"We probably missed on him because we probably should have just drafted him," Telesco acknowledged. "We should have hit on him ... Really, the first couple of OTA practices, he jumps off at you."
Telesco praised Oliver not just for his ability, but also for his leadership, work ethic and preparation that allowed him to step in and nail pass protections and read his blocks in his first extended action versus the New York Jets.
Those qualities were on display during an impressive training camp.
They weren't alone. Telesco said multiple players and coaches made the Sproles connection the first time they laid eyes on Oliver shaking a defender to squirt through a lane.
Sproles and Jones-Drew are unique success stories among NFL backs of the past decade. Oliver might not be as talented as either one, but he has already proven that all 32 teams made a mistake by passing him over in the draft.