Chicago Bears: Kasım Edebali sack report
Is there anything to be had from Kasim Edebali on given his history of sack production?
The recent signing of Kasim Edebali was at least a notable one given he has spent most of his career on an active roster. With the limited amount of talent and depth on the edge for the Chicago Bears, there is a real chance that Kasim Edebali may be seeing the field for the team in 2018.
So, with eight career sacks and a forced fumble, we take a look into what Edebali has brought to the table and whether or not he has upside worth investing in.
One thing that stands out in almost every single one of his highlight plays is his hustle. He does not have many signature moves, but when plays break down he seems to be enclosing on his target.
Watch the play below. He gets tied up with the tight end and does not initially break free. However, when Jamies Winston leaves the pocket, Edebali is able to shed the block and close in on the quarterback.
Edebali goes for a bull rush abasing the Panthers left tackle. The left guard comes over to help, but Edebali keeps his feet moving. He is able to push the pocket, lose the tackle and close in on Cam Newton.
What also came as a pleasant surprise from Edebali was the variety of ways in which he was used. In the two plays above he took on the right and left tackle. Watch below as the play ends in the same with, with a hustle sack. However, it starts with Edebali blitzing after lining up in the slot.
From the slot to to 0-technique, Edebali is lined up right over the center below. He stunts outside, spins back inside and once again finds himself a hustle sack.
Line up over the left guard, Edebali once again stunts around the center to take on the left guard. He is able to get initial push, get separation from the guard and chase Matt Ryan into the backfield.
Of course, Kasim Edebali also lined up on the outside. From there, he also showed the quick feet and ability to stunt.
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Below, Edebali starts outside and shoots back in to the guard. As Eli Manning steps up, Edebali is able to outstretch his arm and bring the quarterback down.
Again, he is able to step hard outside of the tackle and then break inside to get into the backfield. Edebali was eventually able to reel in the quarterback.
Lastly, Edebali gets into the backfield with similar moves, against the same team, but different quarterbacks.
First, he gets Aaron Rorders. This is pretty solid handwork to maintain leverage over the tackle and get around the edge to track down the quarterback from behind.
Against Matt Flynn we saw a similar result. Edebali gets into the backfield with some burst. He is able to get his hand on the football and force the ball loose.
Ryan Pace knows what he has in Kasim Edebali, he was on the staff that signed him as a UDFA. It is tough to find upside in Edebali. He does win with athleticism, strength or technique. However, he does win with quick feet that are consistently moving and a motor that keeps them moving deep into plays.
Edebali will not take plays off and will keep the entire unit energized in camp. While there may not be 10 sack upside in his physical profile, there is no doubt that he can get on the field if needed and force the opposition to work.