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The Patriots pass rush appears to be much improved

    By huangjian123
     Let’s just get this out of the way before the BAMA AIN’T PLAYED NOBODY crowd jumps in:Here is the current offensive line of the Houston Texans.Martinas Rankin (OT)*Juli茅n Davenport (OT)Nick Martin (C)Zach Fulton (G)Senio Kelemete (G)*replaced right tackle Sentreal Henderson in the second quarter after Henderson suffered a broken ankle and they shuffled some tackles around so eventually two tackles were playing tackle. Whatever. Some teams are into that.I swear that those are all real , live NFL offensive linemen and none of those names are from the Key and Peele college football sketches.That being said, if you were finally catching your second wind (or first wind, for that matter) after staying out too late on Saturday night right around game time on Sunday, you may have thought to yourself at one point or another during the game when Texans QB Deshaun Watson was having an “Oh, FML” moment as he got swarmed by blue jerseys, “Man, it looks like the Patriots are getting pressure, like, every other time he goes back to pass!”Your day drinking self would be correct!Pass rush pressure, you say? It’s so...beautiful!Seeing that kind of pressure again as a Patriots fan must be what those people doing Whole 30 or whatever feel like when it’s finally over and someone puts a half pound burger and a plate full of fries in front of you. It’s just the way life was meant to be lived.Now, as our fearless leader Rich Hill pointed out yesterday, the run defense is...well, so far...not great. Part of that is the D-line personnel that the Patriots were putting on the field expecting the Texans to abandon the run after going down 18 points, and then the Texans kept pounding the rock for 7 of 10 snaps against a smaller New England line, so, all strategery aside New England Patriots Womens T-Shirt , that’s going to happen when teams keep pounding the rock without more Pats run-stuffers in the game.Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the pass rush some more!What should make this a big F’ing deal for a Patriots pass rush that couldn’t buy a sack if they had an American Express Black Card in the Super Bowl is that it’s not like they were just beating up on one overmatched offensive lineman, like *some* people criticized Adrian Clayborn for in his six-sack game against Dallas last season. The Patriots were bringing the rush from all areas of the field and against all those Texans offensive linemen we mentioned earlier.(Side note re: Adrian Clayborn’s sack totals from last season being “inflated” because of that one Dallas game: beating up on bad offensive linemen is what you’re SUPPOSED to do)Check out where the heat was coming from, courtesy of CLNS’s Evan Lazar’s advanced stats:Trey Flowers: 7 total pressures - 4 hurries, 1 QB hit, 2 sacksDeatrich Wise: 4 total pressures - 2 hurries, 2 sacksKeionta Davis: 3 total pressures - 2 hurries, 1 QB hitAdrian Clayborn: 3 total pressures - 3 hurriesKyle Van Noy: 3 total pressures - 3 hurriesMalcom Brown - 3 total pressures - 2 hurries, 1 QB hitLawrence Guy - 2 total pressures - 1 hurry, 1 QB hitDanny Shelton, Dont’a Hightower, and Pat Chung also all chipped in with one quarterback pressure apiece. Not too bad for a defense that normally gets shredded at least once before most people are thinking about their Halloween costume!Everyone on defense joining the pressure party is one way to look at it, anyway. The optimist in every Pats fan will see that and say that at least most of the guys here can bring the heat in the right situations; since nobody in New England is an optimist for more than 5 minutes, though, the flipside is that outside of Trey Flowers, nobody really dominated their matchups here New England Patriots Hats , at least not in a Khalil Mack playing tether-ball with the Packers kind of way.And that’s OK! After the Patriots did their usual “Is that your mock draft? That’s cute” and didn’t take a defensive player with either of their two first-round picks, or their second-round pick, and actually didn’t take a D-tackle or defensive end in the draft at all, saying this defensive line wasn’t scaring anybody over the summer would’ve been an understatement. Sure, there were some good flashes in the preseason, like Keionta Davis’s patience finally paying off with his first NFL sack, but that’s preseason, right? Wait till the real football starts, right?So far, real football is a whole lot more fun when your defense is the ones DOING the barbecuing and not getting barbeCUED by Alex Smith in week 1.Especially when Deatrich Wise is just making up his sack celebrations like going bowling as he goes along. Imagine what will be coming out of this man’s imagination after the bye week.New England Patriots 2018 roster breakdown: #76 OT Isaiah Wynn The New England Patriots currently have 89 players on their active roster. However, only 53 of them will be able to survive the cutdowns on September 1 and ultimately make the team. Over the course of the offseason, we take a look at the players fighting for those spots to find out who has the best chances of helping the Patriots recapture the Vince Lombardi Trophy.Today, the series continues with one of New England’s two first-round rookies.Name: Isaiah WynnPosition: Offensive tackle / GuardJersey number: 76Opening day age: 21Experience: RookieSize: 6’2, 310 lbs.2017 review: Despite successfully serving as Georgia’s starting left guard in 2016, the team decided to move Isaiah Wynn to left tackle prior to the 2017 season. And just like he did on the interior, he also dominated on the outside: starting all 15 games New England Patriots Womens Hoodie , Wynn was named first team All-SEC and second team All-American after allowing just five quarterback pressures and no sacks and also being one of the best run blockers in all of college football.The senior lineman, who served as a permanent team captain, dominated against some of the best teams in the nation and was a key member of the Bulldogs’ usually productive offense. Wynn was able to do that by playing with excellent, pro ready technique in both run blocking and pass protection. Despite his height-deficiencies, he was therefore able to consistently win at the point of attack and move defenders out of the way.Wynn, an impressive player in space with outstanding moving abilities, was a standout despite playing through a shoulder injury. After undergoing surgery following the season, he was forced to essentially sit out the scouting combine. Nevertheless, he still entered draft season as a projected first-round selection – which is exactly what he became when the Patriots chose him with the 23rd overall pick.2018 preview: Wynn’s rookie campaign was off to a good start: after he was forced to sit out OTAs, he saw plenty of reps in training camp and eventually became a realistic candidate to start the year as the number three offensive tackle. Competing primarily against LaAdrian Waddle for the top backup spot at right tackle, Wynn rotated in and out of the lineup during practice and later his lone preseason performance.However, the 21-year old played only nine snaps in the game before it came to a bitter end – as did his first season in the NFL: Wynn tore his Achilles tendon late in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles and will likely be placed on the season-ending injured reserve list soon. He will therefore spend the 2018 season rehabbing and trying to get ready for next year; a year in which he might play a considerable role along the offensive line.