Scouting Jets defensive end Tarell Basham

#1 von chenyan94 , 03.12.2018 02:26

Last week Womens Isaiah Crowell Jersey , the Jets claimed edge defender Tarell Basham, a former third round pick, on waivers from the Colts. Today, we’re taking an in-depth look at his strengths and weaknesses.The 24-year old Basham is in his second season having been drafted last year. He played in 15 games last year in a reserve role and registered seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble. He was the MAC defensive player of the year in 2016 and is the all-time leader in sacks for the Ohio Bobcats.BackgroundHaving been a productive pass rusher in high school, Basham attended military school for a year before attending Ohio University and making an immediate impact as a true freshman. He was eventually a four year starter for the Bobcats, racking up a school record 29.5 sacks. His production improved year on year and he won the MAC defensive player of the year award as a senior in 2016, having recorded career bests in tackles (49) and sacks (11).Basham had a decent performance at the scouting combine, but it was at the senior bowl where he really boosted his stock as he was dominant in drills all week. The Colts eventually drafted Basham with the 80th overall pick.As a rookie, Basham saw action as a rotational outside linebacker and on special teams, but struggled to move up the depth chart. He had some positive flashes, including a couple of sacks, but overall his rookie year was considered a disappointment.In the offseason, Basham was getting plenty of work with the first unit and seemed to be in the mix for a starting role, but a minor knee injury set him back and he got lost in the shuffle following a nondescript preseason.Basham played in the opener this season, in a situational rusher role, but he only had one pressure and had been inactive ever since. The Jets claimed him off waivers last week.Let’s move onto some more in-depth analysis of what Basham brings to the table, based on in-depth research and film study.UsageThe Colts have switched from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense this year, which is one of the reasons Henry Anderson was no longer a fit for them. However, this is not the case with Basham.In college and high school, Basham only ever played in four man fronts with his hand(s) in the dirt, so he wasn’t really a fit for them as a 3-4 outside linebacker, which explains some of his struggles last year and the optimism that he would show progress in 2018.With the Colts last year, Basham lined up on both sides and played a mixture of linebacker and lineman roles. He didn’t play inside or off the ball very often, but this did happen occasionally.Basham has also said he mostly lined up on the left in college, so playing on the right was an adjustment for him too.Measurables/AthleticismBasham is listed at 6-foot-4 and 266 pounds and has decent length and big hands. However, he might be lighter than that at the moment, because he told reporters in the offseason that he’d slimmed down from about 270 to 250 since the end of the previous year. The coaching staff praised him for getting into better shape than he had been as a rookie.At the combine, Basham had some nice numbers with a 4.7 40-yard dash, 4.45 short shuttle and 119-inch broad jump. However, his three cone drill and vertical jump were below average and his bench press was poor (15 reps).Basham worked out again at his pro day, but didn’t improve on any of his numbers, others than adding an inch to his vertical.MotorBasham is regarded as having a good motor as he works hard in the trenches to battle for position.At the NFL level, he’s yet to play 30 snaps in a game, either in preseason or regular season action, but did play over 70 snaps in a game in his senior year, so he’s shown he can handle a good workload.Run defenseBasham isn’t known for his run defense and his lack of functional strength would be a concern if playing on the line, especially with the weight he’s lost since last year.Nevertheless, he showed some development against the run in college. In his first two years, he only had two tackles for loss against the run, but he had 9.5 in his last two years.In pursuit, Basham can sometimes overpursue or react a beat late and has had issues with not getting upfield far enough when setting the edge in the past. He also needs to work on getting off blocks.He makes a solid play against the run here as he shows some good hustle in backside pursuit.Pass rushBasham took his game to the next level in his senior year, as he almost doubled the amount of total pressure he created. However, at the NFL level, his pressure numbers have been modest at best, even in preseason action.Basham has good initial burst and converts from speed to power well. In college he showed off some good pass rush moves, strong hands and an ability to bend the edge.However, at the NFL level, he’s struggled to replicate this success. He seems too eager to engage with his blocker and doesn’t seem to exhibit many counter moves once his initial move is repelled. Of the pressure he has created Womens Avery Williamson Jersey , much of it has come from being unblocked or beating a tight end.However, as noted, there have been flashes of potential. On this play, against an experienced starter in Jeremy Parnell, Basham’s speed off the edge is too much for the veteran.Basham has a pretty good spin move based on his college film, but he hasn’t used this much at the NFL level.TacklingBasham hasn’t been a particularly productive tackler at the NFL level with just 18 tackles in 23 regular and preseason games. However, he racked up 49 in his best season at Ohio.Missed tackles were sometimes an issue over the years, although he will usually wrap up and finish effectively. However, he will miss the occasional tackle, especially if faced with an elusive player in space.Coverage skillsBasham doesn’t have a lot of experience of dropping into coverage and it shows whenever he’s asked to do it. On this play, a teammate had to tell him to stand up prior to the snap and he made no effort to disrupt the slot receiver’s route while looking very robotic in his backpedal.He was targeted one other time last year, on a play where he dropped way off the line on 3rd-and-long and was able to get in on the tackle shy of the marker.Basham had five passes defensed in college, all from batting passes down at the line.Making reads/instinctsBasham has said he feels most comfortable in an attack-and-react style of defense. There is occasional hesitation in play-action and read-option type situations, but it looks like he did a better job of keeping his eyes up to see the play develop as the season progressed last year.TechniqueBasham has shown some ability to get off blocks at the NFL level, but this has mostly been against tight ends.One thing he does well is extend his arms to get some separation from his blocker, but he doesn’t always translate that into a pass rush move to get off the block.On this play, however, he extends his arms well and displays some power to drive veteran Andre Smith off his spot, gaining an outside leverage advantage. This time, he does get off the block, using his right hand to free himself from Smith’s outside arm to complete the sack.PhysicalityBasham displays some good power off the edge and can be an effective bull rusher. However, at times, he will engage his blocker in a battle for leverage rather than making an effort to shed the block.His only penalty at the NFL level was a neutral zone infraction before a punt (on 4th-and-8).Special teamsWith Josh Martin on injured reserve, it would be useful if his replacement could show some potential on special teams and Basham has done that.In his rookie year, he had four special teams tackles in preseason and, although he didn’t carry that production over into the regular season, he did contribute this punt block.Basham has also fielded one kickoff and generated pressure on a field goal attempt.InjuriesInjuries were not an issue for Basham at Ohio, as he played in 50 games over four seasons. In his rookie year with the Colts, the only game he missed was as a healthy scratch, although he did miss a few practices through illness and heat exhaustion.During preseason, he had a minor knee injury, which was part of the reason he fell down the depth chart.Attitude/DemeanorBasham has admitted that, in college, he relied too much on his athleticism. He has found that, at the NFL level, you also need good technique and preparation to be successful.General manager Chris Ballard praised the work Basham had put in during the offseason to get in shape and work on his technique, but obviously this wasn’t enough for him to retain his roster spot.Scheme familiarityAs noted above, Basham is going to be most comfortable in four-man fronts and rushing from the left side with his hand in the dirt. With his struggles against the run, the most obvious use for him would be in subpackages as a situational rusher and that’s how the Colts used him in game one.Anderson’s own success in the new system could make him a useful sounding board for Basham as he integrates himself in the new scheme.ConclusionsBasham was an impressive college prospect with excellent tape, but has been slow to develop at the NFL level. The scheme changes in Indianapolis haven’t helped, but his main issue is that he needs to work on and improve his technique and approach.The Jets can afford to be patient with Basham, whereas the Colts were pretty deep on the edges and already have some development projects with two rookies brought in this year. Ultimately, this should be a fun project for Kevin Greene. However, it might be overly optimistic to expect any immediate success.Previewing the Jets opposition: Denver Broncos The Broncos travel all the way out east for the dreaded 1:00pm kickoff for a west coast team as they seek to avoid a three-game losing streak. Having won close games against Seattle and the Raiders, Denver lost comfortably to Baltimore and then found themselves on the wrong end of a Patrick Mahomes-led comeback by the AFC’s hottest team.Let’s review how their roster shapes up:QuarterbacksHaving enjoyed a career year with the Vikings last year, Case Keenum has had an uneven start to his Broncos career. He hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since week one and has six interceptions already, having only thrown seven all year in 2017. He has also been sacked seven times in the last two games.Kevin Hogan, who had a decent performance against the Jets while with Cleveland last year, is listed as the third stringer behind Chad Kelly. The former seventh round pick had a decent preseason but has yet to throw a pass in a regular season game.Offensive lineDenver has used the draft to build up part of its offensive line with center Matt Paradis Youth Brian Winters Jersey , guard Connor McGovern and tackle Garrett Bolles all being recent draft picks. Bolles, last year’s first rounder, had some issues last year with 15 penalties and eight sacks surrendered. He has already had four penalties this year too.Free agent guard Ronald Leary was brought in to bolster the unit, which has shown some good run blocking over the first month.Right tackle Jared Veldheer rounds out the starting lineup but he’s injured so Billy Turner will most likely fill in. Turner has 14 career starts. Max Garcia, another recent draft pick, had started every game over the last two years, but has been relegated to a reserve role since the addition of Leary.Running BacksThe Broncos’ offense has been driven by an impressive rookie running back tandem. Phillip Lindsay is more of a smaller, speedy scat back type who is currently on course for a thousand-yard season and had a 100-yard game a few weeks ago. He’s averaging almost six yards per carry. Royce Freeman, who was expected to start, is more of a power back and he’s averaging five yards a carry with a team-high three touchdowns.Devontae Booker was expected to get a bigger role with the departure of thousand-yard rusher CJ Anderson, but has remained as a backup due to the success of the two rookies.Fullback Andy Janovich has been doing an excellent job as a lead blocker.ReceiversDemaryius Thomas is still only 30 but seems to be on the downside of his career. His average per catch this year is just 8.4 yards, which would be a career-low by some margin. In fact, this would be the fifth year in a row that this number has been lower than in the previous season. Nevertheless, he still caught 83 passes last year and almost had a thousand yard season, so he’s still a threat.Emmanuel Sanders is leading the Broncos so far, with 314 yards in the first four games. He caught 10 passes for 135 yards in week one. Sanders is the type of player who could kill the Jets on crossing routes, like Dede Westbrook did last week, but don’t be surprised if the Jets pay extra attention to those, leaving themselves susceptible elsewhere instead.Rookie Courtland Sutton is Thomas’ heir apparent and, although he only has eight catches in the first four games, he looks the part and has shown an ability to get deep and make highlight reel catches in the games so far and in preseason.Another rookie, DaeSean Hamilton is an option off the bench and can contribute in the slot.Having lost Jake Butt to another ACL tear, the Broncos have Jeff Heuermann as their top tight end now. He’s backed up by two players who were briefly Jets; Matt LaCosse and Brian Parker. Parker is a good blocker.Defensive lineDerek Wolfe is the Broncos’ best interior lineman, as he enters the third year of a $36 million contract extension. He’ll anchor the run defense along with another veteran; 33-year old nose tackle Domata Peko, who is in his second season with the team. Adam Gostis is the other starter, but he’s listed as questionable for Sunday.In reserve, Denver has DeMarcus Walker, last year’s second round pick, former Indianapolis Colt nose tackle Zach Kerr and Shelby Harris, who is another Jets’ cast-off. Harris had 5.5 sacks out of nowhere last year.LinebackersFor the third week in a row, the Jets will face a major challenge in pass protection, as pro-bowler Von Miller is already having a productive year with four sacks and two forced fumbles. Miller isn’t the only talented pass rusher Denver has though.Bradley Chubb, the fifth overall pick, has already had 1.5 sacks and is starting across from Miller. Chubb has had most of his reps on the right side, so he would match up with Kelvin Beachum, while Miller usually plays on the left so will mostly face Brandon Shell. They do swap sides from time to time though.In reserve, Shane Ray and Shaquil Barrett also have plenty of talent.At inside linebacker, Brandon Marshall was the Broncos’ leading tackler by a mile last year but so far this season they’re being led by their safeties.The other starter is Todd Davis but he’s been listed as questionable, so one of their tandem of rookie reserves - Josey Jewell, AJ Johnson and Keishawn Bierria - might have to step up.Defensive backsDenver only intercepted 10 passes all last year and two so far this year, but they’ll be looking to force some turnovers against rookie Sam Darnold on Sunday.Despite having lost Aqib Talib in the offseason, the Broncos still have two solid starting cornerbacks in Bradley Roby and Chris Harris. Roby’s had some issues with missing tackles so far this season though.In reserve, they have two experienced veterans in Adam Jones and Tramaine Brock, along with a rookie; Isaac Yiadom.The starting safeties are Darian Stewart and Justin Simmons. Stewart was a pro bowler in 2016. The backups include Will Parks and yet another Jets cast-off; Shamarko Thomas.Special teamsKicker Brandon McManus has been perfect so far this season, but did miss eight field goals last year. Punter Marquette King is solid, but he’s injured and looks unlikely to play so Colby Wadman might have to make his NFL debut.In the return game, Lindsay is listed as the kickoff returner and Jones as the punt returner. Hamilton and Booker could also be options in the return game.In kick coverage, reserve inside linebacker Joe Jones leads the team with five tackles already. Simmons and Janovich were among those who were productive last year.

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