5 on our top-25 list — could prevent this group from sliding outside our top 10. 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. play. ... Defense Special Teams; 1. Boston allowed only six combined first downs and touchdowns across 16 targets in coverage while Reid gave up an alarming 30 first downs across his 58 targets. AP Defensive Rookie of the Year: Nick Bosa. The Baltimore defense got off to a disappointing start to the 2019 regular season. Injuries and inconsistent play are the main reasons why the Los Angeles Chargers have slid down eight spots from last year’s ranking. on a 0-100 scale. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season. Aaron Donald, DE/DT, LAR. PFF EDGE gives you access to the most popular Player Grades features, and much more. 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. 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). 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). Give Gift; Back to Top; Post by badgervike on Nov 29, 2019 13:10:18 GMT -6. 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. They also checked in with the 10th-fewest missed tackles (34), which shows an improved defense that goes well beyond their good pass-rush. Both young and talented, the Buccaneers' secondary rest in the good hands of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. As the Raiders head to Las Vegas, they will need more substance than style if they want to turnaround this wayward group. Eagles land in top 10 of PFF's run defense rankings entering 2019 season. 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. 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. 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. 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. Pro Football Focus doesn’t seem to expect much regression for the Bears defense, at least when it comes to run defense. 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. 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. 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. The Redskins performed poorly in both man and zone coverage, so maybe the hiring of Ron Riveria was done with this group in mind. A drastic reversal by Reid would quickly elevate the entire group. 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. Despite their collection of highly drafted players in the secondary, the Browns only managed a 22nd-ranked coverage grade in 2019. 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. Myles Garrett has been an undeniable bright spot, though. PFF analyst Mike Renner ranked every team’s ability to stop the ground game, heading into 2019, and Chicago remains on top. Rushing Leader: Derrick Henry, 1540 Yds. Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft, Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS. The USC secondary was ranked among the Top 30 in the nation at … 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. 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). The Washington Redskins struggled all year long against the pass, and nowhere is that better reflected than in their 23rd-ranked team coverage grade of 57.1. 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. PFF Rankings: All 32 NFL coverage defenses through 17 weeks of the regular season 1. 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. 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. Armed with PFF’s … The Chicago Bears are a prime example of how teams can experience fluctuations in pass coverage from year to year. 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. Poor communication led to the Texans yielding 32 touchdown passes, which tied for the fifth-most league-wide. 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class. 17. Fifth-year cornerback Quinton Dunbar was the lone bright spot on the team, as he earned the second-highest coverage grade (89.5) among PFF’s top 25 cornerbacks. J.J. Watt, DE, HOU. The Patriots earned a team coverage grade of 92.7 throughout the regular season — the highest... 2. Passing Leader: Jameis Winston, 5109 Yds. 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. "Keep an eye on Heflin because of the immense success he had at Northern Illinois. 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. The Saints stand pat at No. 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. New Orleans Saints. PFF's Mike Renner breaks down the 2020 NFL MVP race between Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers. For the fifth straight week, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson headlines PFF's list of the NFL's highest-graded rookies. They utilized a zone-coverage shell on 61% of their 635 coverage snaps, and they allowed a successful play in terms of EPA on just 44.1% of those snaps, ninth among NFL teams. Since taking over as head coach in 2017, Sean McDermott has led the Buffalo Bills to three consecutive elite team coverage grades, with their 2019 grade of 90.5 ringing in as the league's fourth-best mark. 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. Head to head matchup charts featuring multiple offensive and defensive formations. Quote. D.J. His 90.9 pass-rushing grade trails only Khalil Mack on the season. PFF Rankings Nov 29, 2019 13:10:18 GMT -6 poiple likes this. 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2021 draft class. 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.) 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. 32, Jalen Thompson No. They are a talented group, but they underachieved this past season. If this group were a stock, this would be a good time to buy. 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. From Jalen Hurts' promising start to Drew Lock's future in Denver to Big Ben's struggles in Pittsburgh, here are Steve Palazzolo's QB takeaways from Week 14 of the 2020 NFL season. 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. 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. 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). Head coach Matt Patricia asked his defensive backs to play 347 total snaps of man coverage in 2019, the most of any defense in the NFL, but that did not go as well as he would have likely hoped. PFF cornerback rankings leave Steelers fans scratching their heads The biggest knock on the Pittsburgh Steelers organization dating back to Bill … 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. 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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. Subscribe today to gain access.]. Defense is part of the Ravens' identity; once again, their reputation remains firmly intact. 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. 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. Mike Zimmer’s fingerprints are all over this group, whose 73 forced incompletions ranked first in the NFL through 17 weeks of action. 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. PFFELO Ratings are PFF’s NFL power rankings based on weekly player grades in each facet of play. Bates is obviously a favored player in the eyes of PFF, and his overall defensive grade of 89.0 dwarfs any other player on the Bengals’ battered-but-competent defense. 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. 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. 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). It was a clear case of talent and scheme yielding mixed results. 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. Joey Bosa, DE, LAC. 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). When we … The Chargers' cornerbacks and safeties allowed the NFL's third-fewest passing yards (2,226), lagging only behind the 49ers (1,884) and the Steelers (2,144), but after safety Derwin James was forced missed 11 games and slot cornerback Desmond King II saw his coverage grade decline drastically from 2018, not even the stellar play of cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. — who checks in at No. The Cowboys were one of three teams — tying both the Cardinals and Lions — with a league-low seven interceptions. LSU (15-0) 33.1: 48.9 (1) 17.7 (20) 1.9 (12) 3. Bouye (55.4) and Ronnie Harrison (68.6) all failed to record a 70.0-plus coverage grade. 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. 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. In the lead-up to Week 15, PFF offers some takeaways from Tuesday. Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NFL player performance data. Through 17 weeks, the Eagles played a zone coverage shell on 58% of their snaps to better protect their ever-changing lineup of players. 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. 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). Myles Garrett, DE, CLE. [Editor's Note: All ELITE subscribers have access to PFF's advanced statistics and grades for every player and team in the NFL. These power rankings are adjusted based on coach, quarterback and the market each season. Here is PFF's explanation for ranking Heflin high up. Their cornerback trio of Steven Nelson, Mike Hilton and Joe Haden all rank among the top 25 highest-graded players at their position, and the defense as a whole went on to collect the second-most interceptions (20) and allow the second-lowest passer rating (85.4) among all 32 teams. Ohio St. (13-1) 35.4: 44.4 (4) 10.6 (2) 1.6 (21) 2. 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). 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. The Seahawks and their famed Cover-3 or 3-Seam coverage — which they used on 302 of their 692 regular-season coverage snaps (43.5%) — earned a coverage grade of 75.0 in 2019, 15th among the NFL's 32 teams. In just one season, the Tennessee Titans' team coverage grade fell from a fourth-ranked 90.3 to a 20th-ranked 69.5. PFF senior analysts Mike Renner and Sam Monson discuss several players along the defensive front who have a chance to be selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Williams (47.8) and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (68.7) are also expected to play a little better than their grades would suggest. Safety Justin Simmons played a huge part in that through 17 weeks, as he earned the third-highest coverage grade (91.1) among qualifying safeties on the year. It was disappointing outside of those two, however, as Tre Herndon (54.1), A.J. 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. 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 … 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). 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. They often left cornerbacks Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and Jonathan Jones in single-man coverage without the help of a safety over the middle of the field. Their 242 zone-coverage snaps were the third-fewest of any team in the NFL, leaving cornerbacks Nik Needham (61.0 coverage grade), Nate Brooks (54.1) and Xavien Howard (57.0) stranded on an island with no hope in sight, and it didn't get much better from safeties Steven Parker (70.5) and Eric Rowe (60.2). Last season, the Bears' defense forced the second-most incompletions (69), but that total fell to just a 29th-ranked 38 in 2019. Phillips earned a 75.5 run defense grade, a 76.4 tackling grade, and a … San Francisco 49ers. 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. Through 17 weeks, they allowed a passer rating of 98.1 and 0.037 EPA per pass play, 17th and 19th, respectively, among the league's teams. Allowed 393 receptions, the defense allowed 393 receptions, the Cardinals ’ defense last year ’ s 20th-ranked coverage. Little better than their grades would suggest Ravens ' identity ; once again, their reputation firmly. 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