32 Teams, 32 Observations, Week 11
32 Teams, 32 Observations, Week 11
A few weeks back we released our midseason All-Pro team. Here I will post a different sort of All-Pro team. This time around, I will make up a 32-man roster made up of one player from each NFL squad. On offense there are enough players to run a base and an unstoppable passing attack. On defense there’s a 4-3 front that can stop any back, and in passing situations this dime package can rotate in pass rushers while the six defensive backs will rarely allow a catch.
Here are the 32 facts you just need to know about each of those 32 players.
Buffalo Bills: Safety Jairus Byrd has only allowed just 28 yards after the catch, which is the third lowest for safeties that have been thrown at at least 20 times.
Miami Dolphins: 3-4 defensive end-turned-defensive tackle for this team Randy Starks has two or more stops in six games this year.
New England Patriots: Receiver Wes Welker has 2.73 yards per pass route run. Baring a late-season collapse, he would become one of two players to rank in the Top 15 in that category in every year since 2008.
New York Jets: Cornerback Darrelle Revis has no games where he has allowed 100 yards in the past four years. In comparison, Devin McCourty of the Patriots had three straight games with that earlier this year.
Baltimore Ravens: Right guard Marshal Yanda has a Pass Blocking Efficiency of 99.0, which is better than any guard in 2009 or 2010.
Cincinnati Bengals: Special teamer Cedric Peerman has nine solo special team tackles, which is tied for second most. He is the only player with a rating of +2.0 or more on kickoffs as well as punts.
Cleveland Browns: Cornerback Joe Haden has 12 passes defended which currently leads the league.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Kick returner (and fourth wide receiver for this team) Antonio Brown has averaged at least 22 yards per return in every game that he has had a kick return this year.
Houston Texans: Center Chris Myers has a run block rating of +22.1, which is more than twice as high as the second best center.
Indianapolis Colts: Punter Pat McAfee’s longest hang time for a punt has been 5.6 seconds, which is more than any other punter.
Jacksonville Jaguars: At left tackle Eugene Monroe has yet to have a game where he’s allowed more than three pressures; a significant improvement over last year where he had six.
Tennessee Titans: The longest pass that Cortland Finnegan has allowed is 33 yards, which is the shortest of the corners with a coverage rating of at least +5.0.
Denver Broncos: Outside linebacker Von Miller has 26 combined sacks and hits, which is six better than any linebacker regardless of 4-3 or 3-4. On 9% of pass plays, he brings the quarterback to the ground.
Kansas City Chiefs: While middle linebacker Derrick Johnson was great last year, he has shown signs of improvement this year. 64% of Johnson’s tackles this year have been stops compared to 48% last time around.
Oakland Raiders: Kicker Sebastian Janikowski made three field goals beyond 50 yards in one game (against Houston). Only four other kickers have made more than three field goals beyond 50 yards all season.
San Diego Chargers: Even though outside linebacker Shaun Philips has missed some games this year with an injury, he’s had 15 games over the past two seasons with at least two stops.
Dallas Cowboys: Right tackle Tyron Smith has a Pass Blocking Efficiency of 96.0. This is tied for the best we’ve seen out of a rookie offensive tackle with Jake Long.
New York Giants: Safety Kenny Phillips is a double threat. When quarterbacks throw at Phillips, they have a rating of 45.8. He is the only player who has held quarterbacks to a passer rating below 50 who also has at least 14 stops.
Philadelphia Eagles: Left guard Evan Mathis has yet to have a game with a negative run block rating, and he is the only starting guard who can say that.
Washington Redskins: Tight end Fred Davis has a drop rate of just 3.92; which is second-lowest for tight ends with at least 40 catches.
Chicago Bears: There is nothing running back Matt Forte can’t do with a Breakaway Percentage of 47.3 and Yards Per Pass Route Run at 2.09, which puts him at third-best in both categories.
Detroit Lions: Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson has five touchdowns on deep passes, which ties him for the most in the league.
Green Bay Packers: Of course the quarterback is Aaron Rodgers who doesn’t just lead our Accuracy Percentage at 81.7%, but he is also the most accurate deep thrower at 62.2%.
Minnesota Vikings: Every-down defensive end Jared Allen has 15 sacks on the year. This matches his total in 2008 as well as 2009. Only once over the past four years has any defensive linemen had more than 15.
Atlanta Falcons: Cornerback Brent Grimes has had 10 passes defended compared to 21 catches allowed. No corner in the NFC has a better pass defended-to-catch ratio than Grimes.
Carolina Panthers: Wide receiver Steve Smith has 11 deep catches for 444 yards, which both lead the league.
New Orleans Saints: Fullback Jed Collins had six straight games from Week 4 to Week 9 with a run block rating above +0.5, which has never happened for a fullback in PFF’s four year history.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Run stopping defensive end Michael Bennett has 20 stops on the year. This is more than double the amount he had last year even though he has only played 70 more snaps.
Arizona Cardinals: It has been a down year for tight ends in terms of run blocking, but Todd Heap is the only one with at least 100 snaps who has yet to have a game with a negative run block rating.
St Louis Rams: Pass rushing defensive end Chris Long has 58 overall pressures on the year on 339 pass rushes, which equates to pressure on a ridiculous 17% of pass plays.
San Francisco 49ers: 3-4 defensive end turned defensive tackle for this defense; Justin Smith has 50 overall pressures on the year. No other 3-4 end has been able to hit that mark or higher during a full season (other than Justin Smith of past years).
Seattle Seahawks: Punt returner (and backup halfback for this team) Leon Washington has 326 punt return yards, which is by far the most by a returner without a run of at least 40 yards.