Posts Tagged ‘Akeem Ayers’
Thursday, January 8th, 2015
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano
Tom Brady: I could sit here and write out the stats, but you already know them by heart after all the Brady-Manning week hoopla. I could even break down his throwing mechanics and how he still has pin point accuracy at age 37. I could also detail how he’s getting this done with less than others… but I’m not going to do that. All I really need to say is, mobility. Tom Brady hasn’t become Randall Cunningham, but he’s utilized his legs more than ever this season. Early offensive line struggles this year may have actually benefited him because he looks more aggressive after the snap with his movement. Being forced to create space and time due to poor line play has compelled Brady to step out of his comfort zone, literally. In some ways his recent play has reminded me of Ben Roethlisberger. Who in the past, has had to compensate for a poor line by stepping out of the pocket to give receivers a chance to get open down field. Fortunately, Brady’s line has come together and we don’t have to worry about him taking unnecessary punishment like Big Ben has in recent seasons. But this added element to his game should only bode well for the Patriots’ offense come January.
Friday, October 31st, 2014
NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
The New England Patriots have been without Chandler Jones for only one game thus far into the 2014 campaign.
That one game saw the front seven send three different players out to succeed the role of one.
Dominique Easley, Akeem Ayers and Zach Moore – each of whom brought their own traits to the defensive rotation. Each of whom brought forth their own third to replace the snaps of a player who had logged 417 through seven contests, per Pro Football Focus.
Only it hinged on more than volume for them in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears; it hinged on how they encountered their alignments, and how they left their impact within them. (more…)
Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas
Akeem Ayers played 10 snaps over two games for the Tennessee Titans this season, and he was inactive for five more. But the New England Patriots saw something in the 2011 39th overall draft pick; something that could potentially help a depleted front seven at minimal expense.
Time will tell if that something pays off.
There is reason to temper expectations for a 6’3” 255-pound linebacker that took only sixth-round pick to acquire – along with a seventh-rounder – from Tennessee on Tuesday afternoon. Yet there is also reason to expect Ayers will have a purpose in New England’s defense if he can acclimate to it. (more…)
Tuesday, January 11th, 2011
The NCAA Bowl season is over. Auburn has been crowned the champion. Draft boards will be at a standstill for the next few days as the Shrine Bowl, Senior Bowl and other post-season events don’t begin for another week or more.
Instead of looking at who has impressed us during the 2010 NCAA season, let’s decide on who has left us wondering this: What do people see in this guy?
Tuesday, May 11th, 2010
Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA (Junior)
Projection: 1st Round
Last Updated: January 29th, 2011
Strengths: Elite athletic ability – Excellent size and strength for OLB – Carries his weight well and could even add more – Has a decent arsenal of rush moves that work well – Good balance even at top speed – Can set the edge against bigger lineman.
Weaknesses: Needs to work getting off of blocks – Will over-pursue at times – Could improve his tackling, too often goes for the big hit.
73 Tackles, 12 TFL, 5 Sacks, 4 Interceptions, 3 Pass Deflectoins, 2 Forced Fumbles
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