Being able to catch anything thrown in your direction is great. But when you can burn anyone who lines up in front of you on defense, that’s elite.
Elite is a word more and more people are using to describe Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle who after two years of flashing his talents, is now in the midst of a serious breakout season in Steve Sarkisian’s offense.
His blazing speed has tormented opposing defenses as he is only three yards away from eclipsing his season total of receiving yards from last season in just four games.
Waddle’s fast feet have added an impressive dimension to the Crimson Tide’s offense and have given him confidence in his ability to be able to beat anyone. And Waddle has every right to be confident in his speed as he shared during an appearance on the SEC Network on Tuesday that he doesn’t even remember the last time a defender has run him down and tackled him.
— SEC Network (@SECNetwork) October 20, 2020
“I don’t remember,” Waddle said. “I don’t think ever. Hopefully, it can stay that way I don’t wanna get caught. If I can get caught I know (DeVonta Smith) will have some mean words for me.”
This may be the only time fans and staff members would be ok with one of the players holding some mean words over another.
But if the first four games of the season have been a preview of what is to come defensively, then Waddle should have no worries about catching any flack from Smith.
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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77