When Robert Griffin III runs the ball he has an advantage that a running back carrying the ball does not. He has an extra blocker.Will Montgomery explained that the QB keepers make the defense play more honestly.Usually you hand it to the running back and the defense has an extra guy in the box, he said. But if the defense brings down the eighth defender and the quarterbacks running the ball you have that extra blocker. The tables are a little more even than they usually are.The extra blocker that Montgomery is referring to is the running back. If the quarterback hands the ball off he usually continues to move away from the action. But when the QB carries the ball, the running back serves as a blocker. That gives the offense one more blocker than it usually has.In theory, a quarterback keeper turns a matchup that has nine offensive players (the 11 on the field minus the quarterback and the runner) trying to block 11 defenders into a more even 10-on-11 matchup.Add that to the wheels that RG3 has displayed and you have the potential for some big plays. Griffin and the Redskins have to pick their spots, of course, since you dont want to have your quarterback carrying the ball 15 times per game but it is still a weapon that they would be foolish to leave in their holster.
Ryan Anderson played four seasons for the Alabama Crimson Tide, though his career did not take off until his junior and senior seasons. In those two years, Anderson combined for 14.5 sacks and 30 tackles for loss.
Looking back at his biggest games is a fun excercise to see the 6-foot-2, 253 lbs., linebacker at his best.
- November 14, 2015 - Alabama @ Mississippi State - The Crimson Tide won this road game against Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs, and Anderson was a big part of the win. He registered five tackles along with two sacks and two tackles for loss and recovered a fumble. This marked Anderson's lone two sack game at 'Bama.
- October 8, 2016 - Alabama @ Arkansas - It's hard to remember now as the Tide steamrolled the Hogs, but there was a major upset alert when 'Bama traveled to Arkansas for a nationally televised game. Anderson showed up big time, making nine tackles to go with two tackles for loss and a sack. Nine tackles marked a career high.
- January 9, 2017 - Alabama vs Clemson - Anderson played his best game in the biggest spot. Yes, it was the only loss for Anderson in his final two seasons and it came in the national title game, but he was all over the field. Twice he made tackles for loss to go with one sack and seven total tackles, but he also forced a fumble and recovered two fumbles.
Bonus: Anderson scored one touchdown in his career. It came in the College Football Playoff game against Washington. He grabbed an interception and rumbled 26 yards for the TD. Notice a trend? In big games, Anderson delivers.
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The conference call that Redskins second-round pick Ryan Anderson had with the Washington media shortly after he was drafted got off to a slow start, with the former Crimson Tide linebacker giving short answers to a few questions.
But when he was asked what he would bring to the Redskins on the field, he became animated.
“I'm a play maker, I’m a game changer,” he said, with some emotion coming to his voice. “I'm a good teammate, I'm a good due to have in the locker room. I'm an old school football player, man. I'm not a workout warrior,
“I'm a football player. At the end of the day, that's why it boils down to. See ball, get ball, and strike the man in front of you. That's what I bring to the table.”
If Anderson lives up to his own billing, he could quickly become a fan favorite.