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Whitehurst's Second Drive: What Everyone Else Did

It takes a ton of moving parts aligning for a rush to be successful. Julius Jones can attest.
It takes a ton of moving parts aligning for a rush to be successful. Julius Jones can attest.
  • Russell Okung shadowed the right end through the first pass attempt and seemed to lose control as the two rounded the edge. Then, at a critical point, he cleared, dropping the end and neutralizing the pressure.
  • Max Unger was blown back, controlled and then shed by Jovan Haye on Justin Forsett's rush for two. Unger does not look good.
  • Neither does Joe Toledo, but Toledo is a ceremonial local kid.
  • Golden Tate is flashing open underneath. The goal is to get him open in space, but until he earns trust with the quarterback, that goal will not be reached. He was a nonentity for most of the game.
  • Ben Obomanu ran a good looking post that was both technically sound and field aware, as it effectively cut through three zones. Then he snatched a pass away from his body in heavy traffic. Good stuff.
  • It took a lot of good blocking to allow Forsett's five yard rush around right end. Okung moved left to right and threw another nasty looking cut block. I am digging this new found skill of Okung's. Anthony McCoy pancaked a defender. And, wonders never cease, Deon Butler executed two quality blocks. One that left the defender on the turf after the defender attempted to redirect and another that walled the defender in an allowed Forsett a lane up the right sideline. Because of his size, Butler's strength is consistently underestimated, but kid is feisty.