WebFoots ~ 5085/170
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:
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 ~ Exceptional. Simple stuff, mostly, mind you, but quite Adept.
Separation ~ Excellent. Impressive Instincts for Open Space and phenomenal Agility to get there.
Catching ~ Adept. Soft Hands. Adequate Extension. Excellent Concentration.
Navigation ~ Extraordinary. Tremendous Instincts and sensational Agility. Mind you, he won't break Tackles.
Power ~ Virtually none, but no worries: Thomas should only operate In Space, anyway. Power would be Gravy.
Acceleration ~ Tremendous.
Agility ~ Phenomenal. Great Ricochet and extraordinary Fluidity.
Processing Speed ~ Outstanding Field Vision.
Blocking ~ Ahhhhhh...no.
It seems that a combination of the unremarkable Rookie Campaign of Tavon Austin, of whom I had then and have now Great Expectations, and the Injurious 2013 Campaign of Thomas, himself, after he missed the entire middle 3rd of the Year, after being perhaps misused and mistakenly overworked during the first month, triggered a collapse in the FootBall World's Perceived Value of this emerging and mysterious kind of Weapon.
But the truth remains ~ at least in my twisted Perception of the rapidly evolving Strategic LandScape!! ~ that there is enormous Opportunity to exploit Defenses with the fascinating Fusion of Hybrid Skills that DeAnthony Thomas brings to the table. Advantageously deployed, he could rain Destruction on Defenses!!
A Prospect like Thomas ~ or Austin before'm ~ could produce a 100/100 Year ~ Receptions & Runs!!
But their Impact wouldn't be in the numbers.
It would be in the utter Chaos that they rain on Defenses.
Great Thanks to Brother CineFunk & Brother Thorn for their fine Work in making this Prospectus possible!!
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