Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio examines the running back’s role in executing a good bounce outside, featuring 2019 NFL Draft prospect Ryquell Armstead of Temple.
Acceleration is an essential component to a successful bounce outside. However, it’s only part of the equation. A running back must understand the blocking scheme and use that knowledge to set up the defense.
Temple running back Ryquell Armstead flashes the necessary burst on this 43-yard touchdown run, but it’s his patience and positioning between the tackles near the line of scrimmage that allows him to use his acceleration. Without his ability to set up the safety within the parameters of the play call, Armstead does not successfully break free of it.
Mature timing is one of the most important skills that a running back can have. The Rookie Scouting Portfolio evaluation process for running backs considers timing as a part of decision-making, which is a subcategory of vision. Timing is a product of processing information and executing it within the rhythm of the play’s development.
Armstead repeatedly displayed good timing as a ballcarrier in this contest. He gave his blockers time to set up and hit creases hard. When the defense foiled blocks Armstead needed, he read the development fast enough to react productively.
There’s a lot more to see before May 2019, but Armstead’s maturity is an asset worth noting.
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