I see players like Nic Nat, Cripps and JPK as increasingly as NFL specialist teams players. Sure, chuck them in at centre bounces but get them off asap as they are not great in general play.
Personally I hope Cripps can get back to health. I enjoyed watching his period of dominance.
But really Carlton took a big punt with his his contract. If the Blues are to improve, I expect a healthy Cripps to be a minor player.
Neither will have to align for us to improve