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30.05.2019, 05:53
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The broadcast booth was saying “Anderson” so often it felt like a pair of Agent Smiths were calling Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals. The Los Angeles Rams rolled to a 31-9 victory over their division rival John Franklin-Myers Jersey , thanks in large part to a guy who had just joined the team less than a week before game time: CJ Anderson. The six-year vet rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown, two things he hadn’t done since the end of last season when he was a Denver Bronco. Before he joined the Rams, he was a Carolina Panther. With Carolina, Anderson was nothing special (103 yards on 34 carries through seven games). With LA, he could be just the opposite. Train is a comin’Anderson brings what the Rams running game needed: power. LA has the 4th-best running game in the league with 139.4 rushing yards per-game. In the two weeks before playing Arizona, however, the Rams rushed for a combined 134 yards against Chicago and Philadelphia. Those two defenses focused on daring Goff to throw the ball against pressure and in doing so, managed to keep a lid on Todd Gurley. As good as Gurley is, he’s not a power runner. He’s not a guy who can churn out positive yards against defenders at the line of scrimmage. Gurley benefits from good run-blocking (the Rams are one of the best in the league) and uses his speed and quickness to make the gains. Anderson uses his cuts and power.Anderson had good run-blocking against the Cardinals, too. But there were some spots when the Cardinals defense could have allowed fewer gains had Gurley been in the game. Take Anderson’s third run of the game — Arizona CB David Amerson has the opening to make a tackle near the line of scrimmage, but instead is dragged by Anderson for an extra four yards for a six-yard gain. Amerson was unblocked on a lot of Anderson runs and he was never successful in tackling Anderson at the point of contact. This run was similar to almost every other time Amerson came up to meet Anderson. On a dimeAnderson is thicc (Edit: I just realized how insensitive this is. Please follow my Twitter thread as I educated everyone on why using “thicc” is bad). But for a big back like Anderson Brian Allen Jersey , he can make some sharp cuts. On this second-and-seven play, Chandler Jones manages to penetrate the line and get close to Anderson. But the big back manages to evade Jones’ reach and hit the hole before it closes for a 27-yard pickup. On Anderson’s touchdown run, Everett is actually late on the pull to block the edge. Anderson actually arrives at the hole before Everett can cross him to seal the block. Yet, Anderson is able to briefly stop to allow Everett to cross before charging ahead for the touchdown. On this sweep right, Austin Blythe’s man is practically served up to face Anderson one-on-one. But Anderson makes a small, yet effective, cut to bypass him for the 8-yard gain. Complements, not contrastAnderson did better against a stacked box and a 4-3 defense than Gurley has and performed better against the Cardinals than Gurley did in Week 2. In that game, Gurley carried the ball 19 times for 42 yards. His biggest run was an 11-yard touchdown. Subtract that from his day, and Gurley’s average carry was around 1.7 yards. These facts don’t make Gurley any less of a runner. He’s still the No. 1 back when he returns from injury, as he should be. What I’m saying is Anderson needs to be a frequent contributor to this offense is the Rams are going to make it past the first round of the playoffs. Defenses know what works against LA. Chicago and Philadelphia were the testing grounds. Anderson can take over the short-yardage responsibilities. The Arizona game proved he’s capable of gaining yards when it’s needed. Spending a draft pick on a punter isn't unusual in the NFL because field position matters in the league. When that rookie comes in and shows off a booming leg Joseph Noteboom Jersey , people take notice.Michael Dickson bypassed his final year of eligibility at Texas to enter the draft early, and the Seattle Seahawks traded up in the fifth round to take the Australian native and 2017 Ray Guy Award winner. Dickson has made both decisions pay off very nicely in his debut season.Dickson edged out Johnny Hekker of the Los Angeles Rams as the NFL's top punter in 2018 in voting released Friday by a panel of 10 football writers for The Associated Press. Dickson received four first-place votes and was the only punter listed on every ballot."When's the last time a rookie topped any of the position rankings? Who knows?" Dallas-based Schuyler Dixon said. "When's the last time a punter skipped his final season of eligibility for the draft? This former Texas Longhorn is a generational talent."Dickson, who has had a long punt of 69 yards this season, is second in gross punting averaging at 48.7 yards. But the rookie easily leads the NFL with a net average of 44.2 yards. He's also placed 20 punts inside an opponent's 20. Dickson was voted the NFC's special teams player for November thanks to his leg."Spending a fifth-round draft pick on the Aussie from the Texas Longhorns has turned into a key move in Seattle's unexpectedly solid season," New York-based lead NFL writer Barry Wilner said.Hekker, who finished fourth in these rankings in 2017, received two first-place votes. His biggest challenge comes from playing for a team with a high-powered offense that just doesn't need him much. Luckily, Hekker keeps finding ways to make himself valuable."He's a four-tool punter," said Philadelphia-based Rob Maaddi. "Hekker can run or throw for a first down on fake punts, and he has also made an extra point and field goal this season. His net average being fifth is just an added bonus."In all, 17 punters received at least one vote Jack Youngblood Jersey , with only five receiving at least one first-place vote.Brett Kern of the Tennessee Titans, who earned his first Pro Bowl nod in 2017 when he also the top punter in these rankings , joined Hekker receiving two first-place votes and finished third. Kern is fourth with a gross average of 40.5 yards with his net taking a hit from a struggling punt coverage unit. But the 11-year veteran still has a strong leg, with a long of 62 yards this season."Forget drafting Tim Tebow or trading Jay Cutler, Josh McDaniels' head coaching legacy in Denver was inexplicably waiving Kern, who landed on Tennessee's roster and has been nothing but sensational for the last decade," said Denver-based Arnie Stapleton.No punter has had as many chances this season as Andy Lee of Arizona, not that usage is limiting his effectiveness. Lee finished fourth with a leg that has a long punt of 64 yards this season."Lee is a three-time Pro Bowl pick and could be in for another trip with another solid season," New York-based Dennis Waszak Jr. said. "With Arizona's offense struggling as the worst-ranked unit in the league, Lee has been plenty busy while punting an NFL-leading 71 times, and his 48.5 gross average and 41.7 net both rank near the top."Cameron Johnston of Philadelphia finished fifth as the other punter to receive a first-place vote. New York-based Simmi Buttar noted the Australia native is tied for the league lead in gross average with Dickson and has a long punt of 68 yards.Washington's Tress Way and Dustin Colquitt of the Chiefs tied for sixth. San Francisco-based Josh Dubow noted no punter has been better than Way at pinning teams deep Torry Holt Jersey , with nearly 60 percent of his punts downed inside the 20."No one has even approached that mark in nearly three decades," Dubow said.Colquitt, like Hekker, simply doesn't get many chances to punt. Wilner says, yes, Colquitt could get rusty with how well the Chiefs move the ball, but the punter remains one of the NFL's best.Sam Koch is a 13-year veteran for Baltimore yet remains a factor for the Ravens and came in eighth. He finished just ahead of a second-year punter in Matt Haack of Miami. The Dolphins keep Haack pretty busy, but he has put 31 kicks inside the 20 to finish ninth.Rigoberto Sanchez of the Colts came in 10th, and he has the second-best net average at 42.8 yards that cannot be ignored."Don't usually look at indoor kickers, but Sanchez has given up a total of 63 return yards," Wilner said.The rankings:1. Michael Dickson Orlando Pace Jersey , Seahawks2. Johnny Hekker, Rams3. Brett Kern, Titans4. Andy Lee, Cardinals5. Cameron Johnston, Eaglest-6. Dustin Colquitt, Chiefst-6. Tress Way, Washington8. Sam Koch, Ravens9. Matt Haack, Dolphins10. Rigoberto Sanchez, Colts
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