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This post was edited by Seabreeze2 20 months ago
Dude, do you even realize that Fowler had probably a top 5 running back in college football history in front of him? And a Heisman trophy winner in 2010?
You definitely don't like this kid. Admit it. For whatever weird reason.
What more can the guy do except average 6.9 yards a carry when he is given the chance????
You're being obtuse.
Honest question. If our coaches are so convinced he is a great RB then why is he practicing with the H-backs (even if for one day)?
I sure as heck don't remember Ingram or TR practicing at any other position. Lacy either. IMO, if our coaches thought he was our number one backup he would not be gettting reps at other positions. Especially, when the starter has been hurt.
Becase they are working with a 2 back set with Fowler, being the largest back we have, being the lead. To me the easiest conclusion to draw is that it was to work on his blocking since he was back with the RBs in the PM session.
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Fair enough. You may be right.
Guys, I suggest you go look at tonight's practice report for where Fowler is lining up, and stop speculating about something someone saw on another site. Thanks.
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I am re-watching the spring game right now. My worry is that our two Bach set has more to do with the blocking of our H-backs than it does with the Fowler's abilities as a running back.
Fowler is not slow, but his speed is more that of a linebacker or maybe a fullback than that of a running back. On his first catch of the game, Nico ran him down. Right before the half he dropped a TD pass. Depriest was in coverage and was running step for step with him.
His hands are not bad, but they are not very good either. 5 passes hit him in the hands in the first half. 2 he caught cleanly. One he bobbled and finally pulled in and two he dropped. Neither drop was an easy catch, but nor we're they particularly difficult.
He does have some ability to move laterally. His best evidence of that was probably his TD run late in the Auburn game. But truthfully of all the running backs of the Saban era, the only rb that I can think of who fad less ability to make people miss is Jermaine Griffin. Admittedly he I'd bigger than all the other backs, but still to be a feature back he needs to some wiggle that he has not shown to date. On multiple occasions he had problems getting loose from pass rushers when he was trying to slip out of the backfield on a passing play
Jerome Bettis just flat ran over people. Nobody wanted to tackle that guy high. In this spring game Depriest and Vinnie both took Jalston one on one in the open files high and both handled him without too much difficulty.
What Jalston did do well was moving forward between the tackles to peck up positive yardage. Also he has done a good job with ball security, which is something this staff values. But TJ looked way better as an every down running back than Jalston. TJ broke more tackles on a 7 yard run than Jalston broke over the course of the game. Hart, despite being 50 pounds lighter than Jalston, broke more tackles than Jalston.
If he wants a meaningful role on this team, other than the last back off the bench in a blowout and maybe a short yardage specialist, he needs to be a blocker, whether as a fullback, H-back, or whatever. He has all of the physical tools to be a good blocker. He has the work ethic. He just has to decide that is what he wants to be.
I'm working on my Mop Draft for fantasy league, and....wait, wrong thread.
I completely agree.
I agree with this. I think it definitely has more to do with the guys we currently have blocking. This would get Fowler involved more and allow his role to expand IMO.
This post was edited by cwaters2 20 months ago
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