While watching 2019 NFL Draft prospect David Montgomery exhibit intelligent footwork on a bounce-out, Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio remembered Arian Foster do the same thing. It’s a good technique that running backs should learn.
While studying running back David Montgomery, I noticed him take consecutive steps with the same foot to set up a bounce-out against Oklahoma State (2:24 into the video).
The movement reminded me of something I saw from Arian Foster years ago and it didn’t take me long to find it. Note how Montgomery and Foster use this move as an efficient solution to set up a bounce outside.
In Foster’s case, he also uses it to sell the press so the edge defender climbing into the crease remains there.
When watching #DavidMontgomery of #IowaState, I noticed a footwork pattern that reminded me of #ArianFoster. Sure enough, here's Foster setting up a press-and-cut with the same move. #Texans #NFL pic.twitter.com/mTab3kvSAd
— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) July 5, 2018
Subtle and precise movement is the difference between the best and the rest. Foster, like Montgomery, wasn’t a speedster but he knew when and how to change direction. I’ll take that over speed every day of the week.
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