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  • Sly Williams - The Good and Bad

    The Jags game was the first time Sly saw increased snaps and time on the field.

    Let's see how our 1st round pick played out.

    3rd and 9 - 3rd Q with the Jags playing shotgun formation with a lone back and the OL in obvious pass protection mode.

    Denver goes with 3 DL, Williams inside over the Center and Wolfe/Jackson roughly playing 5 tech. They show an aggressive look with 10 defenders inside in the first down marker and two guys on the 2 point stance on the left side of the OL.
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    Ball is snapped and Henne starts on the 3 step drop when he was already in Shotgun. He's going to end up 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage at the end of this dropback.

    The Center veers to his left we end up rushing 4 plus a CB blitz off the right.

    Note Williams who got good explosion off his stance, met the Guard with the good solid punch and swim move hitting out with his right and swimming over the top with his left.

    What's good about this play is that his initial burst was good enough to shade him inside the Guard who ends up over reaching as a result.
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    • #3
      As a result Williams powers forward having accomplished his initial task: Beating his man off the line and getting into the backfield.

      Note he's already 5 yards deep into the backfield with Henne just finishing his three step dropback off Shotgun. If he hadn't been in shotgun formation Williams would have been right on top of Henne about now in just around 2 seconds.
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      • #4
        Williams finishes the play (the only one to do so) by getting to the QB just a fraction after Henne releases it to deliver a bone crunching hit.

        Roughly 3 seconds from snap to hit off a shotgun and 3 step drop. That's 10 yards Sly has covered in that time beating his man.

        This is the kind of natural ability this kid has and what got him drafted in the first round.
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        • #5
          And now the bad.

          Very next play, Jags go with lone back inside lined up for a run with a power formation.

          The RG initially hits Williams and the RT comes in to steer him from outside the hash marks to inside. Williams gave up ground on that play and was too easily steered away by inferior OL to create a massive hole for MJD and a touchdown.
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          • #6
            Nice analysis. Sly certainly has a lot of work to do, but as a lot of people have pointed out most DTs coming out of college do. You can see the kind of talent and potential he has and if he develops over the next year or so he'll be a good one.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TheReverend View Post
              Some added context to first play:

              That was against Uche Nwaneri, one of the worst Gs in the NFL in the middle of third quarter when he was likely also exhausted

              That play went for 15 yards, converted the first, setting up their only offensive TD on the next play
              Yes, Henne made a big boy throw on that play.

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              • #8
                Alec Ogletree is bossing the NFL.

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                • #9
                  DT is one of the toughest position to learn..Need to give him couple more years.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by TheReverend View Post
                    He is. Can you imagine a linebacker group of Woodyard, Ogletree, Miller?

                    Teams would just forfeit.
                    I am still going to give Sly more than half a season to say he was a mistake. And Trevathan has emerged as a really good player. But if we Ogletree it would be pretty freaking awesome.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kaylore View Post
                      Alec Ogletree is bossing the NFL.
                      Much to my chagrin.

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                      • #12
                        Great thread. From what i've seen, Williams shows great promise as a pass rusher. He has a lot to learn becoming an effective run defender. The good news is, it's much easier to learn to play the run, than develop skills to become an effective pass rusher.

                        All in all, we are in good hands as Fox/JDR have showed a tremendous track record developing defensive linemen, both ends and DT's. I think Williams will be good but we won't know the ROI until year 2 or 3 IMO.

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                        • #13
                          it's nice to have an extra preseason game to get a rookie some pt

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                          • #14
                            Damn, Legwold just stole my thread!

                            Defensive tackle Sylvester Williams: With the Jaguars lining up in a more traditional two-back set plenty of times Sunday, there were more opportunities for Williams to get into the defensive line rotation. In the end he finished with 18 snaps on defense, a total that included one tackle for loss to go with one hit on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Williams did get overpowered a bit on Maurice Jones-Drew's 5-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, as he got pushed inside. The Broncos played him in the nose tackle position, directly over their center, much of the time.
                            http://espn.go.com/blog/afcwest/post...port-defense-7

                            lol

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                            • #15
                              If Sly develops to be a top DT he will be more valuable than a playmaking LB.

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