The year was 2018. Corey Clement started one of the greatest Super Bowl plays ever. The Philly Special was the stuff of legend. It involved a running back snap, flip, and tight end throw to a receiving QB. Sounds like something right out of a Madden player’s dreams, right? I assure you, it happened. The 41-33 marked the lone championship for the Philadelphia Eagles. Well, now that it’s over and in the history books, Corey Clement is now a Cowboy. As of this article, RB Tony Pollard has been tending to a nagging foot injury. Here are some reasons to give him some shine.
#32 may not have the hurdling ability of Ezekiel Elliott. He might not have the touted hands of Tony Pollard coming out of Memphis either. However, I wouldn’t write the back off as just a camp body either. His slender frame and low center of gravity come with some deceptive speed. It’s the kind of skill set that can lull defenders to sleep. At 5’11 and 220 lbs, he’s got just enough weight to fight between the tackles and set the edge. Add a bit of pass catching in there, and he’s a serviceable, quality compliment to either of the two previously mentioned.
Continuing from the last point, Clement’s legs are fresher than his counterparts. He got 30+ carries in the 2021 season, which seems like child’s play compared to Elliott and Pollard. It could be, but it’s advantageous. It keeps him spry and in game shape, but a 4.2 average per carry in a sparse role would be a boon for most upper echelon rushing attacks. The two back sets that Dallas uses are very crucial because all of them can block, catch and pass.
Corey Clement: Emergency QB?
Don’t all jump at me at once, guys. But, the Philly Special didn’t look too bad of a spiral from a certain couple of angles. Plus, Dallas hasn’t ruled out using their own version of it starring Dak Prescott, (and he caught it). I think Clement could get in and toss a few five yard outs on a line. Don’t you? No? Just me, then. I’m in your corner, Corey. Now, it’s just a matter of time to see if Dallas deploys him versus the 49ers linebacking corps.
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