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7 Things for the Super Bowl: Part II.

By TOM

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Too Many Things Going On: Part II.

By TOM

The Other Guy.

I was a little disappoint with Nick Stevens, but there was a QB that reminded me of Jimmy-G. Only he didn't play in the Shrine Game (which is the premise of this piece;). However, he did play at the Senior Bowl. He was spectacular. He reminded me of the 2014 Jimmy-G that lit up the Shrine game at the end of the 1st Half like a rocket exploding high in the sky. His is also a small school QB. 

Kyle Lauletta of Richmond has a chance. "We knew that we were underdogs coming into the game for whatever reason," Lauletta said, but was then named MVP. "I guess that kind of motivated us. We knew that those quarterbacks on the other side were getting all the attention. So we just went out there and played our game. We did what we know how to do." His release was like lightning at the Senior Bowl.

His accuracy looked like Jimmy-G in the Shrine game four years ago. "Jimmy Garoppolo [was] an FCS guy, [and] a guy I've been compared to a few times throughout the process," Lauletta said. "He's a great guy to be compared to. He's doing really-really well. That whole system they have, the success speaks for itself." It seems I'm not the only one who put two and two, and two, together.

He got better and better as the week went on. "I made some strides [this week]," Lauletta said. "That was a rough start to the week, but I feel great now." Could BB make lighting strike thrice in the 2nd with the second Jimmy-G, with Kyle-L (sorry, that nickname just doesn't work;)? 

The Pats will be looking for a QB in this Draft, and Lauletta played Lacrosse in high school. "I was a big lacrosse guy, absolutely," Lauletta said at the Senior Bowl. "For a while I thought I might enjoy playing that in college. I just enjoy football more. I think it's a better team sport. But I've always grown up a lacrosse guy. My dad was an All-American in high school. My uncle played in college." Plus, Kyle's dad was a QB for the Naval Academy (and Mr. Naval-Academy/Lacrosse-coach has an extra 2nd;). 

Hey Bill, do I have your attention yet? Lauletta got his third TD in the Senior Bowl throwing to OK ST WR Marcell Ateman. But what turned my head was his quick release, and the great accuracy of his throws. Just like Jimmy-G at the 2014 Shrine Game. Heck, even the 49ers interviewed Lauletta at the Senior Bowl.

He went from lacrosse guy to Senior Bowl MVP in four years. "But I’ve been blessed with so many great coaches," Lauletta said. "Any time you have to learn so many different systems, it’s kind of a pain, but I think there’s so many advantages to doing so. I’ve learned so many different perspectives and so many different offensive schemes. I think at this point, I don’t know if there’s a play that even the NFL could show me or anybody could really show me that I’ve seen or at least a variation of." That takes a lot of work, study, and smarts.

Senior Bowl Notes: He was able to go under center, turn, and hand the ball off (which was amazingly difficult for the QBs at the Senior Bowl!). He was spectacular at the SB. He ran an NFL play action (turned his back to the defense, and then found the safeties), and threw a rocket outside that was broken up. 

He was able to get his first TD pass of the game on a 70-yard TD pass to Chark in the 3rd. Chark was wide open. But Lauletta was able to throw a great touch pass, and make it an easy catch. We have seen a lot of QBs choke that wide open throw. But he took a little off and made it an easy catch for Chark. 

He has some strength in the pocket to shrug off rushers. He kept throwing those deep passes into the buckets sprinting down the sideline. He hit a 47-yarder in the two-minute drill in the 3rd to make it 1st and 10 at the 15. He really was the best QB at the Senior Bowl, and was named MVP of the game.

I like how was able to go under center, and run NFL play action. He threw his second TD into a tiny window to the TE crossing, while the LB in coverage was grabbing him from behind. So he threw it way out in front of him. Where only his TE would reach out and snag it for the 1-yard TD, or no one was going to touch it.

Lauletta VS Villanova:

Now this is Tape against a small school team that is nothing to do with NFL Tape. "I notice that," Ferguson said. "But I’m more focused on the team. If we go out and handle our business, and I go out and play the way I know I can play, those rankings will work themselves out." But that is all we had for Jimmy-G as well. 

Watch how quick he goes from catch to throw. That is as quick a release as you will to see (:21). You can see the arm strength there, as he stepped into the throw (:30). Like a lot of Spread QBs, he gets lazy feet sometimes. But you can see that he is slippery in the pocket like Garoppolo (:57). He saw the free blitzer coming to hit him, and dumped it off to the RB (1:09). That is a big play for an NFL QB. He has some quick twitch in him. 

You would be shocked at how many College QBs in this Draft never went under center, ran a play action with their back to the defense, turned to find the Safeties, and then make the correct and accurate throw on the move (2:26). He took a big hit to his head, because his idiot coach called a QB draw (2:33). This was the next play after he got his bell wrung by the safety, as the LB was tackling him (2:42). Damn, the edge guy tipped it, so we don't know if it was a good throw. 

He can throw into the tightest of windows on the move with Jimmy-G like accuracy (2:59). It looked like he was a little shaken when they took the TD away, and lost his accuracy (4:02). He does such a great job moving to his right and left and throwing the ball on the move (4:24). He took the hit on the sack (6:31). This is the next play (7:07). It was a short throw, but he did complete it. 

Then he was put in another tight situation. He read it wrong (7:18). He had the TE crossing wide open in front of him (7:29). He went to his second option here (8:04). He had to take off, and got his head slammed to the turf when he was tackled. That was a big hit on his head (8:44). This was not the next play (8:56). Unfortunately he kept it and ran it in. 

He took off, and then slid down and almost landed on his head (10:22). Then he finally completed the next pass (10:33). That is the difference between a bum and an NFL QB.