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Is there anything in football more divisive than Pro Football Focus grades?

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Is there anything in football more divisive than Pro Football Focus grades?

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No? Good. Fact is Mike Wallace Jersey , you either hate them or love them, but I do believe that they serve as a solid guide and are necessary to their business model.With that in mind, let’s see who PFF has as the top 5 graded players on the Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles halfway through the season.(you can learn more about the PFF grading system here)Fletcher Cox – 92.4 (2nd, IDL)Cox is putting together his best season in his quest for hardware and is the Eagles’ most consistent performer week-to-week. His 49 pressures rank 2nd among all defenders and he’s on pace for 8 sacks on the season, a large number for an interior defender.He’s doing this while constantly receiving extra attention and center slides that free up his running mates to inflict damage on enemy quarterbacks. For example, in the Atlanta Falcons Week 1 game I charted his 46 pass rushes and found that he received a double or meaningful contact from a second blocker on 59% of those snaps.He’s also been a force in the middle on the Eagles’ 4th ranked run defense.Outside of Aaron Donald, no defensive lineman is putting together the complete season Cox has to this point.Brandon Graham - 90.3 (3rd, EDGE)Stop me if you’ve heard this before: the sack number (1.5) isn’t reflecting how well Brandon Graham is playing. Graham has accumulated 24 pressures, second on the team to Cox, and ranks 15th in PFF’s pass rush productivity metric for edge defenders. That said, there’s a discussion to be had about if the lack of finishes from Graham is due to a lack of juice caused by his long recovery from an ankle injury suffered last year.Putting that aside, he’s still been impactful in all areas of the game. A dog against the run and a match-up problem when kicked inside against the pass, Graham has a complete, steady game and is capable from rushing the passer and stopping the run from all alignments.As an aside, is it actually a good thing for the Eagles that Graham’s sack numbers aren’t reflecting his level of play? It could come into play when Howie Roseman sits down with Graham at the negotiation table. Just a thought.Carson Wentz - 83.9 (9th, QB)We can bicker about his ranking, but here’s what matters: Wentz is back and he is the same franchise quarterback that he was before his injury. After knocking off some rust in a tight contest against the Indianapolis Colts, Wentz’s terrific play since returning has quieted the lazy off-season media talk that he might be the next Robert Griffin III.His trademark escapability has remained a key part of his game and remains a plus for him despite the occasional slips into unnecessary hero ball. His ability to extend plays has led to some key plays for the Eagles and even garnered the praise of Jacksonville Jaguars’ lineman Calais Campbell.Wentz has thrown for multiple touchdowns in 5 straight games while only throwing 2 interceptions this season. He’s completing 70.7% of his passes, a feat made only more impressive considering his yards per attempt are up from last year (7.5 > 7.9). A lot of this has to do with his excellent ability to place balls in tight windows which has been aided by the return of Alshon Jeffery.As fans, we have an anxiety-filled second half of the season ahead of us, but having Wentz for that stretch and beyond makes things a little easier. Warts and all Authentic Sidney Jones Jersey , there’s not many quarterbacks in the league that can play at his level.Jason Kelce - 81.0 (1st, C)There wasn’t a better center in the league last year than Jason Kelce and the same can be said for this year. To be clear, Kelce hasn’t been as dominant as last year, but his current standing among centers reflects how magnificent he was in 2017. He hasn’t shown up on any injury reports, but he has worn a brace on his knee and there’s been talk of him getting extra rest during the week to ensure he’s as close to 100% as possible on game day.Injury or not, he’s the catalyst for the Eagles’ offense and allows them to be so diverse in their schemes. His work in space is elite and he consistently gets to the second level of the defense to seal off linebackers.He’s also been stout as a pass protector. Kelce is a much needed anchor in the middle of a line that has surrendered far too many sacks this year. His 99.3 pass blocking efficiency ranks 3rd among all centers and he’s allowed 0 sacks and only 5 pressures on the year.Kelce always had an excellent all-around game, but in the last two years he’s avoided the drive-crippling penalties and snap blunders that plagued his game in the past. This has allowed him to showcase the full range of his game without a frustrating shadow looming over it. Plus, he will live forever in Eagles’ and NFL lore for the greatest Super Bowl parade speech of all-time.Lane Johnson - 77.9 (9th, T)I’ll admit, I was surprised when I saw how high Lane Johnson ranked despite mine and Benjamin Solak’s protestations that he wasn’t nearly as bad as some were making him out to be earlier in the season. There’s no question that he has been beat clean more than we are accustomed to seeing, but Wentz’s ball security issues and some bad luck also exacerbated those plays and blew them up to be more than what they were.That’s an opinion, one you may disagree with, and that’s fine. I’ll concede he definitely wasn’t playing at the level we expected, but the rumblings about benching him was a bridge too far. We also can’t ignore his contributions in the run game, which bolster his grade.What I think we can all agree on is that Johnson returning as soon as possible from his MCL sprain is critical to this offensive line. Jason Peters has struggled and will be on the injury report for every remaining week this year. That fact, coupled with Johnson’s injury, is going to lead to some weird configurations along a thin offensive line that could prove disastrous.After surrendering 19 pressures and 4 sacks in the first four games of the season, Johnson rebounded and spent the next four games allowing only 7 pressures and 1 sack. This was done while battling through a high ankle sprain suffered in Week 5. It’s not often you see a struggling player turn his season around while hobbled, but the talk around Johnson has shifted from one of concern about his play, to one of concern about him not playing.The Best of the RestWith the off-season injury to Timmy Jernigan and in-season injury of Derek Barnett, Michael Bennett (77.7) has proven to be a key addition and an absolute terror. Alshon Jeffery’s return (76.7) has been crucial for an offense that lacked outside weapons to start the season. The 33-year old Chris Long (76.5) continues to play at a high level and his contributions will be even more important moving forward. Let’s get to the Philadelphia Eagles links ...Brandon Graham makes it clear that he plans to test free agency - PFTOn Monday Youth Malcolm Jenkins Jersey , Eagles defensive end Brandom Graham created the impression that he possibly would be willing to give his current team a hometown discount. On Tuesday, Graham made it clear that’s not the case. “I love Philly but I owe it to myself and my family to explore free agency,” Graham told PFT by phone on Tuesday morning. “I’m in the business of doing what’s best for my family. I need to explore the market.” Fueling Graham’s intent to make it to the market is the reality that the Eagles had been trying to get Graham signed to a new deal for a while, but that the offers hadn’t been deemed to be good enough by Graham. Now that he has completed his contract and carries no further injury risk, Graham can shop himself to the highest bidder.Complete list of 2019 Eagles free agents - BGNNick Foles said it well following the Philadelphia Eagles’ playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints: the toughest part about the season being over is knowing it’ll be the last time that exact team will be together. Philadelphia’s front office has a lot of critical roster decisions to make this offseason, especially when it comes to free agency. The team is currently projected to be $12.1 million OVER the cap so they’ll have to be wise about how they spend their money. Here’s a complete list of Eagles players that are set to be free agents when the new league begins at 4:00 PM ET on Wednesday, March 13.At the Podium: 2018 Year-End Special - BGN RadioHowie Roseman and Doug Pederson field questions on a variety of topics that look back through the 2018 NFL Season and forward to the decisions that need to be made in the off-season. They also chime in on who the QB will be moving forward without mincing words. Tons of content in this special year-end press conference! Powered by SB Nation and Bleeding Green Nation.Agent’s Take: Making sense of Nick Foles’ contract with Eagles and what happens next - CBS SportsPrediction: The Eagles pick up Foles’ option years. Foles pays the $2 million to get his freedom. The Eagles let Foles hit the open market because of the potential pitfalls of a franchise tag. Foles finds a team willing to pay him at least in the Case Keenum neighborhood. His former Rams teammate signed a two-year, $36 million contract with the Broncos last March in free agency. The deal is worth up to $40 million through incentives and had $25 million fully guaranteed at signing. An Alex Smith type deal is conceivable with enough interest assuming Foles is a free agent. Smith signed a four-year contract extension averaging $23.5 million per year with the Redskins in connection with his trade early last offseason from the Chiefs. The maximum value is $106.5 million because of $12.5 million in incentives based on Smith’s playtime and Washington’s playoff success. The extension has $71 million of guarantees, of which $55 million was fully guaranteed at signing.Q&A with Joe Banner: Trade him? Decline the option? 8 scenarios for Nick Foles’ future - The AthleticScenario 2: Eagles pick up Foles’ option for 2019, but Foles pays back the $2M and becomes a free agent If the Eagles pick up Foles’ option, Foles then has until 25 days before the league year begins to void it. (That’d be Feb. 16.) He can do so by paying the team $2 million. That would then make him a free agent. Banner: So this, to me, is the most likely scenario. It gives the Eagles a chance to feel out the market if there’s a significant trade. It’s likely to me that Foles would want to control his own life and choices, which he can do by paying back the $2 million, in which case they still have the opportunity to get a comp pick and he can choose whatever team it is that he wants to go to under whatever terms he wants — completely free to do so.Howie and Doug Speak on ’18 and ’19 - Iggles BlitzThe O-line came up as a topic. Obviously neither man was going to make any commitments in terms of who would be coming and going. Doug talked about Big V as a candidate for next year. Matt Pryor and Jordan Mailata also got mentioned. Jeff Stoutland is high on both players. The question is whether the Eagles are willing to count on either of them as starters next season. Doug said all three of his coordinators would return. There was fan and media criticism of Jim Schwartz and Mike Groh, but both men will be returning. Honestly, that’s the smart move. Schwartz remains one of the top DCs in the league. The Eagles banged up defense gave up 35 points in two postseason games. Dallas, with a healthy and high-ranked defense, gave up 52 points. Groh is a more complicated subject, but at the end of the day, I think there is value in staff continuity when dealing with a young QB like Carson Wentz. If you want to add someone to the staff http://www.eaglesauthorizedshops.com/au ... ham-jersey , fine. But getting rid of Groh doesn’t seem like the right move.Offseason needs for all 32 NFL Teams - PFFLeft Tackle: Cornerback is also circled in red sharpie for Philly, but they at least have some young options there. At 37 years of age, Jason Peters can’t be counted on to start 16 games even if he doesn’t retire. His backup, Halapoulivaati Vaitai, earned a 48.8 overall grade on 334 snaps this past season.9 positives from an Eagles season that came up short - NBCSPThe Eagles had the depth to overcome a zillion injuries because the job Howie Roseman and the front office did. They had the ability to climb out of a 4-6 hole because Doug Pederson and the coaching staff held the locker room together and adjusted their schemes. Despite everything that went wrong, this wound up being one of the top eight teams in the NFL in 2018. No matter where the roster goes from here, the leadership is in place to replenish the talent pool, then guide the Eagles back to the Super Bowl. I have zero doubt they will be back on the big stage soon.Setting The Goal For 2019: Gain A Top Seed In Playoffs - PE.comThe numbers are overwhelming. At least one team every year that has participated in the Super Bowl since the format expanded to four rounds in 1979 has had a first-round playoff bye. Since 1990, teams with a first-round bye have accounted for 44 of 56 Super Bowl spots, a percentage of 78.5. Of the 56 conference championship games played in the current format, 54 of them have been hosted by teams that had a first-round bye that year. In the 2017 season, the Eagles learned firsthand how important securing the No. 1 seed was for their ultimate playoff success. They used the bye week between the end of the regular season and the playoffs to reconfigure the offensive approach, and we saw how it benefited quarterback Nick Foles as he led the Eagles to the win in Super Bowl LII.Second grader writes heartwarming letter to Alshon Jeffery - Philly.comOn homemade stationery with Eagles-green hearts, 8-year-old Abigail Johnson penned a message of encouragement following the postseason-ending slip-up.Panthers owner acknowledges QB Cam Newton could sit out 2019 - ESPNThe Carolina Panthers are keeping all options open concerning the sore right shoulder of quarterback Cam Newton, including the possibility of not having the 2015 NFL MVP available for the 2019 season. Asked to compare Newton’s situation with that of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, owner David Tepper said Tuesday, “If you told me he took a year off and could recover and be fully recovered and everything else, and that’s what it took, an extra year, why wouldn’t you do [that]?’’ ”Now we would have to do other things, right? We’d have to go out and get another quarterback. If you could find me some more cap space I’d appreciate that.’’Week 19 DVOA Ratings - Football OutsidersHere are the single-game DVOA ratings for the divisional round. Opponent adjustments make two of the games pretty close Rodney McLeod Jersey , but the Colts-Chiefs and Eagles-Saints games are a lot further apart without those opponent adjustments. One note here: the blocked punt in the Kansas City-Indianapolis game ends up as a negative for the Chiefs special teams but not as a positive for the Colts special teams; this is a quirk of the special teams system that needs to be ironed out next time I update the special teams formulas. Given that blocked punts aren’t really predictive for either side, they probably should be removed from DVOA entirely or used in a separate rating that measures value in-game but not predictive value for future performance. This is one of those changes I keep wanting to make but never seem to have time for. Kansas City’s special teams rating is also hurt by below-average value on the Dustin Colquitt’s other punts, and by Tyreek Hill’s fumble (recovered by the Chiefs) and a total of just six yards on five punt returns. The Colts’ special teams rating, of course, is hurt by a missed field goal and extra point from Adam Vinatieri, as well as poor kick returns, balanced out (somewhat) by the excellent punt coverage.Bill Belichick Will Need a Master-Class Coaching Performance to Beat Patrick Mahomes II and Andy Reid - The RingerIf you want to know which way the NFL is trending, pay attention to New England. The Patriots are the league’s smartest and most adaptable team, but the Kansas City Chiefs present the biggest challenge Belichick and Tom Brady have faced in years.Early Lines Conference Champ - RotoworldWhen the Chiefs went to New England in Week 6, we had a classic shootout. Ultimately, the Patriots prevailed 43-40, smashing the over, but failing to cover the four-point spread. For the season, the Pats were 10-7 ATS, but just 6-11 on the over/under. The Chiefs were 10-6-1 ATS, hitting the over 10 times, under seven times. One other interesting tidbit of history between these teams comes by way of Twitter, and I’m unable to credit the proper source on it鈥ut here goes. Of all the games Bill Belichick has coached for the Patriots – regular and post-season – they’ve allowed 40 points just seven times. Three of those seven have been to the Andy Reid-led Chiefs, including the game in Week 6 of 2018. Pretty amazing stat!The reality of NFL practice squad players on the move - SB NationMoving at a moment’s notice. Finding temporary housing. Learning new playbooks. An NFL practice squad player leads a journeyman lifestyle — often without a paycheck that makes the path worthwhile....Social Media Information:BGN Facebook Page: Click here to like our pageBGN Twitter: Follow @BleedingGreenBGN Manager: Brandon Lee Gowton: Follow @BrandonGowtonBGN Radio Twitter: Follow @BGN_Radio