Jerious Norwood, RB, N/A
There is no 2012 profile for this player yet. Here is his 2011 profile:
2011 Outlook: Bust (overvalued)
Fantasy owners who still have faith that Norwood will experience a breakout season in the near future need a serious reality check, because it just isn't going to happen. Norwood's future is up in the air after his worst season statistically, in which he rushed for only 252 yards on 76 carries, and caught only 19 passes for 186 yards with one touchdown. Norwood was hobbled by a right hip flexor injury that forced him to miss six games last season, and it was Jason Snelling who stepped into the starting role when Michael Turner went down -- a role he held onto even when Norwood returned fully healthy.
Norwood is speedy and elusive no doubt, but after a hideous 3.3 yards per carry average last season (nearly two yards shy of his previous career-low) there are serious questions about how much of a role he will have in Atlanta this season. Norwood is nothing more than a third-down back and doesn't seem like a candidate to get even 10 touches per game on a regular basis. Don't count on Norwood as anything more than a low-end fantasy reserve in 2010-11. The numbers don't lie and his place (3rd) on the Atlanta depth chart won't change anytime soon either.
Despite missing practice time with a hip flexor, Jerious Norwood is still listed as the primary backup behind Michael Turner on the Falcons' first official depth chart released this past weekend, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. The bugaboo with Norwood has always been injuries, and so far in training camp he's been hurt and missed practice time. In the event that Turner goes down, fantasy owners should have confidence in Jason Snelling, not Norwood, as the next man in for Atlanta.
As expected, Norwood did not play in Atlanta's first preseason game. Fantasy owners should avoid Norwood this season; Jason Snelling is a much better handcuff option at this point.
Norwood was inactive for Atlanta's second preseason game against the New England Patriots. Norwood's roster spot appears to be safe, but he needs to get on the field if he wants to pass Jason Snelling (who was also inactive against the Patriots) on the depth chart.
Norwood returned from a hip flexor for his first action of the preseason on Friday night. Norwood ran for 22 yards on five carries and added one catch for eight yards in Atlanta's third preseason game, a win over the Miami Dolphins. Both Norwood and Jason Snelling posted almost identical statistical lines in this contest, as the battle to become Michael Turner's primary backup is coming down to the wire this preseason.Last updated on Aug-30-2010 by George Bissell
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