Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

03 Sep 2012

RB-OL Collisions: Reading the Road with Marcus Lattimore

I just finished evaluating Lattimore’s season-opening performance against Vanderbilt. The junior running back, who is coming off an ACL tear to his left knee, fumbled away his first attempt, but made up for it with a 29-yard touchdown on his way to gaining 110 yards on 23 carries, scoring twice, and catching 3 passes for 21 yards. I found Lattimore to be a patient runner with a good understanding of how to set up his blockers, make the first defender miss, and gain yardage after contact. He’s not a burner, but he has enough burst to be a chain-moving NFL runner and the third down skills to develop into an every-down back.

Posted by: Matt Waldman on 03 Sep 2012

3 comments, Last at 05 Sep 2012, 11:28am by Qwijybo


by Dan :: Mon, 09/03/2012 - 6:46pm

Proofreading: On the first play you have left & right flipped, in the text and the image. Lattimore is trying to run behind his right tackle, not his left tackle.

by Matt Waldman :: Mon, 09/03/2012 - 8:08pm

Thanks, fixed.

by Qwijybo (not verified) :: Wed, 09/05/2012 - 11:28am

Great analysis. The pictures really help.

Would personally find it helpful to get a quick refresher of 10, 12, etc. personnel at the top of the posts.