Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

21 Nov 2013, 11:57am by Matt Waldman

Bobby Rainey's Career Day

I’d like to believe that last weekend will be the beginning of a long and fruitful career as an NFL starter for Bobby Rainey, but I’m not naive. The one position in the NFL where there is no shortage of talent is running back. There may be teams that lack a good eye for matching running back talent with its roster, but there are backs training at home with the ability to produce as an NFL starter if called upon.

While he has the NFL’s attention, the RSP blog examines what Rainey has done thus far that is consistent with his performance as a college prospect.

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2 comments, Last at 21 Nov 2013, 2:23pm by MilkmanDanimal

19 Nov 2013, 02:06pm by Matt Waldman

Le'Veon Bell's Progress Report

The rookie running back isn't having a successful year in Pittsburgh, but he's much closer to future success than some may realize. What Bell has to learn is that while he has some super traits, he has to avoid the temptation to be a hero on every play. Matt Waldman explains in his analysis at the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog.

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16 Nov 2013, 10:25am by Matt Waldman

Futures: Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert

Gilbert has first-day athleticism and versatility, but junior year lapses with technique and judgment made him the type of player who elicited a wide range of draft day possibilities before his senior year.

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6 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2015, 11:16pm by avelin

14 Nov 2013, 11:41am by Matt Waldman

Case Keenum Analysis

Case Keenum is the most surprising bench player in the NFL this year. I’ve studied his three starts and I believe the Cardinals defense provided the best evidence that the Texans’ new starter has the potential to succeed long-term. Read the rest at the RSP blog.

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3 comments, Last at 15 Nov 2013, 3:02pm by Alaska Jack

13 Nov 2013, 02:13am by Matt Waldman

Jordy Nelson vs Bump and Run

The Nelson-Aaron Rodgers combo is among the best in football at the back-shoulder fade. One of the reasons this play remains so effective for the Packers’ duo is that Nelson is equally strong at earning separation against press coverage and winning 50/50 balls in the vertical game. Defenders cannot assume every deep pass is a back-shoulder play. Read the rest at the RSP blog.

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5 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2013, 6:22pm by tomdrees

12 Nov 2013, 11:32am by Matt Waldman

Tyrann Mathieu and Economy of Motion

Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu is playing his tail off and the biggest reason this rookie has made the jump from LSU to the NFL with a year away from football in between is his mental command of the game. Mathieu is an incisive player and it’s easy to see this quality on the field. The RSP blog profiles two plays against the Texans – notably Andre Johnson and Ben Tate – where Mathieu demonstrates multiple skills with no wasted motion.

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3 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2013, 3:05pm by JonFrum

09 Nov 2013, 01:40pm by Matt Waldman

Futures: Buy One, Get Three Free?

Having an open mind and room in an evaluation process to spot players with underdeveloped potential can help transform an organization.

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4 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2015, 11:17pm by avelin

04 Nov 2013, 02:28pm by Matt Waldman

Robert Griffin Part II: Reasons For Hope

Part II examines how the weaknesses of this offense creates a vicious cycle of degradation to Griffin's game, but there are also several reasons for hope if Griffin can hang tough. Read the rest at the Rookie Scouting Portfolio blog.

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11 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2013, 6:21pm by LionInAZ

02 Nov 2013, 12:25pm by Matt Waldman

Futures: Baylor RB Lache Seastrunk

As dazzling as Seastrunk is –- and I see the potential for him to dazzle in the NFL –- what he’ll need to do to earn those opportunities are the boring things that make his game efficient as well as productive.

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3 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2015, 11:14pm by avelin

30 Oct 2013, 09:18pm by Matt Waldman

“The Degradation of a Young Stud," Starring Robert Griffin

Sounds like an adult film, right? It is and it isn’t. What I witnessed from Washington’s passing offense against Denver this weekend was so nasty it will compel viewers take a long shower afterwards. Equally disturbing is that this film possesses a lot of elements of an exploitation flick and I had a difficult time watching an innocent, young talent treated this way. Worst of all, it’s difficult to assess blame and there in lurks the elements of psychological horror that chills the blood.

Read the rest at the RSP Blog.

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29 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2013, 10:28pm by greybeard