Some fans were complaining that rookie Montez Sweat had gotten off to a slow start with the Redskins this season. Over the past two games however, the outside linebacker has really starting to play well.
I think some of this has to do with Montez now having the game begin to slow down for him, which allows him to think less, and let his natural athleticism take over.
Below are some cut-ups of Sweat’s play to date.
Here you see Sweat’s elite athleticism on display. This is a guy who ran a 4.41 40 at the combine.
It appears Montez Sweat is starting to “get it” and now he’s able to just go out and play without thinking as much.— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Here, he uses good hand placement and speed off the edge to record his first sack of the season. pic.twitter.com/yCZccWTqHF
Nice pass rush here by the rookie.
Ioannidis gets the sack, but Sweat beats his man and is in great position on this play. pic.twitter.com/pYTVeZIlJ9— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Blocking Sweat with a TE is just asking for trouble!
Here you see some of that elite athleticism by Sweat, as he avoids the block by the TE, and has the quickness to make the tackle for a loss. pic.twitter.com/tZ57bSbWhF— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Sweat nearly getting home... You can see the quickness and pass rush ability.
Sweat with pressure again. This time he attack the outside shoulder of the OT, beats him with leverage, then swims inside to almost get a hand on the QB. pic.twitter.com/ZIW6fC25yu— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Sweat does a nice job setting the edge here and getting off his block to make the play. Here is where his length and quickness really shine.
Sweat setting the edge here against the run and makes the play. pic.twitter.com/VqpWkQsFwK— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
I love this play! Watch the offensive tackle’s head snap back here as Sweat stands him up and is able to get off the block.
Watch here as Sweat stands up the OT, sets the edge, and gets off the block to make the play. pic.twitter.com/mfQpC8Mxi5— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
This closing speed is elite!
Bootleg here, but Sweat is quick to recognize it and gets quick pressure on the QB. pic.twitter.com/OO0W5LM8Sw— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Nice job mixing it up in the run game.
Sweat playing well against the run here. pic.twitter.com/K1AI7kDBj6— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Nice discipline by the rookie here. He plays this run perfectly.
Sweat play disciplined here, flattens down and forces the run inside, then gets in on the play. pic.twitter.com/nP7llplwkE— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Sweat bench presses the TE here, reads the play and makes the tackle.
Here Sweat uses that exceptional length to bench press the TE Witten, easily sheds the block and makes the tackle. pic.twitter.com/LuceAMNnwl— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Love the recognition and quick reaction here on this bubble screen.
Sweat here showing off his length and recognition on the quick bubble screen. pic.twitter.com/SJ3CID824J— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Now, let’s take a look at some of Sweat’s counterparts on the outside.
Here you see Ryan Anderson at right OLB. Anderson fails to wrap up the ball carrier.
Ryan Anderson fails to wrap the running and simply bounces off the tackle. pic.twitter.com/gycQ1wOJqU— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
A quick look at some of the struggles we are seeing from an aging Ryan Kerrigan.
Unlike Sweat, Kerrigan is not able to get off his block here and make the play. pic.twitter.com/pEHKCdcIoO— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
We’ve seen this in the past, but this is becoming all too common from Kerrigan.
Yet another example of Ryan Kerrigan taking himself out of the play and leaving a huge cut-back lane that Montgomery exploits. pic.twitter.com/MPo8IOeIcR— Mark Tyler(Hogs Haven) (@Tiller56) September 27, 2019
Despite some early criticism from fans on the rookie Sweat, he had really started to come on over the last two weeks.
Growing pains are always expected from rookies, but we are now starting to see the potential this young EDGE rusher has, and the future is looking very bright for number 90 in Burgundy and Gold!
Grade Montez Sweat’s performance over the first three games of the 2019 season.
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A pleasant surprise
Basically who we thought he’d be as a rookie