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Future PFF Hall of Famers by team heading into 2019 - Ben Linsey
Rivers doesn’t have any Super Bowl titles like his fellow members of the 2004 quarterback draft class — let alone multiple Super Bowl titles — but it’s not because of his play. If you look at how many wins above replacement he’s provided in the PFF era, it actually outpaces Roethlisberger and Manning, falling behind only Brees, Brady and Rodgers. His overall grade since 2006 falls second in the group, narrowly behind Roethlisberger and comfortably ahead of Manning. On a team that has seemingly been snake-bitten, especially in recent seasons, Rivers has been a constant high-level performer, putting together a Hall of Fame resume in the process.

The NFL's top running backs against stacked boxes - Connor Price
Gordon is the only running back in the NFL to earn an 80.0-plus grade when carrying the football against a defense with eight or more men in the box. Even more impressively, he achieved this feat with a 17th-ranked offensive line that earned a 58.4 team run-block grade throughout the regular season.

The NFL's defensive iron men of the 2018 season - Thomas Frank Carr
It’s hard to take players like Byard, Adams and Derwin James off the field. Like the other two, James graded well in multiple categories as a safety. He was third in coverage grade at 89.7, and he finished second to Adams in both run stops (40) and total pressures (19) as a rookie. What’s really impressive is that James was asked to play 200-plus snaps along the defensive line, in the box, at slot corner and at deep safety in his first season. Neither Byard nor Adams accomplished that in their first season in the NFL.

Prospects PFF was rightfully high on in NFL drafts in the past three years - Michael Renner
Much like Kittle, we weren’t absurdly high on King but still would have taken him much sooner. He was 64th on our board before being taken 151st overall back in 2017. Now, he’s unquestionably the most consistent slot corner in the NFL after an 85.7 overall grade as a rookie and 88.2 grade last season.

Who Is The Best Running Back After Saquon, Zeke, Kamara, & McCaffrey? - FantasyPros Staff
Melvin Gordon took a leap in 2018 into the elite tier of running backs. It is not difficult to imagine him as a top-five running back because he finished as one on a points per game (23) basis in 2018. His absence from the playoffs may have left a sour taste in owner’s mouths, but do not be mistaken that he led teams there in the first place. He has become more efficient each year of his career (5.1 yards per carry in 2018) and has been integrated seamlessly into the passing attack with over five targets per game during the past two seasons. He paired his efficiency with elite big-play upside and premier elusiveness, ranking ninth in breakaway run rate and fifth in juke rate (per PlayerProfiler.com).

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