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Panthers at Falcons: Carolina has announced its
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Panthers at Falcons: Carolina has announced its

The Panthers have announced their starting offensive line for their week 2 game in Atlanta. The most newsworthy item in this announcement is that new free agent Chris Clark will be starting at left tackle. The most surprising bit Color Rush Christian McCaffrey Jersey , at first glance, is that Amini Silatolu is not starting at any position on the line.Clark last played in an NFL game in November 2017 and did not spend any time in training camp with any team this year. This is the most likely reason why Silatolu isn’t starting today: the team is concerned about Clark’s conditioning and will use Silatolu to spell him for a significant number of snaps today.It would appear the team is more confident in having a part time left tackle in Clark than in having a full time one in Moton with Corey Robinson, whose conditioning should not be in doubt, manning the right tackle spot. It was announced yesterday that Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons won’t be receiving an invite to the NFL Combine. Simmons’ off field history dates back to 2016 when a video surfaced of him repeatedly punching a female (viewer discretion advised). The incident took place before Simmons took the field for the Bulldogs. There are reports that Simmons has rehabilitated his image in Starkville during the past three years.Only time will tell if Simmons has actually repaired his image off the field, but on the field he possesses a desirable skill set. As I mentioned in my scouting report on Russell Wren Youth DJ Moore Jersey , the Panthers have questions at defensive tackle. They have invested more than enough resources into the position, but the production was unacceptable last season. Pass rushSimmons’ physical profile is excellent. He possess a large stout frame with plenty of length. He only managed two sacks in 2018, but he was responsible for thirty two pressures.This was the best pass rush I saw from Simmons in the four games I watched. He uses an effective swat and arm over move to beat the center. Simmons has a repertoire of counters in his arsenal, which bodes well for his future. Simmons uses a one arm bull rush to collapse the quarterback and affect the throw. This pure power is appealing, but the ability to make this play on pass rushing downs inflates Simmons’ value.Simmons gets the quarterback off his spot on this play. He swats the guard’s hands away Color Rush Dontari Poe Jersey , avoids the help block by the running back, and then chases the quarterback out of the pocket to force a throw away. Simmons displays violent hand movement, athleticism to elude the running back, and a non stop motor to chase the quarterback.Simmons rarely attacks the offensive line without a counter. He starts with a bull rush, but he transitions with a rip move to get right in the quarterback’s face. Simmons is also a smart player. He immediately picks up on the middle screen to target the running back Youth Cam Newton Jersey , which forces a minimal gain. Run defenseDefending the run was where Simmons made his money in Starkville. He has terrific lateral movement, leverage, and flexibility to defend against zone and power concepts. Simmons eludes the reach block, but he’s able to work laterally through multiple gaps to force a tackle for loss. His tackling can be inconsistent, so he has to finish better once he enters the league. He finishes perfectly on this play , though.Simmons avoids the short reach block on this play, but he’s also able to use his leverage to continue moving for the finish. Simmons’ diagnoses run concepts well too. He stays low to the ground before pursing and finishing on the quarterback.Fit with CarolinaWithout question, Simmons has to answer to the red flags regarding his off field incident in 2016. If teams are willing to believe Simmons has learned from his actions in 2016, his talent deserves top 10 consideration. His production is a concern, but there were enough dominant plays where he was close to finishing sacks and tackles for loss. The Panthers might not have the option of selecting Simmons Color Rush Shaq Thompson Jersey , but if they do prioritize repairing the defensive line then drafting him would be an ideal start.
03-04-2019 07:51 AM
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