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    Mike DeVito is a "Secret Superstar"

    dont normally read this site, but have always been a HUGE devito fan, and have thought he is a top-tier NFL player, not a plug-in backup, starter by default.

    [url]http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/04/17/secret-superstar-mike-devito-new-york-jets/[/url]

    Secret Superstar: Mike DeVito, New York Jets
    April 17th, 2011 | Author: Nathan Jahnke

    During the 2009 season, the Jets had eight different defensive linemen play 200 snaps or more. Coming into 2010, they transitioned from playing more of a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 and that meant moving Calvin Pace to outside linebacker, letting Marques Douglas go to Tennessee, and eventually letting Howard Green go to Green Bay.

    The Jetsí 2010 opening day starting defensive line consisted of Shaun Ellis, Sione Pouha, and Kris Jenkins. Ellis was known for his pass rush ability even though he had a poor 2009 in that category, Pouha had the best run stop rating on the team in 2009, and Jenkins had a great 2008 but generally a down year in 2009.

    After just five plays, Kris Jenkins was lost to injury and didnít see another snap the entire year. This made room for Mike Devito, who made the team in 2007 as an undrafted free agent. He saw 13 snaps per game in 2008 and didnít really have a lot to show for it. In 2009, however, Devito ranked as the 11th best run-stopping defensive tackle, despite playing as a backup.

    We expected him to play well in 2010, but we didnít know he would play as well as he did.


    Rightful Starter

    Having come a long way already, Devitoís play continued to justify not only his roster spot, but his 2009 contract extension as well. A standout as a college nose tackle at Maine, he took to playing tackle in a 4-3 alignment and was as comfortable with the move to 3-4 end, a force versus the run at every stage.

    Week after week during the 2010 season, Devito showed that he deserved to be the starter. He ended his first ten games with a positive rating, thanks mostly to his ability to stop the run. Two of his best run-stopping games came early in the season where he got the best of Ravens guards Ben Grubbs and Chris Chester, and then Patriots guard Dan Connolly and center Dan Koppen for seven stops in two games.

    For the majority of the next eight games, he made more positive plays in the run game than negative and ended that ten game stretch with a strong performance in key moments against the Texans. After forcing a 3rd-quarter fumble by Arian Foster which led to a Jets field goal, Devitoís tackle on the one yard late in the fourth quarter prevented a Texans touchdown. On the following drive, the Texans now leading and within 10 yards of scoring again in the final minutes, Devito came up with tackles on two of three offensive plays and again forced Houston to settle for a FG, The Jets scored on their next drive to win the game.

    Weeks 12 to 16 were a rough patch for Devito. Against the Bengals he logged a single positive play and, while he had another decent day against New Englandís Dan Koppen, he didnít fare as well against their left side. With just four stops in the other three games, Devito wasnít terrible against the run, it just wasnít what we had come to expect.

    Devito had excelled against the run, but his pass rush throughout the season couldíve used some of work. He was in on over 300 pass plays and created only seven total pressures, with six of those coming in Weeks 3 and 4. The consistent lack of pressure kept Devitoís overall rating down, but getting after the quarterback isnít something that is expected of him.


    Saving His Best

    The Jets rested many players in their regular season finale, but Devito still played half of the game. Bills center Eric Wood and right guard Chad Rinehart had trouble handling him on his way to making three stops and his best single-game grade of the season, +4.0.

    In the Wild Card round, Devito was back to his usual self, getting the best of Jeff Saturday for another three stop day and, in his third time facing the Patriotsí offensive line, he did the same but also added a forced fumble in the fourth quarter.

    Devito went to another level in the AFC title game, earning a positive grade on an outstanding 10 plays. He came away with a safety in the fourth quarter and had three other moments where he secured tackles for short gains or no gain. It was a day-long battle, especially when he squared-off with the right side of the Steelersí line, Ramon Foster and Flozell Adams, but overall, Devito won the fight with seven tackles and six stops.

    All told, Devito finished as our top-graded 3-4 end in run defense


    Looking ahead

    The Jets might see a lot of changes to the line in 2011. Devito and Sione Pouha have formed a great pair in stopping the run. The Jets have already cut Kris Jenkins, busted draft pick Vernon Gholston, and all time great Jason Taylor who played more at outside linebacker but was on the line in some pass rush situations. The other two linemen to see significant snaps were Shaun Ellis and Trevor Pryce who are both free agents and are getting up there in age.

    There isnít yet a clear answer to who will line up next to Devito and Pouha next year, but it is clear that the Jets have two thirds of a defensive line that teams will not want to run against.

    All of the players leaving might be big names, but the players left, Devito in particular, are names you need to know.
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    The Woodhead that we kept.

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    [QUOTE=David Harris;4007319]The Woodhead that we kept.[/QUOTE]

    don't see the comparison

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    [QUOTE=David Harris;4007319]The Woodhead that we kept.[/QUOTE]

    Did you come up with that yourself?

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    [QUOTE=David Harris;4007319]The Woodhead that we kept.[/QUOTE]

    I see it, pal. And I couldn't agree more. Devito is just another one of those no-names that some fans just want to root for.

    NO ONE expected Devito to even make the team when he got a try out out of F$%KING Maine for Christ sake. Yet, he proved everyone, including myself wrong. That must stand for something?

    Now the guy has progressed to a starter and he earned it. I hope he remains on the team for the rest of his career. He reminds me in some small way of Wayne Chrebet. He's the little engine that could...

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    [QUOTE=Mainejet;4007373]I see it, pal. And I couldn't agree more. Devito is just another one of those no-names that some fans just want to root for.

    NO ONE expected Devito to even make the team when he got a try out out of F$%KING Maine for Christ sake. Yet, he proved everyone, including myself wrong. That must stand for something?

    Now the guy has progressed to a starter and he earned it. I hope he remains on the team for the rest of his career. He reminds me in some small way of Wayne Chrebet. He's the little engine that could...[/QUOTE]

    What a find and an absolute steal this guy is. Speaks volumes about the Jets talent spotting and coaching. Beastly strong and blue collar work ethic, he an Pouha have formed a fine tandem on the DL

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    ... def has been a great contributer to the team ... who has happily surprised with his run D ...

    ... unfortunately his lack of pass pressure along with most of our front 7 hurt us last season ...

    ... it will be interesting to see who we pick in a couple days to address this ...










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    [QUOTE=Mainejet;4007373]I see it, pal. And I couldn't agree more. Devito is just another one of those no-names that some fans just want to root for.

    NO ONE expected Devito to even make the team when he got a try out out of F$%KING Maine for Christ sake. Yet, he proved everyone, including myself wrong. That must stand for something?

    Now the guy has progressed to a starter and he earned it. I hope he remains on the team for the rest of his career. He reminds me in some small way of Wayne Chrebet. He's the little engine that could...[/QUOTE]

    6'3" 305 lbs. That's some little engine :)

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    [QUOTE=WestCoastOffensive;4007371]Did you come up with that yourself?[/QUOTE]

    I did. In a moment of brilliance.

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    I'm a big DeVito fan but the start of the article alone annoyed me:

    [QUOTE]During the 2009 season, the Jets had eight different defensive linemen play 200 snaps or more. Coming into 2010, they transitioned from playing more of a 4-3 defense to a 3-4 and that meant moving Calvin Pace to outside linebacker, letting Marques Douglas go to Tennessee, and eventually letting Howard Green go to Green Bay.[/QUOTE]

    Really now? Who needs facts right....

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    DeVito is a monster..we got very lucky with him and Brandon Moore.

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    [QUOTE=Much ado about Nothing;4007512]I'm a big DeVito fan but the start of the article alone annoyed me:



    Really now? Who needs facts right....[/QUOTE]

    Yea, it's sad that these guys don't understand that a 3-4 defense can still have one OLB with his hand on the ground. It's more about where the ILBs lineup. Unless we have Harris in the middle by himself, and Bart lined up outside the OT, it's a 3-4 alignment, regardless of whether an OLB has his hand on the ground or not. I've had numerous discussions with them via email, but they just don't get it. They say "If a guys hand is on the ground, he is no longer an OLB" which is not the case.

    I love the site, but I told them there was no way I could pay for this service when they have Pace ranked with 4-3 DEs and Bart Scott ranked with 4-3 OLBs.

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    [QUOTE=David Harris;4007503]I did. In a moment of brilliance.[/QUOTE]

    :D

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    [QUOTE=Mainejet;4007373]I see it, pal. And I couldn't agree more. Devito is just another one of those no-names that some fans just want to root for.

    NO ONE expected Devito to even make the team when he got a try out out of F$%KING Maine for Christ sake. Yet, he proved everyone, including myself wrong. That must stand for something?

    Now the guy has progressed to a starter and he earned it. I hope he remains on the team for the rest of his career. He reminds me in some small way of Wayne Chrebet. He's the little engine that could...[/QUOTE]

    I agree but he's not so little:

    DeVito, Mike DE 6-3 305

    ;)

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