“It's Bang For The Buck”: Justin Fields' Knee Not Being Completely Healthy Would Lead To Situational Decisions Of When To Run

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Darksungm's picture

85% Justin Fields is still a top tier QB. My only concern is aggravating it before the NC game. I'm assuming we're winning this weekend of course...

God bless and go Bucks.

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seyekcuB's picture

I dont think for a second hes not 100%

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Eddie27Zeke15's picture

Yeah, I’m really hoping that’s what this is.

I’m hoping for a couple bombs early and then Dobbins and Teague just hammering things home.

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RBuck's picture

He had to take the practice reps and couldn't rest the knee properly. I believe him.

Sooner or later it all gets real.

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cricejr's picture

I would like to think this is some gamesmanship here to get Clemson thinking he's a sitting duck.  But 85% is certain better than he was in the Wisconsin game, I believe.

I bleed scarlet...literally

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BucksHave7's picture

Lets hope a little of this. 

BucksHave7

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ShawneeBuck74's picture

I think JK Dobbins in the pass game is a key to helping offset Field's injury.  We know JK is gonna run, but on passing downs, I like JK getting open as a "dump-off" option against Clemson's LBs.  Make them pick their poison... Justin on the scramble and if they commit to that, quick pass to JK.

You win with people. 

And so forth...

9 Units Strong!

 

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seyekcuB's picture

He certainly doesnt pass protect the way we need. If they Blitz we need to have some Screens dialed up.

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Tulsinator's picture

This is a fair point. Dobbins does not pass pro as well as Zeke but does play comparably as a receiver. A late release or designed screen could certainly off set some of the aggressive blitzes they'll see.

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stpetebuck's picture

Yeah Shawnee,  in Wisci game #1 and v ttun, Dobbins was utilized as a receiver numerous times.  Then it was like we hid it in the B1G championship game. 

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Dr. IlliBuckeye's picture

I think Wisconsin blitzed differently than in the regular season game calling for blitz pickup by Dobbins who is just a little too undersized, though does a decent job.

Not a medical doctor in eastern 10EyeSee

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stlbuckeye15's picture

Fields is a warrior and has played tremendously this year. He’ll have to play extremely well for us to win Saturday. I’m confident he will. Go Bucks!

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

Agreed. He’s shown plenty of toughness. I’ll be expecting this;

A lion sleeps in every man, dissatisfaction moves him,  complacency keeps him asleep.

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Buckeye_Bandit's picture

I think the whole knee being 85% thing is a ploy. My question is; why would you say something like this if it actually was true?

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Trotwoodbuck's picture

There will be several stories regarding how this game played out when it’s over.  The status of Fields knee and whether it limits his effectiveness is going to be one of them.  Personally I believe he needs to run effectively for OSU to win.  I still feel his intermediate and short range passing game is a work in progress.  His running has more than compensated for that.

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rkylet83's picture

I think we’re playing up the injured knee a bit too much.  He was mobile enough to pick up first downs with his legs against Wisconsin, with a bulky brace and in his third week of top 10 competition.  If he can take off at that speed to show the threat, Clemson will have to respect it or get gashed.  My guess is he’ll be a bit more mobile in this game, than he was against Michigan and Wisconsin.  Even then, he’s more of a passer than runner.  The biggest issue is will Clemson try to re-injure it by taking cheap shots at him...that worries me.  

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BuckeyeGuy33's picture

That's the type of players that worry me. And they traditionally are abundant and opportunistic when talking about the orange and purple cats.

F#@k 'em, Run 'em over! - Woody on tTUN

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countrybuckeye's picture

maybe, just maybe the "Point of the Spear" middle of our O-Line will handle business and make their D players collectively feel a little 'pain' in the piles.

“Save yourself and relax during every game. I recommend a fine bourbon.”

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WorthyBuck's picture

He needs to be able to run.  A couple of QB keepers on read plays or designed runs, but where we really need his legs are on passing plays where there is good coverage.  He must be able to tuck it and get some yards on covered plays to avoid sacks and not force balls.  Also, the most backbreaking things for a defense is to have a team in a passing distance on 3rd down, have great coverage and get some pressure, only to have the QB run for a first down.  
 

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linepilot15's picture

Agree 100%. I said all along that if he is able to run I like our chances if he isn't ...not so much. The third-down completion percentage was way down from what it was all year in the Wisconson game. I know that they include sacks in the rushing stats but he had 12 carries for 1 net yard against Wiscy.

That's what makes him so special is that he is as good a runner as he is a passer. Like Venables for Clemson said, " a mobile QB puts tremendous pressure on the defense" he likened him to Lamar Jackson with his ability. If OSU is to win Sat. he is going to have to run the read-option, QB draws, and be able to pick up yardage when pass plays break down and of course, he needs to hit a few passes as well. If he is able to do that they won't be able to key on JK and he will have a big day as well.

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OnPoint's picture

Fields has been practicing with the bulky brace for weeks now. I hope, Fields stick with the bulky brace for the Clemson game. This will take the uncertainty, play-calling hesitation, and risk out of the game.

Nut on top

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Buctor's picture

He will do whatever he is asked and more!  He has enough experience and appears to have an instinct to see what will work, at least if he is given enough time to see what's developing.  So the OL needs to have one of their better performances. If that happens, there will be a large number of happy Buckeyes come Saturday night.

Go Bucks!!!

Here comes Saturday, here comes Saturday, just get giddy thinking about it.  Damn this has been a fun season.

Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

I think once he gets into the swing of the game, the knee may move to the back of his/our mind. I’m guessing/looking for Day to attack the middle of their D and get the ball out quick to give JF some confidence. Who knows, maybe we continue to get a ball or two to our TEs?

Go Bucks!

A lion sleeps in every man, dissatisfaction moves him,  complacency keeps him asleep.

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OH-IO's picture

I'm waiting for the Swinney/Venables "oh shit" moment they realize the knee working just fine. 

OH-IO living BACK IN COLUMBUS after 32 years in the ATL. 

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Bukirob's picture

Remember when we faced Wisconsin they were ranked #1 in every defensive state and they were ranked 1 or 2 in every major offensive stat.  Clemson is very good and better than anyone we've faced by I have a growing suspicion they are going to expose Clemson.

You WIN with people.

 

 

WW Hayes

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BuckeyeGuy33's picture

All of this knee talk, "conservative" or "smart" decisions has me irritated. It's chipping away at my confidence.
Hurry up Saturday.
Kick Clemmy in the friggin mouth.
Win the damn game.

Go Bucks!

F#@k 'em, Run 'em over! - Woody on tTUN

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3ydncloudofdust's picture

 friggin mouth

but it’s throat punch Thursday 

 

A lion sleeps in every man, dissatisfaction moves him,  complacency keeps him asleep.

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Ishi's picture

A lot of talk about a knee from a team that keeps injury information confidential.  

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Buckeyeincleveburg's picture

Apparently during media availability today, he’s been told not to talk about it.

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

A seemingly shocking or at least controversial comment only needs said once. I hope it's psychology and causing Clemson to lose focus on our senior wide receivers. I expect a number of really big plays in the passing game. Big moments for several key contributors.

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CorchUrb's picture

I think the OL is going to eat on Saturday. They’re going to mow down Clemsons DL, and really wear them down. I expect Dobbins to have a huge game.

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southalabamabuckeye's picture

Day has a plan to maximize what Fields can do. I believe the offense will be very effective.

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BuckIDave's picture

I am not as worried about his ability to run as I am with the hits he will take when he stays in the pocket. I just hope that Justin can move around just enough to avoid direct hits on his knee. An 85% Justin is still good enough to lead us to a win over Clemson.

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ramiy63's picture

I'd have to say that if there's an aspect of his game that worries me, it's that sometimes he just seems to freeze in the pocket, appearing torn between taking off running or hanging in there to extend the play. Then he ends up taking a bad sack. 

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wantagoback's picture

Lets see what the opponent can do . Bucks take the lead into the half . Then light it up .

RLMay

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BuckeyeinFlorida's picture

Lamar Jackson is damned good but he doesn't have a pocket full of Super Bowl rings. Pass the football when not handing off to JK or Master. Passing has enabled the modern day professional dynasty.

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swaytec's picture

He needs to run then slide. Draw some late hit flags.  And something tells me dobbins improves his pass pro next 2 games to boost his draft stock 

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