Matt Waldman’s 2018 RSP NFL Lens Week 1: RB Alvin Kamara Disrupting the Space-Time Continuum


Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens showcases a route by Saints’ RB Alvin Kamara that sets up the yardage he gains after the catch. 

Football is a game of inches. It’s also a game of creating space. Look deeper, and football is a game of tempo measured in beats of time that each step generates.  In this sense, football is a contest of taking fewer steps at the right time to force your opponent into taking too many steps at the wrong time.

In the spirit of the game as described above, Alvin Kamara’s skill at conserving beats disrupts the space-time continuum.  Note the two extra steps linebacker Lavonte David takes before he adjusts to Kamara’s break. These two extra steps are enough for Kamar to split David and the cornerback in the open field.

One of the keys to this sudden turn on the hitch is the way Kamara turns his outside leg 180 degrees so efficiently. Studying backs like Chris Johnson and Jordan Howard this summer, I realized that wherever a player points his toe, his hips will follow.

The players who possess strong hip mobility can do this at sharp angles and with great efficiency within tight confines. Here’s Karmara doing it on a bounce-out earlier in the game.

Kamara’s performance as a route runner and ball carrier is instructive for all football players because the more aware you become that efficient movement creates space by manipulating delayed or even false movement from your opponent, the more likely you’ll embrace learning the techniques that create space.

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