On #GMCPlaybook we ask @SBNation Who’s hiding something? Let’s talk crafty veterans and what gives them the edge. http://t.co/Fm84ekOka0— Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) November 26, 2014
It's time to answer a Marshall Faulk question. He asks:
To be GMC Professional Grade you must know your craft inside and out. On every team, there must be an established veteran presence, that with the work that he does, it doesn't really show up in the stat sheet. It could be a veteran DB who give that jersey pull or a nice arm lock, so the receiver can't catch the ball. Or an offensive lineman who's crafty enough to get the hold real tightly to where the refs won't call it, but the back, he's off for a big run. Now, look at your team and analyze. Tell me, who's that crafty veteran on your team. And if you're really paying attention, what's the signature move that he uses?
Arizona has a few crafty veterans, most of them have also been highly skilled players. When I think crafty veteran, I think of a guy that really doesn't have much left in the tank, but is able to make things happen because of tricks. I just don't really see that with most of the Cardinals.
You might say center Lyle Sendlein, but whatever tricks he uses have not been working well this year.
Larry Fitzgerald? He might be too skilled to be called crafty, although what he does now is run impeccable routes.
The guy that comes to mind as this "crafty vet" is linebacker Larry Foote. He is not the athlete he once was, but he has yet to take a snap off all season. He knows formations and offensive tendencies.
What is his trick? I think this is pretty easy. He plays behind a very good defensive line and cleans up.
You could also look at Antonio Cromartie at cornerback. His a physical back and probably gets away with more grabbing than he should, which is not the case for Patrick Peterson.
If you had to pick, who would you say is Arizona's crafty veteran?
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