Re: Brandon Bolden
posted at 8/13/2013 9:47 AM EDT
In response to portfolio1's comment:
In response to mthurl's comment:
Call me crazy, but I think this guy makes the team. To me he has the quickness we need for a guy that weighs 220 pounds. I wasn't all that impressed watching Blount lumbering along on a broken play against preseason tackling - if the guy can do that during the regular season, fine, but I just can't picture that. Bolden - while getting nowhere near the yardage - looked quicker, lower and more powerful to me.
This is a big week for Bolden, if he turns in a favorable week of practice against Tampa and then follows it up in the game, I think Blount will be out. A couple of things on Blount...his face looks so fat that it barely fits in his helmet, he can't catch, he runs upright and for a guy that big he doesn't run with power. I can't see Belichick falling for a power back that tries to run like a scat back.
I could be wrong (maybe they think Bolden is too much like Ridley, or his suspension last year still weighs heavily in many different ways), but I just can't picture a upright Blount running into the teeth of a defense when it matters and having it turn out ok. You can also add in the fact that Blount does have a little history and Belichick may be looking to rid the team of guys like that.
I am not a Blount fan and have thought Bolden would be ahead of him in the depth chart.
BUT - size is not what makes a back a power back. It is power. Blount does not run with power. He is a bit odd, hard to categorize. I agree that in a game against a decent team during the regular season he doesnt break that big run. But he has had some success running his style.
The value he has on this team is that if the D does not respect the run at all he can make them pay. That is in fact the sort of thing that will help our passing game. It is the ability to break runs that will force a D to be honest... or at least more honest.
At this point I think Blount has a real chance to make the team. I am surprised. But it is early yet. Bolden on the other hand cannot make mistakes like running into the punter. He needs to up his total package. I think he can do it.
You're right, he has had some success running with his style....and that's a good way to put it..."his style". I guess I'm not used to that type of style, I don't see it often. I'm trying to think of who he reminds me of, I'd say Bettis, but he ran lower and with more power, but he had that little bit of finesse in his running. We had a guy back in the 80's from Arizona State that was bigger and had that upright style, but he was more a power guy. Eddie George was straight up, but he was all power...Dillon was upright, but he was the most violent runner I've ever seen...never seen a guy that looked like he wanted to beat the guys who were tackling him (I mean beat them with his fists). I once saw Dillon throw a forearm so hard into a guy's head that I thought he killed him.