The 2019

Patriots Season. 

Pats Week Four. 

7 Things For Sunday: Part IV.

Players Who Impressed Me.

By TOM

The Notre Dame Virginia game was an interesting one. I don't even remember the score. It had some of the most interesting prospects in the Draft. They had defenders and offensive players running all over the place. Virginia is a sneaky good prospect team this year. 

68. Julian Okwara- 6-5, 241, D-end, Notre Dame, #42- He was excellent in this game. He is a bit of a 'tweener. He is not quite an NFL-sized Edgerusher. But he is a good edge rusher. When OLs get their hands on him he struggled last year. He is showed much better hand usage, much better than last season. He shed the Virginia OTs with his hands at will last week. He was able to play much more physical on the edge than last season as well. 

He likely had the best game of his Notre Dame career last week against Virginia, or he is a super star in the making. "I love what Julian did today. He got back to playing really physical football," Irish HC Brian Kelly said. "I think Julian would tell you that maybe the whole sack thing was too much of a personal thing. He got back to playing physical football and within the realm of the defense. It really showed itself [vs. Virginia]. He’s going to take off from here." He was un-friggin'-believable against Virginia garnering: 3 sacks, 2 Forced Fumbles, a couple of hurries, and an FR. 

He has the physical traits, and he has raised his maturity, commitment, and leadership levels. "At this time last year, if you mentioned captain, I would’ve maybe publicly snickered at you," Kelly said. "He just did not have any of those traits developed. He’s developed those traits because he wanted to put himself in that position." He was named team Captain, which is a big deal for his NFL potential. 

However, he reminds me more of Van Noy or Jamie Collins than Tippett or Bennett. He is less pure Edge guy than an OLB who can blitz. Last year, like Van Noy and Collins this year, he was more of a sneaky rusher. He didn't rush every down, and dropped a lot. They used him more on strategic rushes that fooled OTs, so he could win with speed and bend. He was really just a run the arc sneak rusher last year, and when the OLT got his hands on him he was done. 

Against Virginia, he looked to me like a legit NFL Edge guy for the first time. "I guess I was a little immature, not immature in the sense that I wasn’t really listening to anybody, but I joked a lot. I just knew I had to be a better person for my teammates," Okwara said. "Guys like Drue Tranquill, Jerry [Tillery], with the guys that left the program, the young guys needed somebody to look up to. I just knew I had to take things more seriously and become that vocal guy that everybody could look to." He combined a great blast off, fight, bend, and great hand fighting technique. 

He hit the QB with some elite consistency, in that game. "Every defensive lineman wants to have a sack, especially being a defensive end and knowing the expectations for yourself," Okwara said. "It sucks when you haven’t done much. Then Virginia came around and it worked out for us. We were able to make some plays for our team." When he gets the QB in his sights he gets there fast. 

He also has the explosion and COD you need in the NFL, so that is a big deal. "It was a huge growth from last year to this year. Just knowing my role and what my standing in the program is," Okwara said. "I had the power to be able to talk to those guys. [I needed] them to know they could come to me and ask questions." Now he just has to show that he can be a consistent rusher and not just a sneaky or flash rusher. 

#53 Khalid Kareem- 6-4, 285, DE/5-Tech- He is also a bit of a 'tweener. Only he is a big 'tweener. He is a 5-Tech/D-end tweener. But he has some serious flash and dash on the field. When he gets physical on the field, he is fun to watch.  He is 285-pounds, but he flashed some speed and quicks like an Edge. He really plays more of a 5-Tech, but he has some flash running the arc. 

He cannot win as a pure speed rusher.  He he showed that he can win with his speed and quicks, and not just size and power. He has a couple of rushes that shocked me with how much flash and quicks he had. He is also a great physical specimen. 

When he is tough and physical he wins. Trying to go outside to his side is tough. When he shows his speed, he looks like an early Draft pick. He looked like he was intent on killing the QB. He rushed and hit him from both sides. Very hot and cold player, but when he gets hot he kills QBs. 

He is another young guy who has turned into a legit leader for the Irish. "I'm proud of Kareem. He had some rough moments that he’s matured from," Brian Kelly said. "His development for me has been one where I think his off-field development has been beneficial, because it’s helped him on the field. Growing up as a young man off the field here at Notre Dame, in our community, has really helped him as a football player." He just need a little more technique work, and he could be great cog in the (BB?) machine. 

He has become a legit team leader. "It's definitely a huge honor to be voted captain of this historic program and all the people who have come before me," Kareem said. "Just to know my teammates respect me and chose me to be their leader, I'm definitely going to keep doing it. Keep holding people accountable and holding myself to now a higher standard, just to make sure guys know this is the right way to do things." He brings more than just physical presence to the field each week. 

They like to play in odd Fronts where he goes face to face against the OLT a lot. "He recognizes how important it is to hold his peers accountable," Kelly said. "Just those little things about we're going to be held accountable all of the time. He really shows that accountability amongst the peers about doing it the right way all of the time." He stepped into the leadership role in the preseason, and became a team captain. 

His leadership shows up on Saturdays. "Just everyone rushing together. Everyone stay in their rush lanes. No one trying to be selfish to make plays on their own," Kareem said. "As long as you rush within the scheme of the defense, you'll get the production. The production will come. As long as we work together, we'll be fine." He is showing he is another BB type guy, who grew up in a football family. 

And let's not forget Virginia:

#34 *Bryce Hall- 6-1, 200, #34, CB- It’s funny when QB’s roll out to his side looking to throw, and always end up running. He can get overwhelmed by blockers at the point in the run game, sometimes. He will make the tackle when they run at him. He can set the edge and protect the flat in the run game. 

I don't want to imply that he is weak against the run at all. "Certainly on the back end of the defense you have got Hall, who has been a headliner for the last couple of years at the cornerback position," ND HC Brian Kelly said. "Really physical as a run stopper, blitzer. He’ll be a high pick in the NFL." He is great in the run game on the Edge, for a CB. But when a big blocker gets it right, he is still just a CB. 

He has elite click and close. It is amazing to watch. They have him play Off more than I would like to see (I really need to see him in Press more;). So he is usually 5 to 10 yards away from the WR when the QB throws. They don't play a safety over the top of him, I mean ever. So he has to protect deep first.

So his truest elite skill is when the ball is thrown, even on comebacks, he plants that back foot and clicks forward with elite timing to arrive at the WR at the same time as the ball. It is amazing. He can be (don't judge me too harshly;) positively Revis like closing on the WR when the ball is in the air. Now he has to run a 4.3 like Revis did to be a lock Top Five. But I can't see him getting out of the top ten is he is under 4.5. 

He was a great WR in high school. "I think all those years playing receiver have helped with my understanding of what offenses are trying to do and with my ball skills," Hall said. "They asked me during my official visit if I wanted to played receiver or corner, and I said either. I think he saw how I moved laterally and thought I would be a good fit at corner." Those ball skills clearly show up on Tape. 

His timing with the ball in the air is incredible. "He played WR and CB in high school. I think all those years playing receiver have helped with my understanding of what offenses are trying to do, and with my ball skills," Hall said. "They asked me during my official visit if I wanted to played receiver or corner, and I said either. I think he (coach) saw how I moved laterally and thought I would be a good fit at corner." He knows what WR's are trying to do.

He is another example of a BB type prospect. "Bryce Hall’s preparation started with interest and desire. He was anxious to learn, anxious to improve and anxious to perfect his skills," Virginia HC Bronco Mendenhall said. "Bryce shows up every day like he’s going to work. He’s there from morning to night between his classes. That’s not something everyone in our program does, but it provides a great example of what I’d like the future program to look like." He shows those WR instincts in coverage. 

He is a film room junkie. "He genuinely loves the film room," Nick Grant, a high school teammate, said. "You can catch him doing his homework in the film room and eating in the film room. That extra work has now become the culture here." The Pats won't have a shot at him however, he is a top ten lock. 

Oh, and he plays Special Teams. He had the special teams play of the week against Notre Dame.

2019: Has started all five of UVA's games ... at Pitt in the season opener he made six tackles, collected 1.0 sack and broke up a pass in the win over the Panthers ... made one stop against William & Mary ... made five stops, 1.0 tackles for loss and broke up two passes in UVA's win over Florida State ... assisted De'Vante Cross in bringing down the Seminoles' Cam Akers at the four-yard line on the game's final play ... made three tackles, 1.0 tackles for loss and broke up a pass in the win over Old Dominion ... made four tackles at No. 10 Notre Dame and recovered an on-side kick to open the second half against the Irish.

#11 *Charles Snowden- 6-7, 235, OLB- He has stepped his game up big time to start 2019. He has the range and length to be great in coverage. He has been dominate in coverage. But he also has garnered 3.5 TFLs and 2 Sacks in he first three games. He can play the run well. He will go higher than people think, because he is better in the pass defense than run defense, which teams need now a days. 

However, he is not a real Edge guy. He is more of an OLB who happens to be 6-6, 6-7. He is also more Van Noy than Tippett. He is a very athletic 4-3 OLB, who is terrific in coverage. His size doesn't show up as much in the rush, as he it does in coverage. He can sky up higher than anyone on the field and defend or catch the pass.

Notre Dame schemed against him. "We know about Charles Snowden being the National Player of the Week, obviously," Brian Kelly said. "But they’re long and athletic on the edge, You’re talking about Snowden at the outside backer position. They’re really long and athletic. Snowden is long and athletic. He’s kind of like the kid they had a couple of years ago out there (Eli Harold?)." He showed he could in coverage against FLA ST.  

2019: Has started all five of UVA's games ... in UVA's opener at Pitt he finished with five tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss ... made four tackles and 1.0 sack against William & Mary ... made four tackles and broke up two passes in the win against Florida State ... named the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week and the ACC Linebacker of the Week after leading all players with 15 tackles, 3.5 tackles and 2.0 sacks in the win over Old Dominion ... made three stops at No. 10 Notre Dame

Be A Citizen! Not a Subject! 

Fascist is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Fredo is pulling the cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.

Amendment I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances:

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The 1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written by mankind. It is the truest diagram of how to ensure a free Country of citizens survives. But is is also a list of what to attack when you want to be a fascist dictator. President Jerkballs is attacking every article in the 1st Amendment. Beware subjects, or you will be subjugated:

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Let's be clear, 

 

Trump is not an aberration! 

 

He's the INEVITABILITY of the 

 

HONORLESS 

 

Republican Party

 

(R)S have been a scourge on the Constitution 

for Decades!

It may have started with Nixon. 

But let's not forget Iraq.

THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY WORKED IN

UNISON TO LIE TO EVERY AMERICAN

ABOUT FALSE, FAKE, AND MADE UP 

 

PROPAGANDA

 

 TO ENSNARE US IN A WAR THAT MADE

THE REPUBLICAN VICE PRESIDENT 

 

CHENEY'S COMPANY

 

Halliburton

 

ONE TRILLION DOLLARS!

 

lets be clear, Cheney and the (R)s,

 

lied US into a war of choice

 

and they made trillions bucks off it!

 

THEN THEY GOT GREAT PRACTICE IN THEIR

RIDICULOUS, MADE UP, AND 

TRAGICALLY FAKE

BENGHAZI CATASTROPHE.

THE UNITED STATES WAS ATTACKED BY 

TERRORIST 8,000-MILES AWAY FROM 

WASHINGTON DC. 

HELLO? ARE YOU LISTENING?

SO THE REPUBLICANS

PURPOSELY, VICIOUS, AND MALICIOUSLY

 BLAMED IT ON THE SECRETARY of STATE,

 

PURELY LYING 

 

FOR POLITICAL REASONS.

WHO IS SECRETARY OF STATE NOW?

OH, SO THIS IS ALL MIKE POMPEO'S FAULT?

BUT JUST WATCH HIM SCURRY INTO 

A HOLE IN THE WALL,

LIKE A RAT ON SINKING SHIP.

REPUBLICANS LOST THEIR HONOR TO NIXON,

& REAGAN TRADED AWAY WHAT WAS LEFT

 

WITH ARMS TO TERRORIST!

 

"The real question here isn't whether this story is a myth. (It is definitely, definitely a myth). Rather, it's why GOP candidates find this myth so appealing. Why do Republicans love to tell a fabricated tale about a political crisis that was resolved decades ago? After all, it's not just Cruz and Rubio now: Mitt Romney also told the story during the 2012 election."

 

REAGAN GAVE IRAN 

 

MISSILE GUIDANCE SYSTEMS

 

FOR IRAN'S FIGHTER JETS 

 

THAT MADE

 

THEM THE POWER IN THE MIDDLE EAST 

THAT THEY STILL ARE TODAY.

REPUBLICANS HAVE BEEN 

CONSTANTLY AND CONSISTENTLY LYING 

AND 

BREAKING THE LAW FOR DECADES:

“It was funny because we were so raw in terms of fundamentals and technique,” Hall said. “We really had to stumble into it and take in whatever the coaches were saying. After a lot of failing and getting roasted multiple times in practice, I started to find my way.”
Arms export law requires licenses for the export of munitions to foreign countries. But this does not apply to Government actions.
The American source said the Israelis saw the arrangement as: ''You sell us new stuff, we'll send them old stuff, that way you're not violating the embargo.''
The Israeli source asserted that the release of two Americans held hostage in Lebanon, the Rev. Benjamin Weir and David P. Jacobsen, coincided with shipments to Iran. ''We helped get Weir out,'' said the source, referring to a release that took place in 1985. ''It was a result of an arms deal between us and Iran. Same with Jacobsen.'' Mr. Jacobsen was released this week.
The weapons appear to have been shipped to Iran by sea. Preben Moller Hansen, the president of the Danish Seaman's Union, said members of his union had loaded American-made weapons onto ships bound for Iran in a four-corner route involving Israel, Italy, Greece and the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran
."

 

TO EXPECT ANY KIND OF 

 

HONOR, 

 

TRUTH,

 

OR PATRIOTISM

 

FROM TODAY'S (R)'S,

WHO HAVE BEEN SO TERRIBLY 

STEEPED IN CONSTANT DECEIT 

SINCE NIXON IN THE 70'S?

IS THE DEFINITION OF INSANITY.

DOING THE SAME THING OVER AND OVER

 

AND EXPECTING 

 

DIFFERENT RESULTS!

 

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