Draft Status of Players Selected for 2014 Season NFL Pro Bowl Game
By Chris Malumphy
|Draft Status of 2015 Pro Bowl Selections|
|Ben Roethlisberger||Steelers||2004||1||11||11||Steelers||Miami (OH)|
|Tony Romo||Cowboys||Eastern Illinois|
|Le'Veon Bell||Steelers||2013||2||16||48||Steelers||Michigan State|
|Calvin Johnson||Lions||2007||1||2||2||Lions||Georgia Tech|
|Demaryius Thomas||Broncos||2010||1||22||22||Broncos||Georgia Tech|
|Dez Bryant||Cowboys||2010||1||24||24||Cowboys||Oklahoma State|
|Jordy Nelson||Packers||2008||2||5||36||Packers||Kansas State|
|T.Y. Hilton||Colts||2012||3||29||92||Colts||Florida International|
|Antonio Brown||Steelers||2010||6||26||195||Steelers||Central Michigan|
|Greg Olsen||Panthers||2007||1||31||31||Bears||Miami (FL)|
|Jimmy Graham||Saints||2010||3||31||95||Saints||Miami (FL)|
|Julius Thomas||Broncos||2011||4||32||129||Broncos||Portland State|
|Nick Mangold||Jets||2006||1||29||29||Jets||Ohio State|
|Zack Martin||Cowboys||2014||1||16||16||Cowboys||Notre Dame|
|Jahri Evans||Saints||2006||4||11||108||Saints||Bloomsburg (PA)|
|Josh Sitton||Packers||2008||4||36||135||Packers||Central Florida|
|Ryan Clady||Broncos||2008||1||12||12||Broncos||Boise State|
|Joe Staley||49ers||2007||1||28||28||49ers||Central Michigan|
|Mario Williams||Bills||2006||1||1||1||Texans||North Carolina State|
|Robert Quinn||Rams||2011||1||14||14||Rams||North Carolina|
|Calais Campbell||Cardinals||2008||2||19||50||Cardinals||Miami (FL)|
|Cameron Wake||Dolphins||Penn State|
|Kyle Williams||Bills||2006||5||1||134||Bills||Louisiana State|
|Kyle Williams||Bills||2010||6||37||206||49ers||Arizona State|
|Luke Kuechly||Panthers||2012||1||9||9||Panthers||Boston College|
|Lawrence Timmons||Steelers||2007||1||15||15||Steelers||Florida State|
|Bobby Wagner||Seahawks||2012||2||15||47||Seahawks||Utah State|
|Von Miller||Broncos||2011||1||2||2||Broncos||Texas A&M|
|Tamba Hali||Chiefs||2006||1||20||20||Chiefs||Penn State|
|Patrick Peterson||Cardinals||2011||1||5||5||Cardinals||Louisiana State|
|Glover Quin||Lions||2009||4||12||112||Texans||New Mexico|
|Kam Chancellor||Seahawks||2010||5||2||133||Seahawks||Virginia Tech|
|Adam Vinatieri||Colts||South Dakota State|
|Pat McAfee||Colts||2009||7||13||222||Colts||West Virginia|
|Devin Hester||Falcons||2006||2||25||57||Bears||Miami (FL)|
|Darren Sproles||Eagles||2005||4||29||130||Chargers||Kansas State|
Draft Status of 2015 Super Bowl Starters
By Chris Malumphy
|Draft Status of 2015 Super Bowl Starters|
|New England Patriots Offense|
|WR||Julian Edelman||2009||Patriots||7||23||232||QB||Kent State|
|WR||Brandon LaFell||2010||Panthers||3||14||78||WR||Louisiana State|
|WR||Danny Amendola||Texas Tech|
|LG||Dan Connolly||Southeast Missouri State|
|C||Bryan Stork||2014||Patriots||4||5||105||C||Florida State|
|RG||Ryan Wendell||Fresno State|
|New England Patriots Defense|
|DT||Vince Wilfork||2004||Patriots||1||21||21||DT||Miami (FL)|
|DT||Chris Jones||2013||Texans||6||30||198||DT||Bowling Green|
|LB||Jamie Collins||2013||Patriots||2||20||52||LB||Southern Mississippi|
|CB||Brandon Browner||Oregon State|
|New England Patriots Special Teams|
|P||Ryan Allen||Louisiana Tech|
|KR||Danny Amendola||Texas Tech|
|PR||Julian Edelman||2009||Patriots||7||23||232||QB||Kent State|
|Seattle Seahawks Offense|
|LT||Russell Okung||2010||Seahawks||1||6||6||T||Oklahoma State|
|RG||J.R. Sweezy||North Carolina State|
|Seattle Seahawks Defense|
|DT||Kevin Williams||2003||Vikings||1||9||9||DE||Oklahoma State|
|OLB||Bruce Irvin||2012||Seahawks||1||15||15||DE||West Virginia|
|MLB||Bobby Wagner||2012||Seahawks||2||15||47||LB||Utah State|
|OLB||K.J. Wright||2011||Seahawks||4||2||99||LB||Mississippi State|
|S||Kam Chancellor||2010||Seahawks||5||2||133||DB||Virginia Tech|
|Seattle Seahawks Special Teams|
|PK||Steven Hauschka||North Carolina State|
|P||Jon Ryan||Regina (Canada)|
Draft Status of 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Nominees
By Chris Malumphy
|Draft Status of 2015 NFL Hall of Fame Nominees|
|Orlando Pace||1997||1||1||1||Rams||T||Ohio State|
|Tim Brown||1988||1||6||6||Raiders||WR||Notre Dame|
|Jerome Bettis||1993||1||10||10||Rams||RB||Notre Dame|
|Morten Andersen||1982||4||3||86||Saints||K||Michigan State|
|Charles Haley||1986||4||14||96||49ers||DE||James Madison|
|Kurt Warner||QB||Northern Iowa|
|Bill Polian||General Manager||NYU|
|Ron Wolf||General Manager||Maryville|
New York Jets Welcome QB Guru Chan Gailey as Offensive Coordinator
By Chris Malumphy
Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) tweeted that "QBs Chan Gailey has been an OC for ALL had best statistical years under him." Having nothing better to do, I checked the facts.
As offensive coordinator, Chan Gailey has never had a quarterback who was very good. Nevertheless, the teams he served in that role put up some pretty good records with the Steelers winning 10 games in 1996 and 11 in 1997 with the likes of Mike Tomczak and Kordell Stewart behind center. In both 2000 and 2001, the Dolphins went 11-5 with Jay Fiedler at quarterback. In 2008, the Chiefs were a miserable 2-14, but Tyler Thigpen threw 18 touchdowns and had only 12 interceptions and was never to be heard from again.
As a head coach, Gailey had somewhat better quarterbacks to work with. The Cowboys won 10 games in 1998 with Troy Aikman and Jason Garrett at quarterback. Aikman then led Dallas to an 8-8 record in 1999 when injuries continued to mount and his career was nearly over. Ryan Fitzgerald quarterbacked the Bills to 4-12, 6-10 and 6-10 records for the Gailey coached teams of 2010-2012.
The best quarterback rating achieved on a team where Chan Gailey was the head coach or the offensive coordinator was Troy Aikman's injury plagued 88.5 in 1998. None of his QBs ever threw 25 touchdown passes in a season. Gailey coached teams only had one season where a quarterback passed for as many as 3,500 yards: Ryan Fitzgerald's 3,832 in 2011. Then again, Chan Gailey's quarterbacks don't get sacked much. Worst was the 30 sacks taken by Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2012.
So, while the quarterback statistics put up by Gailey coached teams hasn't been very awe-inspiring, Gailey probably got more out of his quarterbacks than most other coaches would have. It's a shame that the only above average quarterback he ever coached in the pros was Troy Aikman, at the end of his career when he was often injured. Mike Tomczak, Kordell Stewart, Jay Fiedler, Tyler Thigpen, Jason Garrett and even Ryan Fitzpatrick wouldn't scare many defenses with their passing prowess. Sad thing for Gailey is that in going to the New York Jets, he is once again saddled with what appears to be sub par talent at the most key of all positions. Now we'll see if Geno Smith passes muster.
|Statistics for Quarterbacks when Chan Gailey was Head Coach|
|Year||Team||Name||Att||Comp||Pct||Yds||Avg||TD||TD Pct||Int||Int Pct||Sacked||QB Rating||Team Record|
|Statistics for Quarterbacks when Chan Gailey was Offensive Coordinator|
|Year||Team||Name||Att||Comp||Pct||Yds||Avg||TD||TD Pct||Int||Int Pct||Sacked||QB Rating||Team Record|
Locker, Sanchez, McCoy & Hoyer Top Potential Unrestricted Free Agent QB List
By Chris Malumphy
NFL teams looking for a quarterback aren't likely to find anyone overly exciting in the upcoming free-agent crop, but there are a few players that might be worth taking a look at for those desperate for an upgrade.
The unrestricted free-agent quarterbacks that might be worth a gamble for a team needing a starter are by no means sure things. Each have well-known liabilities.
Jake Locker may be the most attractive unrestricted free agent possibility. He is young, mobile and has shown occasional flashes. But Locker is also injury prone and erratic. Still, for parts of 2013, it appeared that Locker might be developing into a reasonable starter.
Mark Sanchez is the best known of the group, coming off his best season statistically, completing 64% of his passes for a 7.8 yard average and garnering an 88.4 quarterback rating topping his previous bests of 56.7%, 6.7 and 78.2. But Sanchez has always been a turnover machine and you have to believe that his statistical success in 2014 was primarily due to Coach Chip Kelly's quarterback friendly offense that enabled Nick Foles to put up superstar statistics in 2013.
Colt McCoy provides an interesting possibility. He is on the small side, is frequently injured and doesn't have a big arm. But McCoy can be remarkably accurate as evidenced by his 71.1% competion rate on 128 attempts in 2014. McCoy could thrive in a true West Coast or Chip Kelly type offense, so long as he didn't get killed in the process. McCoy also has a lot of intangibles that could be attractive to a team that desperately needs a quarterback and doesn't have the draft picks to get an impact player in the draft.
Brian Hoyer had the Browns at 7-4 after 11 games in 2014. Then things fell apart for both the quarterback and the team. Hoyer's arm is reasonably strong, but highly erratic. For much of the season, he protected the ball well. Then he turned into a turnover machine. He is worth a look, if nothing else as a very viable backup.
Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Vick and Jason Campbell are long past their sell date. Shaun Hill continues to prove that he's a nice guy to have around in a backup role, but he's also been around quite a while and has never been able to seize a starting job for long. Matt Moore is another capable backup, but hasn't been able to capitalize on any of the opportunities provided him. Matt Flynn has proven to be a decent stop-gap backup quarterback in Green Bay, but failed in chances to win a starting position with both the Seattle Seahawks and the Oakland Raiders.
|Expected Unrestricted Free Agent Quarterbacks Entering 2015 Season|
|Name||Att||C||Pct||Yds||Avg Att||Avg Comp||Td||Td Pct||Ints||Int Pct||Sacked||Pct Sacked||Rating||Rushes||Yds||Avg||Td|
Rookie Seasons of Running Backs Drafted in 2014
By Chris Malumphy
For the second year in a row, no running backs were selected in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The best performer as a rookie was second rounder Jeremy Hill of the Cincinnati Bengals. Hill gained 1,124 yards on 222 carries for a 5.1 yard average and 9 touchdowns. Hill's efforts went a long way towards helping QB Andy Dalton lead the team to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year, despite throwing the fewest touchdown passes in his career. Hill looks like he'll give the Bengals the type of powerful running back that is needed to thrive in the AFC Central for years to come.
The next most productive running backs drafted in 2014 behind Hill were Tre Mason of the Rams (a third rounder who carried the ball 179 times for 765 yards, a 4.3 yard average and 4 touchdowns) and Andre Williams of the Giants (a fourth rounder with 217 carries, 721 yards, a disappointing 3.3 yard average but 7 touchdowns). The Browns got some productivity from the erratic Terrance West, a third round pick who gained 673 yards on 171 carries for a 3.9 yard average and 4 touchdowns, but Cleveland received nearly the same results, if not better, from undrafted rookie Isaiah Crowell (148 rushes, 607 yards, 4.1 yard average and 8 touchdowns). West dances in the backfield and cost the Browns dearly early in the year by failing to run forward on a critical short yardage situation. His attitude was also questioned more than once. Crowell had three fumbles. So while the Browns are looking for the silver lining in the cloud, others just see another cloudy day in Cleveland.
Jerick McKinnon racked up some yardage for the Vikings (113 carries, 538 yards, 4.8 yard average) as did Alfred Blue for the Texans (169 carries, 528 yards, but only a 3.1 yard average, with 2 touchdowns).
Bishop Sankey, selected the pick before Hill by the Titans, provided only about half the production, gaining 569 yards on 152 carries for a 3.7 yard average and 2 touchdowns. Carlos Hyde, drafted two picks after Hill by the 49ers played somewhat sparingly behind Frank Gore (who never seems to receive the recognition he deserves). Hyde gained 333 yards on 83 carries for a 4.0 yard average and 4 touchdowns. As Gore's career finally (perhaps) begins to wind down, we can expect to see much greater output from Hyde in years to come. The Bucaneers Charles Sims had an ineffective 2.8 yard average which was extremely disappointing from a high third round selection.
After one season, Jeremy Hill is the only certified success, but the Rams must also be happy with Tre Mason and Carlos Hyde will likely see more action in the future with the 49ers. For the time being though, the future appears uncertain for the rest of the running backs drafted in 2014. There was some production from the others, but no one else set the world on fire.
|Running Backs Drafted in 2014<|
|Jeremy Hill||Bengals||2||23||55||Louisiana State||Bengals||222||1124||5.1||9||61|
|Carlos Hyde||49ers||2||25||57||Ohio State||49ers||83||333||4.0||4||16|
|Charles Sims||Buccaneers||3||5||69||West Virginia||Buccaneers||66||185||2.8||1||10|
|Jerick McKinnon||Vikings||3||32||96||Georgia Southern||Vikings||113||538||4.8||0||21|
|Dri Archer||Steelers||3||33||97||Kent State||Steelers||10||40||4.0||0||2|
|Devonta Freeman||Falcons||4||3||103||Florida State||Falcons||65||248||3.8||1||9|
|Andre Williams||Giants||4||13||113||Boston College||Giants||217||721||3.3||7||30|
|Lorenzo Taliaferro||Ravens||4||38||138||Coastal Carolina||Ravens||68||292||4.3||4||17|
|Alfred Blue||Texans||6||5||181||Louisiana State||Texans||169||528||3.1||2||29|
|Marion Grice||Chargers||6||25||201||Arizona State||Cardinals||15||41||2.7||1||3|
|Storm Johnson||Jaguars||7||7||222||Central Florida||Jaguars||29||86||3.0||2||5|
Rookie Seasons of Wide Receivers Drafted in 2014—The Best Rookie Crop Ever
By Chris Malumphy
The 2014 NFL Draft may have produced the best rookie crop of wide receivers ever.
The wide receivers drafted in 2014 produced the best cumulative rookie season results of all-time, amassing 807 receptions for 10,445 yards and 81 touchdowns dwarfing the totals for the 2013 rookie crop of 493 catches, 6,900 yards and 43 touchdowns which were fairly typical totals for recent years. The next best season for rookie wideouts was 2009 which had 658 catches 9,044 yards and 53 touchdowns.
Odell Beckham Jr. led the way with 91 receptions for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns despite only playing in 12 games for the Giants. The Buccaneers' Mike Evans excelled despite poor quarterback play in Tampa Bay with 68 catches for 1,051 yards, a 15.5 yard average and 12 touchdowns. The Panthers' Kelvin Benjamin, with 73 catches for 1,008 yards and 9 touchdowns joined Beckham and Evans to form the first trio of wide receivers from the same draft to top 1,000 yards in their rookie seasons. Buffalo's Sammy Watkins almost made it a fourth with 982 yards on 65 catches for 6 touchdowns. Beckham, Evans, Benjamin and Watkins were all first round draft picks. The sole first round pick to not put up big numbers among the wide receivers drafted in 2014 was Brandin Cooks who caught 53 balls for 550 yards and three touchdowns for the Saints.
The biggest producers from the second round were the Eagles' Jordan Mathews (67 receptions, 872 yards, 8 touchdowns) and the Dolphins' Jarvis Landry (84 catches, 758 yards, 5 touchdowns). Landry was Beckham's teammate at LSU. Allen Robinson (48 catches, 758 yards and 5 touchdowns) and Marqise Lee (37 catches, 422 yards, 1 touchdown) teamed up as rookie wideouts for the Jaguars, but it is difficult to gage their talent absent more consistent quarterbacking in Jacksonville. The Packers' Davante Adams had 38 receptions for 446 yards and 2 touchdowns while Seattle's Paul Richardson had 29 catches for 271 yards and 1 touchdown.
Third rounders John Brown (48 catches, 696 yards, 5 touchdowns) of the Cardinals and Donte Moncrief (32 catches, 444 yards and 3 touchdowns) of the Colts also showed promise. The only wide receiver drafted after round three who made an impact was the Steelers' fourth round pick Martavis Bryant with with 26 receptions for 549 yards, a whopping 21.1 yard average and 8 touchdowns.
Remarkably, the totals accumulated by the 2014 draftees were decidedly front-ended, with surprising little help provided by the 18 wide receivers drafted after the third round. In order to accumulate hefty cumulative stats for an entire draft crop, you'd normally at least a few surprises from the later rounds. Wide receivers drafted after the third round in 2014 caught only 64 passes for 971 yards and 11 touchdowns, the poorest results since 2007 and 2008 for receivers taken so late in the draft. Note that the Steelers' Martavis Bryant. a fourth round pick, accounted for more than half those yards and touchdowns. In contrast to 2014, wide receivers drafted in the fourth round or later in 2009 caught 294 pass for 3,512 yards and 22 touchdowns. There are several ways of think about these results. The first is that teams can no longer wait until later in the draft to get a good wide receiver since there is such a high premium placed on the position in the pass-happy NFL. Another thought is that these results bode well for the potential lasting power of the 2014 draftees in their pursuit of becoming the best draft crop ever over their careers since the rookie totals were overwhelmingly accumulated by the best of the best and were not contributed to significantly by less athletic players who are less likely to keep up the pace over the long term.
|Wide Receivers Drafted in 2014|
|Mike Evans||Buccaneers||1||7||7||Texas A&M||Buccaneers||68||1051||15.5||12|
|Odell Beckham Jr.||Giants||1||12||12||Louisiana State||Giants||91||1305||14.3||12|
|Brandin Cooks||Saints||1||20||20||Oregon State||Saints||53||550||10.4||3|
|Kelvin Benjamin||Panthers||1||28||28||Florida State||Panthers||73||1008||13.8||9|
|Davante Adams||Packers||2||21||53||Fresno State||Packers||38||446||11.7||3|
|Allen Robinson||Jaguars||2||29||61||Penn State||Jaguars||48||548||11.4||2|
|Jarvis Landry||Dolphins||2||31||63||Louisiana State||Dolphins||84||758||9.0||5|
|John Brown||Cardinals||3||27||91||Pittsburg State (KS)||Cardinals||48||696||14.5||5|
|Bruce Ellington||49ers||4||6||106||South Carolina||49ers||6||62||10.3||2|
|T.J. Jones||Lions||6||13||189||Notre Dame|
|Matt Hazel||Dolphins||6||14||190||Coastal Carolina|
|Walt Powell||Cardinals||6||20||196||Murray State|
|Mike Campanaro||Ravens||7||3||218||Wake Forest|
|Jeff Janis||Packers||7||21||236||Saginaw Valley State||Packers||2||16||8.0||0|
|James Wright||Bengals||7||24||239||Louisiana State||Bengals||5||91||18.2||0|
Rookie Seasons of Tight Ends Drafted in 2014
By Chris Malumphy
Tight ends drafted in 2014 didn't make a significant impact in their rookie seasons. There were 10 tight ends drafted in 2014. None had as many as 40 receptions, 350 yards receiving, or three touchdowns. In comparison, four tight ends drafted in 2013 had over 400 yards receiving, three had at least three touchdown receptions, and three equaled or bettered the top performer in receptions for 2014. Check out the rookie seasons for tight ends drafted in 2013.
The top rookie tight end for 2014 was second round pick Jace Amaro of the New York Jets with 38 catches for 345 yards and two touchdowns. The Detroit Lions Eric Ebron, selected with the 10th pick in the first round, finished the season with a rather pedestrian 25 receptions for 248 yards and one touchdown in 13 games. Ebron's totals were nearly matched by Tampa Bay second rounder Austin Seferian-Jenkins (21 receptions, 221 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Green Bay third rounder Richard Rodgers (20 receptions, 225 yards, 2 touchdowns). The Ravens got some productions from third rounder Crockett Gillmore (10 receptions, 121 yards, 1 touchdowns). The Cardinals second round pick Troy Niklas (3 receptions, 38 yards, 0 touchdowns) and the Texans third round chose C.J. Fiedorowicz (4 receptions, 28 yards, 1 touchdown) at least got on the field.
|Tight Ends Drafted in 2014|
|Eric Ebron||Lions||1||10||10||North Carolina||Lions||25||248||9.9||1|
|Jace Amaro||Jets||2||17||49||Texas Tech||Jets||38||345||9.1||2|
|Troy Niklas||Cardinals||2||20||52||Notre Dame||Cardinals||3||38||12.7||0|
|Crockett Gillmore||Ravens||3||35||99||Colorado State||Ravens||10||121||12.1||1|
Rookie Seasons of Quarterbacks Drafted in 2014
By Chris Malumphy
Fourteen quarterbacks were drafted in 2014. Eight got on the field to throw passes in their rookie seasons, four extensively.
Blake Bortles, the third player selected in the 2014 NFL Draft, received a rocky reception to the pro game, completing 58.9% of his passes for a measly 6.1 yard average, 11 touchdowns, 17 interceptions and a lowly 69.5 rating. Bortles was sacked 55 times (10.4% of the times he dropped back to pass) the most in the league. The Jaguars will need to add more talent for Bortles to have any chance of developing into a reasonable starter.
Although he was the fourth quarterback drafted in 2014, Derek Carr got on the field first and showed the Raiders that they may have someone to build a team around. But there was both bad, along with the good, that came along with Carr. Carr's completion percentage of 58.1 was the lowest of the four rookie quarterbacks who had substantial opportunity to play. His 5.5 yard average was also the lowest of the four, by a substantial margin. Carr's rating of 76.6 was very pedestrian. Yet Carr did throw 21 touchdown passes with just 12 interceptions and he was sacked just 24 times for a very low 3.9 sacked percentage. Carr has promise but the Raiders need will need to provide him with much more support for the team to thrive.
Teddy Bridgewater had to wait longer than Carr and Bortles to get on the field, but he performed better, completing 64.4% of his passes for a 7.3 yard average, 14 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a rating of 85.2. He was sacked 39 times, an 8.8% which is quite high. Bridgewater will need to cut down on his interceptions and avoid being sacked, but the Vikings must be pleased thus far.
Zach Mettenberger received an opportunity to play after Jake Locker got hurt once again, and Charlie Whitehurst couldn't rise to the occasion. Mettenberger showed both good and bad before getting hurt. He completed 59.8% of his passes, second only to Bridgewater among the four rookies who played extensively. His 7.9 yard average bested the other four substantially. His rating was 83.4. But Mettenberger threw nearly as many interceptions (7) as touchdowns (8) and was sacked 18 times (9.1%). He also displayed the type of mouth that riled opponents which is uncommon for quarterbacks, especially rookies. It's clear that the Titans will continue to look for opportunities to improve their quarterback situation, but Mettenberger could still win the job.
Johnny Manziel had to wait for the Browns to completely lose faith in Brian Hoyer before he got on the field and then he stunk up the joint against Cincinnati and quickly got injured by the Panthers. In the meantime he did not look good on the field and displayed immaturity and caused unnecessary controversy while off it. Manziel has the real possibility of becoming the next Ryan Leaf or JeMarcus Russell. Stay tuned, the outcome will likely be known within the year. In his limited time on the field, Manziel completed 51.4% of his passes for a 5.0 yard average with no touchdowns, two interceptions and a miserable rating of 42.0. Still, Manziel maintains the type of competitive nature that is hard to give up on this soon.
The Patriots gave Jimmy Garoppolo a couple of chances to get on the field when games were no longer in doubt. Garoppolo completed 70.4% of his 27 passes for a 6.7 yard average, one touchdown, no interceptions and a rating of 101.2. However, Garropolo was sacked 5 times, a whopping 15.6% of the times he dropped back to pass, which could be a concern.
The Texans' Tom Savage and the Cardinals' Logan Thomas each had a small taste of action in 2014. Both looked very raw. Savage completed 52.6% of his 19 passes for a 6.7 yard average, no touchdowns, one interception and a 51.9 rating. Thomas was horrible despite receiving an incomprehensible rating of 101.6 caused by his lone completion which went for an 81 yard touchdown. All 8 of Thomas' other passes went incomplete, resulting in a 11.1% completions. Thomas was also sacked twice, for 18.2% of his dropbacks. Those stats are why the Cardinals didn't go to Thomas in the playoff game against the Panthers, despite the fact that Ryan Lindley was overly mismatched.
The Chiefs' Aaron Murray and Bengals' AJ McCarron were injured in 2014 but may get an opportunity to compete in the upcoming preseason. Despite the Bears' meltdown, David Fales did not get to toss a pass in 2014 as Chicago instead looked to Jimmy Clausen the game that Jay Cutler was sent to the bench. It seems unlikely that we'll be hearing much about the on field exploits of Keith Wenning, Tajh Boyd or Garrett Gilbert anytime in the near future, but you never know.
|Rookie Seasons of Quarterbacks Drafted in 2014|
|Name||Year||Round||Pick||Player||Team||College||Att||C||Pct||Yds||Avg Att||Avg Comp||TD||TD Pct||Int||Int Pct||Sacked||Pct Sacked||Rate|
|Blake Bortles||2014||1||3||3||Jaguars||Central Florida||475||280||58.9||2908||6.1||10.4||11||2.3||17||3.6||55||10.4||69.5|
|Johnny Manziel||2014||1||22||22||Browns||Texas A&M||35||18||51.4||175||5.0||9.7||0||0.0||2||5.7||3||7.9||42.0|
|Derek Carr||2014||2||4||36||Raiders||Fresno State||599||348||58.1||3270||5.5||9.4||21||3.5||12||2.0||24||3.9||76.6|
|Jimmy Garoppolo||2014||2||30||62||Patriots||Eastern Illinois||27||19||70.4||182||6.7||9.6||1||3.7||0||0.0||5||15.6||101.2|
|Logan Thomas||2014||4||20||120||Cardinals||Virginia Tech||9||1||11.1||81||9.0||81.0||1||11.1||0||0.0||2||18.2||101.6|
|Zach Mettenberger||2014||6||2||178||Titans||Louisiana State||179||107||59.8||1412||7.9||13.2||8||4.5||7||3.9||18||9.1||83.4|
|David Fales||2014||6||7||183||Bears||San Jose State|
|Keith Wenning||2014||6||18||194||Ravens||Ball State|
|Garrett Gilbert||2014||6||38||214||Rams||Southern Methodist|
Stark Contrast in Running Ability of 2014 NFL Playoff Starting Quarterbacks
By Chris Malumphy
There is a stark contrast in the running ability of the quarterbacks starting in the 2014 NFL playoffs. Age is a key factor. The Seahawks' Russell Wilson (849 yds) and Panthers' Cam Newton (539) often do more damage to their opponents on the ground than through the air. The Colts' Andrew Luck (273 yds) and Packers' Aaron Rodgers (269 yds) can run well when necessary. The Bengals' Andy Dalton (169 yds) can move some. The Lions' Matthew Stafford (93 yds), Ravens' Joe Flacco (70 yds), Cardinals' Drew Stanton (63 yds) and Cowboys' Tony Romo (61 yds) are far less mobile. The Patriots' Tom Brady (57 yds) and Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger (27 yds) are now stuck in the mud. Unless I missed something, the Cardinals Ryan Lindley didn't try to run at all in 2014. And the Broncos' Peyton Manning (-24) averaged minus one yard per carry.
|2014 NFL Playoff Starting Quarterbacks Yards Rushing|