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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2018 8:18 am    Post subject: Bears Rush Report 2018: Week 1 at the Packers H Reply with quote

ere it is folks Cheap Tarik Cohen Jersey , the Rush Report is finally here...and it’s a doozy! The Chicago Bears invaded Lambeau Field on Sunday night and dominated the first half of football, really the first 3 quarters if you look at the scoreboard. We all saw the outcome, so no need to rehash that here. What I am excited about is the new-look Bears pass rush!Since the pass rush was so dominant in the first half, I thought that it would be fun to look at more than just the sacks. This is, after all, the Rush Report, and not the Sack Report, right? A pass rush can affect the game in ways other than just bringing down quarterbacks. Hurries can lead to interceptions, errant throws, and holding penalties. All of these are positive plays for the defense. So, let’s celebrate our new toys, shall we?Week 1 at the PackersHolding Call 1 - First quarter 13:33 (3rd & 10) - Akiem HicksAkiem Hicks beats Packers guard Justin McCray from the snap. Hicks gets into McCray’s body with a strong punch, uses his length to push him back and get him off-balance. After the initial punch, Hicks uses a swim move which McCray simply had no answer for. The only thing McCray could do at that point was to hook Hicks and basically jump on his back. This outstanding individual effort results in Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball away on 3rd down. Holding Call 2 - First quarter 5:38 (3rd & 13) - Akiem Hicks & Leonard FloydHicks gets McCray again on another 3rd down. Watch the bull rush mixed with some excellent hand fighting from Hicks. McCray again has no choice but to hold. The more egregious call—at least visually—was Leonard Floyd taking on David Bakhtiari. Floyd sets Bakhtiari up with a speed rush outside, plants his outside foot, then tries to swim to the inside. Bakhtiari has no answer for this counter move and puts Floyd in a Bear hug. Is he allowed to do that? Side note: The development of this inside counter move that Leonard Floyd showed several times on Sunday night is a huge development. He might start slowly with the club on his hand and switching to the opposite side because of Khalil Mack but watch out for Floyd this year. He is poised for big things!Sack 1 - First quarter 7:11 (1st & 10) - Akiem HicksPoor Justin McCray. I laughed out loud when I saw this in real time. When Hicks got under McCray’s right arm, he was completely at Hicks’ mercy. Hicks gets underneath McCray’s pads immediately and simply pushes him out of the way. Zero finesse, this is simply one man completely overpowering another. At one point, there were three different Packers offensive lineman blocking Hicks, and he still couldn’t be slowed. Bonus points for the strip-sack here as well! Sack 2 - Second quarter 9:22 (3rd & 9) - Roy Robertson-HarrisI talked RRH up in the preseason edition of the Rush Report, and he certainly did not disappoint in his first game of the 2018 season! RRH is lined up on right guard Lane Taylor. He runs a tackle-cross stunt with Eddie Goldman. After Taylor passes him off to center Corey Linsley, RRH throws him to the ground, gets up-field, and takes down Rodgers. Had RRH not gotten to Rodgers here, it is very possible that Khalil Mack would have gotten there anyway. This is still good to see and not the only time these two teamed up for trouble. Sack 3 - Second quarter 3:07 (3rd & 9) - Khalil MackThis is the second time in this game that I literally laughed out loud. Seeing a player take the ball from the quarterback like this, just makes me think of the old saying about taking candy from a baby. Mack’s initial responsibility is to get a piece of wide receiver Devante Adams before rushing the passer. Once he does that, he just gives Bryan Bulaga a shove, then DeShone Kizer kind of just runs into his area... and you don’t want to run into Khalil Mack’s area.Sack 4 - Second quarter 1:04 (1st & 10) - Roquan SmithThere is a part of me that wants to put this in the SINO (Sack in Name Only) category but since this was Roquan Smith’s first play in the NFL, I am going to give this one to him. This was 95% on Mack, who beat Bulaga like a drum on this play, but Smith didn’t give up. After initially being stonewalled by Ty Montgomery on the blitz, he was able to bounce off and continue his rush. It pays off with a sack and his first tally on the stat sheet. Pressure of the WeekSecond quarter 0:50 (3rd & 19) - Roy Robertson-HarrisYou didn’t really think I would leave this play out, did you? RRH really had a nice game against the Packers. With the Bears showing a 3-man rush Cheap Roquan Smith Jersey , RRH immediately beats Linsley with a rip move. His quickness and length got on Kizer before there was even a remote chance of this play working. Mack is in perfect position to make the interception and take it to the house. Here’s how I have the individual* Rush Report after week 1.Akiem Hicks - 1Roy Robertson-Harris - 1Khalil Mack - 1Roquan Smith - 1*These numbers do not reflect a players official statistics.Bears 2018 college prospect preview: ACC The college football season is underway, which means that the next few months will be full of major upsets, nail-biting finishes, Cinderella teams and flat-out entertaining football. They will also serve as a time for NFL Draft nuts to find the best player in the upcoming draft class, discover a few hidden gems and determine which prospects would be good fits on their favorite professional team.For the next few weeks, Josh and I are going to be going from conference to conference, finding the best player, a potential Chicago Bears target and a sleeper to give you all a general idea of what to keep an eye on in the coming college football season. We did this concept last year and enjoyed doing it, so we decided to bring it back for another year. Due to the Khalil Mack trade, the Bears do not have a first or second-round draft pick in 2019. Although that will affect our ability to cover more of the top prospects in each conference, it will force us to get creative in our selections.This week, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best that the Pac-12 has to offer.Cream of the cropJacob: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, ClemsonIf Clelin Ferrell had decided to enter the 2018 NFL Draft, then chances are that he would have been the Bears’ selection with the eighth overall pick. Then again, the Bears would not have traded for Khalil Mack in that hypothetical situation, so it may have worked out for the best. Nevertheless, Ferrell is a stud edge rusher prospect who will be selected early in next year’s draft.The six-foot-five, 265-pound outside linebacker is arguably the most polished edge rusher in the 2019 class. He has several pass-rushing moves in his arsenal, he understands the importance of getting inside leverage, and he plays with great pad level. His physical attributes are impressive, as well: he has great explosiveness for his size and strength coming off of the edge. Ferrell is likely to excel regardless of whether plays in a 3-4 or a 4-3 defensive scheme in the NFL, as he can take blockers head on and move in space at high levels.With the absence of both a first-round pick and a second-round pick, Chicago won’t be able to draft Ferrell barring a major unforeseen drop in his stock. Wherever he ends up, though, will likely end up being very happy to pick him.Top Bears targetsJacob: Mitch Hyatt, OT, ClemsonAs was the case with teammate Ferrell, Mitch Hyatt could have potentially been a fairly early draft pick in this year’s draft. However, he chose to stay at Clemson for another year, making the group of draft prospects to come out the university an absolutely loaded one in 2019.Hyatt has a good build for the offensive tackle position at six-foot-five and 305 pounds. He’s a good athlete who adjusts his set point very well, advances to the second level quickly and has solid lateral quickness. Although slightly underweight for his position, he packs a powerful initial punch at the line of scrimmage that can throw defenders off balance. He also plays with good pad level Cheap Mitchell Trubisky Jersey , maintains a squared frame when blocking and is a good combo blocker. While he isn’t necessarily a nasty blocker and his strength when locked up with a defender can be improved, he has the finesse and the girth to be a potential starter at the next level.It’s very early in my draft process, but I’m projecting Hyatt as an early third-round pick at the moment. I expect the Bears to pick near the middle or the end of the third round this year, but the Clemson left tackle could be in the cards if he’s available.Late-round targetsJacob: Trayvon Mullen, CB, ClemsonClemson picks up the clean sweep for me here, as my third prospect on the list is also a member of the Tigers.I’m admittedly not very deep into Mullen’s tape yet, but I see enough promise in his game for him to have piqued my interest. He fits the lengthy cornerback mold that is consistently tied with Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, as he is six-foot-two and roughly 185 pounds. He’s a reliable tackler who has great closing speed and typically takes good angles to ball carriers in space. Mullen has solid ball skills and is able to high point the ball fairly well, a sentiment backed up by his three interceptions in 2017. He is a good athlete who has a natural backpedal and good overall deep speed. His hip fluidity can be improved and his instincts need some work, but his athleticism, size and tackling ability give him considerable upside.Mullen isn’t a finished product yet, which may cause him to fall a little bit down draft boards. If he happens to fall to the Bears in Round 3 or lower, then he would be a player definitely worth considering.Josh: Derrick Kelly, OL, Florida State The 6’5”, 323-pound offensive lineman has played four different positions in his time at FSU, even though he has tended to land at left guard and left tackle. It’s true that this is not the time to be singing the praises of anyone from FSU, but there are a lot of reasons for their struggles against Virginia Tech. It is also true that one of those reasons was that Kelly was one of three offensive linemen not available for the whole game.If Kelly can get some consistency behind him, he might very well end up being a versatile career backup on the offensive line. He can handle tempo, and he can use his size adequately across the line. If he were available at the end of the draft, he might represent a strong investment in depth and could develop into a sound swing tackle.Josh: Demarcus Christmas, DT, Florida StateOn the other side of the ball, Florida State enjoys the services of Demarcus Christmas. I have seen a couple of sources that suggest he could end up playing 5-technique, but I don’t see it. What I do see is a decent run-stopper who can play at nose tackle in any front, and who can even shed blocks and get penetration from time to time. He has experience playing in a few different looks, and he could be a versatile depth piece for a defense that is looking to either augment Eddie Goldman or needs a less effective, but cheaper, replacement.Jacob Infante is a Chicago Bears and NFL Draft writer at SB Nation’s Windy City Gridiron. He also covers the NFL Draft for USA Today SMG’s Draft Wire. He can be reached through Twitter @jacobinfante24 or e-mailed at jacobinfante1208@gmail.com.
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