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New Today Info, Aidan Hutchinson On Being Passed over by Jaguars, The No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks in the 2022 NFL Draft square off Sunday when Travon Walker and the Jacksonville Jaguars head to Detroit to face Aidan Hutchinson and the Lions.
Hutchinson said Thursday he thought he would be playing in Jacksonville “for about three months, and then a week before the draft, something changed.”
“I guess my arms were just not quite long enough, but that hit a week before the draft,” Hutchinson said. “I mean, we’ll see if that inch or couple inches was the difference.”
Hutchinson was referring to Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke’s well-known obsession with arm length in defensive linemen. Today Info Aidan Hutchinson, Walker’s athletic profile fit Baalke’s tendencies to a T.
Aidan Hutchinson, Happiness In The Fight For The Sake Of His Hometown
Despite the quip, Today Info Aidan Hutchinson is happy to play for his hometown team and was named NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November.
Hutchinson leads Lions with 5.5 sacks in 2022 (the only Detroit player with 3-plus sacks) and leads all rookies in sacks (no other rookies have more than three sacks). He’s also added 10 QB hits and four tackles for loss. With two interceptions, as well, Today Info Aidan Hutchinson is the first rookie with five-plus sacks and two-plus picks in Lions history — Shaquille Leonard is the only other rookie in the NFL to have such a season over the last 10 years (Leonard won Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2018).
Walker, meanwhile, has netted 2.5 sacks, six QB hits, one tackle for loss and an INT.
The Lions said they would have taken Walker if the Jags swiped Hutchinson at No. 1 overall, and know the rookie has the skills to disrupt Sunday’s game.
“He’s a talented guy but he also plays really hard, and that’s not always hand in hand so that’s a hats off to him,” Lions center Frank Ragnow said of Walker, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “Obviously, he’s a freak show but we’ve got some great tackles on the outside so that’ll be a good test.”
Today Info Aidan Hutchinson Next , Jordan Poyer: Bills Defense Wanted ‘One-Dimensional Game’ Against Mac Jones, Patriots
The Buffalo Bills defense put the clamps on the New England Patriots offense in Thursday night’s 24-10 victory in Foxborough, holding the Pats to a measly 242 yards.
Safety Jordan Poyer said the Bills knew they’d be in an excellent position to win if they stopped the run and forced Mac Jones to throw.
“That’s why we play the game,” Poyer said, via the official transcript. “We want to get them in a situation where we feel good about it, and we want to be able to stop the run and get Mac in a one-dimensional game where he is trying to win the game with his arm. … We got it done.”
The Bills held Jones to 195 yards on 22-of-36 passing for 5.4 yards per attempt. The lone big play from the Pats came on a 48-yard touchdown to DB-turned-WR Marcus Jones on a short toss in the first quarter that Buffalo’s defense misplayed.
After that flub, the Bills dominated, forcing three-and-outs, holding New England to a piddling 3-of-12 on third downs and surrendering only a field goal in the final three quarters.
With Von Miller placed on injured reserve ahead of the game, the Bills needed players up front to step up.
The Defensive Trick Held Him Down And Controlled The Scrimmage Line In The Match
“We had a good week of practice and we came out flying around,” linebacker Matt Milano said. “The defensive line held it down and was controlling the line of scrimmage. Greg [Rousseau] played well, A.J. [Epenesa] stepped up and made some big-time plays. It was a super performance. The defensive line went crazy tonight, and when they do, that it helps everyone out. The rush and coverage working together.”
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier trusted the Miller-less crew would get the job done. The Bills DC sent blitzers on just 8.1 percent of Jones’ dropbacks while playing zone 91.9 percent of the snaps, per Next Gen Stats. The combination of getting pressure with four (even if it netted just one sack) and coverage on the back end led to a dismal day for Jones, leading to sideline frustration at one point.
“He’s a good quarterback, he makes plays when he needs to,” Milano said of Jones. “We had the rush in his face all night tonight. It’s hard to make things happen when you have guys in your face. It was a combination of both stopping the run and getting him off his spot. Guys were just making plays on the ball. The combination of that and the rush and coverage were working together.”
Making the Patriots one-dimensional has become easier in recent weeks, particularly due to their blocking struggles. For the second time since the beginning of the 2021 season, the Patriots have had back-to-back games of 60 or fewer rush yards.
Until Jones proves he can consistently lead a potent passing game, expect more defenses to follow the Bills’ defensive script.
Patriots QB Mac Jones On Sideline Blowup In Loss To Bills: ‘Just Kind Of Let My Emotions Get To Me’
Mac Jones’ frustration boiled over as an impotent New England Patriots offense failed to produce during Thursday night’s 24-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
The Prime Video broadcast showed Jones on the sideline at one point, appearing to say, “Throw the f—— ball! The quick game sucks!” The assumption from the majority of viewers was that Jones directed his ire at play-caller Matt Patricia. But the quarterback said after the game it wasn’t directed at anyone specifically.
“Obviously, just kind of let my emotions get to me, but we’re kind of playing from behind,” Jones said. “What I said was about throwing it deeper in the short game. I got to execute that part better. But it’s the short game we kept going to, which is working. But I felt like we needed chunk plays. I shouted that out to kind of get everyone going.
Emotional Control To Fight Other Teams
“That’s emotional. That’s football. I’m passionate about this game. Obviously, you don’t want to let your emotions get the best of you. But yeah, I think that’s pretty much it. It wasn’t directed at anybody. Just emotion coming out and we kind of needed a spark. When you’re playing from behind against a really good team and a good offense, you need to go out there and make better plays. That starts with me. Definitely wasn’t good enough by me tonight. All you can do is watch the tape and see where we can get better. Playing catch-up is hard. We didn’t want to do that all game. I didn’t do a good enough job of getting ahead early, making it work. So tough one, but hats off to the Bills for playing a good game.”
The Patriots offense is a miserable amalgam of disjointed play calls, poor blocking, receivers who can’t gain separation, and a quarterback who struggles outside the framework of the offense.
Nothing is easy for New England’s offense. After DB Marcus Jones took a quick throw 48 yards for a TD on the first offensive play of his NFL career, the Pats got stuck in the mud, going three-and-out, three-and-out, three-and-out before missing a field goal to end the half, while the game was still close.
It got little better in the second half as New England began to get some first downs against a Bills defense playing it safer, but failed to punch it into the end zone, settling for a pointless field goal late.
Jones Throws The Lowest Compared To Other QBs
Thursday’s singular TD put the Patriots at seven total offensive touchdowns in their last six games. Jones went 22-of-36 passing for 195 yards and a TD.
According to Next Gen Stats, Jones finished the game 7-of-20 for 57 yards on passes with time to throw of 2.5-plus seconds (2.9 yards per attempt on such passes is the lowest by any QB in a game in 2022, min. 20 such attempts). The stat underscores Jones’ inability to make plays out of the structure of the offense. When the first couple of reads break down, it’s over. Watching Jones and Josh Allen compete on the same field highlights the stark difference in their games.
Even with the poor performance and the sideline frustration, Jones believes he’s on the same page with the coaching staff.
“Yeah, I think it was just me at that point in the game like, ‘All right, we’re playing catch-up here, let’s go for it, let’s be aggressive, let’s take those shots, just go down fighting,'” he said. “(Patriots assistant Matt Patricia) was on the same page. We kind of did it there at the end and moved it a little bit more. At the end of the day we have to execute the plays and do a better job. Sometimes you’re just so competitive, right? You want to go out there, ‘hey, let’s get a 50-yard gain.’ Sometimes it doesn’t happen, but we might as well go down trying, and try to make it work.”
The Patriots went down for the second consecutive week, falling to 6-6 and further behind in the postseason race with five tilts remaining.