I taped the game and hope to look at the plays involving Kalif again. As I recall, there was no isolated on Kalif for any of his plays including the endzone play. Not sure if this miss was on Kalif or Webb but he was definitely not looking in the right direction as he seemed to be looking over his outside shoulder and it went to his inside shoulder and by the time he turned his head - too late.
It did appear on some plays that did not directly involve him, on the periphery, he was blocking his defender from getting into a running play. But that stuff isn't going to help him make the team - he's there for speed and breakaway potential. He did indirectly keep a drive alive when the Browns defender interfered with his route creating an automatic first down even though the ball wasn't thrown his way.
I saw both plays in real time & on replay... he missed 2 opportunities to make the QB look good
Post by WCHC Sports on Aug 10, 2018 10:46:21 GMT -5
Howard Cross said on the TV broadcast that the high-thrown crossing route pass was a hospital play or something along those lines. Kalif may have made Webb look good, but he would have had his head knocked off and would have been tough to hold onto the ball. It was sailed into a bad spot instead of being driven down at the shoulders/numbers. I get it, I'm not an NFL QB so I'm not making that throw, but then again, I'm not on the roster!
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I get it, I'm not an NFL QB so I'm not making that throw, but then again, I'm not on the roster!
I'm guessing, too, that you might make a smidgeon less money than Webb or most guys playing in the NFL. Still been too tied up to re-look at the game tape but less concerned about the play up the middle than the end zone mix-up. Agree with prior post that he would have made the QB look really good had he been turned the right way and caught that one . . . . and would have gone a long way in improving his chances of making the team.
Watched the end zone play a few times. Kalif ran down field then cut left looking over his left (outside) shoulder expecting the ball there. When it didn't come, he looked back over his right shoulder but it was too late and the ball was thrown deeper as if he cut to the sideline too soon. Miscommunication for sure. I suspect because when it went over Kalif's head, he was not in the end zone but within the 5 yard line that Webb was throwing for the TD not a catch and run into the end zone.
Color guy (Carl Banks?) said "a great route but couldn't locate the football" then a moment later that it "took awhile to locate it."
Kalif on this play and the "headhunter" play seems hesitant to extend himself as after both balls went over his head, he sort of purposefully drops his head and body as if in preparation of an expected hit. That up-the-middle pass that he didn't catch was definitely overthrown and there were 5 defenders around him. Self-preservation instinct when you only weigh 165 pounds, I'm sure.
An overthrow from Webb had Raymond twisting and turning on a route and cost the Giants a possible touchdown in the game.
I am still not sure if an overthrow or miscommunication. Certainly hope the former, as that'd be on Webb, not Kalif. Webb was indeed overthrowing receivers the entire game including the one to Kalif in the middle of the field but to other receivers as well.
If we’re being honest, Kalif definitely lost ground in the last game. Luckily, he’s still got time to show what he can do in game situations. Would like to see him get the returns in the first half the way Sharp did in the last game.
Kalif listed as the 5th receiver, 3rd kick returner (behind Latimer and Sharpe) and 2nd punt returner (behind Sharpe) heading into tonight’s game. I was hoping he’d get the first half returns tonight but appears that will not be the case. Nonetheless, he’s going to make a huge play at some point tonight. I can feel it.
Hunter Sharp credited with two fumbles in the first quarter. One he got stripped on a kickoff return and a teammate recovered it. I think the other was a muffed punt that he recovered and returned for a few yards. If Kalif can avoid the fumbles, he will have a good shot at making the team. Game can be watched free at nfl.com if anyone is interested.
Looks like Kalif may be done for the night as a receiver. I guess there’s a chance he’ll get a return at some point in the 4th. He hasn’t done anything spectacular but Sharp definitely took a step or two backward tonight