The owners voted to make thigh and knee pads mandatory on Tuesday. This is something that the NFL Players Union is not happy with but the NFL and owners feel is necessary if they are to actually take safety seriously.
The move to make knee and thigh pads mandatory will affect the mobility of many players, especially wide receivers and cornerbacks that tend to dispense with the pads in favor of the ability to make more cuts and be more fluid.
A notable jaguar who has been known to play without knee and thigh pads on many occasions is cornerback Rashean Mathis. As Mathis fights to keep a roster spot against the younger, newer Aaron Ross it may be a bit tougher if he can’t pull ahead during the underwear league (OTAs and training camp).
We don’t know how good wide receiver Justin Blackmon would be with or without pads at the NFL level, but you’ve got to think that with every other receiver who ran a faster 40 yard dash or other drill being forced to wear pads, Blackmon’s stock just rose ever so slightly.
No matter how it’s looked at though, nobody will be moving quite as well as Donald Driver just did on Dancing with the Stars.
– Luke N. Sims