playoffs ... unfortunately now he will be replaced with someone serviceable.

 
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Fariq

Footballguy
I suppose he could miss two because they play the Missouri teams in a 5-day span. The thing is, a hip pointer is usually a 1-week max injury.

 

JFS171

Footballguy
I think the interesting thing about Ellington is whether he ends up getting Gio'd eventually. Bernard was talked up as the workhorse... until he couldn't handle it. Ellington was way more effective last year with the corpse of Rashard Mendenhall eating up carries between the tackles.

Arians is never going to be a running-game centric guy, but if Grice performed well in Ellington's absence, he could carve a role.

 

ROYALWITCHEESE

Footballguy
Ellington has a hip pointer. This likely means he will miss one game max.
For a hip pointer (bruise of the iliac crest attachment for the gluts and abs)? It's all pain tolerance. They will shoot him up and he will play.

 
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Hu-Tang Clan

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I think the interesting thing about Ellington is whether he ends up getting Gio'd eventually. Bernard was talked up as the workhorse... until he couldn't handle it. Ellington was way more effective last year with the corpse of Rashard Mendenhall eating up carries between the tackles.

Arians is never going to be a running-game centric guy, but if Grice performed well in Ellington's absence, he could carve a role.
He should be with Stanton as his starting QB.

 

Faust

MVP
Rotoworld:

Coach Bruce Arians said Marion Grice will likely start if Andre Ellington (hip) can't play in Sunday's Week 14 game against the Chiefs.

Ellington was "pretty sore" on Monday and will not practice Wednesday. It creates a big chance for Grice, a sixth-round pick of the Chargers who lost a camp battle to Branden Oliver. A versatile yet unspectacular back that plays well in the passing game, Grice posted five carries for 16 yards and three catches for 25 yards while playing roughly 2.5 quarters as the feature back following Ellington's injury last week at Atlanta. He's not going to fix a running game that has struggled to open holes all year, but he's a good bet for 10-14 touches Sunday. Owners just need to realize that Stepfan Taylor, Michael Bush and maybe even Robert Hughes could also get involved.

Related: Michael Bush, Andre Ellington, Stepfan Taylor

Source: azcardinals.com
Dec 2 - 8:56 AM
 

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