Moutaineers ~ 5085/175
Hence the term.
They tend to be smaller than either the Split End or the Flanker, and the best ones are remarkably Quick.
And they're actually considered "Backs" ~ like HalfBacks or FullBacks...or QuarterBacks!! ~ which I find rather cool.
*Please do note, though: Schematically, theSlotBack is whoever lines up as the SlotBack...But for the purposes of these Scouting Reports, I am applying this NomenClature to those who are SlotBacks by trade, so to speak: Those whose Skills Sets apply best to that particular Job Description. What their Coaches might do with them, once they're drafted, is another matter all together. Ditto, the Split Ends and Flanker. In any case, many play multiple Roles.
It should also be noted that many Coaches deploy widely different kinds of Players at SlotBack.
Furthermore, I should append that the classic SlotBack is that I would not employ much, myself. My Reports are based on my perception of how they'd do in Offenses that do employ classic SlotBacks ~ like Wes Welker.
The most compelling Attributes of a SlotBack are, in my view, and in no particular order:
Release ~ How Adeptly he employs Burst, Core Strength, Fluidity, & Combat to Dust Off the Defender
Routing ~ How Adeptly ~ Crisply, Intelligently, and Reliably ~ he Runs the Route Tree
Separation ~ Fluidity & Ricochet ~ Explosiveness out'f'is Breaks
Catching ~ Reliability & Technique
Navigation ~ How well he Navigates the Field in Pursuit of Yards After Catch
Blocking ~ Core Strength, Drive Power, Fluidity, & Combat
Routing ~ Good, but needs to keep improving.
Separation ~ Ridiculous. He commands the most dynamic Fusion of Fluidity & explosive Ricochet of this Class.
Catching ~ Good. Great Hands. Good Jumper. Needs to get a better Grip, though.
Navigation ~ Magnificent. Flat out magical in the Open Field.
Blocking ~ Poor, as you'd expect. Good Effort, but who's kidding who??
He is, in fact, what a SlotBack ought to be: A true Dual Threat to Run or to Receive.
The Game is changing...and I believe that Tavon Austin will be perceived as an Agent of that Change.
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