Saturday, February 12, 2005

Something to Prove

The 2004 season could not have gone worse for running back Marcel Shipp. He lost his starting job at the end of minicamps, and then he suffered a fractured fibula and dislocated ankle in training camp. That caused him to miss the entire season. His rehabilitation is progressing normally, and this is a critical year for Shipp. He's the only back on the roster with much experience, and he likely will be involved in a heated position battle in training camp. The club is expected to address the position in the draft or through free agency. Shipp is an effective runner, although he lacks speed. Coaches want to see him produce more big plays. In 2003, he touched the ball 258 times yet didn't score a touchdown.