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The question has been asked and it hit me watching his film. He's used to standing up and getting down in a 3 point stance. He's very good at using his hands to get off of a block and is so quick off the snap he's a threat to just blow by someone. We're always saying we need a pure pass rush threat.......why not Rueben? Anybody else thought this or am I just crazy?
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I've definitely thought about it watching his film and I think he would be just as good as any.
It's an interesting thought, but from what you have seen on film would you rather have him coming off an edge/rushing the passer or sitting in the middle and being able to play sideline to sideline? Nobody has seen him in crimson yet so this is all speculation, but I feel like he's most valuable in the middle where he has a chance to impact every play instead of on an edge where you could just run away from him. Saban will figure it out
Guess it all depends on Allen turns out. We basically sign Upshaw and Hightower 2.0 with these two. Foster will be roaming the middle but when he is walking around the line of scrimage, people will be keeping an eye on him for sure. I'm still waiting on someone that can blow the play up from the middle. When the ball is snapped I want to see someone take the center and put him QB's chest. There is no pass protection that stops that. Guys like Fairley and Glenn Dorsey were one man pass rushes.
middle worked best for troup. we tried him on the edge a LOT in his junior year only to find teams audible away from him or run heavies on his side...anything to get the play away. once he was back in the middle, it really did cut the entire field in half and no one could be his speed
I respect Reuben for going to high shool, working, and providing for his daughter with no goverment assistance.
I jus dont think he is best suited for Jack considerng he is only 6'1-6'2 at very best.. wouldnt be too too hard for any 6'5+ OT to contain him too much due to height n length advantages alone.. jmho
He is a middle guy all the way to me. Where you maybe on to something is in our dime package coming off the edge like Hightower used to do.
why not Allen at jack (behind Dickson & Anderson) & let Reub (behind DePreist,Mosely,& Ragland) blitz from the middle.
sliding Duval (behind Hubbard ) to Sam.
Elvis Dumervil doesn't seem to have a problem getting around OT's...and he's pushing 5'11" haha
my initial reaction is absolutely no way. his short, compact frame is perfectly suited for the middle, where as you typically have taller, longer leaner guys on the outside
I think we will come to appreciate his versatility and athleticism from an every down capable middle backer.
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He doesn't have the arm length needed to play jack. Offensive tackles in this league would eat him alive.
Courtney Upshaw was 6'1.5". He did ok.
Could he? Yes.
Should he? No. The kid is a middle linebacker crafted by the football gods.
So about him playing jack....
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Foster has the ability to play multiple roles on the Alabama defense, but inside linebacker is where he should stick. He is just a natural fit for the position.
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James Harrison is a JACK and he is about the same size as RF... BUT - he appears to be a MLB all the way.
Time will tell
Regardless of height, if Reuban Foster doesn't have the arm length, OTs will eat him alive. If you measure those shorter JACKs and DEs in the NFL I bet their wingspan is huge.
I bet Upshaw's isn't.
Upshaw has an amazing wingspan for his 6'1 frame...76 inches is the same measurable for most DEs that are around 6'4
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