RB, New Mexico State
Numbers: 5'11 (5110), 189 lbs., 4.45 forty-speed (published reports)
2006 statistics: 167-1037-2 rushing, 52-513-2 receiving, 1 tackle with Saskatchewan (CFL)
2005 statistics: 151-911-5 rushing, 25-228-0 receiving, 1 tackle with Saskatchewan
The player: After an up-and-down career at New Mexico State in which he never really established himself as a starter, this cousin of NFL great Roger Craig signed with Saskatchewan of the CFL. It took him a while, but he soon became one of the league's most effective, game-breaking and reliable backs (610-3811-21 rushing and 126-1178-8 receiving in four seasons). An incredibly elusive runner with sometimes shocking moves, Keith plays beyond his minute size. A natural receiver who has a knack for getting yards after the catch, he'll also lay a nice block to free up a teammate. The Roughriders' top weapon, Keith generally played better in the playoffs than the regular season. The big downside with Keith in the CFL has been fumbles, which tend to occur when he's fighting for extra inches. And, although he is a true competitor and a hard worker on the field, he ran into some legal trouble last summer in regards to a nightclub incident. Keith is also a promising hip-hop performer and producer (despite living in Nebraska and working in Saskatchewan).
How he fits: Although Joseph Addai is definitely entrenched as the Colts' starter, there are questions behind him. Dominic Rhodes is an unrestricted free agent coming off an unimpressive season, James Mungro is also free to sign elsewhere after a year on the injured reserve, while DeDe Dorsey, Kory Chapman (who is unsigned at the moment) and Luke Lawton are unproven. Keith certainly has the talent to compete for a roster spot, but will have to convince the Colts that he can stay out of trouble off the field. Don't expect him to add much as a return man or special-teamer.
Reminds me of: Chris Barclay, the super-productive Wake Forest back who signed on with the Browns but didn't play as a rookie.
Kenton Keith (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
Jerry Langton has written for the New York Daily News, the Toronto Star and Canada's Globe and Mail. He is also a published author on a wide variety of topics.
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