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childofpudding


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MoJo63 wrote:
Sure okay

Have you watched him at all, or just looked at his stats? I hadn't watched him, then checked him out. He definitely seems to be an upgrade on Blount. I'll pass on the 250-pound "bruising back" who dances behind the LOS, and take the 210-pound one-cut back who hits the hole and runs vertically, and can catch out of the backfield.
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NoJobBob


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2017 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As a Nebraska fan (where Rex went to college), I can say that our fan base is overly thrilled to see him on the Patriots. He's presumably getting a chance to be the #1 guy on the team most likely to win a Super Bowl next year.

Rex was great in college and we all felt he had good pro potential. There was a chance for him to be a high pick, as high as round 2, but his senior year was ruined by injuries. Had he been a second round pick, he would have already gotten a chance to start and who knows where he would be right now. His "put in the time to rise" mantra fits that of many current Patriots.

Rex's positives start with his motor. He never leaves anything on the field. His great vision combined with good cutting ability means that he will rarely lose yards, even when plays are blown up. He's a good pass catching back. His jukes and spin moves are decent.

Also, his character is top-notch. He's beloved in our state, never made anyone mad or said anything wrong. If you remember the spring game Nebraska had under Coach Pelini where they let a kid, Jack, run for a 69 yard touchdown, that was Rex's doing. The kid had and still battles with leukemia. His favorite Husker was Rex and as part of the Make a Wish foundation, Rex helped him have that moment. Rex also helped with a chatty to support the family and frequently visits them at their home in a small Nebraska town.

Rex's negatives begin with his physical limitations. He never bulldozed through anyone in college, so I don't expect him to do so now (which could actually prolong his career, a positive if you guys resign him). His runs will cap out at 40 yards; he gets caught from behind a lot due to not having an extra gear. Even in college he could not break away often. Also, his blocking skills, while not bad, were not good in college (probably his biggest weakness back then... hopefully he has improved in this area.
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