Mark Weiszer has a piece up about the strengths and weaknesses of Jamie Newman, from the perspectives of three former NFL quarterbacks who watched him play last season while doing broadcast work. It’s generally informative and worth a read.
This part had me drooling a little:
Wake Forest used unique designed runs for Newman, Hasselbeck said.
“They’re kind of sometime QB follow type plays,” he said. “It’s not just a normal zone read. He literally ends up like being the backside seal blocker at times at Wake with some of the stuff they did. He’s just big and strong. If you look at Cam Newton with the Carolina Panthers, there was a pretty good stretch when he was their best goal-line back. I could see a scenario at Georgia where it’s a part of their offense now inside the 5-yard line, now all of a sudden, one of your best goal-line backs is your 230-pound quarterback and now you’re defending 11-on-11. You can get an extra blocker because of his ability as a runner.”
It’s not that I’d want him doing that every time down at the goal line, but planting that possibility in the minds of defenders and defensive coordinators? Hells yeah to that.