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32 NFL observations, Week 10

By Nathan Jahnke
Nov 16, 2017

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Aug 25, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive back Shaquill Griffin (26) during a NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another 32 NFL Observations by Nathan Jahnke finding an interesting piece of information about all 32 teams after one week of football.

Now that we’re a little over half way into the season, it’s a good time to see how the rookies have been performing. If you would like to make some observations of your own, you can do so with PFF Elite, where you can find several signature statistics for every offensive and defensive position in football.

AFC EAST

Buffalo Bills: Cornerback Tre’Davious White has 11 combined interceptions and passes defended, the third-most for a rookie at this point of the season in the last 12 years.

Miami Dolphins: Defensive tackle Davon Godchaux has a 9.0 percent run stop percentage which is the best for rookie interior defensive linemen this season.

New England Patriots:  Defensive end Deatrich Wise has 26 pressures, which is the most for rookie 4-3 defensive ends.

New York Jets: Safety Jamal Adams has 13 run stops. No rookie safety through 10 weeks has had that many run stops in the last decade.

AFC NORTH

Baltimore Ravens: While defensive end Chris Wormley hasn’t seen a lot of playing time, his 10.7 pass-rushing productivity is the best for healthy rookie interior defensive linemen this season.

Cincinnati Bengals: Edge rusher Carl Lawson has 40 pressures this season. The only other rookie edge defender with that many pressures at Week 10 over the last 12 years is Von Miller in 2011.

Cleveland Browns: On defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s eight tackles, the opposing offense loses 0.6 yards on average. That is the best average depth of tackle for rookie interior defenders.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Linebacker T.J. Watt has a 9.7 percent run stop percentage. The only edge defender with a better run stop percentage through ten weeks of their rookie season over the last five years was Khalil Mack.

AFC SOUTH

Houston Texans: Linebacker Zach Cunningham has allowed 0.61 yards per coverage snap. That is the best for any rookie linebacker at this point of the season in the last three years.

Indianapolis Colts: Cornerback Nate Hairston has 214 coverage snaps from the slot, and has yet to allow a touchdown in those snaps. The only cornerback in the last 12 years with more coverage snaps in the slot through ten weeks and hadn’t allowed a touchdown was Tyrann Mathieu in 2013.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Running back Leonard Fournette has five carries for 15 or more yards. On those carries he’s managed 215 rushing yards, which is third-most for backs on breakaway runs.

Tennessee Titans: Since Week 5, Adoree’ Jackson has allowed 8.05 yards per catch. That is the lowest for all cornerbacks who have been thrown at more than 20 times in that span.

AFC WEST

Denver Broncos: Left tackle Garett Bolles has a run block grade of 82.7 which is tied for ninth-best for all offensive tackles this season.

Kansas City Chiefs: Running back Kareem Hunt has 32 catches and no dropped passes. That is the most catches for any running back without a drop, as well as the most catches for any rookie regardless of position without a drop.

Los Angeles Chargers: When Desmond King lines up in the slot, he has 11 stops in the pass game which is the most for any rookie cornerback in their first ten games over the last 12 years. The two players tied for second with ten are former Charger Antoine Cason in 2008, and current Charger Casey Hayward in 2012 when he was with the Packers.

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders are one of just two teams who have yet to use a rookie on any of their offensive snaps this season.

NFC EAST

Dallas Cowboys: Cornerback Jourdan Lewis has allowed 0.90 yards per coverage snap which is the second-best for a rookie cornerback this season.

New York Giants: Defensive tackle Dalvin Tomlinson has 13 run stops which is tied for the most among rookie interior defensive linemen this season.

Philadelphia Eagles: Cornerback Rasul Douglas has a playmaker index of 18.2 percent which is tied for third-best among rookie cornerbacks this year.

Washington: Despite missing some playing time, and ultimately the rest of the season, defensive end Jonathan Allen still leads all rookie interior pass rushers in total pressures at 16.

NFC NORTH

Chicago Bears: Running back Tarik Cohen has 2.38 yards per route run. That is the best for all rookies regardless of position with at least 100 routes run.

Detroit Lions: Linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin has an average depth of tackle of 2.8, which is the lowest for all rookie linebackers with 10 or more tackles.

Green Bay Packers: Safety Josh Jones has seven stops in the pass game, which is the most for rookie safeties this season.

Minnesota Vikings:  Linebacker Ben Gedeon has a 9.8 percent run stop percentage. That is the second-best rate for Viking defensive players behind Linval Joseph.

NFC SOUTH

Atlanta Falcons: When Takkarist McKinley lines up on the defenses right side, he has a pass-rushing productivity of 14.7. That is the best for all 4-3 defensive ends when lined up on the right side who have at least 50 snaps from the right.

Carolina Panthers: Running back Christian McCaffrey has 402 yards after the catch. That is the second most for any player this season regardless of position.

New Orleans Saints: Cornerback Marshon Lattimore has allowed 0.63 yards per coverage snap which is the best for any rookie after Week 10 over the last 12 years, and second best for all cornerbacks this season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Linebacker Kendell Beckwith has 16 run stops, which is the most for all rookie linebackers this season.

NFC WEST

Arizona Cardinals: Safety Budda Baker has 11 tackles on special teams plays. That is the most for any player this season.

Los Angeles Rams: Wide receiver Cooper Kupp has had 10 defenders miss tackles on his catches. That is twice as much as any rookie wide receiver this season, and accounts for 40 percent of all missed tackles on rookie wide receivers this season.

San Francisco 49ers: The 49ers have had 15 different rookies see at least one offensive or defensive snap this season. They have a combined 2,874 offensive and defensive snaps this season which is 661 more than any other team.

Seattle Seahawks: When cornerback Shaquill Griffin lines up in press coverage, he has allowed a 45.7 percent catch rate. That is second-best for all rookie cornerbacks when lined up in press.

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