Re: Free 6th Round Pick
posted at 7/29/2014 3:16 PM EDT
Panthers | Tyler Gaffney making good first impression
Carolina Panthers RB Tyler Gaffney has earned praise from the coaching staff for his ability in blitz pickup and familiarity with the team's power running scheme, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com.
2014-07-08 18:26:20 | Source: Panthers.com - Max Henson
Davis was arguably the best running back to ever suit up for the Carolina Panthers, leading them to their lone Super Bowl appearance in 2003.
Why Battle and Davis? All three running backs have the same build, strengths, and limitations. All three can be described as tough, patient inside runners that thrive on contact. They all do not have "wiggle," and would not be expected to elude defenders. They all do a lot of things right, but none of them spectacularly.
Unique to Battle and Davis, however, is Gaffney’s potential breakaway speed. While I did not see it dramatically on tape, he did have some plays where he was able to peel away from the defense. At the combine, Gaffney posted an eye-popping 4.49 40-yard dash and had the second-highest 3-cone drill time amongst running backs. The measurables and potential are there for sure.
It is the hope that after the 2014 season, Gaffney can slide right into the role of a bruising back that can get the tough yards when needed. Ideally, he can develop into a Stephen Davis or even an Alfred Morris type: one that is not going to be routinely featured on SportsCenter, but is instead a reliable, steady weapon on a playoff team.
Based on his combine performance and two-sport experience, Gaffney has the potential to be the dynamic, tough running back that the current Panthers offense requires.