5 things you need to know for Friday
Hey there football fans! Here are five stories from yesterday that you need to know to start out your Fridays:
While Jones may not take the starting spot of center Weston Richburganytime soon, right guard John Jerry’s spot could be in danger. Jerry’s 71.2 overall grade in 2016 ranked 41st among guards, his run blocking specifically could use improvement (45.2 run block grade).
Bulaga played 1,256 snaps for the Green Bay Packers in 2016, and ended the season ranked 14th of 76 offensive tackles with a PFF grade of 85.5.
He performed especially well in pass protection, and allowed just 34 total pressures on his 679 pass blocking snaps, for a pass blocking efficiency of 96.1, good for 14th among 61 qualifying offensive tackles. He ended the 2016 campaign with a pass blocking grade of 89.3, the fourth-highest among tackles.
Cohen reported that second-year offensive tackle Kyle Murphy took the snaps at right tackle in Bulaga’s absence. Murphy played 81 pass-blocking snaps last preseason, and allowed just four total pressures, but he managed just eight snaps in the regular season.
The veteran has had issues with injuries in the past, most recently tearing his ACL Week 2 of last year, forcing him onto IR and ending his season. Woodhead played only a total of 55 snaps in 2016, leaving him with an overall grade of 48.3.
The Ravens will hope to see Woodhead return to his 2015 form, where he ended the season with an overall grade of 74.9. Woodhead excelled in his role as a receiving back that year, running 395 snaps in route (the cumulative number of snaps the RB ran a route), good for most among running backs. His 1.91 yards per route run (the number of yards a RB picks up on a per-route basis) ranked fourth among all AFC running backs.
Freeman excelled at breaking off long runs last year, earning 405 yards on carries of 15 or more yards, sixth-most among running backs in the NFL. His 37.5 breakaway percentage (the percentage of yards that come on runs of 15 or more yards) ranked second-highest in the NFC among running backs, trailing only teammate Tevin Coleman.
Moncrief posted career-lows in catch percentage (55.6 percent) and yards after catch per reception (2.5) in 2016. He finished with an overall grade of 78.0, 39th-highest at the wide receiver position.
As a rookie in 2014, Moncrief had a passer rating when targeted of 122.0, good for sixth-best at the wide receiver position. He followed that up with ratings of 93.5 (2015) and 96.2 (2016) and has proven to be a legitimate threat for Andrew Luck opposite T.Y. Hilton.