Inside the New York Jets Film Room: Damon Harrison

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Sep 12, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (7) celebrates a touchdown with nose tackle Damon Harrison (94) during the second half of a game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Time to float some more love towards the guy we have all come to love, Damon “Snacks” Harrison. In case you missed it, we talked yesterday about well Damon has graded out so far, compared to both his own team, and the rest of the NFL.  Give it a read if you haven’t, it has been an impressive showing so far for Harrison.

Today, we go inside the film room to take a closer look at the work of young Mr. Harrison.  How has he done it?  What is it that he is doing, that is serving him so well?  Well, here are two plays, both from the game against the Patriots, that show that not only is Damon Harrison strong, he a  smart player as well.

The first play takes place in the second quarter.

Damon Harrison is lined up just off the center’s left shoulder. The center is going to try to block Damon down to the left of our screen, as we will see in just a moment. The play is to get the line flowing to the left, and giving the running back a cut-back lane to the right. Watch how Damon uses that momentum of the center to his advantage.

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Take a look in the circle. You see? The center is pushing Damon to our left, as indicated by the red arrow. However, if you look closely, you see that Damon already has a hand around him, prepping to use the center’s own momentum against him. He is going to keep him going to our left, while he stays put and pushes around the center, to make the play. Watch.

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Again inside the circle, Damon Harrison has the upper hand on the center. His leverage has taken him past his man, allowing him a free shot on Ridley, the ball carrier. The center has been shoved along to our left, and with Damon’s strength, he can stand his ground and fill that lane.

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Here is Damon with his free shot on the running back.

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Down goes Ridley for a four yard loss. Great play, great strength and use of the lineman by Damon Harrison.

We’ll look at one more play on the next page.

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