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I ask because he isn't physically intimidating, like Julio/Calvin Johnson/Andre Johnson were/are.
He's fast but lots of folks are fast. Is he as big as AJ Green? I heard someone compare Coop to AJG this weekend on XM.
Is it his route running/compete for the ball/football IQ?
Is it a combination of everything?
Combination of everything
Yes. He runs routes as good as any College receiver I have seen. This will only get better. He understands the position, space, utilizing that space to his advantage, how defenses play so that he can take advantage of that. He has very nice speed. Size. Great athletic ability. Agility. Body control. And maybe as great as all of these traits are, the two that stand out even more...
His hands are unreal. Soft, yet firm when catching the ball. And his desire to be great is unmatched. He simply has it all.
He's smoother than a glass of Balvenie. From what I saw this year he's good at everything, which makes him exceptional because that is rare. Great hands, routes, and has that extra gear. Also, just a feel for the game. Smart player.
In a game, I've never seen him miss a catchable ball. Love Julio, but even Julio would drop passes all the time.
I think it's his agility that sets him apart and makes him a better route runner. Slices through zone defense and just gets open. Catches the ball if it's in his vicinity. Decent blocker on the edges for run plays. Has a killer juke that usually makes the first man miss.
Smooth, precise, route running and quick feet. Not to mention the best hands in the business. Only gonna get better.
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He has ALL of the WR 'tools' (same can be said of TJ as a RB). That said, his ability to go from '0-60' (freakish acceleration), in the blink of an eye, is my favorite characteristic of his. You can see it on the field. The opposing DBs have never faced anything like his other-worldly acceleration. He is the epitome of the old football catch-phrase 'If hes EVEN, hes LEAVIN'.
Spot on! He may have the best set of hands I've ever seen. Just love the way he snatches the ball out of the air.
Ball skills. Most of the time it's subtle like his adjustment to the ball on the deep ball against Georgia. Instinctively adjusted to the inside and attacked the football.
His combination of route running, ball catching, and speed is something special. He seems to always be open especially in clutch situations. He also makes amazing catches when the ball is thrown his way. He is an elite receiver.
In my opinion, Julio was a better athlete but Amari is a better pure receiver than Julio.
You nailed it with the acceleration observation. That's also what makes Manziel special. He's not super fast, but he's a very fast accelerator.
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I'll try and add some additional insight to what the other posters have mentioned. The first thing that stands out to me is his route running. And, I'm sure you hear people talk about that from time to time, but you may not understand what that means. It doesn't necessarily mean running the correct routes that are called from a playcalling perspective, but rather that he doesn't drop his hips when he comes in and out of his breaks. He transitions so smoothly so he doesn't allow cornerbacks to "see" where he is going, they merely have to guess. This is why you see him alone in the secondary on so many plays, without a DB within 10-15 yards of him. He doesn't just get open, he gets WIDE open.
Secondly, he has good size and borderline great speed. People his size are not supposed to be able to plant their foot and break ankles. Did you see the poor DB he juked in the National Championship game? Case and point. Get ready to see tons of quick throws and WR screens for him in the coming years, as if you haven't already.
Additionally, his hands are incredible and he catches the football at it's highest point. Many times you'll see other receivers depend heavily on their body to make catches. If you want to see what I'm talking about, watch his catch against Bacarri Rambo in the SECCG. Or, the acrobatic touchdown pass he stole from a waiting Ole Miss defender.
Lastly, he seems like a great kid with a great attitude. I'm sure when it boils down to it that's his greatest trait of all. Watching him score, he doesn't showboat or taunt other players, he simply hands the ball to the official and waits on his next victim.
East Coast Marqise Lee.........and that's high praise.
You get out of it what you put into it!
He gets seperation, has hands like glue and can adjust to the ball like a homing missile.
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