Zander Horvath

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  1. El Gringo

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    I've been following Horvath closely since he was drafted and you're right, he's only being talked about as a blocking fullback/H-back/WSTD. No one ever asks why someone with his top of the chart athleticism for the running back position has to move to fullback, especially when he was a successful running back at Purdue.

    But I hold out a little hope that he'll show well enough in the preseason to get some touches, especially near the goal line, even without a string of injuries, and maybe his role can grow from there. Austin Ekeler is admittedly a top back but he's on the small side for a bellcow role and has been injured in the past though not last season. After him there's the rookie Spiller and some mediocrities. Spiller was drafted to be Ekeler's backup and maybe play third downs, but he's not exactly a bull with a nose for the endzone.

    The Chargers could have let Horvath go the undrafted free agent route but they took him at the end of the draft, hopefully with a purpose more than making him just a special teams wiz and extra offensive lineman in the backfield. The current LAC coaching regime seems to have more on the ball than most, as seen by the sprinkling of White players on defense.
     
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    Thanks for the info Don. I didn’t know the Chargers were so thin at rb. Hopefully he gets a few carries in the preseason and makes the most of them. Allstots first year I think he was almost exclusively used at fullback but he would turn a fullback in the flat catch into a highlight video 15 yard gain. His skills were so obvious that he had to be used at tailback part time at least. I think Zander has the skills to do the same.

    I don’t understand how any coach that views his highlight video wouldn’t want to give him a shot toting the rock. A lot of dwf’s on the Chargers forum seem to want him as their big back.
     
  5. Warhawk_46

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    It is so obvious this guy should be running the ball even the blind DWFs can see it.

    He reminds me a bit of Peyton Hillis; big guy but has some serious burst and strong as an ox.
     
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    Won't hold my breath. Chargers screwed over Hester and Watt. Horvath won't bee utilized like he should. Going to be a battering ram for a smaller, less athletic, Black, SEC back. **** the caste system.
     
  7. white is right

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    Wow it looks like Brian Leonard 2.0 with the highlights I saw. Similar good hands and vision and power and he did more Leonard Leaps than any other running back I have seen in a while. It would be a total waste for him to be a pure blocking back and to not be used similar to Leonard at Rutgers or Alstott in the pro ranks.
     
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    This is the second time I have watched this video and I get the same conclusion. Dude is big, fast, great hands, hard to tackle, has the ability to make defenders miss with just a slight movement of his upper body. He is constantly getting hit in the backfield/pressured yet is so elusive he doesn't get tackled much for any type of loss of yards. He is a terror for DB's not a blocking FB.
     
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    What makes him any less than a Derrick Henry? Not knocking Henry as he is supremely talented; but is Horvath that much worse that he isn’t worthy of carries?

    I mean if defenses struggle against Henry’s size and speed where he just wears down defenses, wouldn’t it make sense to utilize Horvath to do some of the same? Ekeler is a good back and still worthy of carries. Horvath is worthy of 10 carries a game, especially to wear down defenses. Any coach who has any brains and is not racist against whites would come to the same conclusion.
     
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    I watched most of his games the last few years....This crap, woke league just can’t help themselves........Go ZH, show these vag talent evaluators how wrong they are.....
     
  11. Leonardfan

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    Some news on Horvath from the Athletic

    • Rookie fullback Zander Horvath was working with the first-team offense during walk-throughs at the start of practice. Gabe Nabers, his competition for the fullback spot, was on the second field with the second and third teams. Interestingly, Lombardi said Horvath could get some work in the running game as a lone tailback in preseason games. “There’s a discovery process that will happen with him,” Lombardi said. “Gabe will keep developing, and we’ll see how that falls out.”
     
  12. white lightning

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    Well let's just hope that if he leads the NFL in rushing in the preseason like Ryan Nall did that it doesn't just become the kiss of death for him where they never play him again.
     

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