By: Ron Hiatt
Zach Sieler was a late season signing from the Baltimore Ravens practice squad in November of the 2019 season as he is working his way into a prominent role on the Dolphins Defensive line in 2020.
Sieler is no stranger to hard work and being overlooked but is always making the most of his opportunities and has the perfect makeup for the culture that Coach Brian Flores is building in Miami. It is a simple culture of hard work that will be rewarded with playing time.
Without the benefit of OTAs and a regular training camp or preseason games due to Covid-19, Sieler was buried at the bottom of the depth chart to begin the season, which is reflected in the snap counts each week.
New England back in Week 1 had him playing 4 snaps, the next week against Buffalo 16 followed by 31,26,44, and 49 from weeks 3-6. Each week Sieler’s role expanded with every splash play made at key points in games that did not go unnoticed by fans or coaches
Sieler is getting it done wherever the coaches put him on the defensive line whether it be 0-tech or shade(NT), 1 tech(NT), 3 tech (DT) 5 tech(DE), and even have him dropping off in zone coverage to bring exotic rush packages. Sieler has not disappointed with this expanded role gaining 8 stops in run defense, 8 hurries, 2 QB hits, 1.5 sacks, and 11.5 pressures as per Pro Football Reference.
Sieler has great size at 6’6” 290 and has a relentless motor while using his good hands and length with power at the point of attack. A rugged dude who walked-on at a small school and was drafted by the Ravens in the 7th round never takes anything for granted. The type of player fans love watching with a great back story who coaches love to have. An avid hunter living in an RV during the season just adds more interest to Zach Sieler, making him one of my favorite players, and hopefully others as well.
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