The Dolphins did show plenty of fight down the stretch of what was a dreadful season, but if he could, head coach Brian Flores would burn the tape. 17. The Seahawks check in at No. The New York Jets' secondary was led by dynamic safety Jamal Adams, who earned the seventh-highest coverage grade (87.3) among safeties to go along with his position-leading 90.2 pass-rush grade. For the fifth straight week, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson headlines PFF's list of the NFL's highest-graded rookies. [Editor's Note: All ELITE subscribers have access to PFF's advanced statistics and grades for every player and team in the NFL. PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts. 32, Jalen Thompson No. Both young and talented, the Buccaneers' secondary rest in the good hands of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. The Saints stand pat at No. Armed with PFF’s … This season, six of the 10 highest-graded coverage defenses made it to the postseason, and three of those units helped their teams attain a first-round bye. However, after the acquisition of Peters before Week 7, everything changed. However, they had the third-best forced incompletion rate (12.2%) while allowing only 10.5 yards per reception, the fifth-best in the NFL. Bouye (55.4) and Ronnie Harrison (68.6) all failed to record a 70.0-plus coverage grade. More league info On the other hand, Eric Reid finished with an unimpressive 34.4 coverage grade, which ranked last of all 101 qualifying players at his position. PFF cornerback rankings leave Steelers fans scratching their heads The biggest knock on the Pittsburgh Steelers organization dating back to Bill … PFF Rankings Nov 29, 2019 13:10:18 GMT -6 poiple likes this. Just three short years ago, defensive coordinator Dennis Allen inherited a coverage defense that had just finished the 2015 season with a 32nd-ranked team coverage grade of 29.8. They also checked in with the 10th-fewest missed tackles (34), which shows an improved defense that goes well beyond their good pass-rush. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS, not having a cornerback who finished in our top-25 rankings for 2019, PFF’s list of the top 25 cornerbacks for 2019. The Houston Texans have both talent and stability on the sidelines, so their 24th-ranked team coverage grade is quite surprising. LSU (15-0) 33.1: 48.9 (1) 17.7 (20) 1.9 (12) 3. Raheem Morris did a masterful job coaching the defense during their final eight games, but he couldn’t save the secondary from a woeful 25th-place finish on this list. Darius Slay (56.9 coverage grade), Rashaan Melvin (47.3) Justin Coleman (59.1), Tavon Wilson (73.7) and Tracy Walker (76.0) combined to allow 149 first downs from 365 combined targets in coverage, and they gave up a passer rating of 105.5 in the process. Their favorite scheme was a Cover-2 zone, which they played on 21.3% of their snaps, and they allowed a passer rating of just 73.5 (fourth among teams) and forced an incompletion on 9% of their targets (sixth) while playing in this scheme. Through 16 regular-season games, the Patriots also allowed the fewest pass completions (303), and they were the only team to collect more interceptions than touchdown passes allowed (13). NFL Team Total Offense Stats 2020 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class. Safety Jabrill Peppers earned the team's highest coverage grade (70.2), but it wasn’t enough to save his hometown team the embarrassment of another disappointing season. Pro Football Focus released its rankings for all 32 defensive line units entering the ... as the Giants defensive linemen combined for just 11.5 sacks in 2019. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine used zone schemes on 51% of their 613 coverage snaps, giving his pass defenders clear vision against opposing quarterbacks, and they responded with the league’s third-most interceptions (16) and the fifth-most forced incompletions (60). The NFL Power Rankings are selected by a panel of theScore's football editors.With the season nearing its end, we're identifying each team's biggest … Aaron Donald, DE/DT, LAR. PFF brings you data-driven NFL rankings, stats, and player grades for every team and player in the National Football League. New head coach Vic Fangio helped the 2019 Denver Broncos climb up from the 23rd-ranked coverage grade (72.4) they earned in 2018 to a 10th-ranked coverage grade (82.3) in 2019. AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Nick Bosa. Due to the numerous injuries that were sustained throughout the year, eight different cornerbacks played meaningful snaps for the Eagles throughout the regular season, and all of them earned a grade below 70.0. After trading starting corners Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters six weeks into the season, the Rams' secondary improved their then 12th-ranked coverage grade of 68.6 to a more respectable and eighth-ranked 84.7 by the close of the regular season. Select Post; Deselect Post; Link to Post; Member. In just one season, the Tennessee Titans' team coverage grade fell from a fourth-ranked 90.3 to a 20th-ranked 69.5. After giving up the eighth-highest passer rating (105.0) and the sixth-highest completion percentage (70.9%) to opposing quarterbacks, this group is ready to turn the page and build on their late-season success. Visit ESPN to view 2020 NFL team stats. ... Defense Special Teams; 1. Rushing Leader: Derrick Henry, 1540 Yds. New England Patriots. This group also allowed the eighth-most EPA per pass play and the league's 10th-highest passer rating (104.0). Through 17 weeks, the Eagles played a zone coverage shell on 58% of their snaps to better protect their ever-changing lineup of players. It was a disappointing year for the Dallas Cowboys in many ways, but their sixth-ranked team coverage grade of 88.9 is a reason for optimism. New Orleans Saints. Hayden stepped up in Ramsey’s absence to earn the 12th-highest coverage grade (77.9) among qualifying cornerbacks in 2019, while Jarrod Wilson‘s 78.1 coverage grade finished 21st among qualifying safeties. Despite allowing the second-fewest receptions (305) through 17 weeks of the regular season, the Cincinnati coverage defense still finds itself with a 26th-ranked grade of 51.8. After a slow start to the game, Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs turned it on in the second half to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 26-15 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers. The high volume of zone coverage enabled the Eagles' secondary to allow the fifth-lowest completion percentage (59.4%), and because zone coverages allow defenders greater vision and a faster break on the ball, the side also forced the most incompletions (58) in the NFL. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnulo used a good mix of both man and zone coverage to leverage the talents of safeties Tyrann Mathieu (81.5 coverage grade) and rookie Juan Thornhill (78.0), but cornerbacks Charvarius Ward (65.6), Bashaud Breeland (43.9) and Kendall Fuller (55.3) all earned grades that beg for improvement. Only Denzel Ward (72.7) earned a coverage grade above 70.0, while Greedy Williams (53.6), Terrance Mitchell (61.1), Juston Burris (61.5) and Damarious Randall (69.9) all earned coverage grades below 70.0. Adoree' Jackson earned the 14th-best grade (75.3) among qualifying corners and allowed the 10th-fewest first-down receptions among players on the same list. The Carolina Panthers check-in with PFF’s 14th-highest team coverage grade while ranking in the top 10 in two critical areas of our coverage data, as they tied for ninth in the NFL in total touchdowns allowed (21) and tied for seventh in total interceptions (14). Defense is part of the Ravens' identity; once again, their reputation remains firmly intact. "Keep an eye on Heflin because of the immense success he had at Northern Illinois. 2 after a Week 9 bye, but they have a legitimate … PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. Eagles land in top 10 of PFF's run defense rankings entering 2019 season. Rankings by position, player grades and snap counts for the current season; Grades for each facet of a player’s game (receiving, run blocking, coverage etc.) Reviewing the 2019 PFF rankings for all of the new players joining the Steelers The Pittsburgh Steelers have welcomed four new players to their 2020 roster who played in the NFL in 2019. J.J. Watt, DE, HOU. Armed with safety Malik Hooker and third-year cornerback Kenny Moore II, who finished 25th on PFF’s list of top cornerbacks for 2019, the Colts' defense came away with 15 interceptions, and they led the league in total coverage stops with 114. They are a talented group, but they underachieved this past season. The Cowboys were one of three teams — tying both the Cardinals and Lions — with a league-low seven interceptions. PFF rookie rankings: Kyler Murray at No. The inconsistent play of Malcolm Butler (64.2 overage grade) led to the late-season addition of 31-year-old veteran corner Tramaine Brock Sr., who ended the year with a coverage grade of 72.4 and landed at No. Only nine teams allowed more than the 27 touchdown passes given up by a combination of Desmond Trufant (70.3 coverage grade), Isaiah Oliver (54.5), Ricardo Allen (57.1), Damontae Kazee (58.1) and Blidi Wreh-Wilson (64.0). With only 10 picks in 2019, Prince Amukamara, Kyle Fuller and Eddie Jackson were all returning starters from the 2018 group with only Ha Ha Clinton Dix serving in his first year with the team. Mike Zimmer’s fingerprints are all over this group, whose 73 forced incompletions ranked first in the NFL through 17 weeks of action. 22 on PFF’s list of the top 25 cornerbacks of 2019. Here, with a special focus on each team's secondary, is a look at how we ranked all 32 NFL coverage units following the 2019 regular season. And White was the only NFL corner to play 500-plus coverage snaps and not allow a touchdown reception. The Chiefs' cornerbacks and safeties scored the league's ninth-lowest forced incompletion rate at 10.3% while wasting opportunities with seven dropped interceptions, tied for the sixth-most in the NFL. The folks at PFF reminded Los Angeles Rams fans the run defense is still a major concern for the team heading into the 2019 season. The Patriots earned a team coverage grade of 92.7 throughout the regular season — the highest grade among NFL outfits — despite playing the highest volume of Cover-0 (67 snaps) of any team in the league. Second-year player Jaire Alexander (11th) and 10-year veteran Tramon Williams (6th) both ranked inside PFFs list of top 25 cornerbacks for 2019, and their presence helped the defense allow a completion percentage of just 64.7% and a passer rating of 87.3, both of which were the fourth-lowest among teams. The Green Bay Packers improved their team coverage grade from 69.6 (26th) in 2018 to 88.0 (seventh) in 2019. A wild Monday Night Football battle between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens came down to the wire, with Justin Tucker's last-second, 55-yard field goal proving to be the difference. Early-season controversy cost the Jacksonville Jaguars their prized cornerback in Jalen Ramsey, who shut it down after playing in just three games for the Jags in 2019. While primarily playing in a three-deep zone scheme, the 49ers' secondary excelled by limiting explosive pass plays — they tied with the Patriots by allowing the fewest first-down completions (149) during the 2019 season. Only Detroit, New England and Houston played more man-coverage snaps than the Miami Dolphins, who ultimately earned PFF’s lowest coverage grade in 2019. Cornerbacks Nickell Robey-Coleman (19th) and Troy Hill (20th) both made our list of the top-25 cornerbacks through Week 17. This group is not your father’s Legion of Boom, but they still ranked top-10 in average depth of target (7.8, tied for fourth), interceptions (15, tied for fifth) and passer rating allowed (93.2, 10th). Backing up Adams, nickel cornerback Brian Poole earned the highest coverage grade (80.0) of any slot defender on PFF’s list of the top 25 corners after allowing the lowest yards per reception average (7.4) among players at the position in 2019. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers experienced some real growing pains on their way to this year’s 20th-ranked team coverage grade (70.1). Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. PFF's Anthony Treash looks back at Week 14 of the 2020 season, giving out awards, presenting the team of the week and more. As a whole, the Ravens' secondary finished the regular season having allowed a passer rating of just 80.0 to opposing quarterbacks, the fifth-lowest passer rating among the league's 32 secondaries, while their 47 forced incompletions ranked eighth among the same group. They allowed the league’s highest completion percentage (75.5%), the most receptions (417), the most touchdown passes (37), the most combined first downs and touchdowns (239) and the highest passer rating to opposing quarterbacks (117.9). On the other hand, Landon Collins turned in a disappointing coverage grade of 60.6 while Josh Norman’s play achieved an even lower mark of 43.4. After allowing 0.482 EPA per pass play over the first two weeks, 30th among teams, the Steelers allowed -0.268 EPA per pass play from Week 3 to Week 17, which was unmatched around the league. After finishing the 2018 season 16th on this list, the Indianapolis Colts move up to 13th place after their performance in 2019. D.J. The Philadelphia Eagles raced out to a 17-point halftime lead and then hung on to beat the New Orleans Saints 24-21 in Jalen Hurts' first start. If this group were a stock, this would be a good time to buy. But even though this year’s 17th-ranked 71.3 coverage grade is a vast improvement, there is still room to grow for New Orleans' talented coverage unit. The Broncos played a large proportion of their coverage snaps in either a Cover-3 (18.5% of snaps) or Cover-6 (19.0%) shell. Armed with PFF’s top-graded cornerback in Richard Sherman, the 49ers' secondary earned our second-highest team coverage grade (92.5) in 2019. The Vikings earned PFF’s third-best team coverage grade (91.3) through 17 weeks of the 2019 regular season, despite not having a cornerback who finished in our top-25 rankings for 2019. Quote. The USC secondary was ranked among the Top 30 in the nation at … The main difference between the 2019 and 2020 Titans offense hasn’t been the play of Tannehill; he’s remained anyone’s idea of a top-10 fantasy and real life QB. 5 on our top-25 list — could prevent this group from sliding outside our top 10. We also haven’t seen a drop off in performance from Derrick Henry , who has a very real chance to become the NFL’s first ever back-to-back rushing triple crown winner (rush attempts, rush yards, rush TD). The team played a zone shell on roughly 70% of their snaps and relied heavily on the disciplined play of PFFs highest-graded safeties, Anthony Harris (91.6, first) and Harrison Smith (91.4, second), for support on the back end. This year’s 12th-ranked 76.6 coverage grade is a significant decline from last year’s first-place mark (95.7) that was accompanied by a league-leading 27 interceptions. PFF analyst Mike Renner ranked every team’s ability to stop the ground game, heading into 2019, and Chicago remains on top. Last season, the Bears' defense forced the second-most incompletions (69), but that total fell to just a 29th-ranked 38 in 2019. Despite their collection of highly drafted players in the secondary, the Browns only managed a 22nd-ranked coverage grade in 2019. This high-risk, high-reward approach to pass coverage helped the Patriots haul in a league-leading 25 interceptions and allow the lowest passer rating in the NFL (67.3). Williams (47.8) and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (68.7) are also expected to play a little better than their grades would suggest. However, while they may have kept the ball in front of them in zone coverages, they would finish the season with the league’s lowest forced incompletion rate (5.6%) while allowing the second-highest completion percentage (75.4%). Give Gift; Back to Top; Post by badgervike on Nov 29, 2019 13:10:18 GMT -6. PFF Rankings: All 32 NFL coverage defenses through 17 weeks of the regular season 1. PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. As a whole, their cornerbacks and safeties forced an incompletion on 12.4% of their targets, 11th among the league's secondary groups. The problem with the Defensive grades is none of the 1st round CBs are up there. The secondary group finished with the third-most forced incompletions (57) in the league, but that was mostly because Davis led the league in this metric, with an impressive 22 forced incompletions all to himself. July 16, 2019 10:32 am. Receiving Leader: Michael Thomas, 1725 Yds. While playing in a man coverage shell on 32% of their coverage snaps, the Cardinals' secondary collapsed under the weight of many of the NFL's top-tier passing attacks. Their back end was a mixed bag this past season. Myles Garrett, DE, CLE. This group allowed the fifth-most EPA per pass play from Week 1 to Week 17, and they allowed the third-most touchdown passes of any team in the NFL (35). PFF looks at the overall grade for each first-round rookie after Week 14 of the 2020 NFL season. Ever since the emergence of Jamel Dean in the midst of the 2019 season, this Buccaneers coverage unit has been in the league’s top-tier. It was disappointing outside of those two, however, as Tre Herndon (54.1), A.J. Ohio St. (13-1) 35.4: 44.4 (4) 10.6 (2) 1.6 (21) 2. Among others, Daryl Worley (64.5 coverage grade), Erik Harris (66.7), Lamarcus Joyner (42.8), Trayvon Mullen (61.5) and Karl Joseph (64.7) helped give up a quarterback passer rating of 111.3, the second-highest mark allowed in 2019. Share this article 96 shares share tweet text email link Glenn Erby. Former first-round picks Marshon Lattimore (68.7), Eli Apple (59.1) and Patrick Robinson (65.0) all performed below expectations, while Vonn Bell (51.9), P.J. The Redskins performed poorly in both man and zone coverage, so maybe the hiring of Ron Riveria was done with this group in mind. After a 1-7 start, the Atlanta Falcons hit the reset button to win five of their last eight games, which included a four-game winning streak to close out the season. PFF Senior analysts Mike Renner and Steve Palazzolo discuss the top 15 DI prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft. This past season, the Colts ran Cover-1 more than any other coverage scheme (168 times) but elected to use a variety of zone concepts on 409 of their 665 total coverage snaps. PFF's exclusive metrics provide matchup previews, position rankings, grades, and snap counts. A drastic reversal by Reid would quickly elevate the entire group. The Bills played a good mix of both zone (60% of the time) and man coverage (34% of the time), and their low-risk philosophy yielded an average depth of target of just 7.3 yards, which tied for the second-lowest average among all 32 teams. As we know, the Cardinals’ defense last year had its fair share of struggles. In November, they released former first-round cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III then inserted second-year cornerback Carlton Davis into a more prominent role, and they never looked back. PFF credited Phillips with four quarterback pressures as he continued his dominant run of games recently. The 2019 NFL offseason saw many personnel changes for all 32 teams, and each roster looks a bit different than it did a year ago. From Week 7 on, the Ravens earned a team coverage grade of 85.1 (fourth); they allowed -0.362 EPA per pass play (first), a passer rating of 79.3 (second), an average of just 6.2 yards per reception (first) and surrendered a first down or a touchdown on just 30.1% of their targets (first). We dropped our offensive line rankings last week and now we turn our attention to the defensive side of the ball. The addition of Minkah Fitzpatrick helped to solidify a revamped Pittsburgh defense that ended up earning PFF’s fifth-best coverage grade (90.0) in 2019. Tre Boston finished with PFF’s fourth-highest grade (90.6) among qualifying safeties, and he allowed a sub-80.0 passer rating for the fifth consecutive year. Subscribe today to gain access.]. The Patriots earned a team coverage grade of 92.7 throughout the regular season — the highest... 2. In the lead-up to Week 15, PFF offers some takeaways from Tuesday. Passing Leader: Jameis Winston, 5109 Yds. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. To put it kindly, rookie cornerbacks DeAndre Baker (45.6 coverage grade) and Corey Ballentine (29.8) suffered growing pains, combining to allow 1,226 yards and 12 touchdowns on a combined 123 targets, while the defense as a whole gave up the sixth-highest completion percentage (70.9%), the fifth-most passing yards (4,376) and the eighth-most combined first downs and touchdowns (207). After already looking at the offense from last season, this time we are going to look at some of the PFF grades of the Steelers defense from 2019 to help determine how accurate their scores could be. play. Phillips earned a 75.5 run defense grade, a 76.4 tackling grade, and a … There is plenty of room for encouragement here, though, as the Bears continued to perform well enough to allow the fourth-fewest touchdown passes (17), which were five fewer than the 22 they allowed during their stellar 2018 season. PFF's Ian Hartitz breaks down the biggest mismatches in fantasy football based on matchup-specific metrics on offense and defense heading into Week 14 of … Through the first five weeks of play this year, Dean has produced an 83.6 coverage grade that ranks fourth at the position. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS. As the last line of defense, the Cowboys had the second-fewest missed tackles (42) of any team in coverage, revealing more effort and energy than most fans may realize. Second-year cornerback Darius Phillips was a rare bright spot, however, as he earned the secondary's highest coverage grade (83.8) and led the team with four interceptions, leading many to believe that he could be moving into the starting rotation for 2020. In a league in which the passing game is the preferred method of offense, NFL teams have started to build their defenses with a greater emphasis on pass coverage. As the Raiders head to Las Vegas, they will need more substance than style if they want to turnaround this wayward group. After a shaky two-game start to the season, Fitzpatrick joined the team and helped the Steelers secondary to rapidly improve in critical areas. As a whole, the Tennessee defense recorded 13 interceptions on the year, but it could have easily been more, as the team dropped 11 total interception opportunities through 17 weeks, tied for the most around the league. The Baltimore defense got off to a disappointing start to the 2019 regular season. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season. Davis led all starters with a 72.1 coverage grade while cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting (66.5) and safeties Andrew Adams (63.6) and Mike Edwards (52.5) all scored below 70.0. ... It’s rankings season here at PFF as camps are rapidly approaching. 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