Mark Schofield continues his RSP Summer Scouting Series with a second look at Jimmy Garoppolo’s ability to manipulate the middle of the field—a vital part of NFL quarterbacking.
Those of us in the quarterback evaluation space talk about this a ton, but we often fall into a trap when discussing this trait. We rely on low-hanging fruit when highlighting how a quarterback uses his eyes and/or his body to get a defender out of position. You probably know the type of play I’m talking about: A free safety in the middle of the field in a single-high coverage scheme. A quarterback staring him down like a gunfighter before he draws. A vertical route along the sideline that the quarterback wants to throw.
A vertical route the free safety has almost no chance of preventing even if he has a head start.
More impressive—to me at least—is when a quarterback can move an underneath defender. When a quarterback gets a linebacker to clear out a throwing lane, and then delivers on a route behind that vacating defender, that is a true test of manipulation.
Here are three great examples of Jimmy Garoppolo doing just that:
For the most in-depth analysis of offensive skill players available (QB, RB, WR, and TE), download the 2020 Rookie Scouting Portfolio for $21.95.
If you’re a fantasy owner and interested in purchasing past publications for $9.95 each, the 2012-2019 RSPs also have a Post-Draft Add-on that’s included at no additional charge.
Best yet, a percentage of each sale is set aside for a year-end donation to Darkness to Light to combat sexual abuse.