The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE
There is no question Michael Turner is still a talented player, but there are too many warning signs coming from Atlanta to be excited about his prospects this year.
Turner clearly faded down the stretch with the exception of his Week 17 performance against Tampa Bay. He ran for 172 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns—unfortunately, the Buccaneers’ players were already checked out for the season.
Fast forward to 2012, and all indications from the coaching staff say that Turner is in for a reduced role in the Falcons' new pass-heavy attack. Jacquizz Rodgers will be used to spell Turner on passing downs.
Do not forget that Turner is 30 years old, an age when running backs see a decline in their performance. Even though he was used sparingly early in his career, he still has 635 carries over the last two regular seasons.
It will be difficult for Turner to exceed his average draft position with a reduced role.