Category: The NFL Lens

  • RSP NFL Lens: The Technical Greatness of A.J. Green (vs. Aqib Talib)

    RSP NFL Lens: The Technical Greatness of A.J. Green (vs. Aqib Talib)

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio NFL Lens examines the near-perfect technique of A.J. Green on a difficult target versus a top cornerback.  There may be 8-12 receivers you might want ahead of A.J. Green in a hypothetical team-building scenario and for various reasons that have validity. Yet, if Green is not among those 8-12 receivers […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: How RB Derrius Guice Enhances the Short Passing Game

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: How RB Derrius Guice Enhances the Short Passing Game

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio illustrates how Derrius Guice will enhance pass plays from run-heavy looks.   The influx of rookie running back talent into the NFL is the most promising I’ve seen since publishing the first Rookie Scouting Portfolio in 2006. Washington’s Derrius Guice is one of the headliners. A physical back with excellent footwork […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: Tyrod Taylor’s Impact on the Browns’ Ground Game

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: Tyrod Taylor’s Impact on the Browns’ Ground Game

    Matt Waldman’s RSP shows two plays where Tyrod Taylor will help the Cleveland ground game.  DeShone Kizer is a mobile quarterback, but he’s not in the class of Tyrod Taylor. It appears that the Browns will roll with Taylor as its starter all year, giving Baker Mayfield a year to learn behind the scenes. Although […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens WR Julio Jones: Selling the Stem

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens WR Julio Jones: Selling the Stem

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens examines Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones and his excellence at selling the stem on an out-route.  I wish every athletic college wide receiver could watch this route and absorb why Julio Jones makes it so effective. Jones is one of the elite athletes at his position. He’s bigger, stronger, faster, and […]

  • Matt Waldman’s NFL Lens Chandler Jones: Bending the Edge

    Matt Waldman’s NFL Lens Chandler Jones: Bending the Edge

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens examines the vicious beauty of edge rusher Chandler Jones strip-sacking Russell Wilson.  Chandler Jones bends the edge as well as any pass rusher in the league. On this play, he reaches the edge only to get pushed in the back as he works around the tackle. On the razor’s edge […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens Flashback: RB Chris Johnson (Tennessee)

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens Flashback: RB Chris Johnson (Tennessee)

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio examines former 2,000-yard back Chris Johnson and discovers that a subtle move could help him flip the field better than a dramatic jump cut.  I missed on Chris Johnson when I studied him for the 2008 NFL Draft. I didn’t see enough tape and I didn’t grasp the subtleties of how […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: RBs Arian Foster and David Montgomery and Smart Footwork

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: RBs Arian Foster and David Montgomery and Smart Footwork

    While watching 2019 NFL Draft prospect David Montgomery exhibit intelligent footwork on a bounce-out, Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio remembered Arian Foster do the same thing. It’s a good technique that running backs should learn.  While studying running back David Montgomery, I noticed him take consecutive steps with the same foot to set up a […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: QB Drew Brees and Smart Footwork

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: QB Drew Brees and Smart Footwork

    The best NFL players have the most precise methods of movement. Saints Drew Brees is a master craftsman of quarterback footwork.  Bill Walsh told anyone who listened that the secret in the sauce of quarterback play was the footwork. The precision that a player moves his feet is an indication of how well he’s processing […]

  • Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell, Review and Preview

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens: Vikings WR Laquon Treadwell, Review and Preview

    Matt Waldman’s RSP checks in with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell’s game and shows where the former first-round draft pick has potential to become a productive asset this year in Minnesota.  Laquon Treadwell was my No. 1 pre-draft prospect at the wide receiver position three years ago. I compared his style to Michael Irvin and a […]

  • RSP NFL Lens WR Antonio Brown (Steelers): Intricacy, Elegance, and Pacing

    RSP NFL Lens WR Antonio Brown (Steelers): Intricacy, Elegance, and Pacing

    Matt Waldman’s RSP NFL Lens profiles one of Antonio Brown’s routes against Jalen Ramsey in the AFC Divisional Playoffs and learns that, like the phrasing of Miles Davis, the simple things presented in an elegant way can be the winning move.  Antonio Brown is a master of footwork. He can run the most intricate routes […]