Running Man Chronicles: Mo. St.
Over the Summer I had a discussion with an aspiring NFL draft talent evaluator. His breakdown of Easton Stick was as good as anything that I've seen on our quarterback but I disagreed with a few of the points that he made. The one that I am planning to address the most specifically this season is to pay close attention to the running of our quarterback. As a prospect being able to run can be an asset but being a running quarterback in the NFL lead to many injuries that "pocket passers" may not experience. I can count on one hand the number of running quarterbacks that have succeeded for many years without serious injury over the last 20 years in the NFL. Sure Stick could be the exception but I'm not ready to count on that and don't think you should count on that either. Think as you wish, but that's my recommendation.
The challenge I'm going to give myself is to go game by game, watching whether his runs seem to be a part of the designed offense or because it's still a basic instinct & primary facet of his game. At the end of the season maybe it will help shed some more light on our quarterback as a pro prospect.
I heard during the game that Easton was credited with four rushes. I got into the + a little late so it's entirely possible that he got some runs in during the first drive. With the way that he was dropping dimes after the first drive there wasn't much need for him to use his legs to amplify the offense.
For the record, I'm fine with that. For the third week in a row he was playing at a level that I did not think he could reach. He hit his first 11 passes and could have easily reset the single game touchdown record. I'll get to more on him in the Pick Six but for now, it was a strong showing in minimalism through Easton Sticks running today!