Category: Running Back

  • Slippery: Falcons RB Devonta Freeman

    Slippery: Falcons RB Devonta Freeman

    Falcons RB Devonta Freeman has “Slippery Power.” Find out what this means and why “Phone Booth Quicks” are necessary.  Ahmad Bradshaw is one of my favorite running backs of the past 10 years. It has nothing to do with his physical talent — there are dozens of runners with significantly better physiques and athleticism to […]

  • LSU’s Leonard Fournette: Best High School RB in a Decade?

    LSU’s Leonard Fournette: Best High School RB in a Decade?

    In a decade? So says the Sporting News college football preview. The next Adrian Peterson? Some say so. I thought I’d take a look.  I’m not one to spend any time on high school players. As I’ve heard from numerous coaches and football men the more stars next to a prep prospect’s names, the more […]

  • Vision Quest: The Artfulness of LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles

    Vision Quest: The Artfulness of LeSean McCoy and Jamaal Charles

    Vision is a magical term in football. It’s not a single skill, but an integration of several. It requires anticipation, awareness, confidence, creativity, pacing, and split-second processing of all these traits (and others) to determine optimal risk-reward. Vision is a dazzling illustration that the game of football is not a science, but performance art. Science […]

  • Talent Mining: Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon

    Talent Mining: Vikings RB Jerick McKinnon

    One of the most compelling skill players in this draft is former QB Jerick McKinnon, the Vikings’ third-round pick to back up Adrian Peterson. Former players like Ryan Riddle say that NFL coaching is focused more on scheme than skills development. It’s one of the reasons why I find player development in pro football so […]

  • Chicago Bears RB Ka’Deem Carey: Substance Over Flash

    Chicago Bears RB Ka’Deem Carey: Substance Over Flash

     Many draftniks are lukewarm about Ka’Deem Carey’s prospects, but it’s the little things he does that generate big plays that get me excited about his future. A scout told me this spring that Ka’Deem Carey is the type of runner that scouts like and coaches love, but makes personnel executives squint their eyes.  Carey’s off-field […]

  • Gray Matter: RBs Andre Williams and Anthony Dixon

    Gray Matter: RBs Andre Williams and Anthony Dixon

    I see the good from Andre Williams, but will he show it often enough on the field?  I’m often asked about my “misses.” Who were they? What did I learn? The answers aren’t always as simple as the questions.  Sometimes the outcome is wrong, but the process is right. Cincinnati running back Cedric Peerman hasn’t […]

  • Futures: RB Bishop Sankey

    Futures: RB Bishop Sankey

    If blocking schemes were types of questions on a test, Matt Waldman explains why Bishop Sankey would be much better at true/false than multiple choice. by Matt Waldman This week’s Futures contains excerpts from the 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio, my 1284-page scouting report on 164 prospects at the offensive skill positions, which is available for […]

  • 2013 RSP Flashback: RB Zac Stacy

    2013 RSP Flashback: RB Zac Stacy

    The 2014 Rookie Scouting Portfolio is now available for pre-order for it’s April 1 release. Here’s a sample from 2013 of the underrated Zac Stacy. There is not much flash in Stacy’s game, but there is plenty of substance. The Commodores runner has a low center of gravity and good power to keep his legs […]

  • Futures: 2014 Speed Score Leaders

    Futures: 2014 Speed Score Leaders

    If I had a laboratory fitting of a mad scientist, Football Outsiders’ Speed Score would have its application. What about now? Futures: The 2014 Speed Score Leaders By Matt Waldman Indulge me in a bit of fantasy. Imagine an old football field. It’s a practice field at the rear of an abandoned high school with […]

  • Futures: A Trio of Sleepers

    Futures: A Trio of Sleepers

    WR Paul Richardson, RB Tim Flanders, and QB Dustin Vaughan are intriguing players without the big-top pedigree. Futures: A Trio of Sleepers by Matt Waldman According to most fantasy football writers, the term “Sleeper” is dead, buried, and the wake held in its honor featured a stuffed mushroom dish with creamed spinach and Italian breadcrumbs […]