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Posted: Nov. 05 2018,03:21

One of the more unique things about the Kansas City Chiefs roster this year is the inclusion of five running backs: Kareem Hunt Youth Mitch Morse Jersey , Spencer Ware, Damien Williams, Darrel Williams and fullback Anthony Sherman.This roster construction would make more sense if Spencer Ware or Damien Williams were coming back from injuries, or we had reason to expect Kareem Hunt’s production to fall off.But as we approach the first game of the year, none of this is true.The last running back to solidify their spot on the roster was Darrel Williams, who was an undrafted rookie out of LSU.It was surprising to some that Williams made the roster at all, especially since he has to beat out notable third down backs like Charcandrick West and Kerywnn Williams.At the end of the day, the film has to be good to justify this move, so we went down to the Laboratory and worked through his film from the entire preseason to see just what the Chiefs have in the fifth running back on the roster. Darrel Williams’ tape (more than) speaks for itself. VisionVision is arguably the most important trait for a running back, and from the rather basic runs we saw from Williams during the preseason, he is above the threshold you would expect for a good running back.It’s too early to tell if he’s seeing the entire box — or just systematically working through his reads — but he is hitting the correct aiming points for his runs.This inside zone play is complemented with a trap block coming across to the play side of the formation. While this run is intended to be directly up the A-gap, the hole appears rather quickly with an unblocked defensive tackle squeezing down the vacated gap as he’s about to get trap blocked. Williams identifies this quickly, squares his hips to the back-side A-gap, and gets through the hole quickly.He then does a good job playing off the block at the second level, working straight towards the back hip of the offensive lineman — not cutting off from him until the last second.In the future, we would like to see Williams read the leverage of the second level blocks a little more cleanly — but in this case, the hole between the offensive tackle and tight end created at the second level doesn’t open up until he’s already chosen his path.Explosion and PowerWilliams hasn’t tested as a superior athlete, but he plays fast— with quick decisions and a great first couple of steps when he puts his foot in the ground and gets upfield. Here, his aiming point starts off-tackle, but the edge player holds contain, forcing Williams to look back to an interior or back-side gap. But his hand is forced as the nose tackle gets upfield and starts to press the mesh point.Williams takes the ball and immediately plants his foot to bend the run up through the play side A-gap. It’s the correct decision based on the progressions of the run Youth Kareem Hunt Jersey , but what makes it work on this play is that he doesn’t soft cut into the line of scrimmage, waiting for the offensive line to produce more yards. Instead, he accelerates forward the moment he gets the ball to take the most of what’s there.This combination of quick decision making — and the good initial burst through line — took this play from a marginal gain to a good one.And there’s also the little fact that he dragged multiple players along with him.Williams is hit at the Chiefs 48-yard line by two defenders.He gets low and churns his legs — which causes the ankle dive tackler to end up on the ground. At the 50, he is met head up by a third defender who digs him out of his leverage while a fourth defender rides his back. This doesn’t stop him from leaning forward over his knees and falling forward to the opponent’s 47-yard line.It’s a textbook power finish to a good run. Hands and Open FieldThere are many plays that show Williams naturally catching the ball with both hands away from his body — without messing up his gait. Williams was rarely used as a pass catcher in college, but when given opportunities at the pro level, he is able to properly use his hands, look the ball in and collect it outside his body.This particular play is a good one because he has to adjust to the ball — which was thrown behind him — and then reset his feet to get upfield.The way he drags his back foot off the turn allows him to stop his momentum, get square to the end zone, and begin to advance the ball.It not only saves him time, but also valuable real estate on the field that he is then able to use.Once he has the ball, it’s time for the big back to put on a little show in space, which certainly catches some defenders off guard. The initial foot drag allows him to destroy the angle the first defender was taking and easily shake him. Then with the extra space he created, Williams puts on another lateral cut to get outside again.To keep himself clean, he hits two defenders with a stiff arm without even having to load it back up. You might expect this pure strength when looking at Williams’ stature, but his ability to manipulate the open field angles — and have enough lateral agility to take advantage of those angles — is a massive boost to his game. Route RunningDuring the preseason games, the Chiefs kept it pretty basic.Running backs generally only ran flares, flats, and some simple underneath option routes, so it’s hard to make a pure judgment on where a player is as a route runner.Williams, however, showed us little surprise during training camp with his ability to run some vertical routes — and look comfortable doing so.This is a running back seam route. The hard cut taken at the line of scrimmage is just to freeze the linebacker into thinking a speed out is coming — which is a common route for a running back. After freezing the linebacker Youth Justin Houston Jersey , Williams is able to fluidly bend outside around him, using a chop to get free of the linebacker’s hands.While tracking the ball over his shoulder, Williams never shortens his stride, and keeps working his inside hand to stack the defender — as well as to keep the linebacker from pushing him off his spot. Then he tracks the ball over his shoulder — right into his hands. This, of course, is a one-on-one practice rep.In theory, the offensive player will win.But the comfort level and nuance on the route are nice things to see from a rookie running back in this offense. Pass ProtectionIf you can’t protect the QB, you aren’t likely to see the field very often.Up until the final preseason game, Williams had few opportunities to show what he could do in pass protection — but against Green Bay, he did well. On this play, in particular, it was great to see the mental processing of the young back.At the snap, Williams squares up near the interior of the offensive line — where the pressure is showing — but quickly sees the linebacker is not blitzing. Instead of staying home and helping the offensive line, he scans the front from inside to outside on the play side (the opposite side of his alignment) looking for a player without a blocker. The free rusher ends up being the edge rusher on the play side, so Williams has to quickly slide across the formation; he not only had to work laterally but also work to depth as he was near the line of the pocket.A mistake young runners often make in pass protection is sitting down too close to the quarterback — not accounting for the big athletes who will have momentum moving them.Here, Williams shows a good initial set point, and when he has to work across the pocket, he is able to move the rusher away from the quarterback, leaving enough space for him to step into a throw. BalanceOverall, this is a great play in which Williams shows good power and pad level to pick up the first down well after the first contact.But we can’t call it a special play for one simple reason: balance. The defender makes pretty good contact and does so in the right spot to throw the runner off — so the criticism is a bit nitpicky — but there were a few plays this preseason in which a defender was able to get their shoulder into Williams’ thigh or hip and chop him down as he stumbled forward.This is something that made Kareem Hunt absolutely special last year.He would absorb the blow — sometimes stumbling forward — but remain on his feet to address the next defender with his feet back under him. Williams has good balance — it’s not a weakness by any stretch — but there have been some plays in the open field where aggressive defenders have been able to get into his body and knock him off his base. and Williams hasn’t always been able to regain it while falling forward. The bottom lineDarrel Williams not only happened to come around when the Chiefs wanted more running backs on their depth chart, but also played his way onto it. He’s likely the fourth running back on the chart — and will likely remain there for much of the year — but it would be pretty easy to make the case that he showcased the best (or second-best) set of skills and traits among the running backs this preseason. He’s polished as a runner and a receiver http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/dee-ford-jersey-authentic , and — from what little we’ve seen — he’s more than serviceable in pass protection.Williams a perfect young running back to sit behind the other guys, and learn from the reps that come his way. He will consistently get what is there in the run game — whether it’s obvious or requires a little more creativity — but may lack some of the top-end playmaking ability some of the other players in the room can bring to the table.If Williams can demonstrate second-level vision and better balance, he could easily become a quality starter. He’s got a good group of running backs from whom he can learn.If he can pick up some of Hunt’s ability to absorb contact while staying on his feet, some of Ware’s slashing ability at the second level — and some of Damien Williams’ route running craftiness — he could be a steal going forward. Williams isn’t likely to get a lot of playing time in 2018 because the position group is so loaded.But if there is an injury to Damien Williams or Spencer Ware — or someone ends up underperforming — the Chiefs won’t miss much of a beat if they have to ask Williams to step in.Patrick Mahomes Week 2 film review: something good and something bad This is part one of a three-part weekly film analysis on the performance of Patrick Mahomes.It was a truly monumental Sunday in the history of the Kansas City Chiefs. Patrick Mahomes surpassed great 2006 third-round pick quarterback Brodie Croyle on the all-time touchdown pass list. If Croyle’s career had gone the way he’d wanted it to, it’s very realistic that he would’ve started under center against the Steelers on Sunday. But it didn’t, and he wasn’t. Instead, he was just another guy that wasn’t “our guy.” A 34-year gap separated Chiefs first-round quarterbacks Todd Blackledge and Mahomes. So far, the wait has been well worth it.Mahomes has played unconscious to start his reign as the quarterback of the organization that desperately craved the moments they are experiencing right now. The six-touchdown pass performance felt like an exorcism of demons like Blackledge, Steve Bono, Croyle and Tyler Palko. No one in their wildest dreams thought this fan base would be richly rewarded in the first two weeks of the season.This is unprecedented.The second-year quarterback has thrown the most touchdown passes (10) in the first two games of a season ever. Mahomes has done nothing in this small sample size to indicate that his remarkably high ceiling should be lowered at all. In fact...no, I won’t say it. Let’s just leave it at this: Chiefs fans have more than plenty to be excited about.It wasn’t all perfect. There are still a few things to work on, but it was mostly just amazing. Here’s part one of the weekly Mahomes review.Something goodI’m doing everything I can to keep this play from getting lost in all the things we saw in Pittsburgh.This play is not remotely easy. For another quarterback, this would probably be his best play of the day. The Chiefs have two tight ends lined up attached to the offensive line and into the boundary. Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are lined up to the field. Watkins motions into the boundary with the tight ends. The Chiefs run play action with one tight end staying in for a six-man protection.The Steelers are Cover 1, or man-free coverage. The action gets cornerback Artie Burns to bite. He’s late to get to Watkins, who is running a vertical route, so he sprints to catch up. Mahomes’ eyes get out of the fake and he sees Burns trailing and not looking at him.Mahomes wisely elects to throw a ball on Watkins’ back shoulder. He was early and decisive in delivering it. He delivered the ball with excellent anticipation because he knew the corner had no chance to make a play on the ball. The ball is placed well, as Watkins is able to just adjust to the throw without having to slow down enough for Burns to contest it. He pulled him away from the defender.There was enough zip on the ball that no one came close to catching it but Watkins. It was a little low but didn’t affect the play at all. Watkins was able to get the yards that were there on the play. This isn’t even mentioning the fact that Mahomes threw it off his back foot. His ability to throw off platform allowed this kind of play to happen. It was such a quick-hitting play that he needed to throw it athletically. An all-around great play by the young signal caller.Something badThere really wasn’t that much to be disappointed in from the game two performance. This is about it.The Steelers are playing cover 0, straight man-to-man coverage with no safety. With Burns chasing Hill across the formation, Mahomes knows they’re in man coverage. They will send six rushers on this play. After the (copyright pending) joystick motion by Hill, the Chiefs have him, Travis Kelce and Kareem Hunt lined up into the boundary. Mahomes wants to work that side of the play. The Chiefs are in a five-man protection.I think he should have slid the protection to the field (he should’ve had the offensive line account for No. 51 Jon Bostic http://www.thechiefsfootballauthentic.com/eric-fisher-jersey-authentic , who will blitz and force Mitchell Schwartz to take, leaving an unaccounted for T.J. Watt). If the Steelers send one unaccounted defender to his left, then he is hot (he has to beat the blitz with a throw). If he had been hot to the boundary, then he has Hill, Kelce and Hunt one on one. Had he slid the protection to the field, Mahomes would’ve seen Kelce uncovered for a touchdown.Mahomes keeps the protection lined up into the boundary. On the snap, Mahomes looks like he peeks over there to the field, but I’m not sure he saw the free rushing EDGE player, who eventually brings him to the ground. He would’ve benefited from sliding the protection and possibly didn’t feel the pressure to his front side. Those two things aren’t great, but, in addition, the throw wasn’t where you would like it either.Quarterbacks have aiming points in the end zone. If you’re throwing to the front line of the end zone, you want the ball to be low so that nothing gets tipped and intercepted. If you’re throwing to the back line, you want the ball to be high so that it falls out the back of the end zone if it gets tipped. Mahomes delivers a ball high on the front line of the end zone. Luckily there wasn’t someone there to catch his overthrow.To be fair to Mahomes, I think this was a broken play by Kelce. I don't think that was the route he was supposed to run. He ran to space and when he realized he was unguarded, he went for the end zone. He could have been anticipating Kelce continuing towards the back of the end zone, but regardless, the play shouldn't have happened even if we give Mahomes the benefit of the doubt on that piece of it. Quarterback anecdotesEvery week I’m going to add a quick note about something I’ve picked up about the quarterback position through my time learning and playing the game.Things won’t always go right when you’re up against a 40-second clock. Let’s say there’s a play where the call gets in late and it has pre-snap shifts and motions. If time is running out, quarterbacks will yell for skill players to line up where they’re supposed to be after the shifts and motions, aborting any pre-snap movement to get the play off in time.

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