The name doesn’t strike fear in the hearts of the defensive tackles of the AFC East. There were no hashtags or funny GIFs expressing DolphinsTwitter's joy on acquiring Ted Larsen. In fact, when given the assignment I was not overly excited to watch him.
But after watching his tape I will say he can play. There are weaknesses but there are things to like about his game as well.
His weakness...is his weakness. He needs to get stronger and find an anchor. Larsen will get bullied at times and even when he gets good position on players, other defenders strength will make his effort useless.
But there are things to like. He has a good first step. Larsen has savvy tricks, and he has good awareness. Also it didn’t seem like he messed up a lot. I didn’t see any film on him playing center but apparently he plays some center as well. Versatility is always a good thing.
Larsen (62) gets pushed out of the way by the defender, Johnathan Hankins, on a stretch run. Larsen had decent position and had a good first step, but he does struggle against strength players.
On another stretch run play, Larsen isn’t able to get to his spot in order to win position against the defender.
The Bears call another stretch run to the left. Larsen shows adequate lateral quickness on this play. He also finishes the play off nicely with a pancake. I would like to see him cut the defender off or cut him down a little quicker but pretty good showing on this play.
Larsen shows a nice switch or transfer on this play. He tracks his responsibility to the right tackle then transfer to the inside man when he sees that his original defender is secure. This may not seem like a big deal but it shows awareness.
Larsen demonstrates good explosion off the ball with a good first step. This helps him get to the second level where he has a nice seal block on the second level defender. He tops off this nice play with throwing his defender to the ground.
Strength players are a big concern with Larsen. Johnathan Hankins completely bullies Larsen back into Cutler. Cutler was sacked and Hankins wasn’t the cause of the sack but Cutler couldn’t step up in the pocket due to Hankins.
Larsen runs out on a screen pass. He has a good first step and gets to his spot no problem but doesn’t hit his target completely.
Larsen demonstrates a good first step which helps him get good position on the defender, but the defender is able to swat him off with strength and assist on the stop.
Larsen shows off a good first step and average to above average foot speed to get to the second level on this stretch play to the right. Once he gets to the second level defender. He is able to engulf the defender and throw him to the ground.
Larsen is able to get a good jump set on the stronger defender. A jump set is where on a pass block play the blocker jumps forward and swallows up space to not let a stronger defender gain momentum. This is a savvy move to make up for Larsen’s lack of strength against the defender.
Larsen shows an average ability to pull on this play. The Bears call a counter to the left. Larsen is asked to pull. He is able to get to where he needs to be and take on the first free defender. This is exactly how the coaches draw it up.
Here is another example of Larsen’s good first step and ability to get to the second level defender with ease. This is a big strength of Larsen’s game.
Here is another example of a weakness of Larsen. Larsen has to develop an anchor to play at a higher level at right guard, since right guards get more one on ones than left guards. He would be a solid starting right guard if he was able to develop an anchor. Larsen gets bull-rushed back into the quarterback.
Here Larsen again is struggling to get a good block on a screen pass. The defender is very far to the sideline so it was a hard angle but it starts to become a trend of missing defenders in the screen game.
Larsen shows average to above average lateral movement consistently but he needs to get better positioning more consistently. On this play he needs to be on the inside of the defender’s shoulder. The defensive tackle is able to keep his distance from Larsen.
Here is a good example of Larsen getting good position on the defender. Larsen fires off the snap and flips his hips to get inside position on the defensive tackle to seal the block.
Larsen displays an above average first step which helps him get to the second level. He assists on the first level block and then works his way to the second level.
Larsen again showcases an adequate first step which helps him get to the second level. He blocks the first level defender and then works his way to the second level.
Larsen doesn’t get complacent when he doesn’t have a defender. He always is looking for work. Larsen takes care of his inside responsibilities then sees the defender get past the right tackle. Larsen goes to help him out.
This film review was done by Matthew Knowles. Follow him on Twitter: @blueflamespcl
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