Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens showcases an excellent cut block from Saints running back Alvin Kamara.
Based on early returns, I missed on Alvin Kamara developing this early. He had enough foolish decisions and ball security issues at Tennessee that I did not anticipate how fast he might shore up those issues.
When a prospect improves quicker than a reasonably projected timeline, I can live with underestimating a player’s capacity for growth. In addition to being impressed with Kamara fixing his ball security and maintaining a mature approach between the tackles, Kamara’s pass protection deserves massive praise.
Here’s a textbook cut block on a safety blitz in the middle of the pocket. The diagnosis, setup, angle of approach, height, aiming point and follow-through of the block are all notable.
It’s the type of work that young backs should study. In fact, on my Instagram feed, there’s a clip of Kamara attempting to stand-up Packers defensive tackle Mike Daniels. Kamara gets lifted and driven into Drew Brees, but even that play was a split-second away from successful execution against a most difficult assignment.
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