Lynell Hamilton next in line in New Orleans?

With Saints running back Mike Bell nursing a sprained MCL, the natural assumption this week was that Pierre Thomas would take over the primary running back duties.

Thomas has been hobbled by his own knee injury, and was active for Week Two, but only saw one rep against Philadelphia.

Despite practicing “fully” Wednesday, it appears Thomas still isn’t 100%.  Jeff Duncan of the New Orleans Times-Picayune tweeted Wednesday that Lynell Hamilton took the most reps with the first-team Wednesday and expects a heavy load this week against Buffalo.

(That sound you heard was fantasy football owners racing to the waiver wire.  Although we wouldn’t get too excited.)

Thomas has been practicing with a bulky knee brace, and the Saints will apparently be careful re-introducing him to the lineup.

Another option, of course, would be to let Reggie Bush carry the load.  But Saints coach Sean Payton has been down that road, and it looks like he won’t be going down it again.

13 responses to “Lynell Hamilton next in line in New Orleans?

  1. Hey Rosenthal who cares about New Orleans, how about telling your boss to get more Pics of the Day goin on.

  2. Sean Payton should really LEARN how to use Reggie Bush more then he does.
    With the talent level Bush has…… C’mon Payton, this should be a no-brainer!
    Design some plays around him.

  3. Lynell is a bruiser…not as explosive as Mike Bell but he can run over and carry someone for a few yards.
    Generally, I’d rather have him carrying the rock over Reggie. Giving him his props, Reggie looked good hitting the hole against Philly but we haven’t seen enough to be content with him toting it.

  4. damnitdamnitdamnitdamnitdamnittohell!!!!
    that’s the sound of the smart guy who nabbed mike bell as soon as pierre went off the field w/ the knee injury!!!!…doh!!!

  5. Hamilton can run…he showed that in pre-season.
    The Saints O-line is big and athletic. Their guards are both maulers and Hamilton will run behind them 85% of the time. Expect him to run for 80+ yards.
    Bush will get the rock probably 6-8 times in 1st/2nd down situations and get his normal 2-3 yard average……..the guy just can’t shake the first hit in this league.

  6. Reggie has no game other than returning punts… I wish we could trade him, but there is no nobody willing to give up anything for him…

  7. florio,florio,florio… u write all of that to get to the real reason of the article and as usual you hook fish. but as they say even fish wouldn’t get in trouble if they kept their mouths shut. anyway lynell hamilton is very capable of filling in for mike bell. the SAINTS will total over 100 yds rushing against the bills.
    Q: by the way, were u part of all that media hype for reggie coming out of college. oohh did he hurt your media pride because u wanted him to be a runningback and not the situational professional that he is. Please fellow bloggers, watch the film… follow reggie to see how many players still concentrate on him. no wonder brees is playing madden live.

  8. Being a Saints fan, I can’t see why everyone is still enamored with Reggie Bush. He tiptoes to the line about 80% he’s expected to run between the tackles. I cringe every time he handles the ball too — never carries it in his proper left hand when running down the left sideline.
    As far as returning punts, he terrible at that too. What other punt returner stutter steps as much as him as soon as he catches the punt (assuming he does!) One quick example is last week versus the Eagles. Eagle punter boomed one about 60 yards. Reggie fields it, stutter steps letting coverage catch up, and then runs to the right and BACKWARD for a 5 yard loss. Passed up easy 10 yard return because he’s scared to run into defenders.
    Hamilton has shown promise in the preseason. The only negative is that he fumbled twice in one preseason game. One was a direct helmet on the football though. Payton would be wise to use Hamilton more. His eyes doesn’t deceive him, Reggie runs too timidly.

  9. Being a Saints fan, I can’t see why everyone is still enamored with Reggie Bush. He tiptoes to the line about 80% he’s expected to run between the tackles. I cringe every time he handles the ball too — never carries it in his proper left hand when running down the left sideline.
    As far as returning punts, he terrible at that too. What other punt returner stutter steps as much as him as soon as he catches the punt (assuming he does!) One quick example is last week versus the Eagles. Eagle punter boomed one about 60 yards. Reggie fields it, stutter steps letting coverage catch up, and then runs to the right and BACKWARD for a 5 yard loss. Passed up easy 10 yard return because he’s scared to run into defenders.
    Hamilton has shown promise in the preseason. The only negative is that he fumbled twice in one preseason game. One was a direct helmet on the football though. Payton would be wise to use Hamilton more. His eyes doesn’t deceive him, Reggie runs too timidly.

  10. hamilton was “supposed” to be an all american tailback at san diego state. he has all the tools but was always hurt and i think he ended up playing fullback or h-back his sr. year.
    another one of those huge upside guys who went to sdsu and ended up doing nothing.
    hope he does well, when he was healthy he was fun to watch.

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