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From the start of the game Womens Tre'Quan Smith Jersey , Michael Thomas was fired up and able to take it over on his way to posting a franchise record."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialSaints Film Room: Michael Thomas in the zoneNew,30commentsFrom the start of the game, Michael Thomas was fired up and able to take it over on his way to posting a franchise record.CST@DonKellumShareTweetShareShareSaints Film Room: Michael Thomas in the zoneDerick E. Hingle-USA TODAY SportsIn his pregame speech to the team, Drew Brees talked about being “lethal.” Front and center for the pep-talk was Michael Thomas, who was completely zoned in. Thomas would in fact be lethal against the Philadelphia Eagles, setting the new franchise post-season single game receiving yards record, gaining 171 yards on 12 receptions.The offense used multiple formations and alignments in order to get him open, with seven of the twelve receptions coming from a trips alignment that helped the Saints flood the Eagles’ zone defense.Thomas routes vs EaglesDown & DistanceFormationPersonnelRouteAlignment Down & DistanceFormationPersonnelRouteAlignment Playing against zone defenses, receivers need to be able to identify the holes in coverage in order to get open. Here is an example of Thomas running a drag route and finding the sweet spot in the defense to become open. The offense will come out in shotgun with 11 personnel (one running back, one tight end [Taysom Hill]) with trips (three receivers) to the left. Thomas is lined up in the slot and will run a “drag” route while Ted Ginn will run a seam route in order to clear out the middle of the field for Thomas. Thomas will recognize the zone defense and settle in the hole between defensive back and linebacker when they switch coverage responsibilities. Brees is able to step up in the pocket to avoid the pressure coming from the edge and hits Thomas for a four yard gain.On the next play, the Saints will run a similar concept to the one above, but this time out of an empty set (no running back in backfield) with Kamara split wide (bottom of screen).The play called here is known as the “levels” concept. This is a great play to call against zone defenses Marshon Lattimore Saint Jersey , especially cover-2. It consists of the #3 receiver (Ginn, top of screen, closest to the offensive line) running a seam route to clear out the middle of the field. Thomas is lined up in the slot (#2 receiver) and will run a “quick-in” route with Kirkwood (#1, top of screen) running a slightly deeper in route. The safety (#37) and the corner back (#24) will carry the seam route ran by Ginn and clear out the middle of the field for Thomas to fill the void. The Eagles have their dime package (six defensive backs) on the field and will drop their zones back to the goal line in a “picket-fence” defense that Jim Schwartz calls “sticks.” This is in order to keep all passes in front of them and make the tackle short of the goal line. Corner back Cre’von Leblanc (#34) does a good job at recognizing the vacated zone and will follow Thomas and tackle him short of the goal line with help from linebacker Nigel Bradham (#53).The last play we’re going to go over came on a third and long at the end of the first quarter. The Saints will call a “dagger” concept that is perfect for the cover-3 the Eagles defense is in. The dagger is a three route concept that includes a go route from the slot receiver, a dig from the outside receiver, and a drag route from a back side receiver. The go route, ran by Ginn from the slot here, is used to clear out the middle of the defense and take the center field safety with him. It then becomes a high-low read for the quarterback between Josh Hill running the drag route and Thomas on his dig route. The drag route should stretch the defense horizontally and force the underneath defenders to sink down to cover, which then creates a void in the middle of the field for the dig route. Here, the play works just as designed and Thomas is able to pick up 21 yards and the first down.As you can see, the game-plan had plenty of passing concepts designed to beat the zone coverage that the Eagles predominately used. Sean Payton has historically gotten the best of Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, scoring at least 31 points on his defense the last four times they have faced off against each other prior to this game. MOBILE Womens Michael Thomas Jersey , Ala. (AP) — Jaylon Ferguson and Oshane Ximines would love to be the next Marcus Davenport.They already are following in Davenport’s steps, going from prolific Conference USA pass rushers to the Senior Bowl. Davenport last year parlayed that success into the first round of the NFL draft, getting picked 14th overall by the New Orleans Saints.This week, Louisiana Tech’s Ferguson — the NCAA career sacks leader — and Old Dominion’s Ximines are among the edge rushers trying to improve their own draft stock at the Senior Bowl, along with Mississippi State’s highly rated Montez Sweat .“Marcus Davenport opened the door for players like me and Oshane,” Ferguson said. “Conference USA, we have a lot of great pass rushers. Marcus Davenport came down here last year and he really kicked the door down for a lot of us to come down here and shine.”The three practices in front of representatives of NFL teams leading up to Saturday’s game give them a chance to go against elite offensive line prospects like Washington State tackle Andre Dillard.And maybe take advantage of the opportunity like Davenport did.“I watched Marcus Davenport before you guys even knew about him,” Ximines said. “We played against him at UTSA (Texas-San Antonio). We were both young. I was a freshman. He was a sophomore. We kind of eyed each other … It’s just awesome to see where he ended up. He’s a hell of a player. I’m glad that everything worked out for him, and I’m looking to follow in his footsteps.”Ferguson feels he has plenty to prove even after breaking Terrell Suggs’ NCAA career sacks record with 2½ sacks in the Hawaii Bowl against Hawaii.“You know, I’ve got 45 career sacks, all-time NCAA career leader, but I’m here to show I can do it against better competition Womens Drew Brees Jersey ,” Ferguson said. “Right now, I’m trying to prove everybody wrong who’s got stuff to say about my game and criticized everything I did up to this point.”Here’s a look at a few of the top edge rushers at the Senior Bowl:— Mississippi State’s Sweat might be the most highly rated player at the all-star game and is projected as a potential top 10 pick. He has drawn plenty of attention with big plays in Senior Bowl practices. The two-time All-SEC performer had 22 sacks over the past two seasons and was a second-team AP All-American.— Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas: Finished his career with a big senior season, earning first-team All-Big 12 honors. He had 9½ sacks and 18 tackles for loss.— Ximines, DE, Old Dominion: Was a defensive playmaker throughout his career, finishing fifth in FBS with 12 sacks as a senior. He also forced 11 fumbles and collected 33 sacks in his four-year career. He ranked tied for first in forced fumbles among active players and trailed only Ferguson in career sacks. He and teammate, wide receiver Travis Fulgham, are the first Old Dominion players at the Senior Bowl.“Conference USA is not Power Five, but when I get out there it’s just a number and a person,” Ximines said.— Zach Allen Michael Thomas Jersey White , DE, Boston College: Had 18½ sacks over the past three seasons with 40 tackles for loss. Could have been an early-round pick last season but returned as a senior.None of them was more prolific at bringing down quarterbacks in college than Ferguson. He led the nation with a league-record 17½ sacks last season.Now, he’s got to convince teams he can have success as a pass rusher in the NFL, too.“They know I can play,” Ferguson said. “If I couldn’t play, I wouldn’t be here right now. Right now, it’s just showing I can play against better competition.”



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