32 NFL observations, Week 5
The 32 Observations series continues with Nathan Jahnke, PFF’s Director of Analytics, finding an interesting piece of information about all 32 teams after five weeks of football. If you would like to make some observations of your own, you can do so with PFF Elite, where you can find several signature statistics for every offensive and defensive position in football, thanks to Premium Stats 2.0.
New England Patriots: Since joining the Patriots, wide receiver Josh Gordon has averaged 3.04 yards per route run. That is the third-most for a wide receiver with at least 25 routes with a team this season.
Baltimore Ravens: Wide receivers Willie Snead IV and Michael Crabtree have forced six and five missed tackles on receptions, respectively. The Ravens are one of just two teams with two wide receivers who have forced at least five missed tackles.
Cincinnati Bengals: Since the start of the 2016 season, Carlos Dunlap has 24 batted passes. The only other edge defender with more than 12 in that span is Cameron Jordan. Four of Dunlap’s batted passes have come this season, which is tied for the most for edge defenders.
Cleveland Browns: Cornerback Denzel Ward has allowed an average of 0.92 yards per coverage snap. Since 2006, this is the second-best mark for a rookie outside cornerback after Week 5. He’s done this despite being tied for the second-most targeted cornerback this year.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Tight end Vance McDonald has averaged 0.30 missed tackles per reception since joining the Steelers in 2017, which is the best rate for tight ends in that span. He leads the league in tackles avoided for tight ends this season, with 6.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Wide receiver Dede Westbrook has been the king of crossing routes. He leads the league in targets (16), catches (14), yards (282), yards after the catch (153) and tackles avoided (4) on crossing routes this year.
Tennessee Titans: On third downs, Jurrell Casey has pressured the opposing quarterback on 21.6% of his pass-rushes, which is the second-best rate for interior defenders with at least 25 snaps. He has two sacks, two hits, seven hurries on 51 third-down rushes.
Denver Broncos: Rookie running back Phillip Lindsay has run for five or more yards on 45.8% of his carries this year, which is the best rate among backs with 40 or more carries. Second-best in the league is teammate Royce Freeman at 44.9%.
Kansas City Chiefs: Over the last calendar year, right tackles have collectively allowed 202 sacks. In that same time, Mitchell Schwartz has played 658 pass blocks and hasn’t allowed a sack on any of them.
New York Giants: Over the last six seasons, Damon Harrison has 220 run stops. That is the most for any defensive player regardless of position. No other defensive lineman is within 50 run stops of Harrison.
Washington: Running back Adrian Peterson is averaging 3.89 yards per route run, which is the most among backs with at least 20 routes run this season. He is currently on pace to have the most receiving yards of his career.
Minnesota Vikings: Of the 22 tight ends with 45 or more catches since the start of the 2017 season, Kyle Rudolph has the fewest drops with 1. He hasn’t dropped a pass since Week 14 of the 2017 season.
Atlanta Falcons: In 2017, the Falcons ran outside zone on 45% of their run plays which was 8% more than any other team. In 2018, they have increased their use to 54% which is again 8% more than any other team.
Carolina Panthers: Since being drafted in 2016, cornerback James Bradberry has been thrown at 18 times on go routes. On those routes, he has allowed just one catch, and he’s also tallied three pass breakups.
Arizona Cardinals: Running back David Johnson has had 18 rushing attempts where he has needed 2 yards or less for a touchdown over the last three seasons. He has scored on 13 of them, including one this past Sunday. His conversion rate is the best among those with 15 or more such attempts in the last three years.