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|Reggie Bush has great elusiveness, or the ability to "juke" his defender.|
Juke: The ability to avoid being tackled. Example: "The Saints' Reggie Bush is perhaps the best juker in the league, although juker doesn't appear to be a word."Knee-bender: Scouts prefer this type of player to a waist-bender. Example: "He's gone on another knee-bender, which should give him more leverage in trash." Long-strider: Player who doesn't take quick steps and often has a tough time getting in and out of breaks. Example: "T.O. is able to drop balls in [long] stride." Motor: Refers to a player's energy. An annual nominee for most overused word during the draft. Example: "This kid has a high motor, mainly because I've never heard of this kid in my life!" Nubs: A special type of shoe that supposedly improves a player's 40-yard dash time. These are not allowed at the combine, but players try to use them during pro days. Example: "Isn't it wonderful to see an athlete with nubs succeed?" On the ground: Not a phrase you want showing up next to your name. It's typically used to describe offensive linemen who can't stay on their feet. Example: "Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas is rarely seen on the ground in Madison." Plays the piano: Describes a lineman who does a good job moving up and down the line of scrimmage. Example: "Michigan's Alan Branch plays the piano like Van Cliburn." Quick-twitch player: Phrase used to compliment a player on how quickly he reacts. Example: "Pittsburgh's Darrelle Revis doesn't have quick-twitch athleticism, but his first name does have an odd spelling." Road-grader: Wide-bodied, powerful blocker. Example: "Texas Tech's Manuel Ramirez was a road-grader at the Senior Bowl, and that was somewhat surprising since he played in the same offense the Sigma Chis used to win the intramural title." Straight-line player: Player who is effective running in a straight line but has trouble making cuts. Example: "Some defensive backs not named Roy Williams have tremendous straight-line speed but have trouble using their hips to transition into covering receivers." Two-gap: A defensive lineman who can cover two gaps in the offensive line. Example: "Louisville's Amobi Okoye is an accomplished two-gap run defender and is kind to small woodland creatures." Utility back: A running back who has the skill to produce at numerous positions in the offense. Example: "A utility back can be someone spectacular such as Reggie Bush or he can be a likable soul such as Aveion Cason. Vision: One of the most important traits for a running back. The ability to quickly identify holes. Example: Emmitt Smith had remarkable vision and the good sense to know he had a great chance of edging out someone from the cast of 'Gimme a Break' in a dance contest." Wood hauler's butt: Usually refers to an offensive lineman who has no appreciable rear end. When you arch your back while carrying firewood, this is the result. Example: "Cowboys right tackle Marc Colombo has a wood hauler's butt, but still deserves to be treated like a human being." Zone-blocker: An offensive lineman who works well in space. Example: "He's an excellent zone-blocker because he senses defenders entering his area and there aren't many viable words beginning with Z." Matt Mosley covers the NFL for ESPN.com. He may be reached at email@example.com.