Jun 15, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Brett Cecil (27) reacts during the eleventh inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Blue Jays 4-3 in eleven innings. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
This defensive line is brought to your by the Toronto Blue Jays bullpen. They’ll act as the first line of defense, much like they do when a Jays starter struggles, and the group will be led by Brett Cecil at right defensive end.
Rushing from the quarterback’s blind side, Cecil, the dominant strikeout enthusiast, will be a game changer in the opponent’s backfield. After the club tried him standing up at outside linebacker (closer) in the offseason, he’s back home with his hand in the dirt and should top 12.0 sacks in 2015.
Mark Lowe will rush from the left end, and while his career is marred with inconsistencies, he can be special when he puts it all together. With the blocking attention on Cecil’s side, Lowe could produce 6.0-to-8.0 sacks himself.
Veteran LaTroy Hawkins will man the heart of the line at defensive tackle alongside Liam Hendriks. Often the first men out of the bullpen, depending on the scoreboard, each will bring a calming force to the interior that will help plug up the run and allow the linebackers to create behind them. Stealing from the University of Florida’s “Gator Chomp”, the Aussie Hendriks will debut the Croc Chomp whenever he stuffs an opposing runner behind the line of scrimmage.
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