20 newcomers we expect to make an immediate impact in 2018 - Austin Gayle
James, the former Florida State standout, is everything an NFL defensive coordinator can ask for in a safety, as he brings size (6-foot-2, 215 pounds), positional versatility and game-changing ability to the table. James is a Week 1 starter for the Los Angeles Chargers and could quite possibly be the steal of the draft having came off the board at No. 17 overall.
PFF Closer Look: NFL teams utilizing safeties in the slot - Quentin Blount
Outside of the top five in terms of snaps played in the slot among safeties, there were multiple players at the position around the league who often lined up in the slot. Other top performers in this category include Los Angeles Chargers S Jahleel Addae and Atlanta Falcons S Keanu Neal. Addae finished seventh and Neal finished ninth in the league as far as snaps in the slot, and they both were productive, versatile members of their respective secondaries – as evidenced by their overall grades: Neal, 85.2; Addae, 83.4.
RPOs – what they are, which NFL team used them best in 2017? - Michael Renner
At it’s core, the name suggests it all. A run-pass option is a play where the offense has the ability to either run or pass depending on certain factors. That decision is left up to the quarterback and can be made either pre- or post-snap. Because of this, there are two obvious schematic factors occurring that are dead giveaways of an RPO:
The rise of '11 personnel' in the NFL - Brent Rollins
Thus, when you hear the term “11” personnel, there is one running back, one tight end and three wide receivers on the field. The chart below breaks down the distribution of the seven-most common NFL personnel groupings.
Top NFL receivers by WR Rating against press and off-man coverage - Mark Chichester
Allen faced press-man coverage on 49.1 percent of his routes in 2017, tallying the third-most receptions (43) and the third-most receiving yards (663) versus press coverage. He also averaged 2.90 yards per route run against press-man coverage, which was second only to Julio Jones.
The NFL's pass-rushing triple-double: Double-digit sacks, hits and hurries - Gordon McGuinness
Triple-doubles are much more frequent among edge defenders, but there are still several things that stand out from this list. Both the Jaguars and Chargers had two edge defenders on the list, with Campbell and Ngakoue combining for 143 total pressures in the regular season and Bosa and Ingram combining for 151. Those are two pretty astounding duos to be able to count on off the edge.
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