Entering the Carolina Panthers' Week 4 match up with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, their pass rush was running on fumes. After five sacks in Week 1, the team only had two between Weeks 2 and 3 with neither coming from the defensive end position.
That all changed against the Bucs as undrafted rookie Ryan Delaire showed an incredible knack for getting to the quarterback and was able to bring down the mobile Jameis Winston twice and is now tied for the team lead in sacks. The reason he was so successful was because he showed incredibly burst coming off the edge. He lined up on both sides of the line and kept the Bucs' tackles off balance.
On his first sack of the game, Delaire beat the Bucs' left tackle with a straight speed rush. There was nothing fancy as he was able to beat him to the edge and flushed Winston out of the pocket. The quarterback didn't get very far and Delaire was able to bring him down.
Delaire didn't do anything incredibly tricky here but it takes a player with top-level quickness and speed to make it work. There is no question after the game against the Bucs that Delaire has this.
However, offensive tackles are smart and know how to stop speed rushers. It is important for these players to have a secondary move, something they can do off the speed rush. That was on full display on his second sack as he made a beautiful spin move on the Bucs' right tackle. This play he fakes the speed rush to the outside but plants and spins across the face of the tackle to get to Winston.
This spin move was made famous by former Indianapolis Colts and current Arizona Cardinals Dwight Freeney. If Delaire is able to effectively utilize the speed rush and spin move, he is going to be very tough to block and could be the spark this Panthers' pass rush needs.