Matt Waldman’s RSP Film examines the game of Jerome Ford, one of the most intriguing NFL draft-eligible prospects of the 2022 class.
Just give me 18 inches of daylight.
As one of the most electric running backs in the history of game, Gayle Sayers only need half of a yard to avoid getting tackled. It’s a narrow amount of space, but the best backs in the game tease space by flirting with the bring of termination.
They press the limits of staying upright by keeping their enemies close before bolting to open ground left in the wake of that invitation. There was only one Sayers but the legendary Bear was one of the pioneers of cutback running.
What seems like the act of inviting doom to their doorstep as a means of sustaining life for their offense, pressing the danger of a crease is a now a fundamental part of running the football. The best crease pressers can get within 18 inches of an opponent create a bigger opening on the cutback.
Jerome Ford has this skill to tease yards from the brink of destruction because of his quick feet, flexible hips, and efficient movement. Ford has talent to develop into a lead back in the right NFL offense.
This week’s RSP Film Room examines Ford’s movement, passing down skills, and functional power from a pair of games during the 2021 season.
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