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Eric Eager

VP, Research and Development • View all analysts

Recent Articles

Ranking the NFL's best defensive play callers ahead of the 2021 season

New Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was a defensive mastermind in 2020, leading to his ranking atop the defensive play caller list heading into 2021.

by Eric Eager 9 days ago

Ranking the NFL's best offensive play callers ahead of the 2021 season

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur comes in at No. 1 in PFF's offensive play caller rankings after leading the most efficient team in terms of turning cap dollars into wins above replacement.

by Eric Eager 9 days ago

Ranking the NFL's best head coaches ahead of the 2021 season

Andy Reid maintains his spot atop the list of the NFL's best head coaches despite his Kansas City Chiefs falling short in Super Bowl 55.

by Eric Eager 10 days ago

Eager: The definitive guide to why people are fading the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2021

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There’s certainly a chance that the Pittsburgh Steelers can pull through, but given the likelihood of defensive regression, Ben Roethlisberger’s age and the strength of the rest of the AFC North, it's a risky proposition at best.

by Eric Eager 17 days ago

From poor to elite, how NFL teams transition from one state to the next, and what does it mean for team building?

NFL
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Data scientist Eric Eager uses the PFF Elo rating system to identify the NFL teams that have most frequently been "elite," the NFL teams that have most frequently been "poor," and the rate at which teams tend to transition between the two extremes.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

How text analytics correlate with draft position, and why it might be a clue for Justin Fields' fall down boards

NFL
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PFF's Eric Eager explores the relationship between text analytics and draft position ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

2021 NFL Draft: Why a weak edge class could mean big contracts for the position over the next few years

NFL
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The 2021 NFL Draft edge defender class is sorely lacking, which could lead some teams to dole out massive contracts during free agency over the next few seasons.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

2021 NFL Draft Betting Props: Examining the first defensive player drafted market

College & Draft
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The 2021 NFL Draft could see a record number of offensive players taken before the first defensive player, leaving the door open for a handful of options to be the first defender drafted.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

2021 NFL Draft Betting Props: Examining the first non-QB drafted market

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A slew of quarterbacks are set to go in the first few picks of the 2021 NFL Draft, leaving the door open for a handful of options to be the first non-quarterback taken.

by Eric Eager 1 month ago

2021 NFL Draft Betting: Why Justin Fields to go No. 3 overall at +175 is the best bet of the draft

Betting
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Rumors abound about what the San Francisco 49ers will do at the No. 3 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, but Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields represents strong betting value.

by Eric Eager 2 months ago
Bio

Eric Eager joined PFF in 2015 as a contributor and consultant, and in 2018 as a data scientist. In 2020 he became the VP of Research and Development.

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