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Mike Smith: Turner will be feature back, on a “pitch count”

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With decreasing effectiveness and a $5 million salary, Falcons running back Michael Turner could theoretically be a candidate for release this offseason.

Speaking Saturday at the Scouting Combine, Falcons coach Mike Smith indicated Turner will be back with the team.

“We want to keep [Michael] as our feature back, but we need to make sure we some of the other guys carries as well,” Smith said.

Jacquizz Rodgers will be a bigger part of the offense in 2012. Jason Snelling is a free agent, so the Falcons will look to add another back. Smith made it clear Turner will stick around, he just isn’t likely to top 300 carries again.

“I think the thing we have to do as Michael gets a little older is to start putting him on a pitch count in terms of the numbers of carries,” Smith said.

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5 Responses to “Mike Smith: Turner will be feature back, on a “pitch count””
  1. sportsmeccabi says: Feb 25, 2012 11:13 AM

    Averaged 3.6 yards a carry down the stretch. The tires are about to fall off. Stay away in fantasy football. Same goes for Steven Jackson.

  2. iceshocker says: Feb 25, 2012 11:47 AM

    I don’t really blame turner, i blame the lineman who make him have to break two tackles before even reaching the los…every play.

  3. daknight93 says: Feb 25, 2012 1:05 PM

    he is an aging back and needs help in backfield

  4. jkaflagg says: Feb 25, 2012 10:00 PM

    Combination of Turner slowing down plus poor blocking up front…..hopefully moving away from a heavy workload for him will add a little more diversity to the offense.

  5. mrkng says: Feb 27, 2012 4:40 PM

    Being a die-hard Falcon Fan I say keep Turner. IT’S TIME TO RUN THE SPREAD!!!! Doing this means Turner’s time in the bf is limited. This where I miss J-NO…Rogers has to step up and get ready! This will make Turner fresher and a bigger threat.

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