Looks like a pass rusher to me…
Brandon Spikes has elite size for the position and does a great job of delivering an absolutely devastating punch on contact. He knows how to fill run lanes and stack at the point of attack. He’s a powerful wrap-up tackler who gets to the football in a hurry and consistently gets his man to the ground. Spikes is a team leader in every sense of the word. He’s a motivated defender who plays every snap until the whistle, and he’s a guy whose teammates seem to rally around him. He does a nice job reading his run/pass keys quickly and gets a good jump on the ball. Spikes showcases fluidity in his drop and knows how to read the quarterback’s eyes and then to jump pass routes. At times, he has a tendency to freelance, and he will take himself out of plays at the line of scrimmage. But he does a good job rushing the passer from the outside and will line up as a nickel rusher on third down. He has a good first step but is still learning how to use his hands.
Jermaine Cunningham is a natural bender who, off of the snap, showcases a good initial burst and the explosive ability to threaten the corner. He exhibits good balance and body control when flattening out around the corner and uses his hands well to disengage from blocks on the outside. Cunningham is very violent with his hands and arms and showcases good suddenness when asked to change directions on his up-and-under move. He isn’t overly powerful at the point of attack, but he can sit into his stance, extend his arms and be relatively stout when the opposition runs at him. He’s easily sealed on runs away from him, but works hard in pursuit and exhibits good closing speed toward the ball.
Jarvis Green reflects on his time with the Patriots. Great interview! Jarvis certainly got it done over the years but was sadly miscast in Richard Seymour’s role in 2009.
McCourty #32, Gronkowski #87, Spikes #55, Mesko #6
Welker and Brady on the sideline of the UCLA spring game. Two things of note: Welker is upright and Brady STILL hasn’t gotten a haircut.