Studying the game key to Kenrick’s success

kenrick-ellisNow in his third year with the Jets, the switch has been flipped for Kenrick Ellis, writes Kristian Dyer for Metro New York.

His turnaround started in the classroom of all places. Every mistake Ellis made in practice or in a game, defensive line coach Karl Dunbar would highlight in film study after. After awhile, he got tired of “being pointed at every day.” So he set about to get better and improve.

“Things I was told all my life that I didn’t take to, like using your hands. It’s easy, you hear ‘Use your hands, use your hands.’ Just getting your hands on people,” Ellis told Metro. “I was too busy trying to be physical with them. Whoever has their hands inside usually wins. You have leverage, you can control someone if your hands are on the inside.”

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

One of the big adjustments for many players coming from NCAA to the NFL is that they learn quickly that the can’t just get by on their athleticism anymore.  In the NFL technique and knowledge of the scheme is just as important since everyone is much more athletic. This might have been more pronounced for a player like Ellis, who played his last college ball at a small school program.

Either way, while it has taken Ellis a little longer to adjust to the pro game he certainly has played well this year for the Jets. The defensive line has been one of the few consistent bright spots for this team and to have a unit that is as good and deep as the team’s line is will allow them to focus resources elsewhere in coming years and get good results as these young players get better and better. 




22 comments
jvsvn
jvsvn

Harrison has played better and more consistently probably because he has developed better technique up to this point and he's been more consistently healthy. However, Ellis has crazy size and athletic ability. There are times when he just collapses the O Line in ways that none of the our other D  Lineman can. If he can get his technique together and stay healthy and on the field, I think that Ellis has the potential to be a really dominant player. My sense is that the coaches think so too.

a57se
a57se

I really hope the Jets lock Ellis and Wilkerson up this off-season instead of waiting until their contracts expire. 

They can probably get a more team friendly deal done now as opposed to a year from now and it would show the younger guys that if you work hard and play well the Jets will take care of you.

Bent
Bent

[Braces self for inevitable 500 word post from Fonzie about how Ellis is nowhere near as good as Damon Harrison]

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

I'm so glad he beat the attempted murder charge for assaulting that Hampton student.  He's been a steal, though I still don't trust him.

Brendan
Brendan

The dude has been playing like a beast lately. Good to see. 

Bent
Bent

@a57se Wilkerson's contract isn't going to expire at the end of next year because they have a 5th year option which obviously they will be exercising once the season is over.


But, yes, they should sort out his extension asap.

jaym
jaym

@Bent@a57se 

What is Ellis's contract status?

a57se
a57se

@Bent@a57se 

I am aware oi the 5th year option for 1st round draft picks but that would really be foolish to me. if the Jets insist on invoking that instead of taking care of the guy this offseason, who could blame him for holding a grudge?

Ceifus Hornswoggle
Ceifus Hornswoggle

@jaygo

I've never wondered that.  Facts are facts.  If you think Ellis beating that guy to death's door was the only way out of that situation, then the tone of your comment makes perfect sense. 

djf1
djf1

@Bent@jaym I hope that isn't wasted, that's an absolute bargain given how they've gotten better.

Bent
Bent

@jaym He and Damon each have a year back at a very reasonable rate (about $1.5m for both).

Bent
Bent

@a57se I'm not suggesting they will, just noting that it gives them added leverage when they negotiate a long term extension.

a57se
a57se

@Hanknaples@a57se@Bent 

Good Morning Hank!

Probably...

Brendan
Brendan

@jaygo Jay - that's Spent you're talking to, fyi. 

a57se
a57se

@Ceifus Hornswoggle@jaygo 

I agree jaygo comes across as all happy but then he has these moments of rage.....typical Paranoid Schizophrenic behavior. Better not let him get our addresses..........

Brendan
Brendan

@Ceifus Hornswoggle @jaygo Settle down, before people take you seriously. 


It's not Ellis' fault that one punch can obliterate another human being's face.