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All-22 analysis: Tennessee Titans linebacker Jayon Brown
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A common refrain following the Buffalo Bills’ loss to the Green Bay Packers is that the offense and Josh Allen need to take what the defense gives them. What this often suggests is taking advantage of soft spots on shorter range throws with favorable match-ups Youth Darryl Johnson Jersey , often on linebackers. For this week’s opponent preview we’ll look at linebacker Jayon Brown and get into the Titan’s linebacker philosophy just a little bit. Play 1Jayon Brown is coming in fast and looks to have an advantage as a result of a head of steam and only Kenyan Drake looking to stop him. Low position from Drake and poor push from Brown result in Ryan Tannehill being able to get the ball off with only minimal pressure. Brown is the lightest Titans linebacker to see significant reps and his lack of push is not limited to this play. Play 2Brown can be pretty agile though and shows off a good bend from the edge rush here. What’s most impressive is his ability to turn around at the end while maintaining balance. What’s most important to note here is that the Titans love to move their linebackers all over and mix and match players. Including Brown, six linebackers have seen 20% or more of the total defensive snaps this year for the Titans. The Bills have only four, and in that group Lorenzo Alexander has seen significant time as a defensive tackle rather than linebacker. Play 3This play is a great summary of what Jayon Brown brings to the table. He’s stopped in his tracks initially, but wiggles away just enough to make the tackle. A subtle reason Brown is in position is that he tries to cut back to the inside at the last second, forcing right guard Brandon Linder to twist and lose a significant amount of leverage. Play 4A lot of what Jayon Brown is asked to do should look familiar to Bills fans after watching Preston Brown. Jayon is frequently in the “read and react” role in the middle of the field. On this pass, he both reads and reacts quite well. The tackle isn’t textbook but the Titans as a team lock down the play immediately. Play 5Against the Eagles, Wesley Woodyard left the game early with an injured shoulder. Woodyard is their every down linebacker. With Woodyard out, the Titans turned to Jayon Brown. Like above he’s covering the middle and reacts to the running play. Brown shows good discipline and is where he should be if he was needed to clean up the run. Play 6Brown is caught head on which allows the lineman to have good leverage. As a result, Brown is a non-factor on the stop. Brown’s presence still requires someone to block him though, which put his linemen in better position. Play 7For coverage, when asked to go man to man it’s typically against a running back. Brown’s sideline to sideline speed keeps him in good position for this play. In ConclusionJayon Brown will be a prominent part of the Titans’ defense when the Bills host Tennessee this week. Brown himself is a solid player that should be expected to have an impact on the game. Beyond Brown, the Bills will need to focus on linebacker preparation this week as a result of the mix and match approach that Mike Vrabel and Dean Pees have taken so far with their linebackers. Knowing who is on the field provides less clues as to what to expect. BALTIMORE (AP) — In their first game under defensive coordinator Don Martindale, the Baltimore Ravens couldn’t draw up a better scenario.Buffalo Bills quarterback Nathan Peterman will make his third career start Sunday. In the first one, he threw five interceptions in the first half against the Chargers last November, and for an encore he completed just five passes for 57 yards against the Colts in the snow before he was removed after being concussed.This time Womens Darryl Johnson Jersey , the second-year pro will be operating behind a restructured line that lost two starters from 2017.Center Eric Wood was forced to retire after being diagnosed with a career-ending neck injury. Left guard Richie Incognito, who played a key run-blocking role, forced his way off the roster after having second thoughts in agreeing to restructure his contract.Ryan Groy takes over at center and Vladimir Ducasse replaces Incognito.That bodes well for a Baltimore defense that last year led the NFL with 34 takeaways. The unit did, however, have trouble closing out big games — most notably a 31-27 loss to Cincinnati in the finale that enabled the Bills (9-7) to displace Baltimore (9-7) in the AFC playoffs and end a 17-year postseason drought.Martindale promises to unleash an aggressive defense that could prove troublesome to the untested Peterman.“Hopefully, the things that we’ve worked on in the offseason and in training camp have become a positive for us,” safety Eric Weddle said. “We expect to be great on defense, play situational football to a T and win a lot of games. (Martindale) will put his personality on our defense. We are pumped to get out there and see what we’ve got.”Bills coach Sean McDermott can only hope for the best from Peterman, who beat out Josh Allen, the No. 7 overall draft pick in 2018.“We all have to understand that he’s still a young player, just in the beginning stage of his sophomore year, if you will,” McDermott said of Peterman. “He’s only going to continue to grow and get better.”Some things to know about the Bills-Ravens opener:CAPTAIN McCOY: Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been elected team captain in his fourth year since leaving the Eagles.“I look forward to having a C on my chest Sunday,” said McCoy, who knows that a strong ground game can take the pressure off Peterman.McCoy ran for 1 Authentic Darryl Johnson Jersey ,138 yards last year, fourth most in the NFL, and can move into sixth place on the team’s career list with 69 yards against Baltimore.FLACCO FACTOR: Coming off a down season, Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco intends to rebound with help from a new trio of receivers: John Brown, Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead.Brown is the deep threat, Crabtree scored 25 touchdowns over the past three years, and Snead is effective out of the slot, especially on third down.“I think it’s definitely worth noting the fact that we do have three different types of guys,” Flacco said. “How well they complement each other is yet to be seen, but I definitely believe it’s going to be a good thing.”DEFENSE FIRST: Buffalo’s best chance to win is making this a low-scoring game.The Bills finished 26th in yards allowed last season but were 18th in points against, despite yielding a combined 111 in successive losses in November.Including playoffs, Buffalo was 9-2 when allowing 17 or fewer points. The two losses can be blamed on the offense: 9-3 at Carolina in Week 2 and 10-3 at Jacksonville in the AFC wild-card playoff.AGELESS WONDER: Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs, who turns 36 next month, can’t wait to get started on his 16th NFL season.“I start to get shy or flattered when I hear Year 16,” said Suggs Darryl Johnson Jersey Boys , the franchise leader in sacks. “It’s a pretty long time, but as long as you know you’re still a kid at heart, still out there running, having fun, playing football . that number only means something to y’all, not really too much to me.”It does, however, mean a lot to his teammates.“He’s a legend,” Weddle said.JACKSON DEBUT: Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson will play in his first NFL game Sunday, though it’s uncertain if he will get on the field.The fleet-footed 2016 Heisman Trophy winner could see spot duty behind center in a short yardage situation, or maybe be part of a trick play.“Well, we understand the threat that he brings when he’s on the field,” McDermott said, “so we spend a considerable amount of time in preparing for him.”
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