Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio examines two plays where 2019 NFL Draft Prospect, QB K.J. Carta-Samuels (Colorado State) displays strong field vision.
I value football players whose games speak intelligible sentences rather than grunt single words. Field vision is a part of smart football. A broad term describing part of a quarterback’s ability to read coverage and find open receivers, field vision is also the integration of separate factors to create an intelligent decision.
Washington transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels displays intelligence reading the field. An intelligence that has often been missing with quarterback Sam Darnold at USC and even this year in New York: The ability to spot coverage ancillary to the task of stopping the intended target but can be a factor in foiling a play. A good example of ancillary coverage is a cornerback in Cover 2 who peels off his receiver when he identifies the quarterback’s target to the flat and undercuts the receiver whose primary coverage is a linebacker or safety.
Quarterbacks should be aware of this coverage if the route break is at an angle that a defender without primary coverage responsibility on that target can cut off or undercut. Carta-Samuel not only displays his knowledge of this coverage in the first play in the video below, but he also uses that knowledge against his opponent on the next play.
The best talents have a strong confluence of physical, technical, conceptual, and intuitive talents. These two plays illustrate some of Carta-Samuels’ conceptual and intuitive skills that many young quarterbacks don’t possess.
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