32 Teams, 32 Observations, Week 8

| November 2, 2011

It feels so long ago that we were in a lockout and not sure if we would have football at all this year.

One of the consequences of the lockout was that the free agency period basically took place over the course of two weeks. A rushed process, to put it lightly. We’re now effectively half way through the season are we’re using this week’s 32/32 for a quick check-in and a glimpse of  how some of the free agents additions (and players that were traded) are doing with their new teams … with some numbers to go along with it all, of course.

 

 

 

 

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills: Linebacker Nick Barnett has played 444 snaps this season; with the next-highest true linebacker on the team only having 109 snaps.

Miami Dolphins: Over the last five games, Reggie Bush has forced missed tackles by 11 different players.

New England Patriots: Defensive end Andre Carter has 18 stops on the season; the fifth-most for all defensive linemen.

New York Jets: Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress has caught just 42.9 percent of passes thrown his way; the lowest for wide receivers targeted at least 35 times.

 

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens: The duo of Bryant McKinnie and Andre Gurode has allowed Joe Flacco to get hit or sacked 19 times this year.

Cincinnati Bengals: Outside linebacker Thomas Howard has only given up 7.2 yards per catch; No. 3 in that department for 4-3 outside linebackers who have been targeted at least 20 times.

Cleveland Browns: Defensive end Jayme Mitchell has 17 stops on the year; more than he had in the past three seasons combined.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Wide Receiver Jerricho Cotchery hasn’t really found a home in Pittsburgh. He played just seven snaps over the first six weeks, and has had 13 in each of the past two thanks to injuries.

 

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans: Cornerback Johnathan Joseph has been a success. In the past two games, he’s allowed just two catches for 12 yards; and has had two passes deflected.

Indianapolis Colts: Fullback Chris Gronkowski has slowly seen a larger role in the offense; with 22 snaps over the past three games.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Inside linebacker Paul Posluszny has a rating above +3.0 in pass rush, in coverage, and in defending the run. He’s the only inside linebacker that can say that.

Tennessee Titans: Quarterback Matt Hasselback’s accuracy has been amazingly consistent over the past three years. In 2009, he had an Accuracy Percentage of 68.7%, in 2010 67.8%, and so far in 2011 68.8%.

 

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos: Running back Willis McGahee has been a nice upgrade to Moreno. His 2.8 yards per carry after contact compares to Moreno’s 1.8.

Kansas City Chiefs: Receiver Steve Breaston’s yards per catch has stayed very consistent: from 15.3 to 15.2. The big change is his catch rate, where it’s up to 68.8% from 57.3% last year.

Oakland Raiders:  Tight End Kevin Boss hasn’t made much of an impact in the offense recently. In the past two weeks he’s seen just two targets on 22 pass routes.

San Diego Chargers: While Takeo Spikes has still been a force in the run game, he’s run into problems in coverage. He’s allowed 81.5% of passes thrown his way to be caught for an average of 11.5 yards. Both figures are in the Bottom 15 for inside linebackers.

 

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys: Defensive End Kenyon Coleman has rushed passers 107 times, but has come up with just six pressures.

New York Giants: Center Davis Baas has just a -1.0 overall rating, but that’s still good for the second best linemen on the roster.

Philadelphia Eagles: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha has allowed 183 receiving yards in 255 plays in coverage; close to the same he allowed last season (185 yards) on 441 coverage snaps.

Washington Redskins: Safety O.J. Atogwe has only allowed six catches for 69 yards on the year; among the lowest for starting safeties.

 

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears: Over the last two weeks, Roy Williams has become a bigger part of the offense. He’s had seven catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. He has a reputation for dropping passes, but only has two on the year.

Detroit Lions: Inside linebacker Stephen Tulloch is the only inside linebacker to have been targeted 20 or more times and allow less than 100 yards.

Green Bay Packers: Every player on the Packers’ roster was either on it last year or is a rookie.

Minnesota Vikings: Receiver Michael Jenkins has been on the field for 376 plays; over 100 more than any other Vikings receiver.

 

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons: Defensive end Ray Edwards hasn’t been as helpful as anticipated in the pass rush, but his +7.7 run defense rating is sixth-best for 4-3 defensive ends.

Carolina Panthers: Part of why Legedu Naanee has the second-lowest overall receiver rating is his six penalties; tied for the largest number among wide receivers.

New Orleans Saints: Running back Darren Sproles has an Elusive Rating of 60.6, fifth on the list. If he finishes there, he’ll be the third Saint in the past three years to finish in the Top 5.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kicker Michael Koenen has had 15 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard-line; tied for third most.

 

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals: In terms of PFF pass rating, Kevin Kolb had his best two games in the first two weeks of the season, and his worst two games in these last two weeks.

St Louis Rams: The Ram linebacker with the best overall rating is Brady Poppinga and tops for their defensive backs is Al Harris; both former Packers.

San Francisco 49ers: Cornerback Carlos Rogers has had 22 passes thrown his way that have either fallen incomplete or have been picked-off; the same number he had in all of 2010.

Seattle Seahawks: Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has an Accuracy Percentage of 71.8. That’s higher than star quarterbacks like Matt Ryan and Ben Roethlisberger.

 

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  • thebigc

    What are you guys smoking? Roy Williams only has 2 drops? According to the Trib, the Sun-Times, Roy Williams, the Bears, Hub, the score 670 he has 5 and seems to be trying for more.

    • Nathan Jahnke

      I’m not sure where you’re getting five from. Of the places you mentioned that have websites, most have receiving stats for receivers but not drops. The only place I found drops was from the score 670, which led me to this: http://stats.chicago.cbslocal.com/fb/leaders.asp?type=Receiving&range=NFL&rank=232 . Roy Williams isn’t on the list, which means according to that he has less than three drops.