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Dan Quinn's defense has a budding star in Grady Jarrett. His outstanding display against Miami was something that the Falcons haven't seen from an interior lineman in years.

By Allen Strk @Allen_Strk Aug 29, 2016, 10:00a

 

 

New year, same troubling outcome last Thursday night. The Falcons looked overwhelmed at times against the Miami Dolphins. Although it wasn't quite as bad as last year, the offensive line struggled against Miami's front four, with Ryan Schraeder, who is considered as one of the best right tackles in the league, struggling and getting beat off the edge on numerous occasions. Miami won inside the trenches on both sides of the ball under most categories.

Miami has a quality total effort, with a lack of effectiveness running the ball as their only major weakness. Miami gained only 78 yards on 31 carries. Eliminating the scrambles from Ryan Tannehill and Zac Dysert leaves them with 38 yards on 25 carries. Jay Ajayi, Arian Foster, and Damien Williams were all held under 3.5 yards per carry. A big reason for their lack of success was Grady Jarrett's monstrous performance.

 

Jarrett's ascendence

It was surprising to see Quinn play Jarrett at nose tackle, considering how scouts viewed him as undersized. Many believe that he fell to the fifth round based on his short frame. That didn't hinder him from making an impact in limited snaps last season and carrying it over into 2016.

Jarrett's explosiveness, hand usage, and awareness are attributes to behold. Watch him navigate this running play and easily jolt past Gosder Cherilus. His ability to gain leverage has always been a huge part to his success. Combining explosiveness and instincts makes him a handful for many opposing guards. He won't get quite as many one-on-one opportunities this year without Paul Soliai commanding double teams, but it's still important for all defensive linemen to have strong instincts.

His speed is another asset for Quinn's scheme. Anthony Steen had problems trying to contain him. The converted center couldn't pull here, as Jarrett explodes off the line of scrimmage and forces Isaiah Pead to the outside. The former Clemson Tiger's relentless pursuit is also extremely impressive. He doesn't give up on a play, regardless if his teammates appear to have the opposing running back wrapped up. Look no further than the previous play above or this one against Tampa Bay. Ali Marpet can't keep his hands on Jarrett.

Jarrett manhandled Steen for the majority of the game. Now, it's well documented that Steen isn't a natural center and played for the injured Mike Pouncey. It was still impressive to see Jarrett use common techniques such as the rip move to his advantage. There has been some discussion about Ra'Shede Hageman's lack of progression compared to Jarrett. Despite having two different body frames, the obvious difference between them is that Hageman doesn't use his hands well. It's rare that he makes a play without using sheer power. Jarrett's rapid emergence into a potential impact player should be attributed to many things, but his hand usage is certainly one of the main reasons.

 

Evaluating Jarrett-Hageman

Unlike Hageman, Jarrett has excelled at taking double teams in small instances. There were far too many occasions last year when Hageman would get double-teamed and taken five yards back. The embarrassing defeat to Tampa Bay is a prime example. The jury is still out on Jarrett at nose tackle, but this play was a promising moment against Cleveland. He stays low and uses excellent flexibility to get involved on the run stop. When Hageman was drafted in 2014, many expected him to be Soliai's replacement, as the nose tackle's age and contract made him a three-year investment at best. Hageman's inability to evolve from being simply a massive athletic freak has forced the coaching staff to try him at other positions.

The former Gopher deserves credit for being one of the few standout players from Thursday's game. He nearly bull rushed Steen into Dysert, before deflecting the intended pass. It was one of those plays, where the coaching staff has to wonder if Hageman can turn these flash moments into sustained efficiency. They have used him all across the defensive line during preseason. Despite not featuring in the first-team defensive packages very often, Hageman should be considered as a valuable utility player. At some point, an injury will likely occur on the defensive line. The position is too physically demanding for every lineman to play 16 games. Don't write off the third-year player just yet.

Hageman aside, though, Jarrett could be Atlanta's next defensive star. Pete Prisco implied that Vic Beasley wasn't even Clemson's best defensive lineman when the Falcons selected him in the first round. That should be considered as significant praise for Jarrett. As Beasley is still trying to find his niche, Jarrett is causing havoc on a frequent basis. Most draft analysts couldn't understand how Jarrett fell into the fifth round. With an array of skills and forming a unique partnership with Tyson Jackson, who has looked good at the three-technique spot, the defense may not miss Soliai as much as some (including myself) anticipated.

 

Ricardo Allen shines

Besides Jarrett and Hageman, Ricardo Allen was the other lone standout for Miami, which we wanted to note. Quinn views him as the best tackler in the secondary, according to my colleague Jeanna Thomas. The converted free safety made an excellent open-field tackle, as Damien Williams managed to escape Brooks Reed and Deion Jones. Allen prevented him from reaching the first down marker and further embarrassment on a play that should have been stopped at the line of scrimmage.

He also bailed out C.J Goodwin, who managed to run step for step with DeVante Parker, before falling down. Allen laid a crushing hit to force the incompletion. The Falcons haven't had a physical presence at free safety for years. Dwight Lowery was too undersized and injury prone, while Thomas DeCoud missed far too many open field tackles. To go along with possessing good range, Allen is a capable hitter as well.

The rebuilding process may be longer than expected, but the Falcons are slowly putting together a defense full of potential. Desmond Trufant is clearly their best player. Allen and Neal could be one of the better safety partnerships within the three seasons. Jarrett and Beasley should become centerpieces for the defensive line. If Jones and De'Vondre Campbell develop into anything like Bobby Wagner and K.J Wright, then the days of relying on the offense will end sooner rather than later.

 

 

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Tyson Jackson has had a very good pre-season along with Jarrett and Hageman. Mbu and Upshaw should be competing for that final DT spot. I hope Quinn learned from last years mistake on trying to move Clayborn to DT and move Shelby back to DE.

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11 minutes ago, hotlanta said:

Tyson Jackson has had a very good pre-season along with Jarrett and Hageman, Mbu and Upshaw should be competing for that final DT spot. I hope Quinn learned from last years mistake on trying to move Clayborn to DT and move Shelby back to DE.

That's the this quinn said clayborn was playing the outside from here on out but not with freeney here the talk is to move him I side on 3rd down. I just want the rush to get there. Clayborn has looked good from the outside. We need something from shelby.

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14 minutes ago, red falcon said:

That's the this quinn said clayborn was playing the outside from here on out but not with freeney here the talk is to move him I side on 3rd down. I just want the rush to get there. Clayborn has looked good from the outside. We need something from shelby.

Yeah, Clayborn needs to stay on the outside, as should Shelby. If Hageman doesn't have a breakout year we need to go into the offseason looking to draft or sign a DT to go along with Jarrett...

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3 minutes ago, hotlanta said:

Yeah, Clayborn needs to stay on the outside, as should Shelby. If Hageman doesn't have a breakout year we need to go into the offseason looking to draft or sign a DT to go along with Jarrett...

We will see how it unfolds brother. Reed has looked decent as well. Beasley has some guys he can learn from. I believe he's over thinking it. I'm so glad we stole Grady in the 5th.

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People still holding on to Hageman even though he hasn't progressed at the rate Grady has. I was thinking I was being unreasonable as far as my expectations at this point of his career. I'm expecting a star but he is strictly a depth piece. Nothing more or less.

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46 minutes ago, Macintez said:

People still holding on to Hageman even though he hasn't progressed at the rate Grady has. I was thinking I was being unreasonable as far as my expectations at this point of his career. I'm expecting a star but he is strictly a depth piece. Nothing more or less.

Yeah, no one's ever made a leap in year three. Remember that receiver we had from, what was it, UAB? Me either. Bums, I tell ya! 

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7 hours ago, Macintez said:

People still holding on to Hageman even though he hasn't progressed at the rate Grady has. I was thinking I was being unreasonable as far as my expectations at this point of his career. I'm expecting a star but he is strictly a depth piece. Nothing more or less.

But he's still handing business. He contains the edge and if you look at Miami only getting 38 yards on 25 carries he did his job. That's insane. Then he tossed that lineman on his *** like he was a child. He's just slow to develop, but he's slowly but surely being more consistent. He's not a bust, he's just not the pass rusher everyone thought he should be. 

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11 hours ago, YoungHeezy said:

Shede has been using his strength consistently this preseason like I haven't seen before 

Yeah he has...Ive seen him throw guys around but hey its preseason, I need to see him beast on 9/11 before I attach my wagon to the Shede train. Ive see him before in the form of Jamal Anderson:ninja:

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23 minutes ago, Diggable Birds said:

Yeah he has...Ive seen him throw guys around but hey its preseason, I need to see him beast on 9/11 before I attach my wagon to the Shede train. Ive see him before in the form of Jamal Anderson:ninja:

Not really, Anderson didn't have the physical talent that Shede does.

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8 hours ago, Dem Birds said:

Yeah, no one's ever made a leap in year three. Remember that receiver we had from, what was it, UAB? Me either. Bums, I tell ya! 

It is what it is. My expectations have been tempered severely. I saw a star in him initially but, all I can say is his hand usage is terrible and the little technique he does have he doesn't use it consistently. I swear I feel the best thing about Grady's growth is the players around him can watch him and learn. 

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1 hour ago, falconidae said:

Not really, Anderson didn't have the physical talent that Shede does.

True but at this point in their careers I see the same thing and their production is almost dead even. I really want Shede to shine but I just feel like he will never be that dawg we thought he could be. I thought he'd be like a John Henderson type

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11 minutes ago, Diggable Birds said:

True but at this point in their careers I see the same thing and their production is almost dead even. I really want Shede to shine but I just feel like he will never be that dawg we thought he could be. I thought he'd be like a John Henderson type

Shede was really raw and then got put into a new scheme his second year. This is a critical year for him, lots of layers put it all together their 3rd years.

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Just now, falconidae said:

Shede was really raw and then got put into a new scheme his second year. This is a critical year for him, lots of layers put it all together their 3rd years.

You're right, 3rd season is critical year for a DL....and to his credit, Hageman has played well this preseason.....He's been moved around every year......it's up to Quinn/Smith to figure out how best to utilize him.....

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3 hours ago, falconidae said:

Shede was really raw and then got put into a new scheme his second year. This is a critical year for him, lots of layers put it all together their 3rd years.

I really hope he  puts it together. If he can become Rod Coleman id be fine with that. Jamal Anderson was raw too, just one year at DE for Arkansas and we all know how that turned out.

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