Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens examines a release from former UVA standout Olamide Zaccheaus, who is making a push for a roster spot with the Atlanta Falcons.
Two weeks ago, Drew Lieberman posted a video on social media about a release technique that I have seen many times but never knew the name for the combination of moves. Lieberman is former assistant receiver coach at Rutgers who consults with the likes of Mohamed Sanu, Juwann Winfree, and Jace Sternberger. He has twice been a guest on my podcast and we discussed the details of wide receiver techniques.
The release is called an Outside Hesi Release, which allows the receiver to assess the cornerback and patiently bait him outside before breaking across his face to the inside.
This weekend, I watched UVA standout Olamide Zaccheaus employ what could logically be called an Inside Hesi Release that ends in a fade route rather than a slant.
Zaccheaus has routinely earned separation on the perimeter against defenders in practice and the preseason. A former scatback, Zaccheaus also wins after the catch when targeted in space. If not for Kenjon Barner’s return skills, Zaccheaus might earn a job with the Falcons immediately as a returner.
He’s in a tight competition for the fifth spot with Justin Hardy, Devin Gray, Christian Gray, and Khalil Lewis. Even so, his versatility and consistent work as a big-play threat will earn him attention from around the league if he doesn’t survive Atlanta’s final cut-down. Zaccheaus has some technical skill to work with but like most young receivers, whoever is most consistent will likely make the roster and get a long-term chance at development in Atlanta.
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