Kenny Williams and Reshod Fortenberry were both invited to participate in the Cowboys rookie mini-camp last weekend. Bryan Broaddus from dallascowboys.com wrote an article on four players that caught his eye at the camp. Kenny and Reshod were two of those four players. Hopefully this means they will get another chance to showcase their skills with the Cowboys.
I enjoy reading Bryan Broaddus' player evaluations. He is very insightful and his analysis is usually simple and straight to the point. Here's what he had to say about Kenny Williams:
Plays in a rotating system that is a spread attack. Has a little Phillip Tanner in the way he plays. Square build and can get up the field. Good hands and run after catch. Able to make one move in the open field and go. Not afraid to throw his shoulder into the tackler. Will finish runs. Catches the ball well on the move. Fights for extra yards; will bounce off tacklers in the hole. Will use a spin move to avoid tacklers. Good balance. Will block as a lead back for the quarterback on the draw. Will stick his nose in there and fit on the defender. Nice contact balance when he engages. Can make a defender miss in open space. Will find the goal line. Really tough kid.
I think we would all agree with most of what Bryan said about Kenny. He was never the fastest player on the field, but he was tough, always fighting for extra yards and got up the field quickly. I have said this before and yet it is worth saying again, I really wish he wouldn't have been moved to linebacker last season. I really hope Kenny can catch on as a third string RB and special teams player.
Here's what Bryan had to say about Reshod:
Has some pop in his hands. Is physically a tough player that lacks initial quickness and foot speed. There were snaps where lateral range appeared good than others where he looked slow getting out. Has to be careful not to duck his head on pass protection. Needs to work to keep his weight back. Has upper body power and strength. Can anchor down when he has to deal with a bull rush. Gets out on the screen but will be off balance. Aware to help when he is uncovered. Difficult for him to quickly adjust inside; much better when he can work to the outside. Comes off the ball in the running game. Gets into his man and can get some movement. Gets in trouble when he misses with his hands. Some struggles with quickness which causes him to play off balance. Pulled to the inside but missed his target. Doesn’t always redirect well. Sustain can be hit and miss but works hard to try and finish his blocks. Not a pretty player at all but surprises you with how he blocks.
Reshod was a really good player at times and not so good other times which is the exact vibe I am getting from reading Bryan's assessment of him. I also get the feeling that while Bryan see Reshod's weaknesses, he has some abilities and instincts that he may be worth taking a shot on. I hope that is the case.
I tried to track down a recap on Marquez and Fehoko's performances at the Rams and Browns camps respectively but wasn't able to find anything. I will keep a lookout for any updates and post what I find.