Stats & Info: Chris Clemons

Top stats to know: NFL free agency (Day 2)

March, 12, 2014
Mar 12
What were the top statistical storylines from Day 2 of NFL Free Agency?

Broncos bolster their defense
The Denver Broncos have now signed defensive end DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward already this offseason. The attempt to improve the defense should come as no surprise as the Broncos’ pass defense let them down the past two postseasons, especially when bringing standard pressure.

Ware should pair nicely with Von Miller. Miller has recorded the sixth-most most sacks since entering the NFL in 2011. Ware has recorded the third-most in that time.

The duo shouldn’t have to worry about getting in each other’s way. Miller has recorded 83 percent of his sacks when lining up as a left-side linebacker or defensive end. In the last six seasons, Ware has recorded 72 percent of his sacks when lining up on the right side.

The Broncos ranked 19th in sack percentage last season, a year removed from leading the NFL.

Darrelle Revis to the Patriots
As expected, the Buccaneers cut cornerback Darrelle Revis, who didn’t have the same impact with the Buccaneers that he did with the Jets. Within hours, he agreed to a deal with the New England Patriots, who needed a cornerback after losing Talib to the Broncos.

But how effective will Revis be?

From 2008 to 2012, when Revis was on the field, opposing quarterbacks completed only 56 percent of their passes and had a Total QBR of 38.9.

When Revis played in 2013, Buccaneers opponents completed 65 percent of their throws and had a Total QBR of 67.1.

Player to Watch: Josh McCown
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed quarterback Josh McCown, and new head coach Lovie Smith immediately announced he’d be the starting quarterback heading into training camp.
Josh McCown
McCown led the NFL in Total QBR last season, posting an 85.1 in eight games (encompassing 269 action plays), largely because of his 13 to 1 touchdown to interception ratio. The Buccaneers ranked 24th with a 41.3 Total QBR last season.

Aided by the presence of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffrey, McCown was 17 for 36 with four touchdown passes on throws at least 16 yards downfield Tthe league average completion percentage on such throws was around 40 percent). He also was solid on short throws, completing 72 percent of passes thrown fewer than 10 yards downfield (league average: 68 percent)

Seahawks lose a key offensive piece
Former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate signed with the Detroit Lions. Tate was targeted 183 times by Russell Wilson last season (including playoffs), 44 times more than the next highest Seahawk.

Tate also led all wide receivers (minimum 50 receptions) with an average of 7.8 yards after the catch.

On defense, the Seahawks released Chris Clemons. He’s the third defensive linemen who ranked among their top seven in snaps played last season to be cut by Seattle.

Browns prepping to draft a quarterback
The Browns released Jason Campbell and Brandon Weeden, who combined to start 13 games last season. That leaves Brian Hoyer and Alex Tanney as the only quarterbacks left on their roster.

The Browns pick fourth and 26th overall this year, and if they take a quarterback with either pick, it’ll be the third time since 2007 they’d have taken a quarterback in the first round. The Browns are the only team to take multiple quarterbacks in the first round since 2007.

How bad have the Browns been at drafting?

In 2012 the Browns used two first-round picks to select running back Trent Richardson (third overall) and quarterback Brandon Weeden (22nd overall). Both players are no longer with the Browns.

A.J. Jenkins is the only other first-rounder from 2012 who is no longer with the team that drafted him.

NFC West in search of O-Line, WR help

April, 19, 2012
Stats & Information gets you ready for the NFL Draft at the end of the month with a look at the biggest need for each team. Today, we take a look at the NFC West.

Arizona Cardinals
Needs: Offensive line, wide receiver

The Cardinals used only five different offensive line combinations last season, yet allowed a league-high 32 sacks facing four or fewer pass rushers.

Larry Fitzgerald had 28 catches on throws traveling at least 15 air yards, while no other Cardinal receiver had more than six.

Kiper’s 1st-Round Prediction: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
McShay’s 1st-Round Prediction: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

St. Louis Rams
Needs: Offensive line, defensive tackle, defensive back, quarterback, wide receiver

The St. Louis Rams need to fill multiple positions under first-year head coach Jeff Fisher.

The Rams’ most used offensive line unit played 26 percent of plays together last season (29th in the NFL), and no team allowed more than the Rams’ 55 sacks.

Staying on the line, but this time defensively, the Rams allowed a league-worst 5.7 yards per rush and 3.2 yards before contact up the middle last season. In the backfield, St. Louis cornerbacks only intercepted one pass on throws outside the numbers in 2011.

Rams’ receivers combined for only 39 receptions on throws traveling at least 15 yards downfield last season (27th in NFL), and Brandon Lloyd (who signed a free agent deal with the New England Patriots) led the team with 13.

Getting those receivers the ball is quarterback Sam Bradford, who is the only player to finish in the bottom five in Total QBR rankings each of the last two seasons.

Kiper’s 1st-Round Prediction: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
McShay’s 1st-Round Prediction: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Seattle Seahawks
Needs: Tight end, defensive line

The Seahawks had 12 of their 33 sacks last season with four or fewer pass rushers, despite sending such pressure 70 percent of the time.

Chris Clemons led the team with 6.5 sacks when Seattle sent four or fewer rushers, but no other defensive lineman contributed more than one.

Seahawks’ tight ends accumulated 453 receiving yards, fourth-fewest in the league, including only six receptions on throws at least 15 yards downfield.

Kiper’s 1st-Round Prediction: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
McShay’s 1st-Round Prediction: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

San Francisco 49ers
Needs: Wide receiver, running back

The 49ers added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, but lost Josh Morgan to free agency.

Vernon Davis caught 60 percent of his targets on throws traveling at least 15 air yards, but other San Francisco receivers hauled in 41 percent of their targets and accounted for just half of Alex Smith's touchdowns on throws of that distance.

The 49ers were one of eight teams without a receiving touchdown by a running back last season, and led the league in drops despite having the second-fewest targets.

Kiper’s 1st-Round Prediction: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
McShay’s 1st-Round Prediction: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech