Sure he’s 10 pounds leaner and he’s added lean muscle and is stronger than he was as a rookie, but the biggest difference in Chris Ellis is the aggressiveness with which he is now playing.
Head coach Dick Jauron was pushing him to be more physical in his game and he came through in the last preseason game against the Bears.
That sack when he tomahawked the ball away from Bears QB Caleb Hanie was an aggressive play, one that you didn’t see from him at all in his limited play last season. Ellis chalks it up to greater familiarity with the defensive system.
“It comes with the comfort level,” he said. “The more you feel comfortable, the better you can let things fly and you feel like more in your college mode. You can utilize your speed and play up to your expectations.”
Ellis has been the beneficiary of the absence of top pick Aaron Maybin, who does not appear like he’s going to participate in a training camp practice with camp wrapping up Wednesday morning. Ellis has been taking right defensive end reps with consistency with the second unit. Ellis was asked how he took the drafting of Maybin when it happened knowing he was drafted for the exact same position just a year earlier.
“It’s competition every year, so you’ve got to expect your job’s on the line every year whether you’re a starter or not,” said Ellis. “Like I said, I’m just trying to make the best out of all the opportunities I’m getting.”
So far, so good.
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