Sharif Finch’s college career at Temple started as a 218 pound freshman linebacker

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Sharif Finch’s college career at Temple started as a 218 pound freshman linebacker

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Sharif Finch put on a pass rushing clinic in the middle of the Titans-Packers preseason game Harold Landry (deservedly) is getting all the hype Womens Taylor Lewan Jersey , but I couldn’t help but notice another rookie pass rusher on Thursday night. Four years, a position change, and multiple knee injuries later, he was a 6’-4”, 251 pound edge rusher hoping to finally break out. His final year for the Owls saw him rack up 8.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss while finally staying off the trainer’s table. Not only were the numbers good, but the tape shows a guy that had developed an impressive array of pass rush moves. He added to that a pro day where he put up an impressive 4.65-second 40 and a 7.00-second 3-cone time, but that still wasn’t enough to get drafted. He landed in Tennessee quickly after the draft as an undrafted free agent and was given the largest signing bonus of any UDFA the Titans signed. Finch made some noise in camp early before being sidelined briefly with a — you guessed it — undisclosed injury for a few days. However, he returned in time to play, and play well, in Green Bay. The sack that he picked up during the Packers first drive of the second half was the highlight, but after further review, Finch’s impact went much further than that. Check out this sequence of pass rushes from Finch during the last drive of the first half. Finch is #56, lined up across from Green Bay’s right tackle — and former Titan — Byron Bell. He had just entered the game to replace the injured Gimel President. Just a couple plays after entering the game, Finch buzzes around the edge with a dip and bend move — AKA “The Harold Landry” — and flushes Packers QB DeShone Kizer out of the pocket disrupting the play. Finch doesn’t quite have the flexibility of Landry — few do as Landry literally drags his inside hand over the top of the turf when he bends — but this is a pretty effective rush from Finch just plays after entering the game.NFL Game PassAfter setting Bell up by flashing the speed move around the edge, Finch comes back with an inside counter on the very next snap and catches his opponent over-setting. Kizer gets a quick pass away, but Finch is right there and finishes with a hit on Kizer. Also make sure you check out Julius Warmsley’s rush here right next to Finch. There is a reason he’s getting camp buzz.NFL Game PassAfter punishing Bell for over-setting against the speed, Finch comes back with the speed on the very next play. This time going with a club-rip combo to soften the edge against Bell and turn the corner. Again, Kizer gets the ball away, but you can see by his awkward follow through that he is affected by Finch’s rush. NFL Game PassJust a few plays later, Finch gives us the true masterpiece of this series. He catches Bell setting to far outside again and hits him with the “hump move” as made famous by Reggie White, using his inside arm to essentially toss his opponent out of the way. It takes a pretty special level of strength to be able to execute this against an NFL offensive lineman (even Byron Bell). It’s rare to see this pulled off in a game, but Finch does and finishes again in Kizer’s face as he releases.NFL Game PassA couple snaps later, Finch shows yet another pass rush move as he hits Bell with an inside spin and again winds up in Kizer’s face. NFL Game PassOn the next snap — this is all still from the same drive — Finch uses yet another move as he goes with a straight bull rush and walks Bell back in to Kizer’s feet, flushes the quarterback from the pocket Womens Jurrell Casey Jersey , and draws a holding penalty as Bell tries to keep him from finishing the job. NFL Game PassThe first six plays above were all from the same drive at the end of the first half. Unfortunately, the coverage let Finch down a little bit during that sequence, otherwise he could have had multiple sacks there.However, Finch was rewarded during the first drive of the second half. This time Finch knifes inside of the tight end’s block on a play action pass and is there for the sack — despite getting held — when Brynden Trawick’s blitz forces Kizer to step up in the pocketNFL Game PassFinch finished his day later in that drive with one last pressure, chopping and then bending the edge against another tackle. This time the coverage forces Kizer off his first and second reads and allows Finch to close, nearly getting the sack and forcing a dangerous in to the middle of the field. NFL Game PassFrom here, the Titans mostly stuck with Josh Carraway and Tobenna Okeke as the edge rushers in mop up duty. President’s unfortunate injury means that Finch now slots in as the 5th edge rusher behind Brian Orakpo, Derrick Morgan, Harold Landry, and Aaron Wallace based on the current rotations. If he’s able to hold on to that spot against Carraway, Okeke, and new additions Tony Washington and Davond Dade, that should be good enough to make the 53-man roster.I posted some of these clips on Twitter Saturday night as I was going through the tape and Finch had a pretty funny response.Obviously, Byron Bell isn’t going to be mistaken for a starting level NFL tackle these days, but the variety of pass rush moves that Finch used effectively in a game situation — and the way he set them up off each other — was very impressive. I’ll be interested to see if he gets some reps higher in the rotation to see what he can do against tougher competition. As I mentioned above, Finch has looked good in camp practices as well, so this isn’t just a one night hot streak. His position coach, Shane Bowen, has certainly taken notice.If Finch is able to continue to play at or near this level against better players, the Titans could have a real gem on their hands. Keep an eye on 56 on Saturday night. The Titans came up with a huge win over the defending champion Eagles on Sunday. Here are the winners and losers (winners) from the game. WinnersCorey DavisCorey Davis had his breakout game at the best possible time. Rishard Matthews quit on the team this week and Davis responded with a 9 catch, 161-yard, 1-touchdown performance that announced his status as a star receiver in the NFL. He had already put together a big game when he hauled in the game winning pass on 3rd and goal at the 10-yard line, but the catch he made to take the win was legendary and it evoked this reaction from my friends at the game.This is Davis’ team now and for the foreseeable future. He took over this game and continues to develop as a true number one receiver. That’s something the Titans haven’t had in quite some time and it feels pretty surreal to even talk about it now.Harold LandryLandry had been very close to a sack for two straight games, but he finally broke through against the Eagles with a strip sack that resulted in a Titans turnover.Landry beat Lane Johnson here which is impressive in its own right. Johnson is coming off an All-Pro season and is one of the better tackles in the league. Landry beat him like a drum and turned it in to a huge play for the Titans. He’s well on his way to becoming one of the most important players on the team.Marcus MariotaMariota went 30 of 43 for 344 yards http://www.titansfootballauthentics.com/josh-kline-jersey-authentic , 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception. He was outstanding against a good defense despite having less than a full complement of receivers. If Mariota was limited, he sure didn’t show it. He was accurate all over the field and should have had even better numbers if it weren’t for a couple horrific drops from his receivers.On the biggest drive of the season, Mariota came up with three 4th down conversions before giving Davis a chance to win the game on 3rd and goal. He was fantastic.Dion LewisLewis was playing against one of his former teams and he had a big day through the air, catching 9 passes for 66 yards, including one of the 4th down conversions on the final drive in overtime.Jurrell CaseyCasey somehow didn’t end up with a sack during the game, but he was a wrecking ball in the interior of the Titans defense all game. He’s playing at an All-Pro level right now.Mike VrabelWhat more is there to say about this guy? The Titans were down 17-3 in the 3rd quarter against the defending champs and they found a way to come back. Even bigger, Vrabel had the guts to go for it on 4th and 2 at the Eagles 32-yard line during the game winning drive, eschewing a 49-yard field goal attempt for a chance to tie the game. That was a huge call and more than just giving them the chance to win this game, it showed an aggressive mentality that can infect a football team. Jayon BrownBrown just keeps getting better and better. Wesley Woodyard went down with an injury early in the game which led to a heavy workload for Brown. He appeared to be making the defensive calls on the field and came up with 10 tackles, 1 sack, and 2 QB hits in an outstanding performance. LosersMalcolm Butler There shouldn’t be many losers in a game like this so I won’t linger here, but Butler was picked on today and gave up entirely too much.Derrick HenryIt was a bad day for Henry. He finished with just 24 yards rushing on 8 carries to go along with a really bad drop on a toss play that nearly resulted in a turnover. He will have better days, but this wasn’t one of them.Jonnu SmithOn a day when Mariota completed 30 passes, none of them were to a tight end. Worse, Smith dropped what should have been a 3rd down conversion on the first drive of the game after a beautiful escape in the pocket by Mariota. Get well soon, Delanie.Darius JenningsIf the Titans had not gone on to score on that final drive, we would have been talking about Jennings’ drop of a perfect deep Mariota pass as a major “what if” moment for the game and the season potentially. However, he’s off the hook thanks to his teammates. Eagles FansThey turned out in big numbers, but went home sad, just like 13 of the last 15 opponents to enter Nissan Stadium.The Titans are starting to have a real home field advantage. WE WIN!!!