It's another week of Spring Ball, so let's talk about the Midland Scrimmage and Kliff Kingsbury's media availability.
Kliff started off this media session by talking about the Midland scrimmage. Here's what we know so far:
- Patrick Mahomes will be limited
- Derrick Willies is a full go
- The script will be heavily controlled
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN THE MIDLAND SCRIMMAGE:
In the goal line scenarios, pay close attention to Breiden Fehoko, Broderick Washington, and Ondre Pipkins. The interior of the DL will more than likely be the focal point of the offensive attack, and how they react will be crucial. We're going to catch a little bit of the mettle our DL is made of in these scenarios.
Over the course of the long drives, keep your eyes on the matchups between the outside receivers and the corners, specifically how well the outside receivers block. A huge portion of DeAndre Washington's 2014-2015 success was excellent downfield blocking by Davis, Cantrell, and Lauderdale, and if our ground game is to stay consistently explosive, these edge blocks will need to be great.
A good barometer on how to stop explosive runs from happening to us is the DB's ability to shed blocks. If the DBs are able to clear the receivers out and find the ball, a 50 yard gain can be shortened to a 10 yard gain. Over time, those 10 yard gains will be shortened to 5 yard gains, and then to 2 or 3 yard gains, but right now we need to focus on stopping the explosion of the offense. A bend-but-don't-break defensive philosophy only works if you don't break every other drive.
I would keep an eye on how many carries Justin Stockton gets between the tackles. We all know about his home run hitting ability on sweeps and screens, but a lot of inside carries for Stockton could indicate who's getting the starting nod at RB. If Stockton can make an impact in all facets of the running game, he might be the one toting the rock for us next year.
EDITOR'S NOTE: None of these are guaranteed to be good metrics on how far we've progressed as a team, but they are the best metrics we have at this point in time.