PFF Preview: Redskins @ Texans, Week 1
As the 2014 regular season kicks off this Sunday, Jay Gruden and Bill O’brien hope to start their NFL head coaching debuts off on the right foot, as they both look to return their respected franchises to the playoffs.
J.J. Watt broke the bank this week after signing a contract that exceeds $100 million, a deal he certainly earned, as he not only graded out as the top 3-4 defensive end in the NFL with an overall grade of +99.8, but also received grades of +57.0 when rushing the quarterback and +42.8 against the run. Both of which were tops for all 3-4 defensive ends.
As Redskins fans hope Robert Griffin III can return to old form and stay healthy, they certainly need to be weary of J.J. Watt and the explosive No. 1 overall pick, Jadeveon Clowney. That being said, the Redskins’ offensive line unit in 2013 held up well in pass blocking, as they finished the season with a grade of +23.9, good for fourth in the league.
Here are three more notable numbers for each side:
O-Line – The Redskins’ offensive line finished seventh in the league in Pass Blocking Efficiency (PBE), at 80.6.
DeSean Jackson – As DeSeason Jackson makes the transition from Philadelphia to Washington; Griffin is hoping he is capable of repeating his stellar 2013 season as he finished the season rated eighth among receivers, boasting a grade of +15.6.
Defense – As a unit, the Redskins run defense has to be better in 2014 as they posted a -99.5 run defense grade good for second-worst in the league, behind only the Chicago Bears.
Secondary – Johnathan Joseph hopes to lead an improved secondary that struggled in 2013, as they finished the season sixth-worst in pass coverage with a cumulative grade of -36.3.
Arian Foster – Although Foster only had 121 attempts in 2013; he managed a respectable 4.5 average yards per attempt.
Andre Johnson – Although there are talks of a disgruntled Johnson in Houston, you can bet this ultimate competitor is going to continue to produce as he did in 2013, posting a +15.4 overall Wide Receiver rating, good for 9th in the league.
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