This afternoon, we take a look at your newest addition to the roster. He was with the team in training camp, and has spent the season on the practice squad. He was called up this week to take the place of the departed FB, John Conner. He is versatile on the defense, earning him the nickname, “The Hybrid”. Spot light on Marcus Dowtin.
He measures in at 6’2″ 226 pounds (per ESPN website). At his Pro Day in March, he ran a 4.56 40 yard dash, great speed for a defensive player. He attended the University of Georgia for three years, before tranferring to the University of North Alabama for his senior year. The Jets brought him in happily, as he was one of their highest ranked undrafted free agents.
Take a look at the tape, and you will see why:
PROS: There is a lot to like about this young man. He can hit! There is a particular hit at approximately 6 minutes into the tape, where he closes like Superman, and levels the QB from behind. Wow! If he can hit Tom Brady like that on Sunday, I think there will be Marcus Dowtin jerseys all over Met Life the next week. His lateral movement is excellent, he goes sideline to sideline as fluidly as most of us walk. His closing speed is intense, and he doesn’t miss tackles. I read a scouting report that says he can sometimes arm-tackle too much, but it didn’t appear that way on the tape.
CONS: I am reaching, but the only thing I saw, was that once in a while, Marcus would take a bad angle on the tackle. He would come in a bit too much on the side, and would end up with kind of a glancing blow rather than a direct hit. Backs and receivers at this level will be able to shed that type of tackle. That will improve as he gets reps at this level.
With his speed, I think Marcus could be a bit of an x-factor, even right away this week. With his speed and ability to hit, he could make a difference in sub packages against guys like Gronkowski and Welker.