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5 things you need to know for Tuesday

By Alejandro Chavez
Aug 1, 2017

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DAVIE, FL - AUGUST 8: (L - R) Branden Albert #76 and Laremy Tunsil #67of the Miami Dolphins run a drill during the teams training camp on August 8, 2016 at the Miami Dolphins training facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

Hey there football fans! Here are five things from yesterday you need to know to start your Tuesdays:

T Branden Albert announced his retirement. Albert chose to retire before ever playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team he was traded to this offseason.

In part due to missing four games with injury, Albert had the worst season of his career in 2016 with a PFF grade of 49.0 and saw his pass blocking efficiency slip to 94.1 after finishing with 97.0 in 2015. From 2011 through 2015, Albert ranked among the top ten tackles in pass blocking efficiency, and his career best PFF grade occurred in 2014 with a grade of 89.0 that ranked fourth among all tackles.

The Jaguars figure to give second round pick Cam Robinson the first look at left tackle to replace Albert. Robinson was playing exclusively at the position during rookie camp.

 

RB Ty Montgomery drew praise from his head coach. Green Bay Packers head coach Mike Mike McCarthy said that Montgomery is a, “full threat.”

Montgomery impressed, albeit on limited snaps, as a wide receiver in 2015. Among all wide receivers with at least 15 targets in 2015, Montgomery fielded the highest catch percentage (83.3 percent) and forced five missed tackles en route to an average of 6.3 yards after the catch, per receptions (T-14th among WRs with at least 15 targets).

After switching to running back full time in 2016, the former Stanford Cardinal adjusted quickly to RB. Among any running back who had at least 70 total touches (carries and receptions) in 2016, Montgomery led them all with a 116.4 elusive rating. His yards after contact per attempt of 5.14 also led any running back with at least 20 carries.

One thing he could improve on in 2017 would be making the most out of his receptions out of the backfield. He tallied 200 snaps in route last season, but only averaged 1.25 yards per route run, T-26th among 43 running backs with at least 101 snaps in route.

Greg Robinson is already off of the NFI list. Less than 24 hours after the Detroit Lions put him on the Non-Football Injury List, Greg Robinson has come off of it and participated in the Lions’ first practice.

Robinson, who was the second overall pick in 2014, has been a big disappointment so far in his career. In 2016 his 43.0 overall grade ranked 70th among offensive tackles, his 35.0 run block grade ranked 76th, and his 50.0 pass block grade ranked 59th.

Despite the Lions making big upgrades to the offensive line this offseason on the right side, the combo of Robinson at left tackle and Graham Glasgow at left-guard (39.1 overall) will likely be the lowest graded left side in the NFL on paper, at least until Taylor Decker returns mid-season.

The Lions want big things for Ameer Abdullah. The team hopes Abdullah can get more than 200 carries in the upcoming season.

In 2015, Abdullah stayed healthy throughout his rookie season, playing 362 snaps and amassing 143 rushing attempts. He ended his rookie campaign as the starter in the Lions backfield, and received a PFF overall grade of 69.5, ranking 45th of 66 qualifying running backs.

Abdullah managed just 57 total snaps and 18 rush attempts in 2016 before a torn ligament in his foot prematurely ended his season. Abdullah was only active in Weeks 1 and 2, but he made an excellent start, producing an elusive rating of 144.9, which ranked second of 42 running backs with at least 15 rushing attempts during that time.

 

Rookie offensive lineman Ethan Pocic is working at right tackle for the Seattle Seahawks. Pocic was PFF’s 12th highest graded center in college football in 2016.

At 85.9, Pocic was tied for the 10th highest grade among centers in college football in 2016, and was drafted in the second round of this year’s NFL draft. Center is one position where the Seahawks appear set on the offensive line though, with Justin Britt (79.9) ranking 11th among centers in the NFL in 2016.

Pocic played 780 snaps for LSU in 2016, with 720 coming at center, 16 at left tackle and 44 at right tackle. He did see work at offensive tackle at the Senior Bowl though, and it was reported that several teams saw him as a better prospect at tackle than on the interior.

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