Jay Ratliff is a really impressive player. A few months ago, I did a film breakdown of him dominating the Eagles’ Jason Kelce. That was an eye-opening exercise for me. There’s a thinking that Jay Ratliff is in decline, and he very well may be. The stats certainly support that premise:
In three days, Ratliff will turn 31. Even if he is in decline, he is still a very disruptive player. Here he is blowing up a run play. 2 yards of penetration:
Here he is completely messing up a another run play. He gets 3 yards deep into the backfield, and the back is forced to cut back away from Ratliff, getting very little on the play:
And just look at his get-off at the snap. Look at Rat compared to the rest of the DL. Some of that is timing out the snap, but there’s absolutely no lack of explosion. These are two different plays:
Ratliff consistently messed up plays throughout this entire game, and yet, his stat line:
Ratliff sustained a high ankle sprain, and his status for the opener against the Giants is in serious doubt. It’ll be a huge setback to the Cowboys defense if he can’t play.