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Gholston To Pull Double Duty?

Vernon Gholston by rforestano.

Matt Sohn of Pro Football Weekly seems to think that outside linebacker Vernon Gholston may see some action at defensive end:

In Rex Ryan’s “organized chaos” defense, it can be difficult to label an individual player with one specific position. So, the fact that Vernon Gholston, who’s listed as an outside linebacker, took the majority of his reps as a backup defensive end to Shaun Ellis in Week Two needs to be kept in perspective. But it is somewhat telling that he spent far more time with his hand on the ground as a lineman than standing up on the second level. Some of the rationale for the switch can be attributed to the fact that the Jets played mostly nickel defense vs. the Patriots, but they predominantly keep just three down linemen in the sub-package and subsequently don’t need to stack an additional defender on the line. Basically, Gholston’s not fooling anybody at linebacker, so the Jets are starting to turn him loose to do what he does best: rush the quarterback.


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