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Bucky Brooks on Jordan Matthews: Constructive Criticism

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Ya I know, I got that feeling about Cooks too. I dont recall watching Smitty at Utah, but I can tell the kid models a lot of his game after 89. His feet are super quick, I love that.

 

Pretty sure he's said as much.

 

Have seen very little of Cooks, but what set Smitty apart from other small receivers was his strength and leaping ability.  He had great leaping ability and great timing and that combined with his physical strength allowed him to play much bigger than his size.

 

I'm using the past tense here because Smitty is no longer that guy.  Age has finally caught up to him.  He's still a damn good receiver, but he's no longer what he once was which is true of damn near everyone who is in their mid-30s.

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Intersting, hardly any receiver comes fresh out of college and create separation so easily unless yeah he fast as hell and can beat you deep on a simple go route, but running routes that take some time

 

I'm interested a little in 40 time, but more focused on the catching drill and vertical. Not every time you will create separation, you have to go up and grab that it out the air, something we've been missing

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Et tu, Mr. Scot. "Was"?

People have jumped off J-Stew's train like this guy jumping out the window:

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Scot's right, JStew could've been a multi-all-pro kinda player if he was 100% healthy and got more touches. Unfortunately didn't work out that way though.

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Scot's right, JStew could've been a multi-all-pro kinda player if he was 100% healthy and got more touches. Unfortunately didn't work out that way though.

 

Stew ain't finished yet, not with football, and not as a Panther. But back to Matthews...

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We need to go Kelvin Benjamin in the first if he's available.

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Pretty sure he's said as much.

 

Have seen very little of Cooks, but what set Smitty apart from other small receivers was his strength and leaping ability.  He had great leaping ability and great timing and that combined with his physical strength allowed him to play much bigger than his size.

 

I'm using the past tense here because Smitty is no longer that guy.  Age has finally caught up to him.  He's still a damn good receiver, but he's no longer what he once was which is true of damn near everyone who is in their mid-30s.

 

Smitty has more physical advantages than those you named. He tracks better than almost anyone in the league, he has amazing balance, and he also has amazing agility. He is a genetic freak, a gymnast who can run at light speed and is tough as nails. Typically guys built like that arent elite fast, theyre just quick in acceleration and changing directions, Smitty was all of the above. There will never be another. . . and ya sucks that his best days are behind him, but plenty of good ones are still out there to be had.

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Smitty has more physical advantages than those you named. He tracks better than almost anyone in the league, he has amazing balance, and he also has amazing agility. He is a genetic freak, a gymnast who can run at light speed and is tough as nails. Typically guys built like that arent elite fast, theyre just quick in acceleration and changing directions, Smitty was all of the above. There will never be another. . . and ya sucks that his best days are behind him, but plenty of good ones are still out there to be had.

 

You're right, but I was speaking solely on the traits that allowed him to play bigger than he is.

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Love bucky, but didn't he say the same thing about Keenan Allen last year? Allen is doing great. Sometimes Seperations is not subjective.

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Et tu, Mr. Scot.  "Was"? 

 

People have jumped off J-Stew's train like this guy jumping out the window:

 

I'd love to see him back to form, especially given his contract makes it difficult to do anything but keep him this year.

 

But i'd be lying if I said I have any confidence that he'll ever again be what he used to be.  Frankly, I'm not confident he's even gonna be healthy enough to see the field again :(

 

Would love to see him prove me wrong.

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You're right, but I was speaking solely on the traits that allowed him to play bigger than he is.

 

I gotya, and what I guess I was adding was that he needed those other talents to do what he does. Tracking puts him in the right place, body control is important when playing strong db's in tight spots, and incredibility agility allows him to turn on a dime in his routes like he's on skates.

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