RB Fozzy Whittaker - Free Agent
|5-10, 202||Born: 2-2-1989||College: Texas||Drafted: ---|
2017 Week 4 vs NE (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 3 / 3 / 34 / 1 rec)
Rarely used so far this season, Fozzy Whittaker made his presence felt with a touchdown reception on a well-designed screen pass. The Panthers used the motion of Christian McCaffrey from left to right to distract the Patriots defenders, allowing Whittaker to sneak into the left flat. There were no Patriots in the area, giving Cam Newton an easy throw to Whittaker, who had nothing but green grass ahead of him.
2016 Week 1 vs DEN (3 / 13 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Notably, Fozzy Whittaker played his biggest role when the Panthers went to the two-minute drill, sending Jonathan Stewart to the sideline. As a shiftier back than his powerful backfield partner, Whittaker managed to make hay against the Broncos with his handful of touches. A nice read of his blocks off the right side sprung him for a nice gain, and the very next play he reacted quickly to backfield penetration and scooted behind left tackle for a five-yard gain. Whittaker was decisive and did not put a foot wrong while he was in the game.
2016 Week 2 vs SF (16 / 100 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker played a big role in the two-minute drill and in obvious passing situations last week in Denver. Against the 49ers he was forced to shoulder a heavier load as Jonathan Stewart left the game due to a hamstring injury. The Panthers did not deviate from their traditional play calling on the ground, as Whittaker shone both between the tackles and finding the tiniest creases outside the numbers. His patience on a quick toss left gained him seven yards; a more aggressive runner might have shot straight through a tight gap, but Whittaker smartly allowed the 49ers defenders to pursue too far and simply ran back to daylight. He had a few nice cameos as a pass catcher as the San Francisco defense seemed to be struggling to match up against Carolina's empty sets. A 20-yard scamper down the right sideline after an adjustment to a low Cam Newton pass was the highlight of his involvement as a receiver. Whittaker was unfortunate to have a fumble ruled against him in the second quarter after it appeared that his knee was down prior to the ball coming loose. The defender deserves credit for the play as he clubbed Whittaker from behind. The shifty back exploded off the right side in the second half for a 25-yard gain as he once again showed good patience to allow his blockers to develop. He has the ability to go from zero to 100 in a matter of seconds, and the 49ers struggled to contain him. Undaunted by between-the-tackles running, Whittaker showed he is more than capable of subbing in for Stewart, if indeed the big back misses time.
2016 Week 3 vs MIN (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 34 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker made the most of his touches, finding small creases against a disciplined Vikings defense. He had a long catch and run nullified by a block in the back penalty called against Kelvin Benjamin. On the play Whittaker made a beautiful juke move to get free, before turning on the jets down the sideline to streak away. He was unfortunate not to get into the end zone early with the Panthers set up inside the red zone. Diagnosing the play quickly, he scooted outside but was wrapped up by a nice tackle as he closed in on the goal line. Whittaker was a useful check down option for Cam Newton as the Minnesota blitzes continued to come, but overall he - like the rest of the Carolina offense - failed to stamp his authority on the game.
2016 Week 4 vs ATL (3 / 6 / 0 rush, 9 / 9 / 86 / 0 rec)
With the offense having to resort to a pass-heavy approach much earlier than they would have liked or anticipated, scat back Fozzy Whittaker saw plenty of action. Whittaker remains the go-to option on third down as a pass protector, and he did a decent job of getting his body in the way of pass rushers, if not necessarily stoning them at the point of attack. Whittaker was always available on dump-off passes in the flat, and took what the defense gave him each time. He did an excellent job converting a 3rd-and-18 situation for the offense, turning on the jets after reeling in a short pass and shooting between two defenders to dive for the sticks. Whittaker hauled in several receptions with the Panthers in the up-tempo offense.
2016 Week 5 vs TB (5 / 45 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker played second fiddle to Cameron Artis-Payne this week, as the Panthers slowly grew into the game offensively and established a decent rushing attack. Whittaker ran behind some excellent blocking at times, but was perhaps a bit too patient on outside carries. A well-blocked screen pass into the left flat appeared to welcome a north-south approach, but Whittaker hesitated and only got eight yards out of it. A similar play - a quick toss left - resulted in a similar outcome, with Tampa Bay corralling the speedy back quickly. Whittaker showed off his shifty streak on a beautiful weaving run off right tackle. He was unfortunate not to score a touchdown, as his despairing lunge for the pylon fell a yard short.
2016 Week 6 vs NO (1 / -1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
After assuming a significant role in Jonathan Stewart's absence, Fozzy Whittaker was forced to take a back seat as the big back returned to the line-up. Whittaker made a few appearances on third down and did not disgrace himself in pass protection, but he was unable to find space on a third-and-long check down and a screen pass.
2016 Week 8 vs ARI (2 / 1 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker took a backseat to the dominant Jonathan Stewart, who was unstoppable as the lead dog in the Carolina backfield. The third-down specialist Whittaker caught a quick pass into the flat for 10 yards, but had a disappointing drop to kill a drive later in the game. He got very few opportunities to carry the ball as the Panthers continued to nurse a lead behind the hard-charging Stewart.
2016 Week 9 vs LA (1 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
With the entire offense struggling to stay on the field, Fozzy Whittaker had very few opportunities to shine. Jonathan Stewart was the primary option as a pass protector against the Rams' ferocious front seven, sending Whittaker to the bench. Even when the speedy back got onto the field and caught a quick pass on a screen, the play was nullified by a penalty.
2016 Week 10 vs KC (2 / 5 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker was mainly used in pass protection and on third down in the first three quarters of the game. It was only towards the end, with Carolina looking for a spark, that Whittaker replaced Stewart and performed well. Whittaker's burst surprised the Chiefs and he managed to break off a couple of nice plays.
2016 Week 12 vs OAK (4 / 14 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Playing a satellite role and operating mainly as a space back, Fozzy Whittaker was unfortunate to have a nice run on a toss play ruled out by penalty. The quick-footed Whittaker came in to spell Jonathan Stewart on obvious passing downs at times, but was not exclusively involved in such sets. His involvement was minimal as the Panthers were forced to go downfield for chunk plays.
2016 Week 13 vs SEA (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker got a handful of snaps to start the second half, but was kept quiet by a swarming Seahawks defense. With the Panthers trailing big at the time, downfield passing was the order of the day, leaving Whittaker on the outside looking in.
2016 Week 14 vs SD (3 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Jonathan Stewart's backup was limited to a handful of touches. With the Panthers controlling the game with Stewart's physical style between the tackles, Whittaker rarely got a look in. A target on a wheel route that could have gone for a big gain was just out of Whittaker's reach, but he showed good quickness on a pair of runs in the second half.
2016 Week 15 vs WAS (3 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Spelling Jonathan Stewart - who assumed the bulk of the workload - was Fozzy Whittaker's main role as the Panthers offense stayed in control. The shifty back's biggest contribution came on a 25-yard pass on third down that helped the team ice the game in the fourth quarter. Whittaker sneaked into the flat on a wheel route, and Newton found him with a perfectly lofted pass.
2016 Week 16 vs ATL (3 / 30 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
In a quiet outing for Fozzy Whittaker - apart from kick returns, where he showed off his burst and quickness ñ his best play came on a quick toss into the left flat when he weaved between blockers and defenders for a sizeable gain.
2016 Week 17 vs TB (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
For the most part the Panthers' rushing attack was ineffectual against a stout and disciplined Bucs front seven. At times the Carolina offensive line left the backs, like Fozzy Whittaker, very little to work with. Whittaker spelled Jonathan Stewart at times but he had very little impact on his touches overall.
2015 Week 1 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 3 / 0 rec)
Utilized primarily as a 'scat back' or change of pace option against a stout Jaguars front, Fozzy Whittaker found little joy. Newton tried to get him the football in the screen game on slow developing plays involving a couple of ball fakes, but Jacksonville were quick to diagnose and snuffed the plays out before they got started. Jonathan Stewart carried the load as the primary rusher, and the Panthers never went away from him to provide Whittaker an opportunity.
2015 Week 2 vs HOU (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Utilized primarily as a kick returner, Fozzy Whittaker picked up an injury in this game but returned later with no ill effects. The game plan seemed to involve him less than normal, although the game script meant Carolina did not need to go into pass-first mode at any point ñ the area Whittaker would thrive.
2015 Week 3 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker remains the team's primary kick returner and only saw snaps when starting back Jonathan Stewart left the game with an injury. Whittaker showed some nice burst on a swing pass into the right flat, gaining 12 yards and lowering his shoulder on the cornerback.
2015 Week 4 vs TB (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
The Panthers' pass-catching back was eschewed in a game script that was not suited to his talents. He caught one pass on a swing pass on third-and-long, but was otherwise a bystander on a comfortable day for the Panthers offense.
2015 Week 6 vs SEA (1 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
In a telling move, Fozzy Whittaker ñ and not Jonathan Stewart ñ was inserted into the game at the start of the second half as the Panthers went to no huddle. Whittaker was fed the football and to his credit he found some room between the tackles and caught a short pass on the outside. Whittaker showed some nice patience and burst on a quick flair pass into the left flat as he followed his lead blockers on a designed tunnel screen.
2015 Week 8 vs IND (1 / 3 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Clearly the distant second to Jonathan Stewart in this backfield, Fozzy Whittaker only got one carry for a minimal gain and also made an error on a kick return, allowing the ball to hit off his chest and bounce into the field of play. Forced to return it or accept the football at the one-yard line, Whittaker did a decent job to get out to the 16.
2015 Week 9 vs GB (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Utilized in the two-minute drill, Fozzy Whittaker found a little success with his weaving, elusive running style. A well-blocked inside give led to a nice 10-yard gain, and he followed that up with a shifty short carry between the tackles. The backfield continues to belong to Jonathan Stewart, who hardly got spelled at all in this game for Whittaker or Tolbert.
2015 Week 11 vs WAS (2 / 6 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker, still a distant third in this rushing attack in terms of involvement, got a couple of touches in the two-minute drill to end the first half. Whittaker showed good burst and took advantage of a defense prepared to play the pass with a pair of nice inside runs.
2015 Week 13 vs NO (1 / 11 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker showed off his trademark speed on a quick toss right, but did not make any more contributions as the Panthers leaned heavily on Jonathan Stewart.
2015 Week 14 vs ATL (8 / 34 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)
The forgotten back of the undefeated Panthers' backfield, Fozzy Whittaker was the beneficiary of the injury to Jonathan Stewart, seeing plenty of action in the second half. Whittaker's excellent vision and quickness of feet were evident on his touches, as he consistently shimmied his way around defenders to pick up positive yardage. His touchdown run off right tackle was a thing of beauty. Following his lead blockers - who sealed the lane perfectly - he turned on the jets and sprang into the end zone to finish strong.
2015 Week 15 vs NYG (2 / 2 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker was expected to get the majority of the workload with Jonathan Stewart missing out due to injury, but the speedy back took a backseat to rookie Cameron Artis-Payne. Whittaker performed well in pass protection and was relied on in the two-minute drill to pick up blitzers. The Giants sent extra rushers often, aware that a four-man rush would not be enough to get pressure, but Whittaker was equal to it.
2015 Week 16 vs ATL (5 / 32 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
The speedy back got the first touches of the game and looked spry and quick. In the offense's only effective drive of the game, Whittaker was the sparkplug and showed good patience and vision on outside zone runs, following his blockers and consistently generating positive yardage. Whittaker showed off his deceptive power and determined nature on a third-and-short carry, looking initially to be stopped short before diving forward on a second effort. Whittaker did a decent job in pass protection and was a capable receiver out of the backfield. On a quick screen pass, he could have had an explosive play were it not for a great tackle from an Atlanta defender. Whittaker limped out of the game in the second half and the offense seemed to limp along with him from that point.
2014 Week 6 vs CIN (9 / 25 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Second-year back Fozzy Whittaker made the most of his opportunities against Cincinnati, showing good patience and north-south burst on his touches. Although a revitalised Cam Newton shouldered the load of the ground game with his 100-yard game, Whittaker allowed the offense to get into a rhythm early and establish the threat of the run. Whittaker competently assessed his options as the play developed and rarely failed to get what was blocked for him. However, on the occasions that defenders pierced the line of scrimmage as he was making a cut, he was unable to power through contact. Whittaker, although only a stopgap measure for the time being with starting tandem DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart out, showed excellent balance and decisiveness throughout. This was particularly evident on his touchdown run to tie the game at 17. Whittaker had no hesitation running behind center Ryan Kalil when a lane opened up; the back got skinny in the hole and zipped into the end zone. His versatility has been complimented by head coach Ron Rivera and if he performs like this regularly he could remain a fixture of the ground attack.
2014 Week 14 vs NO (3 / 5 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 26 / 1 rec)
Subbing in for the injured DeAngelo Williams, Fozzy Whittaker made his presence felt on a beautifully executed screen pass for a touchdown. Newton floated the ball to him and a series of wonderful blocks downfield gave Whittaker a clear enough path down the left sideline. He finished well, diving for the pylon. The Saints defense was left wanting on the play, with no defenders even close to Whittaker in the end.
2014 Week 15 vs TB (2 / 13 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Playing in place of the injured DeAngelo Williams, the second-year back was utilised mainly as a kick returner, but did produce a nice 15+ yard scamper on a first half run that was well blocked. Whittaker has good juice in his legs to make cuts at speed and dash between the tackles, but a lack of opportunity scuppered his chances in this contest as Jonathan Stewart was given the bulk of the workload.
2014 Week 17 vs ATL (7 / 41 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Given the nod when the game was well in hand for Carolina, second-year back Fozzy Whittaker looked smooth and spry running against a deflated defense. Whittaker has good bounce in his step and reads his blocks well to get upfield in a hurry. The offensive line performed very well in his limited snaps and he capitalized on their excellent play. He will have a reduced role once DeAngelo Williams returns, but Whittaker has the youth and talent to be a major factor in this ground game for years to come.
2014 Week 18 vs ARI (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 39 / 1 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker starred in a cameo role, showing excellent vision and speed to follow his blockers and reverse field on a nicely crafted screen pass. It looked a fairly innocuous play at first, but Whittaker spotted an opening immediately and sprinted across the field, getting behind a Byron Bell pancake block to reach the end zone. Whittaker spelled Jonathan Stewart and showed some good patience and speed through the hole on a toss sweep off right tackle.
2013 Week 7 vs GB (5 / 11 / 0 rush, 5 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker got his first chance at significant carries on Sunday, and did nothing that we have not already seen out of Chris Ogbonnaya this season. The Browns are hoping to get a spark in their running game, something they surely did not get with the recently released Bobby Rainey. Whittaker cut into the already limited snaps that Chris Ogbonnaya has been getting. However, Ogbonnaya has been nothing but positive towards his former teammate at Texas. "He's a hard-working guy who will always put forth his best effort. I've known Fozzy for a long time and he'll definitely help our team," said Ogbonnaya of Whittaker. On tape, Whittaker looked fast but did not display the open field moves that he talked about during the week. Whittaker did make an impressive catch late in the game, running a slant out of the backfield, catching the ball above his head and moving forward for ten yards and a first down. It will be interesting to see how practice reps are divided this week, as one can expect more of Whittaker in the upcoming weeks.
2013 Week 8 vs KC (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 22 / 1 rec)
Whittaker's touchdown reception comes on pick play, with Whittaker running a wheel route coming out of backfield facing man-to-man coverage with a linebacker. Josh Gordon ran his route into the linebacker, allowing Whittaker enough to get open, catch the pass in stride and sprint into the end zone. Whittaker looked like a blur on the catch and run, and the play was obviously designed with him in mind. Whittaker only had two touches on offense, and his productivity will be sporadic at best. Whittaker has also begun seeing increased opportunities at kick returner, where he will provide the most spark to the Browns.
2013 Week 9 vs BAL (2 / 11 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 13 / 0 rec)
In limited opportunities, Fozzy Whittaker made positive plays and may see increased playing time following Willis McGahee's stinker on Sunday. On the Browns first touchdown pass in the first quarter, Fozzy Whittaker came across his quarterback to chip a rushing Elvis Dumervil. This gave Jason Campbell enough time to deliver a strike to Davone Bess in the end zone. The ability to pass block is something that will be huge with the coaching staff given Jason Campbell's recent success. In addition, Whittaker displayed good hands on his three catches, snagging a low pass for a short gain in the third quarter. Whittaker also had the longest Browns run by a running back, an 11-yard burst where Whittaker looked like Usain Bolt compared to the likes of Willis McGahee.
2013 Week 11 vs CIN (4 / 20 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 41 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker was a clear beneficiary of the Jason Campbell checkdown evening on Sunday, corralling all five of his short targets for positive gains. Whittaker displayed very solid hands, even making a one handed catch on an errant pass attempt. Along with his solid production as a receiving back, Fozzy Whittaker looked like the most impressive runner on the Browns roster on Sunday. Whittaker is a shifty runner who can make people miss both between the tackles and in the open field. Whittaker is also the only Browns running back with the ability to accelerate around the edge and get past the initial line of defenders. While none of his runs on the boundaries were overly impressive, Fozzy displayed some of the attributes of a capable running back. Whittaker even displayed toughness between the tackles, making multiple defenders miss on inside runs, eating a Vontaze Burfict full throttle tackle while staying on his feet, and moving forward. While Fozzy Whittaker is not ìthe answerî for the Browns running back issues, he showed enough on Sunday to warrant reps as the lead tailback for the Cleveland Browns.
2013 Week 12 vs PIT (6 / 16 / 0 rush, 5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker is a hard runner who gets downhill in a hurry, a typical north-south speed back. However, Whittaker lacks the lower-body strength to churn through piles and gain extra yardage. Whittaker often hits a pile and is stuck, and rarely gained yards after contact on Sunday.
2013 Week 13 vs JAX (7 / 15 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
Fozzy Whittaker does not contain any discernible talents as a running back aside from his above average speed. When between the tackles, Whittaker ìdancesî too much, allowing defenders more time to get to the ball carrier. For a speed back, Whittaker fails to use his best skill to its full capacity. Moreover, even when Whittaker reaches the edge, he does not contain enough ìburstî through the second level to have continued success.
2013 Week 14 vs NE (4 / 6 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 18 / 0 rec)
Much like Chris Ogbonnaya, Fozzy Whittaker operated as a passing down back, seeing a whopping seven targets on the day. He was Campbell's preferred checkdown or dumpoff target, as his long catch of the day was a mere 8 yards despite his target volume.