13 Nov 2013, 02:13am by Matt Waldman
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.
5 comments, Last at 14 Nov 2013, 6:22pm by tomdrees
12 Nov 2013, 11:32am by Matt Waldman
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.
3 comments, Last at 13 Nov 2013, 3:05pm by JonFrum
09 Nov 2013, 01:40pm by Matt Waldman
Having an open mind and room in an evaluation process to spot players with underdeveloped potential can help transform an organization.
4 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2015, 11:17pm by avelin
04 Nov 2013, 02:28pm by Matt Waldman
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.
11 comments, Last at 06 Nov 2013, 6:21pm by LionInAZ
02 Nov 2013, 12:25pm by Matt Waldman
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.
3 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2015, 11:14pm by avelin
30 Oct 2013, 09:18pm by Matt Waldman
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.
29 comments, Last at 02 Nov 2013, 10:28pm by greybeard
26 Oct 2013, 10:27am by Matt Waldman
Eric Ebron is the hot name among the NFL Draft media, but the University of North Carolina tight end isn’t some flash fire that ignited at Chapel Hill in mid-October.
3 comments, Last at 02 Jan 2015, 11:11pm by avelin
22 Oct 2013, 11:54am by Matt Waldman
At least once a week on Twitter, I see a writer slam Stafford for his poor footwork, his unsound throwing form, and his tendency not to follow through with his release in situations where he had a chance. And these Emily Posts of NFL football analysis are accurate with their takes. But are they really seeing the big picture?
75 comments, Last at 03 Nov 2013, 4:31pm by lions fan
19 Oct 2013, 01:22am by Matt Waldman
The Arizona State defensive tackle’s story is turning into another example of where the system is focused on spotting flaws more than serious consideration of how to maximize available talent.
1 comment, Last at 21 Oct 2013, 11:18am by Tglass
16 Oct 2013, 11:29am by Matt Waldman
Height, vertical prowess, and strength are helpful, but there is technique involved with winning a “50/50 ball.” His touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter against two Patriots defensive backs is a great example. Here is a frame-by-frame demonstration.
10 comments, Last at 17 Oct 2013, 1:26pm by Theo