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The only time rookie quarterbacks Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

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The only time rookie quarterbacks Josh Allen and Sam Darnold

Berichtdoor zhangzk » 31 jan 2019, 03:56

On Sunday Customized Tennessee Titans Jerseys , much more is anticipated from both when the two AFC East teams meet in Orchard Park.Allen, drafted seventh overall, will make his third start for Buffalo since missing four games with a sprained right throwing elbow. And the Jets' Darnold, drafted third, is on track to return since missing three games with a strained right foot.The focus on the two quarterbacks represents one of the few reasons for intrigue in a meeting of teams 鈥?Buffalo is 4-8 and the Jets 3-9 鈥?with little on the line entering the final month.Just don't ask Jets coach Todd Bowles to commit to starting Darnold despite the rookie being a full participant in practice Wednesday and Thursday."Trying to get him better and getting him healthy, and then we'll go from there," Bowles said, when asked if he could satisfy people's curiosity over who'll start. "I'm not really looking to making people happy."The Jets haven't done much to make anyone happy for plenty of other reasons.In losing six straight, they've followed one low point with another, while raising questions over Bowles' job security.There was New York's 41-10 loss to the Bills, after which Bowles said: "We stunk it up as coaches, we stunk it up as players."Then came last weekend, when the Jets squandered a 16-0 lead in a 26-22 loss at Tennessee. Bowles referred to the collapse as "one of them games you'll remember for the rest of your life."Continuing Darnold's development then becomes the priority, much like the Bills' approach to Allen.Both have had their inconsistencies.In Week 2, Darnold became the NFL's youngest quarterback to top 300 yards passing in a 20-12 loss to Miami. On the downside, he also leads the league with 14 interceptions, including four in his last start, a 13-6 loss to Miami.Allen was erratic www.authenticstennesseetitans.com , going 69 of 114 for 657 yards and two touchdowns, with five interceptions and a lost fumble in his first five starts. He has shown signs of progress by going 26 of 52 for 391 yards with three TDs and two interceptions in his past two.Allen is also proving to be an adept scrambler by combining for 234 yards rushing and a touchdown in the past two games."We're watching a young man grow and develop right in front of our eyes," Bills coach Sean McDermott said.The Jets can only hope for the same once Darnold returns."Before he got hurt, he was developing. He was seeing the defenses better. He was making his reads. He was making his audibles and checks at the line," Bowles said. "That part of it we were very pleased with. Some of those things he'll have to get back."Here are other things to know when the Jets and Bills square off:BAD MEMORIESThe Jets insist they've moved on from the Bills' loss, a game they trailed 31-3 at the half, and were outgained 451 to 199 yards offense. They haven't forgotten, however."Let's cut to the chase, man 鈥?it's personal," safety Jamal Adams said. "They came in and they whooped us, man. They don't like us. We don't like them."SPUTTERING JETSThe Jets have scored one or fewer touchdown in a franchise-worst five consecutive games. They've also been limited to one field goal on 17 fourth-quarter possessions over their past four games. Eight ended with punts, five with interceptions, two on downs and one missed field goal.Bowles said the blame is on the entire offense, and not simply first-year offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates."It's not from a lack of trying or everybody trying," Bowles said. "It just hasn't happened and it's extremely frustrating that we can't get a touchdown instead of field goals."IMPROVING BILLSAfter going through three starters in their first nine games, the Bills averaged 248 yards offense and 10.6 points an outing.The past three games, including Matt Barkley's one start against the Jets, the Bills are averaging 398 yards offense and 27.3 points.Allen said the improvement goes beyond statistics. "It's the feel that we have. It's the chemistry in the locker room right now Tennessee Titans T-Shirt ," he said.RARE TAKEAWAYSThe Jets tied an NFL record by going five straight without forcing a turnover. That drought ended when Trumaine Johnson returned a pass from Tennessee's Marcus Mariota 31 yards for a touchdown.By comparison, the Jets have the NFL's fourth-most giveaways (24), one fewer than Buffalo.THE FUTURE IS NOWAfter releasing receivers Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes on Tuesday, the Bills could have as many as five starters on offense with less than two years of NFL experience. Their defense already features four players in their first or second seasons.AP Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr., in Florham Park, New Jersey, contributed to this report.Sharif Finch put on a pass rushing clinic in the middle of the Titans-Packers preseason game Harold Landry (deservedly) is getting all the hype, but I couldn’t help but notice another rookie pass rusher on Thursday night. Sharif Finch’s college career at Temple started as a 218 pound freshman linebacker. Four years, a position change, and multiple knee injuries later, he was a 6’-4”, 251 pound edge rusher hoping to finally break out. Afbeelding
His final year for the Owls saw him rack up 8.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss while finally staying off the trainer’s table. Not only were the numbers good, but the tape shows a guy that had developed an impressive array of pass rush moves. He added to that a pro day where he put up an impressive 4.65-second 40 and a 7.00-second 3-cone time, but that still wasn’t enough to get drafted. He landed in Tennessee quickly after the draft as an undrafted free agent and was given the largest signing bonus of any UDFA the Titans signed. Finch made some noise in camp early before being sidelined briefly with a — you guessed it — undisclosed injury for a few days. However, he returned in time to play, and play well, in Green Bay. The sack that he picked up during the Packers first drive of the second half was the highlight, but after further review Tennessee Titans Hats , Finch’s impact went much further than that. Check out this sequence of pass rushes from Finch during the last drive of the first half. Finch is #56, lined up across from Green Bay’s right tackle — and former Titan — Byron Bell. He had just entered the game to replace the injured Gimel President. Just a couple plays after entering the game, Finch buzzes around the edge with a dip and bend move — AKA “The Harold Landry” — and flushes Packers QB DeShone Kizer out of the pocket disrupting the play. Finch doesn’t quite have the flexibility of Landry — few do as Landry literally drags his inside hand over the top of the turf when he bends — but this is a pretty effective rush from Finch just plays after entering the game.NFL Game PassAfter setting Bell up by flashing the speed move around the edge, Finch comes back with an inside counter on the very next snap and catches his opponent over-setting. Kizer gets a quick pass away, but Finch is right there and finishes with a hit on Kizer. Also make sure you check out Julius Warmsley’s rush here right next to Finch. There is a reason he’s getting camp buzz.NFL Game PassAfter punishing Bell for over-setting against the speed, Finch comes back with the speed on the very next play. This time going with a club-rip combo to soften the edge against Bell and turn the corner. Again, Kizer gets the ball away, but you can see by his awkward follow through that he is affected by Finch’s rush. NFL Game PassJust a few plays later, Finch gives us the true masterpiece of this series. He catches Bell setting to far outside again and hits him with the “hump move” as made famous by Reggie White, using his inside arm to essentially toss his opponent out of the way. It takes a pretty special level of strength to be able to execute this against an NFL offensive lineman (even Byron Bell). It’s rare to see this pulled off in a game, but Finch does and finishes again in Kizer’s face as he releases.NFL Game PassA couple snaps later, Finch shows yet another pass rush move as he hits Bell with an inside spin and again winds up in Kizer’s face. NFL Game PassOn the next snap — this is all still from the same drive — Finch uses yet another move as he goes with a straight bull rush and walks Bell back in to Kizer’s feet, flushes the quarterback from the pocket, and draws a holding penalty as Bell tries to keep him from finishing the job. NFL Game PassThe first six plays above were all from the same drive at the end of the first half. Unfortunately, the coverage let Finch down a little bit during that sequence, otherwise he could have had multiple sacks there.However, Finch was rewarded during the first drive of the second half. This time Finch knifes inside of the tight end’s block on a play action pass and is there for the sack — despite getting held — when Brynden Trawick’s blitz forces Kizer to step up in the pocketNFL Game PassFinch finished his day later in that drive with one last pressure, chopping and then bending the edge against another tackle. This time the coverage forces Kizer off his first and second reads and allows Finch to close Tennessee Titans Hoodie , nearly getting the sack and forcing a dangerous in to the middle of the field. NFL Game PassFrom here, the Titans mostly stuck with Josh Carraway and Tobenna Okeke as the edge rushers in mop up duty. President’s unfortunate injury means that Finch now slots in as the 5th edge rusher behind Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, Harold Landry, and Aaron Wallace based on the current rotations. If he’s able to hold on to that spot against Carraway, Okeke, and new additions Tony Washington and Davond Dade, that should be good enough to make the 53-man roster.I posted some of these clips on Twitter Saturday night as I was going through the tape and Finch had a pretty funny response.Obviously, Byron Bell isn’t going to be mistaken for a starting level NFL tackle these days, but the variety of pass rush moves that Finch used effectively in a game situation — and the way he set them up off each other — was very impressive. I’ll be interested to see if he gets some reps higher in the rotation to see what he can do against tougher competition. As I mentioned above, Finch has looked good in camp practices as well, so this isn’t just a one night hot streak. His position coach, Shane Bowen, has certainly taken notice.If Finch is able to continue to play at or near this level against better players, the Titans could have a real gem on their hands. Keep an eye on 56 on Saturday night.
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