Did anyone see "A football Life" on Namath? As a fan I went through that era. An as a Colts fan, while it was going on I despised the man. His statistics, (if you are a stats guy) might not see him as a "GOAT" contender but, It reminded me of how much that man changed the culture of that era. His life had a lot of ups and downs, but, historically he was a major player in the evolution of the NFL. Sometimes it's not just about looking back on statistics but, seeing " What did this individual do to change the league. Sometimes I think that is also relevant . Any thoughts on this? Is their other Players, if you look back in history that you can think of also made an impact?
Turay was battling nagging injuries a lot of last season, which I think is the main reason his playing time got reduced (coupled with Tyquan Lewis coming off the injured list).
I think everyone knew after Turay was drafted that he needed to get a bit stronger and become a more refined football player rather than just a raw athlete...it seems like he's working his butt off this off season to not only get stronger but to get more polished with Mathis as his mentor.
I think he did hit a bit of a wall, some of which was caused by nagging injuries. Also, don't forget, he only played very sparingly in his second to last year at Rutgers after a more serious injury to his shoulder which required 2 surgeries.
He only played 2 years of HS football, red-shirted as a freshman. Ballard said right after we drafted him that the kid had very good physical traits but was still quite raw and needed to get stronger.
I think, aside from him having some nagging injuries and the return of T. Lewis), there was a plan to use Turay's rookie year as somewhat of a developmental year which he was building strength and learning technique.