|Pittsburgh defensive end Cameron Heyward has been hell to block for years now. But after an injury plagued 2016 where he only played seven games,womens Brad Nortman Jersey, he somehow took his game to an even higher level this season.
In his first six seasons in the league, but he had already come home with double digit sacks this season before heading into the Steelers' Christmas Day showdown with the Houston Texans. It’s not always pretty, Heyward had never notched over 7.5 sacks in any given year, but Heyward just finds a way to get the damn job done.
Somebody should have alerted the Texans!
With a little less than six minutes left in the first quarter, the Texans had a second-and-5 at their own 32-yard line. Heyward was head up on left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo in a 2i.
On the snap, Heyward came inside to try to give Williams a bigger lane to run through and ended up getting double teamed by both Su'a-Filo and center Greg Mancz., the Steelers ran a blitz with inside linebacker Vince Williams attacking through the right B gap outside of Heyward. Tight end Stephen Anderson, went behind left tackle Julie'n Davenport to pick up Williams. The running back,Authentic Marcedes Lewis Jersey, who was lined up as a wing to that side,Authentic Jalen Ramsey Jersey, Lamar Miller,womens A.J. Bouye Jersey, stepped up just in case Anderson needed some help. Meanwhile
That protection should have been good enough for Houston quarterback TJ Yates to get the throw off.
Anderson pushed Williams all the way inside,womens Barry Church Jersey, from the frying pan right into the fryer., and Williams ended up on the ground. Mancz and Su'a-Filo initially had Heyward on lock,Authentic Patrick Omameh Jersey, but Heyward refused to stay blocked. He kept working against the double team and eventually came back outside across Su'a-Filo's face to the same B gap that Williams had run through. Yates, had to avoid the Anderson/Williams pile,womens Abry Jones Jersey, so he shuffled to his left and took a step or two up in the pocket. He had the misfortune of moving that way just as Heyward was coming free off Su'a-Filo's block
Heyward reached out and took him down for a one yard loss.
No flash, just results.
With a little under three minutes left in the second quarter, Houston had a third-and-5 from their own 30-yard line.
This time Heyward was lined up as a one-technique in the right A gap, between Mancz and Su'a-Filo. That isn't normally what you would consider a good pass rushing alignment.
and that did not end well for him.,After the snap, but as linebacker L.J. Fort went to hug up Lamar Miller, Heyward was initially double teamed by Mancz and Su'a-Filo again, Su'a Filo came off thinking Fort was actually blitzing. That left Mancz one-on-one with Heyward
The Steelers subsequently kicked a field goal to take a 20-0 lead into halftime.