I picked up E Smith as a desparation bye week fill in if necessary on my dynasty league. Does anybody think he will get alot of touchs after this announcement or is it more like everyone is posting that Arizona will trade for another back? With Smith missing most of last year I would think it's possible he might have 1 more year left in his tank.
Anything is possible at this point. If Shipp did indeed bomb this miserably after all the positives Green had to say about him last month, then the Cardinals may indeed look to pickup somebody else or perhaps Josh Scoobey is the next great sleeper pick at RB.This article is from the Blogger, May 3rd
Cards notebook: Green impressed with Scobey
By Darren Urban, Tribune
The Cardinals’ running back landscape behind starter Marcel Shipp will be interesting over the next few months.
Coach Dennis Green is high on speedy Josh Scobey, the 2002 sixth-round pick, and before the draft even said he expects Scobey to be the second-string back in 2005, after Emmitt Smith’s contract expires.
It’s notable Scobey received a lot of reps during the just-completed minicamp with the second unit. But Scobey said he “wouldn’t have any idea” what that meant, and Green made it clear Smith was the backup to Shipp.
“Josh will still be a factor on special teams,” Green said. “But I don’t think it will be too much longer before he’ll be able to get out and make plays.”
Scobey, who turned into a good kickoff return man last season, is staying open to whatever Green might ask him to do.
“I’d be a liar to say I wouldn’t want to start someday in this league,” Scobey said. “Whatever opportunities are presented to me, I want to take advantage.”
As for Shipp, the new coaches did notice he had 258 touches last season (228 carries, 30 receptions) without a touchdown, but Green said that won’t be repeated.
“I’ll be a big mouth and say I think he will score at least seven times this year,” Green said. “I think he is a fabulous back.”
Shipp isn’t sure how to interpret his end zone-less 2003.
“You always feel you could have gotten in once or twice, but it didn’t happen,” Shipp said. “You have to work on it, and that’s on me.”