This is as opposed to FlexBacks, who of course are HalfBacks who take an active hand in the Passing Game.
And this is also opposed to the traditional Wes Welker sort of SlotBack or other "Wide Receivers" who make occasional Cameo Appearances in the Running Game on End Arounds and Reverses and such.
Mind you: I believe that failing to actively include these aforementioned SlotBacks in the Running Game in the first place to be foolish, and I further believe that they are, to a man, capable of doing so and thus significantly enhancing their Teams's Tactical Options, Strategic Capacities, and, thus, Mercuriality.
"Unpredictability", to you Earthlings. Yeah, I just made that up.
As such, one could make an Argument that FlexWings are all SlotBacks, and that the term is thus Redundant.
But of course it is not: As HalfBacks could be defined as FlexBacks who don't pose significant Threats in the Passing Game, so can FlexWings be described as SlotBacks who are too small in stature either to Block reliably or indeed to play a full slate of Snaps...but whose dynamic Utility nevertheless demands they get Snaps.
Perhaps there would've been no Role in the NFL for such diminutive Players, in Years Past.
But with the NFL rapidly evolving towards Offenses that spread things out and force Defenses to do the same, and with Defenses being increasingly compelled by evolving Offenses not only to deploy more Pass-Oriented Tactics, but to take on an increasingly Pass-Oriented Defensive Mentality...Opportunity for Small, Spry Backs abounds.
As with many Roles, there is of course some overlapping with other Roles, and I'm quite sure that most who read these words will roll an eye or two at me, which is of course your Privilege!!
But I do greatly enjoy exploring the Possibilities of this Great Game, and it seems to me that there is an enormous Strategic Opportunity, here: Defensive Tactics have out of necessity responded to the latest changes in Regulations to become, once again, both Smaller in Personnel and more Passing Oriented in their Schematics.
As such, it seems to me that an Hybrid SlotBack ~ a FlexWing, if you will ~ who takes an active hand in the Running Game and is in fact very effective or even dangerous when doing will provide a considerable Strategic Advantage to his Team: Defenses that are developed and deployed to oppose Offenses that include a prominent SlotBack will naturally be both Smaller in Personnel and more Passing Oriented in their Schematics, and thus placed at a Strategic ~ Personnel Development ~ and Tactical ~ Schematics & PlayCalling Disadvantage.
As with all Strategic & Tactical Innovations, the Advantage would be most acute during the first few Years.
These are the Attributes that I'll be looking at, when evaluating FlexWings:
Routing ~ How adeptly ~ Crisply, Intelligently, and Reliably ~ he Runs the Route Tree.
Separation ~ Getting Off The Blocks, Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet ~ Burst out'f'is Breaks.
Catching ~ Hands, Timing, Tracking The Ball, and Vertical Agility.
Navigation ~ How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch: Power & Agility.
Power ~ Derived from Core Power, it's the Capacity to Break Tackles and to consistently Drive Forward.
Acceleration ~ "40" Times Be Damned. It's the Capacity to rapidly cover short Distances that makes an Impact.
Agility ~ Fluidity and Ricochet ~ that's "Explosiveness out of Breaks" to you Earthlings!!
Processing Speed ~ Field Vision, or the Capacity to Rapidly Read & React in a Tactical Environment.
Blocking ~ Core Power, Fluidity, Combat Tactics, and all that goes into being an effective LineMan. Warfare.
And as always, regarding "40" Times: I don't give a Rat's Ass!! Hah!!
I should also note that while I include Power & Blocking as Attributes that matter to me, they are not as crucial.
Routing ~ Excellent. Crisp and precise in'is Cuts. Disciplined.
Separation ~ Outstanding. Good Instincts for Open Space, and his Ricochet is Out Of This World.
Catching ~ Excellent. Good Hands. Good Concentration.
Navigation ~ Magnificent. Ludicrously Agile. Phenomenal Ricochet. A genuine Terror to Defenses After The Catch.
Power ~ Startlingly decent!! Finch clearly commands phenomenal Core Power and doesn't hesitate to BullDog it!!
Acceleration ~ Adequate.
Agility ~ Phenomenal. Tremendous Fluidity and the most explosive Ricochet I've seen, this Year.
Processing Speed ~ Excellent. Great Instincts & Field Vision.
Blocking ~ Didn't see'm asked to, though I suspect he'd be surprisingly competitive.
There were whispers, a Year ago, and often requoted, that he wasn't putting in the Work to better'mself.
S'far's I can tell, that all derived from a vague comment from his OC, back in September of 2012, that may or may not've impugned Finch's Work Ethic. There's certainly no question that he was BlackBalled in 2012, when he accumulated a total of 9 Touches, after racking up 145 the Year before.
The question is: why?
Frankly, I'm thinking it's probably Much Ado About Nothing. The very same OC had nothing but praise for Finch, this Autumn. Finch only recovered a fraction of the Market Share he'd held in his explosive 2011 Campaign, mind you, but the Sooner BackField has been loaded. They may simply have changed their Strategic Approach.
Until I read damning Testimony about any current doubts about'm, he's squeaky clean as far as I'm concerned.
...Which leaves us his Play on the Field of Battle.
And there, my friends, Roy Finch is a dangerous, dynamic, explosive Storm.
He's a Threat to Break It All The Way on every single Play...and, far more crucially for those silly Fools who happen to be more focused on winning Games & Championships than on SportsCenter Splashes, he's astonishingly Powerful for such a short guy. You can definitely run this guy Between The Tackles ~ in Zone & Spread, mind you!! ~ and actually harbor a reasonable expectation of Success!! And that means that as a FlexWing, who is of course most effective In Space, he's a threat along the entire Line of Scrimmage.
And that renders'm, for an OC who's wise enough to unleash Finch's extraordinary and startlingly broad Capabilities, the kind of Threat that keeps entire Defenses guessing...and keeps them on their Heels.
Great Thanks to Brother Huff, who's great and extensive Efforts made this Prospectus possible!!
And an enormous Shout Out to Brother Josh Norris of RotoWorld, who first discovered Roy Finch!!
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