PFF Preview: Buccaneers @ Saints, Week 5
A surging Gerald McCoy and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are heading into New Orleans to take on the Saints and their stout offensive line. McCoy comes into the game with a +9.4 overall grade which ranks third among DTs and a +6.4 pass rush grade which is also good for third in the league.
The Saints’ offensive line has a +3.5 grade in run blocking this season, but have struggled against the pass rush with a -2.3 grade. Tackles Zach Strief and Terron Armstead have performed well both grading out in the green so far this year. Armstead suffered a concussion in last week’s game against the Cowboys, but says he will suit up against the Buccaneers this Sunday.
Meanwhile, Mike Glennon has filled in admirably for the injured Josh McCown. Over the past two games he has played, Glennon has been pressured on 34.3% of his dropbacks while registering an Accuracy Percentage of 64.7 which puts him among the Top 15 quarterbacks. Rookie TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins returned from injury last week to play all 71 offensive snaps and graded out at +1.2 overall.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Lavonte David – Leads all 4-3 OLBs in stops with 22 and is fifth-best against the run with a +4.9 grade.
Demar Dotson – The right tackle is currently seventh among all tackles in Pass Blocking Efficiency, allowing only five pressures his 140 passing snaps on the year.
William Gholston – Gholston is tied for second with Jared Allen in Run Stop Percentage on the year among 4-3 DEs with at least 50 snaps against the run.
New Orleans Saints
Jimmy Graham – Currently fourth among TEs with at least 10 targets in Yards per Route Run with a 2.46 mark.
Drew Brees – Ranks second in the league among all QBs in Accuracy Percentage with 80.9%. Only Philip Rivers is above him though he has thrown 24 less attempts than Brees.
Junior Galette – Ranks third among all 4-3 DEs in pressures with 16 on the season rushing from the right side on 68.3% of snaps.
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