Category: The NFL Lens

  • The NFL Lens: “Separation” with Marvin Jones

    The NFL Lens: “Separation” with Marvin Jones

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio delivers an NFL Lens segment with Marvin Jones and Desmond Trufant to illustrate what “open” looks like at the professional level.  When I first began evaluating NFL prospects, didn’t know anyone with NFL connections or experience. However, it only made sense that I use the players “who got there” as the […]

  • The NFL Lens: T.J. Ward Is The Outfielder, Tarik Cohen’s Knee Is The Ball

    The NFL Lens: T.J. Ward Is The Outfielder, Tarik Cohen’s Knee Is The Ball

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio examines T.J. Ward’s pursuit and tackle of Tarik Cohen in The NFL Lens. Watching a defensive back tackle a runner in the open space of the perimeter is a lot like watching an outfielder sprint and making a leaping catch of a screaming line drive.  The difference is that the […]

  • The NFL Lens: OLB Justin Houston Popping An Iron Door Off Its Frame

    The NFL Lens: OLB Justin Houston Popping An Iron Door Off Its Frame

    Matt Waldman’s Rookie Scouting Portfolio examines the use of one arm to gain leverage courtesy of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston.  Edge rushers and wide receivers have a lot more in common than the casual football fan realizes. Both positions need to earn separation within the first 5-7 yards of the line of scrimmage. […]

  • A Pass Protection Instructional Video Guide

    A Pass Protection Instructional Video Guide

    Matt Waldman’s RSP joins Fantrax.com’s Andy Singleton for a fantasy football instructional on running back pass protection.  One of the most underrated and misunderstood points of analysis about running backs in fantasy football is pass protection. It’s the difference between being a starting-caliber ball carrier and a starting-caliber running back. Teams want players who encompass […]

  • The NFL Lens: The Mechanics And Elegance Of A Pump Fake

    The NFL Lens: The Mechanics And Elegance Of A Pump Fake

    Matt Waldman’s RSP profiles Derek Carr’s manipulation of the Cowboys Cover 2 defense with a pump fake that sets the standard for evaluating college prospects.  The Rookie Scouting Portfolio evaluation process is based on defined criteria for the positions that I evaluate. The standard for that criteria is the NFL game. This includes processes as […]

  • The NFL Lens: Timing the Dynamite w/Lawrence Timmons

    The NFL Lens: Timing the Dynamite w/Lawrence Timmons

    Lawrence Timmons demolition of Jeremy Hill at the goal line reveals the technique behind the primal force. Be it blowing up buildings or ball carriers, successful linebackers and demolition experts understand that timing and placement are essential components of a successful job. Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons demonstrates both timing and placement with his dynamite, blowing up Jeremy […]

  • NFL Lens: Pass Drops with LB Albert McClellan

    NFL Lens: Pass Drops with LB Albert McClellan

    The Ravens inside linebacker foils the best in the business with his work on Monday night.  Albert McClellan is not an NFL star. He won’t run down scat backs sideline-to-sideline and stuff them for losses. He’s not a gifted pass rusher He’s a solid contributor on a good defense. It makes him an ideal choice […]

  • NFL Lens: Reading Blocks (And People) w/David Johnson

    NFL Lens: Reading Blocks (And People) w/David Johnson

    A vivid illustration of what a running back should use to guide his decisions between the tackles. Not until he was well into his tenure as a starter with the Green Bay Packers did Brett Favre even know what a nickel defense was. Jon Gruden credits Favre with inventing the RPO. If there was a […]

  • NFL Lens: Quiet Plays With David Johnson

    NFL Lens: Quiet Plays With David Johnson

    What type of displays should set off fireworks in the minds of talent evaluators? David Johnson’s touchdown catch against Atlanta is one of them. Repeat after me: There is no magic moment without layers and layers of data processed beneath the surface.  Try to remember this in light of the moments below: Bo Jackson running up […]

  • NFL Lens: Hard Break w/Jordan Reed

    NFL Lens: Hard Break w/Jordan Reed

    Reed demonstrates both facets of executing a hard break. I once watched Michael Irvin teach the mechanics of a hard break on an NFL.com pre-draft special. His two pupils: A.J. Green and Greg Little. Irvin explained that the two most important components of the hard break—the style of break often used on outs, curls, and […]