The first two years of Kenrick Ellis' career have been uneven. That was not entirely unexpected. The interior of the defensive line is not an easy spot to play. It takes a lot of good players a few years to master. For Ellis the learning curve was probably a bit steeper than the average player. Playing college ball at a small school like Hampton, he was so much physically better than his competition that he was able to dominate without using proper technique.
So far with the Jets we have seen a very physically gifted player. Ellis has shown flashes where he totally dominates. He has incredible athletic ability for a 346 pound man. When he gets a good jump off the ball, gains leverage, and uses proper technique, he can look like Kris Jenkins. These moments have just been flashes, however. There have been too many instances where he has lost leverage and been totally blown off the ball.
Again, there are players who became forces who got off to similar starts. There are also players who never made the jump. It is very difficult to see which of these Ellis will turn into. The fact he has Karl Dunbar gives me hope.
Kenrick Ellis: Stay or Go?
Gang Green Nation | Feb 27