- Foyesade Oluokun is doing it again: Even on a new team, Oluokun is within reach of repeating as the NFL’s tackle leader, while also adding plenty of quality plays for his new team.
- Potential slump-buster in Tennessee: Another Jacksonville Jaguar, Josh Allen, has been on a long cold streak without a sack, but there’s hope for him this week against one of the worst offensive tackle tandems in the league.
- Star production at the cornerback position: Nate Hobbs returned to the lineup after missing six games and picked up where he left off as an elite tackler for his position.
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JUMP TO A POSITION:
|1||1A||Foyesade Oluokun||JAX||@ TEN|
|2||1A||T.J. Edwards||PHI||@ NYG|
|5||1B||Devin White||TB||@ SF|
|6||1B||C.J. Mosley||NYJ||@ BUF|
|7||1B||Nick Bolton||KC||@ DEN|
|10||1C||Roquan Smith||BLT||@ PIT|
|12||1C||Chad Muma||JAX||@ TEN||Q|
|14||2A||Eric Kendricks||MIN||@ DET|
|18||2B||Frankie Luvu||CAR||@ SEA|
|20||2B||Christian Kirksey||HST||@ DAL|
|22||2C||Lavonte David||TB||@ SF|
|26||3A||Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah||CLV||@ CIN|
|27||3A||Shaq Thompson||CAR||@ SEA|
|28||3A||Jordan Hicks||MIN||@ DET|
|29||3B||Christian Harris||HST||@ DAL|
|30||3B||Denzel Perryman||LV||@ LAR||TNF|
|32||3B||Quincy Williams||NYJ||@ BUF|
|33||3C||Patrick Queen||BLT||@ PIT||Q|
|35||3C||Ja’Whaun Bentley||NE||@ ARZ||MNF|
|37||4A||Jayon Brown||LV||@ LAR||Q/TNF|
|38||4A||Kyzir White||PHI||@ NYG|
|39||4A||Willie Gay Jr.||KC||@ DEN|
|41||4B||Tony Fields II||CLV||@ CIN||WW|
|45||4C||Jahlani Tavai||NE||@ ARZ||MNF|
|46||4C||Jerome Baker||MIA||@ LAC||SNF|
|48||4C||Leighton Vander Esch||DAL||HST|
|49||5A||Kwon Alexander||NYJ||@ BUF|
|53||5B||Elandon Roberts||MIA||@ LAC||SNF|
|56||5B||Deion Jones||CLV||@ CIN|
|57||5C||Devin Lloyd||JAX||@ TEN|
|60||5C||Cory Littleton||CAR||@ SEA||Q|
It seemed improbable after switching teams this offseason, but Foyesade Oluokun (LB1) is once again having an elite IDP season after leading the NFL in tackles (192) in 2021, and he’s in contention to do so once again in 2022. Oluokun has also done a good job at making quality tackles, as he ranks top three at his position in total tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage (16), run stops (30) and pass stops (23). All this while maintaining a missed tackle rate below 10% is what will increase his odds of repeating as the NFL’s tackle leader and a consistent top-tier IDP option every week.
Another linebacker who switched teams recently, Roquan Smith (LB10), was leading the NFL in total tackles (85) from Weeks 1-8 when he was with the Chicago Bears, but since getting traded to the Baltimore Ravens, Smith has accumulated just 31 tackles, which are tied for 31st at his position. This isn’t to say that Smith is not an elite tackler anymore, but the defense in which he plays just isn’t as conducive to linebacker tackle efficiency as the Bears. His efficiency has taken about a 2% dip since joining the Ravens, but he still remains above average in that regard, which is pretty impressive considering the drop-off. Smith gets his first taste of an AFC North rivalry this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are top-12 in run plays per game and seventh in average time of possession, which should increase his tackle opportunities in Week 14.