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Posted Sept. 5, 2010
Pittsburgh vs. Utah
77 Jason Pinkston
82 Jonathan Baldwin
28 Dion Lewis
97 Jabaal Sheard
91 Greg Romeus
27 Brandon Burton
96 Junior Tui'one
RB Dion Lewis
1st - 14:16 - Nice initial burst and acceleration through the hole
1st - 9:30 - Hits hole hard, nice speed and excellent vision ... seems to go
1st - 3:51 - Very quick and agile in tight space ... changes directions on a dime
My question is - can Lewis break tackles?????
1st - 1:47 - Shows ability to plant foot and drive forward
1st - 1:13 - Shows suddenness to running style
1st - 12:06 - PERFECT patience on this run, then when linemen get on their
blocks he accelerates for TD ... great instincts
Seems to go down easily on contact
1st - 14:16 - Good run block ... uses big frame
1st - 13:42 - Plucks football out of air away from body ... good changing
hanging on to ball after tackle
3rd - 2:54 - Doesn't show great speed or burst on WR reverse
4th - 7:49 - Shows good football IQ on crossing route getting behind the zone ... great hands, catches ball smoothly away from body, plucks out of air.
4th - 7:19 - TD catch, but poor coverage more than anything. Could have done a better job of bending knees, changing speeds, and giving more of a head fake in the double move. Disappointing route and gets TD because of bad defense.
4th - 7:19 (2-pt conversion) - Good job setting up CB in motion ... Nice footwork.
4th - 0:51 - Bad football IQ - doesn't get set before snap costs team penalty and potential TD
1st - 12:59 - Excellent mobility and athleticism pulling on sweep ...
comfortable in space here and executes block efficiently
1st - 12:15 - Nice footwork and smooth athleticism
1st - 9:30 - Good job following through on play ... shows some physicality
on second level block
1st - 8:54 - Gets way too high ... doesn't bend at the knees and gets beat on run
1st - 6:50 - Bends at waist a little too much ... doesn't bend at knees
1st - 6:44 - Horrendous footwork, poor technique gets schooled on spin move
... would be sack had QB not gotten rid of ball
1st - 3:51 - Gets way too high immediately out of stance ... obviously a poor technician and nothing is changing
1st - 1:13 - Very poor block here ... leaves feet, bends at waist too much and gets thrown by DL
2nd - 14:10 - Nice drive block ... shows some strength and tenacity here
3rd - 8:36 - Poor job of turning shoulders/body in pass pro as opposed to staying square and mirroring DL ... gets easily turned around - vulnerable to counter moves
3rd - 8:11- WAY too high in stance, feet are too narrow together...collects false start penalty
4th 10:31 - Not light on his feet, but gets nice hand extension and shows
1st - 12:15 - Physical, nice stack and shed, makes tackle
2nd - 5:32 - Excellent sack ... love his motor, great balance and body control, stays with play and makes athletic tackle on QB.
1st - 11:17 - Nice get-off after snap ... shows strength in bull rush and physicality
1st - 10:50 - Shows bad instincts on zone read - qb keeper
1st - 10:29 - Excellent job taking on trap block from RG ... stays low and maintains leverage. Shows strength and physicality to make tackle
1st - 5:49 - Excellent hand extension, shows some toughness and makes tackle. Terrific job with leverage and keeps low center of gravity which makes it difficult to block him.
1st - 4:45 - Nice instincts and PBU on screen play... does a good job of
creating space with hands vs. LT
ANYTHING OUTSIDE OF BULL RUSH????
2nd - 1:48 - Nice hands on club move - very quick, but lacks speed to turn corner
2nd - 6:19 - Doesn't show an elite burst or speed on this play when he had the chance
4th - 8:53 - Stays low, sets edge...Romeus always does a great job of getting involved in run defense
1st - 9:50 - Head on swivel, shows good awareness to assist block on RDE
1st - 6:50 - Excellent coverage on WR Baldwin ... shows good speed, positioning,
and awareness on this play
3rd - 7:40 - Nice PBU vs. Baldwin ... Times jump well and shows nice athleticism
in air ... shows some confidence and didn't hesittate on play
4th - 7:20 - Not his fault TD was given up (blown coverage by safety), but gets hips flipped around too easily on double move vs. Baldwin
1st - 5:35 - Nice rip move to get to QB, but largely invisible thus far in game
2nd 4:29 - Good job taking on FB block ... stays low, keeps feet pumping and makes
Invisible throughout game ... no impact from Sheard
@billsfan1234 I do agree that Howard is a HOF talent but I don't see him as a good fit for the Bills at this time. They still have Clay, a talented TE, and Taylor does not show a desire to throw the ball down the seam into tight coverage. The Bills effectively have nothing at WR, especially if you consider Watkins is likely out 4-6 games. So I think Williams is a better pick especially considering that they would have to move up to get Howard. They done that a few times in recent history with less than spectacular results. Plus there are other TE's in this draft that can help them. None like Howard of course but you don't build a franchise off a TE.