As Citizen Brizer the great Gate Keeper himself has written, and I paraphrase, don't expect much revelation if any to come out of the Eagles' rookie camp this weekend... for not much will be revealed. It is basically a preliminary set of physicals to be passed and paperwork to be filled out--- and a variety of chalkboard sessions, followed by observations of how well the newbies are able to line up in the correct position when the instructors call out signalled formations.
The real drama is still behind the scenes.
One of those dramatic conflicts is very much involved around young veteran wideout/special teams performer Riley Cooper and the perceived challenge of rookie draftee Marvin McNutt...
Marvin McNutt ,6-4, 215, Iowa, with 170 career college receptions for 2861 yards and 28 TD's total, has more actual receiving experience than Cooper...and slightly better speed. McNutt could win Riley Cooper's WR position based on "big play" ability alone...
Riley Cooper, 6-3, 222, Florida, and still only 24 years of age, solid on special teams and caught 7 passes as a rookie and then had 16 receptions in 2011 with one for a TD. Cooper has NFL ability. He has ideal size. He runs pretty well. He is a solid special teams player. Cooper must make a serious jump this season and show that he has more than just potential. He has made some highlight-type catches, but has also had bad drops.
To be completely fair, you have to give credit to Cooper (above) for his love of football... since his best sport is probably baseball. Cooper was actually drafted by the Phillies in 2009... and later recruited by the Texas Rangers as he insisted on sticking with football.
However the wide receiver competition shakes out, it won't be settled at rookie camp this weekend. The first thing Marvin McNutt will have to learn in the NFL is how to run the complete Route Tree.
If you want to play receiver in this league, you have to be able to run every route in the game plan.
Where do routes break? McNutt needs to learn this stuff (Cooper already does know it)....Before we get into the actual routes, we need to know where and when the WR is going to break. And outside of the 3-step game (Slant, Flat), every route breaks at a depth of 12-15 yards. Why is that important?--- Double moves. If you are playing defensive back and see the WR stutter his feet at a depth of 8-yards, expect him to get vertical up the field—because there isn’t a route that breaks at 8-yards. However, remember one very important detail: if the WR doesn’t break his route between a depth of 12-15 yards, you better open your hips and run---because that WR is running straight down the field.
Making it simple…
Flat (1) Think Slant-Flat, Curl-Flat, Flat-7. It is the one route that will show up consistently in combination concepts. You will get it out of the backfield, plus from a No.1 WR with a reduced split and a No.2 aligned inside of the numbers.
Slant (2) You see it at the high school level on Friday nights and on Sunday in the NFL because it is the top 3-step concept in any playbook. Look for a wide split (outside of the numbers) and vs. a 3x1 formation. The ideal, quick Cover 1 (man-free) beater.
Comeback (3) One of the tougher throws in the NFL when it is run at a deep depth (15-yards). We will see it vs. Cover 1 and it is the only route (outside of the fade or 9 route) where a WR aligns wide (outside of the numbers) with a hard outside vertical release.
Curl (4) The curl route is simple, yet it is essential for working vs. off-man coverage and zone based defenses. Stem hard up the field and break back downhill to the QB. There is a reason defenses have “curl to flat” zone players in Cover 3 and Cover 4—because you have to stop this route.
Out (5) Again, similar to the comeback, the deep out is route we use to judge NFL QBs. Can they make that throw? Look for the WR to align inside of the numbers or on top of the numbers at the widest. You need to create room to run this route.
Dig (6) The classic intermediate to deep inside breaking route in the NFL. Mike Martz made it big (sometimes at a depth of 20-plus yards) when he was the coach of the Rams with Isaac Bruce and we see it today in multiple combinations. Get a vertical stem up the numbers from the WR and break it across the middle vs. any coverage.
Corner (7) The top route we see vs. Tampa 2 defenses as it puts stress on both the corner sinking and the deep half safety. And, just like the comeback and the out, you must create room to work for the WR. Can’t run the 7 route from outside of the numbers—because the WR will run out of bounds.
Post (8) We will see the “Skinny Post” (or “Bang 8”) on Sundays, but the basic post route is a concept that allows a WR to win vs. man-coverage as he works to the deep middle of the field. A big play waiting to happen when you work vs. a FS that doesn’t have discipline in his drop and depth.
Fade (9) The ultimate deep ball. The “go route” is in every NFL playbook when you want to win a one-on-one matchup down the field. And just like we said above, when you get an outside vertical release vs. a WR aligned outside of the numbers, you either get the comeback or a shot down the field.
Elite receivers can produce in the entire Route Tree. This will be the real test for Marvin McNutt. His real competition will be himself as he takes on the learning curve in rookie camp this weekend. Riley Cooper has already survived at least that much. Perhaps it may turn out that Cooper's special teams skills can coexist with McNutt's playmaking ability if somehow Marvin can prove himself over the next few months as worthy of that fourth wideout spot in the depth chart... Keeping both McNutt and Cooper---that would be a happy ending where everyone wins. But don't count on it.
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Even though Shelby was a Ford guy.... He was still a brilliant pioneer in American muscle cars R.I.P
@dutchrubb I'm sorry to hear that. Automobile performance would pry be very different had he not been around. True American legend.
@PPW Yeah, between he, and John Delorean, they practiacally invented the musclecar. Other guys put big motors in small bodies, but these guys made it the full package with stripes and spoilers, and made them a marketing success.
We also lost another car pioneer recently that I did not get to talk about here, due to being on the road, but I will mention him now..........Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins........who was one of the best engine builders ever and a pro stock racing pioneer.
@dutchrubb I wish I would've read the entire story. It would've been cool to be part of racing and performance in its infancy. To go where no man had gone before. Or woman if you count Shirley Muldowny(spelling?). I always thought her story was neat.
@PPW Yeah, read it too.......all three volumns. Wrote the book so it would be published after he was gone...............so he could not be sued for telling the truth about the way things were with people in racing and in the automobile biz. Amazing the things they did and got away with.
@dutchrubb First off thanks for the well wishing! The drip was nice for a week I wont lie. Nice to be home though. 2nd I didn't know about Grumpy passing. Another American Legend. 3rd any Chevy guy worth his bowtie would have to throw the names Ed Cole and Zora Arkus-Duntov into the mix with those other guys.
@PPW Oh, and by the way, did not get to add my name to the well wishers on this board......here's hoping for your speedy recovery..........just hope you did not like "the drip" too much!!!!!
Must read profile on Rivers by so called expert......http://www.thehuddlereport.com/Free/archive/Player.Profiles/2004.Profiles/PhilipRivers.htm
2004 combine article......http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=1739186
never say "no chance" but I wouldn't expect it @RealMKraeutler No chance for Foles to be backup at any point during next season?......R Frank
Kafka will be #2 @cjamesPhilly @rcreamer824 Hope Vick, Edwards & Foles with Jacory Harris on practice squad.........R Frank replying a tweet about QB depth chart
Spoke to DeSean Jackson. Seems more at ease than I can remember past 2yrs. says feels like "100 lbs of stress" has been lifted off shouldersDeSean also says he has spoken to Shady about his contract. "i think it'll be in his best interests" to attend all OTAs/camp DeSean says ...DeSean said he felt holding out hurt his relationship with the front office and hindered getting a deal done......Tamari
@Kenemeka This is what I like to hear....iffin he is stretching the field like we know he can, this O is pretty much unstoppable.......IF.....
Kendall Wright said he didn't have a playbook at Baylor so that's made it a bigger adjustment in NFL #titans.......Jim Wyatt
@Kenemeka That's just how some coaches roll...Old-fashioned ones especially...In my three years of high school football we played a gamut of teams with fancy wristbands, sideline signalling, and complex terminology...Didn't seem to help much...Fancy systems still fall to superior coaching and playong...Playbooks are just reference anyways and you still have a poor understanding of your job on any particular play until you run it in practice...College teams, even D1 teams, often don't run as many plays as the NFL, so it's not as hard to keep track of everything...
Whats better then a beautiful girl?? .... dr. Strange.. yup, the sorcere supreme is hetting a movie. Life is oh so very good.
Small correction...I misspoke when I said a couple of cans of ale.....I meant a couple few cans of ale....tall cans at that...cracking number six right now.........get in.....
That route tree looks like the symbol on Greendale community college's flag, the one that's between the words E. Pluribus. Anus. haha
@Jerky Any post wiff anus in it gets alike from me....
@Jerky it looks like da handicap parking sign of Da Future,...
@Jerky I saw Neil Young on his Greendale tour, Crazy Horse was there....not what yer referencing, but it was cool nonetheless.....maybe even cooler than what you are referencing? (that silly community college show?)....Neil Young is my boy...