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Hughes flip to the left pays dividends

Posted by Chris Brown on November 8, 2015 – 11:03 pm

He hadn’t lined up at left defensive end since his college days at TCU, but on Sunday flipping from his customary right defensive end spot to the left proved valuable for Jerry Hughes and Buffalo’s defense.

Hughes made the defensive play of the game when he forced the only turnover in the contest. Using an inside spin move on right tackle Jason Fox, Hughes rolled into the pocket grabbed a retreating Ryan Tannehill, stripped him of the football and recovered the loose ball off the bounce for the fumble recovery while he sacked the Dolphins quarterback.

It was third and long, I think at that time we’re up maybe by seven points, we need to just get to the ball,” said Hughes. “Our secondary there, they did what they needed to do. The quarterback held the ball, I’ve got to find a way. The defensive line has to get there so we found a way to get there and it was a lot of fun.”

Fox was Miami’s backup offensive tackle, who was filling in for starting RT Ju’Wuan James, out with a toe injury. Back in Week 3 he faced Hughes on the other side of the formation as he stepped in for injured left tackle Branden Albert. But that wasn’t why Rex Ryan and his defensive staff chose to flip Hughes to the left side.

“It quite honestly started with Mario (Williams),” said Ryan. “Looking at Mario I thought we had a mismatch sliding him inside against that guard (Billy Turner) and they knew it too because (Mike) Pouncey is a great center and they had to slide him over to help double Mario, but the time they didn’t Mario was getting great penetration and he caused a lot of problems.

“I don’t know if he had any sacks, but he caused a lot of disruption. But Jerry I liked the matchup with Jerry on that kid. I also wanted to get IK (Enemkpali) going a little bit. Put him over there on (Branden) Albert. Albert is a good player, but I thought IK could be physical with him and I thought IK did a nice job.”

Hughes had two sacks in the game and a pair of quarterback hits.


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