In September Pro Football Journal reviewed Aaron Donald's rookie season and asked "whether he can take the next step to being a First-team All-pro or even a Defensive Player of the Year candidate?"
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And in the NFL's version of
, called tackles for a loss (TFL) stuffs , Donald is third.
However, there is an interesting aspect
Aaron Donald's game that should be noted. That is his responsibilities in coverage. Once or twice a game, Donald is asked to do a coverage drop in certain situations. In of it is called a "Spider" drop. And he's asked to cover the #3 the Gregg Williams's playbook to his side, essentially man-to-man, though it is technically a zone. receiver
Here are a couple of examples:
NFL Replay :
In this first case the ball went to the far right and Trumaine Johnson intercepted it.
Credit: NFL replay
second link Donald assisted on the tackle, but it is quite unusual to see a defensive tackle assigned to do these things, it's a tough "ask". this
Dirk Koetter, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator
, ‘... He’s on the same level as J.J. Watt.’ This guy is having a fantastic year” said this week said
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