Lorenzo Booker Syndrome

Dave Spadaro put up a good columnĀ at PE.com on not making too much of what we’ve seen, since there was no hitting.

Dave learned his lesson in 2008, while watching RB Lorenzo Booker look great in the non-contact practices.

And once the pads went on in training camp at Lehigh University, Booker was a different player. He wasn’t as quick. He wasn’t as nimble. Those hands that were so great in the spring? Things were a lot different with a linebacker bearing down on Booker in the flat.

So, as a result, all of the spring hype — actually one report from training camp suggested that Booker had a skill set similar to that of star running back Brian Westbrook — that Booker generated turned out to be a lot of fluff, hot air and not realistic in any way. Booker played 10 games for the Eagles that season, with 53 rushing yards on 20 attempts and 6 receptions for 11 yards.

Call it a lesson learned.

So very true.

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7 Responses to Lorenzo Booker Syndrome

  1. micksick says:

    Man they hyped booker up well before he ever even practiced as an eagles in shorts… smfh…

  2. BC says:

    Booker never got a real chance under Andy Reid. Just like Ryan Moats. And Dion Lewis. Well, maybe not Moats. And Booker probably did kind of suck. But Dion Lewis man… we’re going to regret that one.

    • Blindchow says:

      I’m rooting for Lewis. I think he’s in a good situation in Cleveland, with Richardson always being injured…

    • iskar36 says:

      Tommy’s dropped a few hints that there have been serious concerns with Lewis off the field. From what it sounded like, he was not doing what it takes to be a professional athlete. He looked promising good in games, but as a coach, if a player is not giving you the effort and dedication off the field that you need/want, it makes it really hard to justify playing that player.

  3. FalKirk says:

    Booker looked GREAT in the early drills. He was routinely ripping off long yardage runs and many of the players were talking about him in awe. That’s what got me excited about him. I figured they would be the ones to know.

    But, as has already been stated, Booker ended up going down at the slightest touch. A very painful lesson learned. Nothing is real until it happens on the field.

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