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April 09, 2023 02:17:55 +0000 (UTC)


With in the shotgun and already accumulating something like 1,000 yards on 250 targets through two games, I will not blame you, avid fan and Practice Squad Power Rankings reader, for being completely enamored with the pa s game.Because of the shinine s of the Rams' aerial attack, you probably wouldn't believe me when I tell you that Los Angeles has finished in the top 10 in rushing attempts in three of Nick Allegretti Jersey Sean McVay's first four seasons. Dwight Schrute voice It's true. While analytics have tipped the scales toward pa sing more (and rightfully so), we mustn't forget that any Mike Shanahan disciple (like McVay) has offensive roots that reside in the run game. Shanahanians -- I'm officially trademarking that word -- want to call stretch runs over and over and over then play-action off them with offensive line movement that looks identical to that of those inside and outside zone plays.More so than anything else, the Shanahan system is famous for maximizing the efficiency of ANY running back. The quarterback friendline s of the offense is a useful byproduct.#NeverForget -- the NFC champion Rams of 2018 did have prime but got 4.9 yards per carry from and 7.0 yards per from #thiccc Hall of Famer out of absolute nowhere. You know what's mi sing from Los Angeles' ground-game, though? The next evolution of it that McVay's direct mentor, Kyle Shanahan, has adopted to his offense -- speed. If you trust your blocking system much, you might as well get running backs who generate splash plays when everything's gorgeously blocked in front of them.Since the start of the 2020 season, the Rams have just nine rushes of 20 or more yards, which is tied for the 10th-lowest figure in football. In 2018 alone, when Gurley still had deceptive, game-breaking speed, the Rams hit 14 run plays of 20-plus yards. is a reasonably quality, compact back. Justin Reid Jersey He's not a burner. The same is true for newly acquired run-game option . Plus, Henderson's battling a rib cartilage injury.And McVay hinted at a sudden need for speed in the ground game when he signed to the practice squad on Monday. Remember how you couldn't see Sonic the Hedgehog's feet because he ran so fast? His lower half was just a spinning circle. That's how I felt evaluating Hawkins at Louisville. He's built low to the ground and an absolute blur. He had six runs of 40-plus yards in 2019 and had runs of 70, 75 and 90 yards in 2020 for the Cardinal. Dude can go.In a time-tested running system that produces amazing running-back efficiency with insane on-field speed, Hawkins can be precisely what McVay and the Rams offense needs to round itself in a complete unit. Trust me, Sean. As for the Call Up Tally -- The CUT -- don't get me started. No Practice Squad Power Rankings alumni call ups to date as we enter the third weekend of the regular season. What I have noticed, and am not totally shocked by -- teams are leaning on veterans on their practice squad to begin the year. And that's sensible. The young guns will get their opportunities in time. Don't you worry. If you hear of a PSPR member getting The Call, alert me on Twitter, and feel free to use the hashtag #PSPR. Thank you in advance. Your next drink's on me. Last week, I shouted out PSPR alum for his two-touchdown masterpiece in Week 1. This week's shout goes to defensive tackle and longtime PSPR member for his sack of in the Bills shutout win in Miami. As a Nick Bolton Jersey refresher, teams can have up to 16 players on the practice squad with up to six "veterans" on it, players with no limitations as to their number of accrued seasons in the NFL. In a sense, I'm running the Practice Squad Power Rankings parallel to the NFL. That means, as was the case last year, I'm not going to feature "veterans." Telling you might eventually be a useful call-up for the ' run game was certainly not the fundamental intention of the PSPR.To continue to maintain the PSPR's sterling integrity, I'll only be including practice squaders who are rookies, second-year players, or third-year players. That's it.And as you'll see below, I couldn't resist ranking more players, given the increase in practice squad sizes this season. To stay in line with the league's figure, I hope to write about 16 individuals every Friday: 10 officially in the rankings and six honorable mentions. In the preseason, he accumulated 97 yards on 20 carries with a score, and three of those 20 carries went over 10 yards. And it's not as if he's only a low-volume, scat back with fantastic speed. Hawkins toted the rock 264 times at a 5.8 yards-per-carry clip in 2019 at Louisville. He plays bigger than his Devon Key Jersey size.I had a fourth-round grade on Green just a few months ago. He checked most of the boxes I have for a mid-round blocker who can come in and start right away. And . For reasons unbeknownst to me, Green went undrafted. But he protected like a -- you gue sed it -- early Day 3 pick in the preseason with one allowed pre sured on 43 pa s-blocking snaps. Naturally, the Texans released him on cutdown day, because Houston is completely set on its offensive line and doesn't need any young and talented blockers. Yeah right.Haynes was Seattle's fourth-round pick in 2019, and after beginning his rookie season on PUP due to a sports hernia surgery, he was thrust onto the field in the Seahawks' wild card round win over the Eagles in Philadelphia. And he looked solid! He spent most of last season on IR with another injury, but he's healthy now and was dominant -- mostly against backups -- in the preseason. Plus, he tested like a prospect at the combine. Placing Fulgham on the practice squad is no way to treat your reigning team leader in receiving yards. But here we are. The kinda-sorta rebuilding Eagles waived Fulgham at the end of August, which was weird to say the least. Sure, they've invested heavily in young wideouts of late but, umm, Fulgham is a young wideout who made the most of his opportunity in 2020 with 539 yards and four touchdowns at more than 14 yards per grab. Do I think Fulgham is the next or in Philly? No. He's probably not. But he's deserving of the top spot in the PSPR.Tuszka is back. He was a 2020 PSPR alum who was called up early in the season but rarely got a chance to actually rush the pa ser in Denver on a team that didn't have all season. Weird. Now he's on another club with a menacing pa s rush. The former North Dakota State star of course rocked the FCS ranks during his time with the Bison -- 19 tackles for lo s, 13.5 sacks in his final season -- then had a three-cone time of 6.78 at the combine. There Austin Blythe Jersey are some pa s-rush moves in his arsenal too, and now he's had time to add strength to his game.Carter has the girth, leverage, burst, and just enough pa s-rush moves to be a productive contributor if he gets The Call in Arizona. I'm very high on him. He's at No. 6 this week simply due to the veteran edge-rushing talent in front of him on the Cardinals' 53-man roster right now.It's going to ta