Verdicts on NFL players on pace for greatness -- and failure

Verdicts on NFL players on pace for greatness -- and failure

Postautor: lucky » 22 wrz 2017, o 04:51

The idea of a player or team being Adidas Authentic Kris Versteeg Womens Jersey "on pace" to do something is a joke until it isn't. Through two weeks last year, Matt Forte was on pace for a 1,568-yard rushing season, while Ezekiel Elliott was on pace for 1,072 yards. Forte finished with 813 yards, just over half of what we saw coming after two games. Elliott ran for 1,065 yards -- nearly hitting that full-season mark -- over his next nine games. And yet, sometimes, pace does matter. Mike Evans had 169 receiving yards and two scores through two games, for a 1,352-receiving yard, 16-touchdown pace. By the end of the year, Evans was in line with http://www.authentictorontomapleleafs.com/authentic-kris-versteeg-jersey those totals, racking up 1,321 yards and 12 scores. The early, career-high expectations Evans had set for himself through two weeks were met. It's too early to draw conclusions about what will happen over the rest of 2017 from two weeks, but this is a good point to take stock of what has happened so far, both good and bad. Let's run through some of the notable outliers and surprise packages from around the league and break down whether they're likely to keep at their pace -- or something similar -- over the remainder of the season. New York's uncompromisingly awful offensive line has made the Cowboys' and Lions' pass rushes look like the '85 Bears in prime time over the past two weeks. The Giants have been built around getting pressure with their front four on defense for more than 30 years now, but general manager Jerry Reese has struggled to repair the other side of the line for several years running. While Authentic Ryan Miller Youth Jersey Manning can be a punchline at times, one of his hidden virtues has been staying on the field. Manning hasn't missed a game since taking over for Kurt Warner midway through the 2004 season, a streak that stretched to 201 games with Monday's loss to the Lions. One of the biggest reasons why? Manning keeps himself off the turf. Eli had been sacked on just 4.6 percent of his dropbacks heading into the season, and he has been sacked more than 30 times in a season only once. That season was 2013, when Manning also led the league with 27 interceptions, and it would be no surprise if the two were related. Manning has been under siege in 2017, going down on 10.3 percent of his dropbacks, and while that won't keep up to such an extreme, the situation isn't likely to get much better. The Giants are locked in at left tackle with the excruciating Ereck Flowers and are already down http://www.officialbuffalosabres.com/Adidas-Ryan-Miller-Jersey to backups on the right side with Bobby Hart injured. They have no running game to take the load off Manning. Their first-round pick was tight end Evan Engram, a promising athlete who can't block. Even once Odell Beckham Jr. is back, where is the blocking help going to come from? Even worse, the schedule is about to get a lot more devastating. Over the next five weeks, the Giants have to play the Eagles, Chargers, Broncos and Seahawks, who have four of the best pass rushes in football. Later in the year, they'll face Aaron Donald, Justin Houston, Chandler Jones and Khalil Mack. It would hardly be a surprise to see Eli hit the turf 40 times or more this season. You don't need me to tell you that Brady is incredible, but as he enters his 17th season as the Patriots' starter, it's almost a surprise that he hasn't led the league in passing categories more frequently. Brady always ranks near the top of Joonas Korpisalo Youth Jersey most passing categories, and he routinely posts the best interception rate, but he has less black ink than you might think. Brady has led the league in completion percentage once, yards per attempt once, and both passer rating and passing yardage twice. He racked up a league-high 4,110 yards in 2005, a total that would have ranked 12th in the NFL last season, before throwing for 4,806 yards during that legendary 2007 campaign. Will he add a third passing title to his already-teeming and entirely fictitious statistical trophy room for a third time? It seems unlikely. Brady's volume hasn't changed -- he's averaging 37.5 passes per game through two contests, right in line with the 37.3 passes per game he averaged over the three previous seasons -- but he's generating 9.5 yards per pass attempt, which would be the third-best mark since the NFL merger behind Kurt Warner http://www.officialcolumbusbluejackets.com/Adidas-Joonas-Korpisalo-Jersey and, of all people, Chris Chandler on the Dirty Bird Falcons. It's true that the Pats have thrown deeper this season after adding Brandin Cooks and losing Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, with Brady averaging 10.7 air yards per pass, third in the league. Brady was 27th in the league in the same category between 2014 and 2016, averaging 7.7 air yards per pass. The latter seems more meaningful and likely to win out to me, given Brady's skill set and the nature of the Patriots' offense. It wouldn't surprise me if Brady finished over 8.0 air yards per pass or approached 5,000 passing yards, but the Patriots want to stay on schedule, avoid turnovers and keep their defense fresh. That's a recipe for shorter, higher-percentage passes.
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