Wadley has an interesting skillset, but is he an every down back in the NFL? NEPD Staff Writer: Mike Gerken In what has become a weird tradition, I begin my scouting report series with a player from a team I hate, the Iowa Hawkeyes. I am not sure why or how this happened, but I figure why stop now. Before we get to the report, lets talk a little about the week that was in football. As a fan, it was nice to see the Patriots play better and get a good road win. By no means do I think everything is fixed and the Patriots will now just role through the rest of the season, but we did see a team play much better in all facets of the game. Injuries are an area of concern and seeing Marcus Cannon on the injury report is a bit scary considering the defense the Patriots will go up against on Sunday. That being said, I don't think Houston has the offense to put up enough scores to win the game and the Patriots should come away with the victory.
We have two DVR's, one for all the family shows and another that I use to record games. Occasionally I will record games on the newer, larger DVR if there are multiple games I want to record that are being played at the same time. It is a good thing that is the case because for some reason my DVR became unplugged at some point and I missed out on several games. Now, I don't want to point any fingers, but my 13 month old loves to play in my office and tends to find everything he shouldn't play with and of course, plays with it. Enough with the complaining, here is the first of many scouting reports. Name: Akrum Wadley (#25) School: University of Iowa Height: 5'11 (unofficial) Weight: 195 Lbs (unofficial) What I Like: I have seen my fair share of Wadley going back several years now and it has been interesting to watch him evolve. Last year to this year, you can clearly see that he has added some mass to his frame, which was needed. He is a patient runner with good vision. He has always been an aggressive runner, and with his added size this year, you can see it takes its toll on defenders as games wear on. Wadley runs with excellent pad level and balance. This allows him to bounce off defenders and create extra yardage after contact. He has shown the ability to make defenders miss with a variety of moves, especially in the open field. He has shown soft, natural hands as a pass catcher in the screen game. Wadley has an innate ability to lean and bend in a way that makes it difficult for defenders to get clean hits on him and he does not go down if they try to tackle him high. What I Would Like To See: While I think the added weight was necessary for Wadley to be considered a NFL back, it has had its drawbacks in the 2017 tape so far. When he was lighter, his footwork was better and he was a little more elusive at the line of scrimmage. In the three games this year, he seems to struggle maintaining momentum in his cutbacks and has not been able to create yardage like he has in the past. In that same vein, I don't see the same bounce in his step and have seen him taken down by a single tackler more this year already than I can remember all of last year. This is something I want to continue to monitor and it may be something where he has to consider what is the right weight for him to play at. IT is a small sample size so far, so it could be an issue that corrects itself. The other aspect of Wadley's game that I would like to see improvement in is his pass protection. For a guy who initiates contact when the ball is in his hand, he seems to shy away from it as a blocker. His go to move is to try and cut his guy, but his technique and effectiveness are not great. I would like to see more effort in that area going forward. Overall: There is a lot to like about Wadley, but there are some questions as well. Can he be a bigger back that handles 20 carries a game between the Tackles and be effective, or is he better suited to shed the weight and be effective as a complimentary back in a committee? I like his aggressiveness as a runner and I think his ability to run with great pad level and balance can be make him a good player in the NFL. If I can get the elusiveness and footwork that he showed at the lighter weight with the size and power he has this year, he could be very good. Time will tell if those two meet up.
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I'd heard of Victoria's reputation as the most British of Canadian cities; a garden city with turn of the century architecture, horse-and-carriage rides and English afternoon tea. But in British Columbia's capital I discovered a youthful spirit, with trendy bars and cafs, a world class food scene, a lively harbour where something was always on the move and plenty of adventure and wildlife experiences on the doorstep. If seems that Victoria has something to interest every type of traveller, so if you are spending a few days in Victoria, here's my guide on what to see and do for your perfect weekend in the city. Friday check out the whale watching in Victoria Whale-watching is one of the most popular things to do in Victoria, through the months of April to October and it's an all-round nature experience. On your boat trip you'll see the marine wildlife of the area; seals, bald eagles and sea lions as well as hopefully spotting some Humpback whales and Orcas. It's a good idea to check the weather on arrival in Victoria and book onto a whale watching trip as early as possible during the weekend, just in case the weather changes and