Josey Jewell

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  1. Don Wassall

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    I'll be very surprised if Josey Jewell doesn't excel in the NFL. He reminds me a lot of Chris Borland, both beasts in the Big Ten but because they didn't run a 40 as fast as linebackers with far less productivity, both were downplayed and drafted later than they should have been, Borland in the third round and Jewell in the fourth round.

    Everything I've read about Jewell indicates that he's going to be a tackling machine for the Broncos, just as Borland was for the 49ers before he retired after just one season, and many other White LBs who didn't run sparkling 40 times. Jewell was a treat to watch when he played for Iowa, and will be again for the Broncos. He may not start as a rookie, but the starter ahead of him is the quite mediocre Todd Davis, so it's only a matter of time.

    Some have wondered if Josey will be a three down backer when he does start, but according to this article that should be a no-brainer. Gee, how does a linebacker with a 4.80 40 time excel in pass coverage? Maybe, just maybe, diagnosing plays quickly, intelligence, feel for the game, and other factors trump linebackers who run 4.6s and 4.7s but lack those skills:

    Denver Broncos: Josey Jewell is exceptional in coverage

    https://predominantlyorange.com/2018/07/21/denver-broncos-josey-jewell-exceptional-coverage/
     
  2. Don Wassall

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    Iowa highlights:

     
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    You know a White player is good when even Pro Football Focus recognizes it. Jewell played about half the defensive snaps in Week 3, mainly because Brandon Marshall was on the injured report all week but ended up playing but not his usual amount. It's just a matter of time before Jewell's racial apprenticeship is shortened to the point where he becomes a starter:

    Josey Jewell makes Pro Football Focus' Team of the Week

    Pro Football Focus recognizes the talent that is Josey Jewell.

    The analytics website included the Denver Broncos' rookie linebacker on its Team of the Week for Week 3. Jewell shined, earning a stellar 91.0 overall grade, despite his team's sloppy loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

    "Jewell had an impressive day for the Broncos, proving himself to be more than solid against the run," PFF analyst Gordon McGuinness wrote. "It was in coverage where he really stood out though, with his impressive day highlighted by a pass breakup while covering tight end Mark Andrews out of the backfield."

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    Jewell finished with eight total tackles, four solo stops, a tackle for loss and pass deflection in Denver's 27-14 defeat. He was on the field for 38 defensive snaps, receiving his first career start at inside 'backer over a gimpy Brandon Marshall, who logged 33 snaps. That Jewell got more playing time was by design, and wholly expected.

    “That was, because we watched him practice until walk through on Saturday," head coach Vance Joseph said after the game. "So, yes, playing Josey in nickel and base, and playing Marshall [Brandon Marshall] in dime. That was the plan.”

    The Broncos have gone away from their dime unit as the predominant sub-package, which means instead of rolling with three safeties, the off-ball linebackers are staying on the field as a means to keep all three of Marshall, Jewell and Todd Davis fresh.

    https://247sports.com/nfl/denver-br...ro-Football-Focus-Team-of-the-Week-122519797/

    “We’re playing more nickel now, so those guys are playing more snaps,” Joseph explained last week. “Last year, we played more dime defense, so our backers didn’t play as much. Now, we would like to have a three-man rotation between Todd, B-Marsh and Josey. That way they’re playing probably 40-45 snaps and not 60 snaps.”

    A fourth-round pick out of Iowa, Jewell is living up to billing as a heady defender who's typically in the right place at the right time. He's the team's best ILB in pass coverage -- a longstanding bugaboo of Marshall and Davis -- and thus earned the trust of his coaches.

    “He’s a really good football player," defensive coordinator Joe Woods said last week. "Very high football IQ—you could tell from the first time he stepped on the field. We have quality depth with some of our young players, so we would like it to be more of a rotation with our linebackers. We’re playing more nickel on first and second down—more than we did last year. Moving forward, we’re going to continue to try to have a little rotation with the backers.”

    Jewell characterized his performance as executing "fundamental football."

    "When it comes down to it, you’ve got to beat your man. Man or zone coverage, you’ve got to be technically sound," he said.

    https://247sports.com/nfl/denver-br...ro-Football-Focus-Team-of-the-Week-122519797/
     
  4. Bucky

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    Big fan of Josey at Iowa. Hopefully we are seeing a Star Emerge for The Broncos! 1st pale face they've had at MLB in Denver since Romanowski?!
     
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    Denver Broncos: Vic Fangio heaps praise on Josey Jewell

    The decision by the Denver Broncos to release veteran linebacker Todd Davis and insert Josey Jewell into the starting lineup on a permanent basis was understandably met with skepticism by the fan base.

    After playing mainly as a backup in his rookie season, Jewell came into the 2019 season as the starter alongside Davis for the Broncos but when he was injured early in the year, he was replaced permanently by Alexander Johnson. When Davis went down with a training camp injury for the second year in a row in 2020, it was Jewell this time who seized the day — and the starting inside linebacker job next to Johnson. The Broncos had hoped rookie Justin Strnad could play a role on passing downs for the Broncos in 2020, but he suffered a wrist injury in training camp as well. The team then signed Mark Barron in he could play a role, but that also didn’t happen. Barron suffered a hamstring injury and has been dealing with it since camp.

    Instead of having Jewell split time with someone else, he’s pretty much been playing full time all of 2020. Jewell has played 93 percent of the Broncos’ defensive snaps this season, and is on pace to shatter his career-high of 58 tackles (48 already in seven games) and has already set career marks with two sacks and three quarterback hits. Jewell’s strong play against the run for the majority of this year has also been notable, and he had one of the best hits of the NFL season on the King, Derrick Henry.

    Head coach Vic Fangio was asked recently about Jewell’s strong play this season and took the opportunity to heap praise on a player who, frankly, is one of the most improved players on the entire roster.

    “Josey has been playing very well all season. I’ve been very, very pleased by his play. He really quarterbacks the defense out there for us when he’s out there. He’s got the coach to player communication and he’s the guy who leads it for us. He’s playing his position for us very well. I think he’s gotten comfortable in the system—and he’s an instinctive player anyway—but it’s gotten to the point now because he’s gotten a lot of playing time that it’s really showing. I’ve been very, very pleased with his play.”
    Head coach Vic Fangio (via Broncos PR)

    For Broncos fans, there could not be a more exciting review of Jewell’s play through nearly half a season. Fangio is not afraid to call things the way they are if they aren’t good, and he’s not afraid to call out players if they need to play better.

    Very rarely does he take the time to put this much praise on a player, which speaks volumes to how well the former fourth-round pick out of Iowa has taken to the Fangio defense.

    Has Jewell been flawless? No, but no one really has on Denver’s roster. He has certainly exceeded the expectations of most of the Broncos’ fan base, and has played his way perhaps keeping inside linebacker off the Broncos’ top three agenda items in the 2021 offseason.

    https://predominantlyorange.com/2020/11/03/denver-broncos-vic-fangio-josey-jewell/
     
  6. Shadowlight

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    What strikes me about the Jewell story is how many injuries it took for him to comfortably get the starting nod. This idea of puting in the white guy as a last resort really bugs the crap out of me. Jewell like Cole Holcomb has displayed star qualities yet they have had to inchworm their way to get to where they are.

    How about recognizing a top tier white talent and slotting them into the lineup without all the outside influences and hesitations up the you know what. Holcomb is still trying to prove himself but it is amazing to me what it takes for so many worthy white defenders to get into a lineup.
     
  7. Don Wassall

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    Supposedly "too slow," Jewell now has 10 tackles in three straight games. He's been excelling in both run support and pass defense and should be an established starter now for years to come, emphasis on the word "should."
     

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