I went to post a comment on Aldridge and decided it was so long I'd make it a full post. My thoughts below the jump. Let me know what you guys think.
I like having him on the team because he is REALLY fast and we need that at RB. Hopefully they can work with him on not fumbling since apparently Portis doesn't practice much during the week. It seems with him being injured for most his rookie year Aldridge hasn't gotten much practice time in his short career. Maybe a couple weeks with some practice time can polish him up and improve his ball security. I would love a true change of pace back. All 3 RB's we have now are similar in style. Plus we have fairly serious line issues. If we can get more screens and little dumpoffs for big gains I think we can help compensate for our O-line by punishing teams for blitzing us constantly. Of course I'm not neccesarily convinced he's that guy and am not counting on him I like taking a shot at developing him. He has the most potential of any of our backup RB's due to talent and his ability to complement Portis's style and Portis will be here for a couple seasons most likely due to his extension I believe.
My overall opinion depends on who they eventually cut. Here's my thoughts on them cutting any of the other RB's, if they do end up cutting one(you gotta figure they will at one point).
I'm leery of cutting Rock unless we have someone else who can handle all 4 of his special teams positions. Can't say I watch well enough to evaluate the ST unit but I know we already lost Khary Campbell who was our ST tackles leader and Fincher and Thrash. Rock was our 4th leading tackler last year so unless we have new guys stepping up to take the slack in our coverage teams I'd be worried. This isn't the kindof team that can afford to give up big plays in ST coverage. Especially considering we face Desean Jackson and Felix Jones twice. Like I said I can't say I have an excellent grasp of our ST players from drunkenly watching the games at the Bar but it seems like the marginal guys we lost from the team were good ST players(K. Campbell, Thrash, Fincher). The marginal guys we have this year seem to be either inactive(Henson, Williams) or are not considered good ST players(Mason, Marko, Aldridge). I know we still have H.B. Blades and a couple other good guys I just hope we have people ready to step up if this happens.
If they cut Mason I could get over it. I just don't see what everybody else does in him but I seem to be the minority so I'll leave it alone. I hope I'm wrong though. I have trouble believing they are gonna take 5 rb's into the game every week especially if they have to activate Henson or somebody to help out on teams. So even if they keep Mason I'm assuming Aldridge would be activated at MM's expense.
I assume Betts is safe. He has played decently and there has been no indication he would be in trouble. Screen plays like he had last game slow down another teams pass rush which will be blitzing us all year probably. Plus I don't think the FO has the guts to cut him so soon after trumpeting him as the 3rd down back all offseason. Maybe I'm wrong.