Here’s the All-22 improvement of Desir’s play:
After a five-yard completion to large receiver Antonio Brown on their first play from scrimmage, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger apparently doesn’t need to waste any time attempting to get deep into Colts territory. On 2nd and 5 from the Pittsburgh 30, he strains up within the shotgun formation with operating again Le’Veon Bell to his left. The Steelers have two large receivers — one on either side — with two tight ends of their formation, and Roethlisberger sends Bell, one of many higher pass-catching operating backs within the league — into movement to the left. When nobody strikes to cowl him, the Steelers know the Colts shall be using a zone defensive scheme.
The Colts come out of their base Three-Four protection, with three down linemen (
Upon the snap, Roethlisberger scans his choices to his left throughout his fast three-step drop, but it surely seems he is aware of the place he’s finally going with the ball all the time. After a tumultuous season so far — with commerce requests and being demoted all the way in which to the scout group — Bryant was energetic on Sunday for the primary time since Week 7, and this play was clear proof of Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh offense attempting to welcome him again into the fold in a giant means. But the Colts didn’t make it straightforward on them from the beginning, as Hankins is ready to get an enormous push in opposition to middle Maurkice Pouncey, rapidly collapsing the pocket. Realizing his window to throw is rapidly closing, Big Ben launches a deep, arching go deep down the appropriate sideline in the direction of Bryant, hoping he can win in his one-on-one protection in opposition to Desir.
But Desir has different plans. Because he gave himself just a few additional steps earlier than the snap, he’s in a position to preserve his eyes on the quarterback as he runs with Bryant on his go route. Bryant, who is targeted ahead, doesn’t know precisely when the ball is thrown his means — however Desir does. He instantly begins monitoring the go excessive within the air, protecting Bryant to his proper and pinned up in opposition to the sideline. Desir is untouched as he takes a leap across the Indianapolis 30-yard line and makes use of his size to succeed in ahead with each palms and snatch the ball out of the air and are available down safely with the choose across the 20.
Desir has performed nicely in, actually, his first true beginning alternative in his 4 years within the NFL. This play represented his first-career interception, and the Lindenwood product has additionally contributed 22 tackles and 6 passes defensed.