Real Football Scouting Report: The Running Backs
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Martin has been one of the most consistent and reliable backs in the NFL over the last ten years. As a runner, he has excellent quickness to the hole and runs much bigger than his size (5-11, 210). He has the speed to stretch the run to the outside, but also has outstanding cutback ability and body control and can turn the run back inside and pound it between the tackles. He has excellent vision and great patience, and will make the first tackler miss. His versatility as a receiver and as a blocker make him an invaluable part of the Jets offense. Though he is on the downside of his career, he still has the passion, work ethic and toughness to compete at a high level
Houston did an admirable job as an injury replacement for Curtis Martin last season, starting the final four games of his rookie campaign. Has deceptive speed, but hits the hole hard and is a tough runner inside. He runs with a low pad level and has good hands.
Though undersized (5-9, 205), Blaylock has excellent speed and is explosive to the hole. He can bounce the run outside, turn the corner, and get up the sideline, and has the second gear in the open field to take it the distance. Displays excellent hands and is effective on screens and dump offs underneath. Runs routes well and can split out wide.
Washington is a tough, hard-working and competitive, and gained valuable experience as a four year starter at FSU. He is a versatile runner who can run with power between the tackles and has the quickness to gain the edge and take the run to the outside. He is dangerous with the ball in his hands and has also excelled as a receiver and kick returner. His lack of size and injury history were a concern for scouts heading into the draft, otherwise he would have been a sure first day selection. He has the skill and versatility to be the heir apparent at RB for the Jets.
Butler is a first-year player with some skills, but needs time to develop. He is a patient runner and sets up his blocks well. He has good vision and slides behind the LOS before hitting the hole.