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Sleeper Blatnick quick laterally

Posted by Chris Brown on July 11, 2013 – 10:52 am

Bills DE/OLB Jamie Blatnick is one of the featured players in our latest Top 25 questions until training camp feature, ‘Who are the training camp sleepers?’ Blatnick went undrafted when he was eligible for the 2012 NFL draft, but put together some productive practices in the spring. The biggest change in his game is the fact that he dropped 20 pounds off his frame from what it was a year ago, which has only enhanced one of his greatest physical attributes.

Blatnick considers himself a ” hard worker” and a “technique player.” That combination is often a good one for a player that might not be enormously gifted physically. There is however, one physical attribute where Blatnick does excel and that’s his ability to change direction in his pass rush.

Evidence of that came at the 2012 NFL Combine. Blatnick was an invite out of Oklahoma State. In the 20-yard shuttle, which is a good indicator for change of direction skills, Blatnick clocked a time of 4.2 seconds. That was good for the second-fastest time among defensive ends at the Combine that year and he did it at 263 pounds, 10 pounds heavier than he is currently.

Those change of direction skills have been seen more often than not as Blatnick was pretty disruptive lining up on the edge in Mike Pettine’s defense in the practices.

He also had the third-best bench press total among DEs with 28 reps and had a 4.81 40-time.

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