The Houston Texans switched from their 3-4 protection they’d been working since 2011 to a Tampa 2 with a 4-3 base within the offseason.
For former 2020 third-round decide Jonathan Greenard, it left him with having to change from enjoying exterior linebacker and standing upright to placing his hand within the filth in a three-point stance as a defensive finish.
The 24-year-old is wanting ahead to the chance to play extra as a defensive finish in defensive coordinator Lovie Smith’s scheme.
“Two-down, while you’ve acquired a two-point stance working a 3-4 scheme, extra time’s designated to go towards the tight ends and have extra protection tasks within the two-point stance within the 3-4 scheme,” stated Greenard on a Zoom name on Wednesday. “You go to 4-3 scheme, you turn it up.”
The half that Greenard finds encouraging for his improvement is that as a defensive finish in Smith’s scheme, there are much less obligations to drop again in protection. As an alternative, Greenard’s predominant focus could be to focus on the soccer, whether or not the working again or the quarterback, and go make a play.
“Now you’re extra so of a defensive finish who can now presumably drop, however his predominant job now could be to extra so to go towards the larger offensive tackles,” Greenard stated. “Like I stated, the nitty gritty soiled work up entrance. Extra so, like I stated, simply to dumb it down, I’ve much less protection tasks on this scheme and it simply helps you to be extra of a defensive lineman and go make performs from the opposite facet of the ball.”
Greenard supplied the Texans with 19 mixed tackles, two tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, 1.0 sack, and a cross breakup by 13 video games, considered one of which he began. The Texans are relying on the previous Louisville Cardinal and Florida Gator to be a part of a disruptive edge protection within the new protection.