Do you thinks Sims' good yardage overcame the two fumbles, or do you think the 2 fumbles made him number 2?
Yea, in one of the long runs he had to the near sideline, it looked like he was doing exactly what you describe. He covered up the ball as he was being tackled but if he were caught from behind by surprise, I could see a fist knocking the ball loose.The long runs suggest he's breaking through the holes quickly and well. The question I have for those who saw him was how he was holding the ball. Sometimes, guys can fall into the old habit of pumping both arms in order to get more speed with the result that the ball is held away from the body as the ball-arm also pumps. It seems to me that that's just asking for a strip.
You are correct. This was the only sample of Sims running the ball from the scrimmage that I could find. I was just pointing the differences out and looking at the larger sample of Laskey doing it right consistently probably is a big reason that he didn't fumble last year.Nice graphic analysis. Keep in mind it's just one picture of Sims. I'm sure you can find one stray pic of Laskey loaf-of-breading it, too.