Player Watch #2: Jaidyn Stephenson

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DuckYeah

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Jul 5, 2010
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To the guy on level 2 aisle 41 who kept yelling out "Stephenson doesn't chase, he is lazy"

Where were you in the 3rd quarter?

Sometimes going to the footy is horrendous
I was in aisle 15 with a bloke behind me calling wilba - POWELLY all match. Even after I said dude thats our first pick this year, thats Wilbur.. 2 seconds later POWELLY! 🤦‍♂️

Stepho is bargain of the century!
 

ChoppyGun

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Jul 19, 2020
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I can't blame them for that. Must be infuriating seeing him doing well in a role Bucks refused to play him in, all the while knowing the idiots in charge of your club offloaded him for a packet of twisties.
Most of my family are Collingwood (as in extended).

They want him and Eddie gone asap. Just had enough, yet were big fans of earlier........
 

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The Butcher

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Mar 8, 2011
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Good game again from No.2. We could pick out little -'s to go with the +'s but theres no point, this kid can kick a goal from 50 so it's all golden.

Just a personal curiosity, when we got him I read he was lightening quick and pictured him running away from opposition defenders, but I've seen a lot of chasers apply serious pressure to him on the run. what gives?
 

Themanbun

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Apr 19, 2019
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Good game again from No.2. We could pick out little -'s to go with the +'s but theres no point, this kid can kick a goal from 50 so it's all golden.

Just a personal curiosity, when we got him I read he was lightening quick and pictured him running away from opposition defenders, but I've seen a lot of chasers apply serious pressure to him on the run. what gives?
He's very quick over the first 10-20 but as he winds out doesn't hit as high a top speed as some others.
 

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Finn Jim

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Good game again from No.2. We could pick out little -'s to go with the +'s but theres no point, this kid can kick a goal from 50 so it's all golden.

Just a personal curiosity, when we got him I read he was lightening quick and pictured him running away from opposition defenders, but I've seen a lot of chasers apply serious pressure to him on the run. what gives?
He had a pretty significant bout of glandular fever last season. I think it knocked his top speed down a bit unfortunately.
 

DuckYeah

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Good game again from No.2. We could pick out little -'s to go with the +'s but theres no point, this kid can kick a goal from 50 so it's all golden.

Just a personal curiosity, when we got him I read he was lightening quick and pictured him running away from opposition defenders, but I've seen a lot of chasers apply serious pressure to him on the run. what gives?
How good was that beam pass, under pressure to Wilbur and then Wilburs beautiful kick into space where Souve didnt have to break stride who then did his best to cock up the good work however, the work was so good it was impossible to fu** up. That play, Gave me movement 😂
 

Merlin007

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Jun 7, 2019
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Good game again from No.2. We could pick out little -'s to go with the +'s but theres no point, this kid can kick a goal from 50 so it's all golden.

Just a personal curiosity, when we got him I read he was lightening quick and pictured him running away from opposition defenders, but I've seen a lot of chasers apply serious pressure to him on the run. what gives?
good post - on the question of pace, chasers should in general always close to some extent, because they're not carrying the ball; the test is whether the ball carrier (in this case Stephenson) has enough zip to carry far enough before being caught, and clearly he does
 

disco_cowboy

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Would be top 3 in the best and fairest at the moment.

Great start to the year. Needs to keep building on it though because when we are winning he needs to be A grade.

If he can play a full season and end up with 20+ goals and serious impact from a wing that is a great effort.
he's averaging more that a goal a game and just under 20 possessions.
 

AnEmptyChair

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He's the type of player, too, that will get better as the team gets better both individually but also as the team finds him more and better utilises his skills. At 22, he's still only scratching the surface of what he can do. Genuinely could be a 20 possessions a game, 30 goal a season winger at his peak, which would be ******* outrageous.
 

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