Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 3/28/2014 12:20 PM EDT
Speaking of CJ here's a nice highlight vid:
Now normally I hate highlight vids but this one is more of a generic catching highlight reel and not the omg big play kind. A couple things to note:
- On his stop and go plays notice his stutter step and move. It's very advanced and for a guy his size quite impressive
- notice those huge hands, remind you of anyone?
- Notice he squares his shoulders to the ball at every chance. This shows he knows how to use his size to his advantage blocking out any potential reach arounds for deflections
- He catches the ball away from the body and brings it in with a fluid motion, very good hands
I wish this vid showed more of his blocking but it gives you some idea of his receiving ability. He has great hands, a surprising quick short step, and knows how to effectively block out defenders. Esp, on the goalline, again remind you of anyone?
Much better vid for blocking:
Run blocking notice he keeps his hands in, doesn't over extend his leverage, and drives the defender backwards with his forearms and his hands locked instead of trying to push defender with extended arms. That type of blocking is extremely effective because it prevents the defender from reaching out to make a tackle since if the defender reaches out with an arm all CJ has to do is extend his arm while the defender is off balance to pull him out of the play. You can't do that if you are already fully extended.
Pass blocking uses opponents power against them. He keep square extending the arm to the outside while slightly pulling in his inside arm. This redirects the defenders force using their own power to force themselves inside. He keeps that inside angle until he gets past the QB, at which point he switches up nice extending inside arm while retracting outside arm shifting power and weight causing the defender to take an arc to the outside off balance effectively blocking around the QB. Feet movement is great keeping it short and notice his feet never separate futher than his shoulders ensuring the defender can't catch him off balance but also allowing him to direct his full power towards the defender.
On catching notice again uses his body effectively squaring up to make defenders reach around his entire body. Lines up wide, in the slot, and inline effective from all spots. Needs to get off the line quicker when he inline releases and needs to not round his in cuts, but the 3 cone shows he has the ability to do so just needs to develop it a bit further.
Overall he reminds me a lot of Gronk. Not as refined but very similar playing styles and body frames. Athletic freak for a kid his size