Looking at Charles Scott's immense frame, it's obvious that his specialty is running the ball in between the tackles. The 5-11, 238-pound rookie running back relishes the chance to dole out some punishment while getting a few extra yards.
But with the pads not going on until Saturday, Scott has had to focus on a different aspect of his game - catching the football. And, he's shown thus far in camp that he's adept at hauling in the rock.
"I made a point to practice, practice and practice. I stayed on the JUGS and spent extra time with the quarterbacks in the offseason and back at home," Scott said. "I know that's what is going to be asked of me. It's not just a one-dimensional back here. Everybody here can do it all. They can run routes. They can catch the ball. They can pass block and they can run. Running the ball is the least of your worries."
The sixth-round draft pick out of LSU, who rushed for 1,174 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a junior in 2008, is trying to find a home on a roster with LeSean McCoy entrenched as the starter, veterans Mike Bell and Eldra Buckley in the mix as well as players like Martell Mallett. Scott and Mallett have been the only backs here during the rookie and selected vet workouts which means plenty of time to fine tune the vast multitude of minutia involved with this offense.
"It's the little things," Scott said. "Even when you get a play down, there are a lot of technical things, little things that make a difference. If you start thinking about how tired you are, you start losing focus. You're making mistakes here and there and that can cost you games."
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-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 9:00 a.m., July 29