Raiders: 3 reasons adding Kyle Van Noy in free agency makes sense
Reason 2 – Graham’s ideal versatility.
First-year defensive coordinator Patrick Graham takes pride in running a system that integrates every scheme. Van Noy, who’s played each linebacker position, has the type of versatility that’s led him to excel in multiple schemes.
In his first stint with New England, the Patriots ran a 4-3 front. Van Noy shined, not only recording those 16.5 sacks mentioned early on but forcing five fumbles in addition to breaking up nine passes. Altogether, he wound up with 221 tackles, with 21 being behind the line of scrimmage.
Heading to Miami, he would be met with a different front; A 3-4. Still, Van Noy looked the same as he always has. His one year here was met with 6 sacks, 69 tackles, and two forced fumbles. He still proved to be a nuisance in the passing game, making sure six attempts were broken up.
Another highlight was found in his career-high ten tackles for a loss.
It isn’t just that Van Noy has played well on both of these fronts, though. It’s that when you look at the film, and even the numbers, he gives you a little of everything. It’s not just sacks, or the pass breakups, or the tackles. It’s all of these things. Coverage ability with consistent pass-rushing skills, and tools to play well against the run.
If Graham makes the recipe, Van Noy can bake the cake.