Teams figuring out, exposing Barkley’s weakness

Teams figuring out, exposing Barkley’s weakness

Ron Schiltz.’ data-reactid=”16″>So I did that, and I briefly covered what the Jets did to contain Barkley in the video above, which was expertly stitched together by my main man Ron Schiltz.

A concerning pattern emerged: Saquon’s pass protection.

Barkley is coming back from a high ankle sprain and he hasn’t looked the same since. This is affecting him in his pass protection, as he has struggled to anchor with his usual power. And as I detailed in the video above, teams have noticed. 

Giants QB Daniel Jones (8) isn’t getting adequate protection on pass plays from running back Saquon Barkley (26). (Photo by Gregory Fisher/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Nick Chubb, the Browns’ best offensive weapon? Not really.’ data-reactid=”58″>Would they do so at the expense of Nick Chubb, the Browns’ best offensive weapon? Not really.

Hunt is a former Pro Bowl back, but the Browns shouldn’t get him involved at the expense of Chubb. And if his first game back is any indication, they won’t have to.

Against the Bills, Chubb logged 81 percent of the offensive snaps — 8 percent higher than his season average — while Hunt got 54 percent. Both were featured on several plays together, in some smart ways, too. Hunt as a lead blocker, runner and receiver.

It’s clear that the Browns can use both on the field at the same time:

The unselfishness of Hunt, who finished with four carries for 30 yards and, more interestingly, caught seven of nine targets for 44 yards (including two first downs), stood out to teammates.

“That shows the type of person he is,” Chubb said. “He knew the game plan the whole week. The whole game plan was mostly him lead blocking for me, and he did not complain and he did not say anything. He understood what it was. He went out there and he just did everything he was asked, and he had fun doing it.”

As long as it stays that way, the dynamics between these two uber-talented players won’t be a problem.

Josh Allen, and over the first half of the season, it looked like a mistake as Allen has racked up an impressive seven sacks and 13 quarterback hits compared to Ferrell’s 3½ and five, despite Ferrell playing 11 more snaps.’ data-reactid=”71″>The Raiders shocked everyone when they selected Ferrell instead of Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen, and over the first half of the season, it looked like a mistake as Allen has racked up an impressive seven sacks and 13 quarterback hits compared to Ferrell’s 3½ and five, despite Ferrell playing 11 more snaps.

Ferrell’s big game last Thursday against the Chargers — in which he logged eight tackles, 2½ sacks and three QB hits — played a huge role in making those stats look presentable:

“Sack totals are driving me nuts — he does a lot more than just rush the passer,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “He made some great plays against the run. It was a signature game for him obviously, but it’s great for him to get some sacks. Maybe some of the people who are counting sacks out there will acknowledge this.”

It’s not just about sacks — it’s about pressure. And while Ferrell has been OK against the run, they didn’t draft him that high to be a run defender.

Let’s hope we can see him become that pass rushing menace over the next seven games because at least one teammate recognized that Thursday’s performance was a big one.

suddenly tight AFC West.’ data-reactid=”85″>And it will continue to be the rest of the season in a suddenly tight AFC West.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh has a saying: it ain’t hard being a football player if you’re a football player. Yes, it’s Neanderthalic. But it speaks to the fact that some guys are just built to play the game, meaning they’re tough, physical and athletic. 

“Once we saw him and had a feel for what he was capable of doing … I’d say, probably, by the end of training camp the first year we had a vision for him,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “He’s just done spectacular with it, and he continues to improve in every area. He’s a valuable part of our team.”

Joey Bosa. It’s not Nick Bosa. It’s not Jadeveon Clowney.’ data-reactid=”107″>It’s not Joey Bosa. It’s not Nick Bosa. It’s not Jadeveon Clowney.

J.J. Watt is incredible, a future Hall of Famer (I feel comfortable saying that as a HOF voter). But it’s time we start considering the possibility that he may not be the best football player in the family anymore.’ data-reactid=”114″>J.J. Watt is incredible, a future Hall of Famer (I feel comfortable saying that as a HOF voter). But it’s time we start considering the possibility that he may not be the best football player in the family anymore.

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