5 things you need to know for Friday
Hey there football fans! Here are five things from yesterday that you need to know to start off your Fridays:
Smith’s performance dropped off a bit in 2016, his overall PFF grade of 84.8 ranked 16th among offensive tackles compared to his overall PFF grade of 94.5 in 2015 which was the highest of any offensive tackle that season. Smith’s overall PFF grade of 94.5 in 2015 is the highest by any offensive tackle in the PFF era (PFF era began in 2006).
Last season Smith ranked eighth with a pass-blocking efficiency (PBE) of 96.4 (PBE measures pressure allowed on a per snap basis with weighting towards sacks). Smith only allowed 20 total pressures on 434 pass blocking snaps.
Butler was the team’s first-round pick in 2016 but played just 266 regular season snaps for the Panthers as a rookie in an injury-marred campaign.
Butler notched just eight total pressures, six defensive stops and a pair of batted passes as a rookie, and needs to get on the field in year two to showcase his play at the NFL level.
CB Jimmy Smith restructured his contract. This is the second year in a row that he has restructured his deal to get the Ravens more cap space.
In 2014, Smith had a career-year, earning an 85.2 overall grade and ranking 10th among cornerbacks. The following year his play fell off dramatically as he ranked 73rd among cornerbacks while earning a 44.8 overall grade. In 2016 his play bounced back moderately earning an overall grade of 75.8 and ranked 39th among 110 qualifying corner backs.
After posting a career low grade of 47.5 with the Rams in 2015, Cook took advantage of working with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and ranked as the 11th-best tight end in 2016 with an overall PFF grade of 81.0, his career high.
Cook’s 1.85 yards per route run last season ranked 10th of 34 tight ends who were targeted 40 or more times. He was very productive running routes from the slot, finishing second in slot yards per route run among tight ends who ran 50-plus routes from the slot at 2.23.
The former Penn State Nittany Lion has been a stud when on the field – grading in the top-10 at his position from 2012-2016. Lee has perennially had trouble staying healthy, but 2016 marked the first time in his career he played 1,000 snaps. To no one’s surprise, Lee topped all 4-3 OLBs with an 11.6 run stop percentage. Only Telvin Smith (41) had more total run stops than Lee (34).
What makes Lee so incredible is not only his ability to play the run, but also cover with the best. His 85.2 coverage grade tied for sixth-best in the league.