Jul 27, 2013; Cortland, NY, USA; New York Jets quarterback Greg McElroy (right) hands the ball off to running back Chad Spann (left) during training camp at SUNY Cortland. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Today we are going to talk about one of the newest Jets’ players. He has floated between practice squads since 2011, when he entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Indianapolis Colts. He is a running back, looking to push his way up the depth chart to make the Jets’ roster. Spotlight on RB Chad Spann, from Northern Illinois.
Chad Spann stands in at 5’8″, and weighs in at 201 pounds. At his pro day in 2011, he ran the 40 yard dash in 4.52 seconds, and the 3 coach drill in a quick 7.18 seconds. He was not a part of the NFL Combine.
Here are some highlights for those of us, myself included, that had never seen Spann before:
The first thing that jumps off the screen is the balance. Chad Spann is adept at keeping his feet when getting hit. It looks like he is going down, and he just isn’t. He also has breakaway speed that is evident. He can change directions on a dime, and he hits the hole as fast as anybody.
I am reaching here, but he is a little bit small, at only 5’8″ 201 pounds. He will be facing bigger guys in the pros and that might neutralize his strength a bit. The other thing I noticed is that he might not have the best hands. The one pass I saw, he caught it, but in his body, and bobbled a bit.
It will be an uphill climb, as Spann will be going against running backs with more experience. However, on an offense that was 28th in the league in scoring one year ago, anybody has a chance.