Dave Spadaro put up a good column 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.