Selvin Young Released

While I do realize that we already have a bit of a crowded backfield, the release of Selvin Young does provide an interesting option for a situational back.  Young is very quick, and his primary issue is durability.  I feel as though he would be a solid complement to the power of Gore/Coffee, though he is too fragile to carry even a moderate load. 


Here is what had to say about him back in college:

Selvin Young
Size, strength and durability: About the easiest way to describe Young’s compact build is that he looks physically like Marshall Faulk. His lower body is somewhat squatty and he has average length arms. He rarely gets hit square so his body should be fine long term. He has had a history of injury problems however, sitting out much of last year because of them. Still, he has the compact build that a lot of college running backs use to their advantage and he has a lot of natural strength in his leg drive through tackles. Grade: 7

Catching and blocking: Young receives advanced grades for his pass catching abilities. His team’s offense often runs four wide receivers and when they go to a five-wide set, he gets pushed out to the inside receiver spot. He catches the ball away from his body and had no problem fielding and returning kickoffs. His blocking needs improvement. Usually it’s just a single effort to block someone in pass protection and not a sustained one. Grade: 7

Vision, quickness and short-yardage running: His vision is very good. He runs to daylight, not to darkness. He’s patient enough to wait behind his blockers, then explode to the outside or cut it up inside on a stretch play. He also gets the tough yards in the middle of scrimmage. If he continues to get bigger and stays healthy, he’s a guy you can give the ball to 20-30 times a game. Makes people miss in the open field, but does it moreso with subtle moves as opposed to all out shake-and-bake stuff. He’s definitely an efficient runner in that regard. It looks like it comes naturally to him. Grade: 8

Acceleration and speed: He’s got it. Period. You want a back that can hit the whole in a flash if the situation calls for it, and that’s exactly the kind of talent that Young has. He can also be deadly around the corners. He’s not an elite sprinter, but he has excellent football speed. Grade: 10


Again, I do realize that we are already back-heavy, but it is something to think about... he did average 5.2 ypc while in Denver after all.

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