Three questions with RB coach Sherman Smith

Throughout the coming weeks, each assistant coach will answer a trio of rapid-fire questions regarding his position group in light of the two recent minicamps and the additions through the draft. Here’s running backs coach Sherman Smith:

What do you like about Justin Forsett?

First of all, I really like the way he works. He comes with a professional attitude and then goes out on the field and his intangibles — besides the physical and mental skills he has—really help him. He has great quickness, great acceleration and has a great feel for the run game. He’s an accomplished receiver coming out of the backfield too.

What are you hoping to see from LenDale White and Leon Washington this offseason?

Leon needs to get well. We hope he can play the way he played in New York before he got hurt. And LenDale’s a guy who’s all about potential. We know he’s got the skills, now he just has to do it. He has the ability to be a good runner, so hopefully he can take advantage of the opportunity he has here and make it work for him.

The fullback’s role in this offense should mean more opportunities in both the run and pass games. What are the fullbacks saying about their new opportunities?

Those guys are really excited about it because they see the importance of the fullback position — not just in the running game, but also in the passing game. They have a chance to be on the front side of runs and have a great effect on the success of a play. They love the challenge of what they have to do. They’re going to be involved in the passing game, and they realize that when the run game is successful, they’re going to be a big part of the reason why.


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