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    Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.



    Quote Originally Posted by justifythegame View Post
    Precisely (minus the sarcasm). Even one of his scouting reports said his size will be an issue in the NFL when trying to shed blocks. Your weight helps your leverage when bringing down big players, forcing fumbles, or making hard hits and intimidating players. Only person I can really think of as a success is London Fletcher because he was 5"11 but he was 250lbs. Brown upped his weight by 10lbs before the combine, but i think he still has more to go since he is only 6"0.
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    Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.

    The days of 260lb LBs are gone but thats because theyre not asking to do the same job as often. if there is some correlation with size and injury, were all playing under the same rules and will all be affected evenly as cover LBs are becoming a premium. eventually well have safeties playing LBs at which point offenses will turn to power running again and the cycle will somewhat repeat. at least thats what i could see happening. that or flag football.

    I do think if you have a large LB running straight into a RB 80% of the time, hell hold up better than a smaller guy under the same circumstances. I just dont think that plays into modern offenses as much. the game is speed, and guys running to the edges are typically tackles from the side or tripped up. Rarely do to forces meet head to head except short yardage.
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    Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.

    Pressure up-front is where the money is made on defense.

    No idea if it's true, but I suspect that as college programs continue to de-value the position, they are "making" many, fast H.S. ILBs into DEs and OLBs; and many, slow H.S. ILBs into DTs. But no matter what is actually happening out there, if you want longevity out of your "small" ILBs then put big DLs in front of them. Ngata for Ray here. Star for Luke down in CAR.

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    Cool Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.

    Quote Originally Posted by wickedsolo View Post
    Less than 240lbs.


    Clearly, he was too small.
    Actually, I think he was listed as 6 feet and just 230 lbs.




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    Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.

    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    The days of 260lb LBs are gone but thats because theyre not asking to do the same job as often. if there is some correlation with size and injury, were all playing under the same rules and will all be affected evenly as cover LBs are becoming a premium. eventually well have safeties playing LBs at which point offenses will turn to power running again and the cycle will somewhat repeat. at least thats what i could see happening. that or flag football.

    I do think if you have a large LB running straight into a RB 80% of the time, hell hold up better than a smaller guy under the same circumstances. I just dont think that plays into modern offenses as much. the game is speed, and guys running to the edges are typically tackles from the side or tripped up. Rarely do to forces meet head to head except short yardage.
    I think you make some good points!




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    Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.

    Quote Originally Posted by PalladinInNC View Post
    Actually, I think he was listed as 6 feet and just 230 lbs.
    Wrong. He measured 6003, 241 lbs exactly at the combine.




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    Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.

    Quote Originally Posted by leachisabeast View Post
    Wrong. He measured 6003, 241 lbs exactly at the combine.
    Are we talking Lewis or Brown? I'm talking about Ray and unless what I read back then was incorrect (which is possible since it was originally listed in the Sun) they listed him at 6' and 230 lbs.




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    Re: Underweight/undersized linebackers and injury struggles.

    Quote Originally Posted by PalladinInNC View Post
    Are we talking Lewis or Brown? I'm talking about Ray and unless what I read back then was incorrect (which is possible since it was originally listed in the Sun) they listed him at 6' and 230 lbs.
    Oh thought you meant Brown, sorry my fault. Damn never knew Ray was that small coming out of college.




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    London fletcher.




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