Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
So, after day one of camp, can we ask the most important question of the offseason?
Can Stevie block in the run game?
With Spiller and Jackson forming a nice RB tandem, no team ran the ball more often than BUF last season. It was easy to get a gauge for how well SJ run blocked. In a word, I'd call his blocking average. On many of the plays I watched, he showed a willingness to get into position on the DB, placing himself properly between the DB and where the running play was going. He has adequate strength to not get tossed aside.
He was not what I call 'extra physical' with the DB the way Crabs and (especially) Boldin is. Crabs and Boldin will get into position and, more often than not, initiate the contact with their targeted block, especially Boldin. SJ will get proper positioning then wait for the DB to come to him. He basically 'gets in the way', as opposed to hit and attempt to physically dominate the way Boldin does. I don't know if that's what BUF WRs were coached to do or what. SJ does not easily lose positioning on his targeted block, but neither does he sustain blocks the way Boldin/Crabs does. I know I am comparing him to Boldin, who I have very high regards for as a run blocker, so it may be a bit unfair. I feel run blocking among the WRs on a team is contagious. Once he sees how much pride Crabs and Boldin put into their run blocking, he will learn that every 49er WR must run block. I think SJ will do fine and will not be a liability in the run game as a blocker.