WT: 235 lbs
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Archbishop Wood (Doylestown, PA)
Scouting Report: QB Anthony Russo, Temple
Arm Talent: Anthony Russo’s arm strength is merely average, but the talent is there. He commands the ball with his throws, and knows how to place touch especially on deep fades.
Accuracy/Placement: Accuracy is certainly spotty, but he flashes the ability to place the ball in incredible spots. He can put the ball through tight windows, make tough throws look easy and surprise even defenders.
Pocket Presence/Footwork: Russo has decent pocket presence, but really needs to learn to stand in there through pressure. He has very good size and I’d like to see him use that to his advantage. He feels the pocket well for the most part, although he will bolt at times when he doesn’t need to. Footwork is solid and Russo shows a good plant when he throws.
Mobility/Play Creation: Surprisingly mobile for someone his size. Has the ability to get out of the pocket and extend plays. Russo has made some impressive throws from outside the pocket. I don’t think he will be as much of a down the field threat as a runner in the NFL, but he’s ample as a scrambler. His eyes will come off of the play downfield oftentimes as he moves.
Field Vision/Football IQ: Russo will make bone-headed decisions from time-to-time, trying to force the ball into places that he doesn’t need to be. He seems to struggle to read underneath coverage and just won’t see people. Has good vision down the field and while outside of the pocket and created some fantastic plays there.
Russo struggled through the 2019 season with inconsistent receivers and an offensive scheme that wasn’t a good fit for his skill set. As the season progressed, Rod Carey introduced more spread-type plays to the offense, but still played with a two quarterback system, something that didn’t help Russo out much at all. Todd Centeio is gone in 2020, and Russo appears to be the man primed to play full time in 2020. I need to see the flashes become more consistent in 2020.
What I Want to See in 2020: The accuracy needs to be cleaned up and I’m really not sure why he misses on as many throws as he does. From a technical standpoint, Russo is solid, so it might be a mental issue. I definitely want to see his pocket presence improve in 2020, although with Rod Carey there I’m not sure if that is possible. I want to see his eyes stay downfield even as he moves out of the pocket. The decision making has to improve as well for Russo.
Grade: Future Impact player. I think the upside is Low Impact player.