Meet New York Jets’ extremely aggressive and athletic inside linebacker Patrick Onwuasor, who Blewett’s Blitz breaks down in full.
Patrick Onwuasor already replaced C.J. Mosley once. Can he do it again?
The New York Jets’ extremely aggressive and athletic inside linebacker was a huge part of the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive plans after Mosley exited for Florham Park, NJ last offseason. In the end, it didn’t exactly work out. But hey, the Ravens’ loss is Joe Douglas’ gain, right?
With Mosley out for the season, Gregg Williams will need an inside backer or two to step up. Perhaps Peanut could be one of those guys.
Blewett’s Blitz takes a deep dive into Onwuasor’s game footage (31 plays).
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Patrick Onwuasor (No. 48 over RG) is in a hook/seam zone of this cover 3 defense. Bengals fake outside-zone split (should be a tip to Peanut as outside zone is rarely accompanied by a sifter) with the sifter working under the formation into the flat.
Peanut doesn’t recognize it and continues to work his way to Andy Dalton, who dumps the ball to the TE for the easy 29-yard gain.
Onwuasor (No. 48 over 3-tech) flows to his right as the Bengals run a toss crack. Peanut should recognize that the play is most likely breaking wide/to the sideline which should affect how he takes on the crack block. The WR makes his way over, Peanut takes it on the inside shoulder instead of scraping overtop, and stays in chase mode to the sideline.
Bengals run inside/tight zone out of this gun set. Onwuasor (No. 48 over LT) shuffles to match the line and allows himself to play the backside A/C gaps. The LT never comes off of the combo and the RB bends the run back to the C-gap. Peanut shows good acceleration to the RB and makes the tackle.