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Tim Flanders, the Slow Barry Sanders




Tim Flanders (RB) Sam Houston State vs Texas A&M (2013) (via phillyjimmyphilms)


Tim Flanders vs Montana 2011 (via phillyjimmyphilms)

5-8, 210

2013: 241/1430, 5.93 per, 15 total TDs

2012: 255/1642, 5.7 per, 18 TDs

2011: 298/1644, 5.52 per, 34 rec for 414 yards, 24 TDs

He's a productive sucker. I'm most partial to the short, stocky backs. They tend to be tough to locate behind the line, and with a low center of gravity, they're tough suckers to take down. Flanders fits that bill too a tee. 210 lbs compressed into a 5-8 frame packs a punch. And all the tackles this guy breaks is the proof in the pudding. However, I really like him the way he was in 2011 too, he seemed a little bit lighter and quicker then (hence slow Barry Sanders). But he's plenty quick as he is now, creating lots of misses both in tight quarters and in open space. He also uses his quickness to create bad angles so that he can steal a few more yards as he's being taken down. He didn't have many receptions in 2012-2013, but showed some decent production in 2011, and his hands and routes look pretty good on tape. I like his vision and his feel of flow. He shows good patience and has the ability to spot cut-back lanes. The only question I have of him is his speed.

Flanders breaks a lot of runs, but he often seems to get tracked down by pursuit. He's definitely not a home-run hitter. However, not unlike Alfred Morris, I think he has very good functional speed. He's fast enough to break a run, just not fast enough to take it to the EZ from 70 yards out. And I'm fine with that, personally. I think a lot of people get too caught up in the flash of guys snap off a big play every 3 games and then disappear for another month. I'd much rather have that guy that can consistently make smaller plays, than the guy that can make a big play only every so often. I'd much rather a guy that can turn a dead play into a 5 yard gain, and who isn't afraid to grind when he has to. Gimme a slow Barry Sanders all day.

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