Flashes ~ 5075/175
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 ~ Adept. Experienced at SlotBack and Flanker, though he needs further refinement.
Separation ~ Extraordinary. Tremendous Acceleration, phenomenal Ricochet, and sensational Fluidity.
Catching ~ Adept. Good Extension and Focus.
Navigation ~ Magnificent. Sensational Fluidity, phenomenal Ricochet, and spectacular Break Away Speed.
Power ~ Hah!! A stiff wind will knock'm on'is ass!!
Acceleration ~ Outstanding. Blasts to the OutSide or the Second Level rapidly.
Agility ~ Magnificent. Ridiculously explosive Ricochet and absolutely sensational Fluidity.
Processing Speed ~ Mediocre. Flashes exceptional Field Vision, though. He's a bit raw, is all.
Blocking ~ Not horrible, actually, despite a complete Dearth of Core Power!! Excellent Effort.
It fascinates and amuses me, how Reactionary and how unimaginative so many of FootBall's Leaders tend to be.
Of course, that's easy for me to say: My job's not on the line.
Dri Archer has the Potential to become an extraordinary FlexWing. If advantageously deployed by a wise Strategist, he should become an immediate and substantial contributor at SlotBack and at Flanker, and he's just as ready to bring a substantial Impact in the Running Game, if some Coach is shrewd enough to let'm run it a few times.
He's not a PowerBack.
And please, God, don't ask'm to Anchor Block.
But he brings an astonishingly explosive fusion of Agility and Long Speed, and if you get this guy the Ball In Space a dozen times a Game or so, and are smart enough to mix a lot of Runs in with the Passes, you'll not only terrorize Defenses who don't know whither Lightning is going to strike, you will transform your Offense.
Great Thanks to the men of Draft BreakDown, who's Great Work made this Prospectus infinitely easier to forge!!
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