But he was a clear difference-maker in that limited time on the field for them, helping take their EPA per play allowed rank from 26th (Weeks 1-12) to 17th (Weeks 13-17). That helped lead the way to the ninth-best coverage grade at the position in that span. But he negated some of that with a few slip-ups, and that sample size isn’t something to put much stock into. Back in 2018, Howard produced a solid 77.3 PFF grade and tied for third in combined pass breakups and interceptions (15) despite missing four games. When you combine all those exceptional traits, you get a big-time playmaker. Disregarding positional value, Donald is perhaps the best player in the entire league. This page lists DVOA (Defense-adjusted Value Over Average) for total defense as well as rushing and passing defense separated. Ryan was picked apart in the slot last year for an NFL-high 940 yards (regular-season only), paving the way to the second-worst season of his career from a grading perspective. While a lot of people are oddly pounding the table for the Texans to play Bradley Roby in the slot, he is — and always has been — significantly better at outside corner. The two ranked 22nd and 26th at the position in coverage grade last season. Since coming into the league, he’s been one of the stingiest outside cornerbacks, allowing just 0.87 yards per cover snap on the outside over that span, sixth-best in the NFL.
Reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year Nick Bosa leads the way, and he will look to get his play to elite status in Year 2 after posting an 86.7 PFF grade in 2019 that ranked 11th at the position. The unit does bring back one of the league’s best pure deep safeties in Tre Boston, who has been the sixth-most valuable safety since 2017 (played for three different teams), but that’s one of the few positives. Ryan has been significantly better when playing on the outside as opposed to the slot (78.0 career coverage grade on outside versus 61.7 in slot). Tre’Davious White may have finished 15th in coverage grade in 2019, but make no mistake, we still think of him as a top-10 player at the position.
In fact, there was really only one bad performance from him (Week 8 versus Denver) and he quickly cleaned that up the rest of the year.
They also added Ashtyn Davis in the draft; he has all the fixings to be a force at free safety as well. Numbers may not add up to 100% due to carries listed without direction. However, the depth behind the two, as well as their slot coverage abilities, is a concern this year. The big wild card with this Indy defense is at outside cornerback.
Detroit had the third-worst coverage unit in regard to EPA per play allowed and lost their marquee corner in Darius Slay. He has produced 55 passing stops over the last three years, six more than any other defensive back. Malcolm Jenkins will be the other starting safety for New Orleans after six-straight quality seasons for the Eagles.
but needs to show improvement in Pagano's diverse coverage scheme in 2020. is coming off a big third-year breakout, as he finished the year as the highest-graded pass-rusher (91.7) in the league, while interior defensive lineman, will try and match the career year that saw him finish second to only. The starting spot opposite him will either go to Levi Wallace or Josh Norman, but at this rate, it looks like it’ll go to Wallace. As a whole, it ranked 27th in pass-rush grade and 30th in pressure rate on non-blitzes. Green Bay has three uber-productive pass-rushers on a defensive line set to wreak havoc on offensive lines again in 2020. The following are the 2020 NFL team overall defense statistics, including team rushing yardage, team passing yardage and total team yardage. The linebacker unit is underwhelming on paper and desperately needs long-time veteran Thomas Davis Sr. to get back to the top-tier play we routinely saw from him with Ron Rivera in Carolina as opposed to his average play in 2019 with the Chargers. , as he is one of few who can shut down some of the league's top wideouts.
On the interior, Denver also has a stout run-stuffer in, , who is looking for a Year 2 breakout after impressing as a rookie. Since coming into the league, he’s been one of the stingiest outside cornerbacks, allowing just 0.87 yards per cover snap on the outside over that span, sixth-best in the NFL. The Dolphins had quite easily the worst defense of the 2019 season. Kerrigan is coming off a year in which he ranked 32nd among edge rushers in pass-rush grade, while Ioannidis ranked 12th among interior defensive linemen. NFL Team Total Offense Stats 2020 He stuck to some of the best receivers in college football and was a physical player at the catch point.
Casey undoubtedly has some gas left in the tank, as he has an active streak of seven straight years with 40-plus pressures (including postseason).
Casey undoubtedly has some gas left in the tank, as he has an active streak of seven straight years with 40-plus pressures (including postseason). We know he can produce at a high level, it’s just a matter of whether he can stay healthy.
He certainly proved he could be one of the best deep safeties in the game for Pittsburgh.
While the pass-rush unit is perhaps the worst in the NFL, they have a plethora of coverage standouts, and as we all know, that's what matters most to defensive success. Receiving Leader: Calvin Johnson, 1964 Yds.
Opposite Haden is Steven Nelson, who just needed a change of scenery for a breakout year last year. 2020 NFL Team Defense Statistics.
and his inane athleticism to step up right away. He shined as a rookie in 2017, producing an 81.2 PFF grade, but performed poorly in the limited time on the field in 2018 by lowering that mark to 44.3. Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick may have had a few lucky turnovers last season, but that's not to say that he didn't play like one of the league's best safeties. Philadelphia’s cornerbacks and safeties combined to produce a coverage grade that ranked just 26th in 2019 and struggled significantly when the stout line didn’t get pressure on the quarterback. They have two new additions in particular who are the X-factors to this team and will dictate the improvement in 2020. All told, New England will be without edge rusher Kyle Van Noy (Dolphins), linebackers Jamie Collins Sr. (Lions) and Dont'a Hightower (COVID opt-out), and safeties Duron Harmon (Lions) and Patrick Chung (COVID opt-out) — all key cogs from their 2019 defense. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. The team returns Ryan Kerrigan and Matt Ioannidis, who both have been consistent pass-rushers in each of their respective careers. The Bears' 2018 defense was one of the best we have ever seen; it forced an impressive number of turnovers and helped carry the team to the postseason.
It's the secondary that is really what's going to make or break the Bears' 2020 season, though. And Seattle, of course, has the best linebacker in the NFL in. All other NFL-related trademarks are trademarks of the National Football League. At 31 years of age and just a couple of years removed from a torn Achilles, Sherman was the highest-graded cornerback in coverage last season. After a few years of subpar play and one year flirting with success, Nelson thrived in the Steelers' defense last year, ending the season ranked seventh in coverage grade. Starting outside corner, has consistently been a productive player for the Steelers and has allowed the eighth-fewest yards per coverage snap in his three years with the team. He took yet another step last season and played extraordinarily well, particularly after the first few weeks of the year.
The best season of his career from a grading perspective came in 2017 when he primarily played deep safety for the Rams.
Fulton was boom-or-bust at times, but he was still the highest-graded outside cornerback in all of college football over the past two years. They have one of the top edge duos in the league in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram. has been a top-10 edge rusher for Chicago, ranking eighth in pass-rush grade since joining the team in 2018 (88.1) and maintaining his career-long streak of single-season PFF grades eclipsing 86.0. to opt-out is a crushing one, the interior defensive line still returns, , has proven to be one of the best players at the position when healthy. None are true threats in the pass rush, and the team's fourth-worst pass-rush grade among tits unit of interior defenders and edge rushers will likely remain near the bottom in 2020. King actually overtook Harris as the league's highest-graded slot cornerback over the last three years, but he will see more snaps at safety with Harris in town. Detroit plays a significant amount of man coverage, which resulted in Slay facing far more single-coverage targets than other NFL corners. In fact, he’s been the NFL’s highest-graded outside corner since joining the Chargers in 2016. His press-man performance has been flat-out elite.
Do you have a blog? Reader. AP Defensive Player of the Year: Troy Polamalu. VARIANCE measures the statistical variance of the team's weekly DVOA performance. For perspective, only one cornerback produced a forced incompletion rate higher than 24% in 2019. As I stated yesterday, we here at PFF are high on Detroit’s offense ahead of the 2020 season with a healthy Matthew Stafford. Pierre Desir, Quincy Wilson, Arthur Maulet and Bless Austin are all candidates for the job for the short-term. Fitzpatrick produced an 87.6 coverage grade after being traded from the Dolphins, the sixth-best at the position. He may not be an elite pass-rusher — he's primarily a run-stuffer, and a very effective one at that — but he is still productive in that facet. The unit is led by, , who has been the league's best pass-rushing nose tackle as of late. We viewed him as a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate due to his NFL-ready coverage ability.
Since his second year in 2017, Buckner has been the 13th-most valuable interior defensive lineman. He's produced a 92.3 pass-rush grade since 2018 when playing 0/1-technique, recording 47 pressures in the process (nine more than second, only one has over 30). Page Year. If there is any concern, it's the other starting safety spot opposite Devin McCourty — the team may need Lenoir-Rhyne product Kyle Dugger and his inane athleticism to step up right away. Kwiatkoski shined in every facet of play in a rotational role and filling in for injuries for Chicago, as he was one of six linebackers to produce a 70-plus grade as a run defender, a pass-rusher and in coverage since 2017. Edge rusher Von Miller leads the way, and while he had the worst season of his career last year, he was still an effective pass-rusher.
In 2018, Phillips allowed five explosive plays of 15-plus yards while recording only one play on the ball. Firstly, the pass-rush unit is one of the best in the league.
The other piece of the interior duo.
AP Offensive Rookie of the Year: Robert Griffin, AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Luke Kuechly, AP Defensive Player of the Year: J.J. Watt, Rushing Leader: Adrian Peterson, 2097 Yds, Receiving Leader: Calvin Johnson, 1964 Yds, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Monday, November 2, 6:43AM. Vernon was a top-25 finisher, recording a 75.7 pass-rush grade in his first season with the Browns.
The Colts are now paying him as an elite-level players although he's not quite reached that level.
Whether he sees substantial action there or comes in and mans the outside when needed, Tennessee needs him to be the fringe top-10 prospect we pegged him to be.
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