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Timmons better than anybody

Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:23 am
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

The most gifted linebacker in Pittsburgh is not named James Harrison. And he’s not named LaMarr Woodley. Or JamL. Timmons (US Presswire) es Farrior. The most gifted linebacker in Pittsburgh – and perhaps the entire NFL – is named Lawrence Timmons.

The fourth-year pro from Florida State enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2010. Originally drafted to play outside linebacker, Timmons’ initial development was slow, if not non-existent. But he started to progress after coaches moved him inside. Despite having just average awareness in coverage, he handled nickel duties in ’08 before assuming a fulltime starting role in ’09. He had 12 sacks his first two years inside.

Because his sack total dropped to three in ’10, Timmons suggests that teammate James Farrior is actually Pittsburgh’s best inside blitzer (Farrior had six sacks). But that’s either false modesty or naivety. No player can match Timmons’ downhill explosiveness or fluid athleticism.

It’s not just blitzing and rushing the passer, either. “I feel like I should have had more sacks, but as far as stopping the run and playing in coverage, I think I did very well,” Timmons says.

Timmons’ instincts improved each week. That’s vital considering his greatest trait, besides blitzing, is using his lateral agility to slip blocks.

Don’t be surprised if the 24-year-old is at the front of the “Patrick Willis/Jerod Mayo/Ray Lewis” discussion next year.

“Lawrence is as fast as any linebacker playing,” says Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. “I think the sky is the limit for this guy.”

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 6, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Timmons better than anybody

"Don’t be surprised if the 24-year-old is at the front of the “Patrick Willis/Jerod Mayo/Ray Lewis” discussion next year."

Ray Lewis??  He hasn't been a part of the league's best LBs for the past 3 years.  I agree with Willis and Mayo, since it seems the author is making a point of the new young linebackers in the league, but I would put both Jonathan Vlima and David Harris, even Jon Beason before Ray Lewis.  Nice spotlight on Timmons, but bad insight to include lewis...


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