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MessagePosté le: Lun 22 Oct - 07:54 (2018)    Sujet du message: Titans Week 4 Enemy Profile: Fletcher Cox Répondre en citant

When it comes to defensive tackles in this league http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/tajae-sharpe-jersey , Aaron Donald is typically known as the absolute best. Donald has spoiled the rest of us because it seems like other defensive tackles aren’t discussed nearly as much even if they’re playing in the same ballpark.Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is one of those players. With Philadelphia since 2012, Cox is a three-time Pro Bowler, a three-time Second-team All-Pro, and a Super Bowl champion. His Eagles come to Nashville this Sunday to decide which team goes to 3-1 and which team falls to 2-2.Cox himself is having a sensational season. He has 2.5 sacks on the year and leads all defensive players with 9 quarterback hits. He’s a perfect test for an offensive line that has given up the fewest quarterback hits on the season, so something has to give.For a further look at why Fletcher Cox is a defensive player the Titans need to fear, let’s investigate his tape.gamepass.nfl.comPlaying up on the defensive line is not just about rushing the passer or the runner. Occasionally a defensive lineman’s job is to disrupt the play, call out play fakes, option plays, etc. Here, Cox uses hesitance on his pass rush because he knows Devonta Freeman is being used as the bubble screen. As soon as Cox notices Freeman moving out, that’s when he steps in front of him, forcing Freeman to take a different angle before eventually being tackled for a loss. Cox doesn’t get credited for a tackle here, but his sniff out of the screen ultimately makes this play happen.gamepass.nfl.comSacks by themselves don’t constitute just how well a pass rusher is playing, which is why pressures and quarterback hits do a much better job of providing context. Cox only has 2.5 sacks on the year, but there’s a huge amount of pressure that he’s creating on a game-by-game basis.Cox doesn’t get credited for the sack here (although he’s pretty close), but his leverage allows him to put pressure on Matt Ryan long enough for Chris Long to strip sack the quarterback. Cox was the standout player for the Eagles in Week 1 because of the impact he made on the Eagles’ defensive line: They don’t win this one without him balling out.gamepass.nfl.comWhat especially makes Cox such a dangerous pass rusher that isn’t limited to stopping the run game is his athleticism and technique. His most deadly move is the two-step counter, where he—of course—takes two steps before countering a lineman’s futile attempts at blocking him, giving him a clear path to the quarterback.Here, Cox takes two steps and smacks the guard’s hands out of existence. The guard is now out of position to stop #91, allowing him to push off his left foot, accelerate Authentic Rashaan Evans Jersey , and easily take down Ryan Fitzpatrick for the sack.gamepass.nfl.comFinally, it goes without saying that Cox is a freight train; Defensive tackles need all the power they can get to muster through whatever gap they’re racing toward, and Cox has all that and then some.This time Cox is double blocked (that almost sounds dirty), but even that’s not enough. Cox’s bull rush combines quickness, speed and aggressive, high attacking inside hands as he gets by the left guard and completely overwhelms the center, giving him access to Andrew Luck for the sack.To conclude, Fletcher Cox is the real deal. He’s having a Defensive Player of the Year-worthy start thanks to his quick, violent hands, raw power and two-step counter. Along with the defending Super Bowl champions, he’s the perfect test for a Titans offense that has struggled to stay healthy all season. The Eagles have other talented pass rushers to worry about, but stopping #91 would be massive.Marcus Mariota, Matt LaFleur and the offensive line better be ready.Taywan Taylor appears to be making a move on the Titans WR2 spot The Titans offense is still figuring things out. We all expected that side of the ball to lag behind the defense early on as Matt LaFleur’s new offense got broken in. Injuries to the Taylor Lewan, Jack Conklin, Dennis Kelly, Marcus Mariota, and Delanie Walker have exaggerated that learning curve.Through three weeks, we have really only seen snippets of the “real” Titans offense. Credit is due to the coaching staff for devising game plans that have resulted in wins despite having limited personnel at key spots, but it’s safe to say that 35 to 21 run to pass ratios like we saw in Jacksonville will be relatively rare when the team is healthier behind center. So while it’s hard to take too much away from what we’ve seen to this point, there are some trends with the wide receivers that are worth considering. Totaling the numbers for each receiver through three weeks, this is what you get:Corey Davis: 163 snaps Womens Brian Orakpo Jersey , 24 targets, 13 catches, 151 yards, and 0 touchdownsTaywan Taylor: 65 snaps, 10 targets, 8 catches, 62 yards, and 1 touchdownTajae Sharpe: 110 snaps, 6 targets, 2 catches, 31 yards, and 0 touchdownsRishard Matthews: 95 snaps, 6 targets, 3 catches, 11 yards, and 0 touchdownsDavis is the clear WR1, but that’s not really a surprise. That’s what you would expect from him in his second season after being the No. 5 overall pick in 2017. He’s playing very well in all aspects of the game and I would expect the production to start to match as the offense gets more aggressive attacking down field. However, the WR2 spot seems to be up for grabs. Tajae Sharpe started the season with a 84% snap share in Miami, but dropped to 47% in Week 2 and 39% in Week 3. Matthews has seen his snaps staying pretty steady at 52% in Week 1, 47% in Week 2, and 50% in Week 3. Matthews figured to be a virtual lock for that role heading in to the season Womens Delanie Walker Jersey , but his lack of production has been pretty shocking. He had easily been the Titans best receiver the last two seasons, posting a 65 catch, 945 yard, 9 TD stat line in 2016 and then a 53 catch, 795 yard, 4 TD line in 2017. Obviously, missing valuable time during training camp while rehabbing a torn meniscus has hurt him to some degree and this could certainly be a case of a guy playing his way in to shape, but Matthews just doesn’t look like himself out there. Speed was never his game, but to my eyes he just looks a step slow right now. Meanwhile, the player who has seen his opportunities rising is also the player that has been most productive. Taywan Taylor’s snaps have jumped from 13% in Week 1 to 41% in Week 2 to 52% in Week 3. Part of that could be game plan related as the Titans have leaned heavy on the short passing game against Houston and Jacksonville which plays to Taylor’s skill set, but there is no doubt that he is making the most of his opportunities. Taylor could have had a really big play early against Jacksonville, but Gabbert sailed the pass high. Taylor was wide open and could have had a chance to score if the throw is catchable.Outside of that misfire, Titans QBs were 4 for 4 for 30 yards when throwing to Taylor on Sunday, including two big 3rd down conversions. Taylor’s speed and playmaking ability are dynamic and bring a big play threat to the field on any given snap. He was the WR2 with Davis for the majority of training camp before Sharpe suddenly passed him in the pecking order before preseason game No. 2. When Matthews returned, he slotted in above Taylor as well, but now momentum seems to have flipped. I would be surprised if we don’t see Taylor earn the second most receiver snaps for a second straight week this weekend. With Walker out, it is going to be crucial that the Titans find some production from at least one or two receivers not named Corey Davis. Taylor has clearly been the best of the group through three weeks and I would expect his playing time to continue to trend up in the weeks ahead. Tennessee will need more from Matthews and Sharpe than what it has gotten from them to this point, but Taylor’s play early in the season is very promising.
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