Rebels ~ 5073/165
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. Saw him run a variety of Routes and run them well.
Separation ~ Outstanding. He's incredibly Agile.
Catching ~ Excellent. Great Hands, terrific Concentration. Didn't see'm drop a single Pass.
Navigation ~ Phenomenal. An absolute Terror in the Open Field.
Power ~ He actually startled me by dragging a Defender several Yards on one Play and surging through the Pile on another!! Mind you, it would be a foolish mistake to run'm up the Middle unless you're in The Spread and the Defense is playing a 1-5-5 or something, but there is clearly Core Power, there!!
Acceleration ~ Phenomenal. Explosive.
Agility ~ Magnificent. Ridiculous Fluidity and astonishing Ricochet.
Processing Speed ~ Awesome. Appears to actually keep up with the torrid speed of his own Ricochets, more or less, which is in and of itself impressive. Haw. Seriously: Tremendous Field Vision.
Blocking ~ Let's not be silly, now.
FlexWings, or at least the handful that I've profiled so far, are the smallest Prospects by an considerable margin, but even among them Scott, who gives up 10 crucial Pounds to most'f'm, is miniscule.
It always seemed as if at any given moment he might be crushed underfoot and wiped off the face of the Earth!!
And, indeed, I would expect that of course he will be very susceptible to Injuries at The Next Level, more so if he plays every Down...But I also believe that he would hold up far better than many would expect.
In any case, Jeff Scott brings an exquisitely explosive Fusion of Acceleration, Fluidity, and Ricochet to the table.
Get this guy the Ball In Space a dozen times a Game and he could easily rip a Defense to shreds.
And in reality, he doesn't really have to avoid the Middle, in a Zone Blocking Scheme, especially in The Spread.
The fact is that in many ways, his smaller stature works in'is Favor because of course he's hard to pick out as he bubbles and boils behind a wall of Grizzlies, and that optical advantage, combined with his incredible explosiveness, often gives'm just enough time to surge past his prospective Tacklers out into The Open. Lightning in a Bottle.
Sneaky Small Size & outrageous explosiveness renders Defenders bewildered, bedazzled, and beguiled!!
You can't kill'm if you can't catch'm!! Hah!!
Great Thanks to Draft BreakDown and to Brother Thorn, who's Great Work made this Prospectus possible!!
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