AGL by Place 2022: Ravens Wrecked at RB/DB


NFL Offseason – A couple of days ago, we examined adjusted video games misplaced on the staff degree. At this time, we’ll change views to guage the impression of accidents on every place. You will see how the Baltimore Ravens received slammed at each the working again and defensive again positions, how the Saints and Jaguars had issues at huge receiver, and the way the Eagles led the NFL in offensive line accidents… however not by as a lot as they did the yr earlier than.



After a youth motion on the line of defense in 2020 spurred a leap to a third-place finish in defensive DVOA and an sudden NFC East title, Washington gave the impression to be a reliable quarterback away from a 2021 playoff run. As an alternative, their protection reverted to its 2019 standard of 27th in DVOA, and veteran quarterback addition Ryan Fitzpatrick (16.0 adjusted video games misplaced) injured his hip in Week 1 and missed the remainder of the season. Washington has completed within the prime three of quarterback AGL in each of head coach Ron Rivera’s seasons with the staff, and so one can comply with the logic of their obvious commerce overpay for Carson Wentz. However with a 1.8% passing DVOA in 2021, Wentz was barely extra environment friendly in his bounceback Colts season than Taylor Heinicke was (-5.7% DVOA) in his flip as Washington’s emergency starter. Washington will want greater than good well being to contend in 2022.

The Saints and Texans had large quarterback sneakers to fill after the previous’s 15-year starter Drew Brees retired and the latter’s Deshaun Watson discovered authorized bother that spurred his relegation to the bench in 2021 (a distinction that excluded him from adjusted video games misplaced). Jameis Winston (10.0 AGL) fared higher than the expectations he set in his 30-interception ultimate season in Tampa Bay in 2019. He produced a 13.6% passing DVOA price that was the second-best of his profession and would have netted him a tenth place end if a knee damage hadn’t minimize his season 39 makes an attempt in need of qualification. The Saints offered loads of drama after the damage with Taysom Hill and Ian E book experiments, and Trevor Siemian even beat the Buccaneers on Halloween. However they could not hold tempo with the Bucs within the NFC South.

Tyrod Taylor (6.0) was a plan for the Texans to save lots of face—which failed at times—however his hamstring damage proved to be a blessing in disguise when it thrust third-round draftee Davis Mills into the lineup. Mills was not a preseason member of the lauded quintet of rookie quarterback prospects, however his -8.7% passing DVOA positioned him second amongst common first-year starters behind solely Mac Jones (6.1% DVOA). Mills plus the bounty of draft picks they recouped within the Watson commerce to Cleveland might have the Texans on the quick observe to a rebuild—if their entrance workplace can rise to the event.

No different contenders suffered as many quarterback absences as Washington and New Orleans. However even the handful of AGL that the Dolphins, Ravens, and Seahawks went by way of at quarterback did main harm to their playoff probabilities. For the entire criticisms of Tua Tagovailoa (3.6), he nonetheless bested his backup Jacoby Brissett -(0.7% passing DVOA to -22.9%.) And Russell Wilson’s (3.0) Seahawks completed ninth in team DVOA.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Giants (7.0)—Daniel Jones (6.0, neck)
  • Panthers (5.3)—Sam Darnold (5.3, shoulder)
  • Bears (4.6)—Justin Fields (2.6, ribs) and Andy Dalton (2.0, knee)
  • Jets (4.0)—Zach Wilson (4.0, knee—PCL sprain)

Working Backs

The Ravens, and to a lesser extent the 49ers, ran away with the undesirable crown of most adjusted video games misplaced at working again with their totals of 54.9 and 27.2, respectively. And in doing so, they offered much more proof of the reducing significance of heavy investments into the place. With J.Okay. Dobbins, Gus Edwards, and Justice Hill all lacking the complete season with a pair of ACL tears and an Achilles tear, the Ravens turned to veteran cast-offs Devonta Freeman and Latavius Murray, who each delivered above-average rushing DVOA seasons regardless of their age. After a yr with simply two carries and on the heels of a meager free-agent contract with simply $1 million assured from the Dolphins, Raheem Mostert might look like a comparatively minor loss for the latter staff. However he led all backs with 26.8% dashing DVOA in 2019 and was a plus contributor with a 4.0% DVOA in 2020 as nicely. Nonetheless, the 49ers barely felt his absence as sixth-round rookie Elijah Mitchell (6.3) produced a 5.7% DVOA on 207 carries between rib and knee accidents and a concussion. And even with their many losses, the Ravens and 49ers completed eleventh and fourth in rushing DVOA.

The Rams had been a tier under the Ravens and 49ers with simply 17.1 working again AGL. They’d extra superior discover after Cam Akers (14.3) tore his Achilles in July to switch him with a commerce for Sony Michel, and even received Akers again in early January for his or her playoff run. Akers loved an abnormally fast restoration from his Achilles damage. And whereas his 2.5 yards per try from the common and postseasons mixed was the bottom amongst backs with 50 or extra carries and would possibly counsel he returned too rapidly, Akers additionally had the league’s lowest average yards before contact (0.95). The Rams offensive line that led the league with a 68% pass block win rate missed the highest 10 in run block win price (71%, twelfth). However that clearly wasn’t a deal-breaker for his or her Tremendous Bowl probabilities.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Jaguars (20.2)—Travis Etienne (17.0, foot) and James Robinson (3.1, Achilles tear)
  • Patriots (18.9)—James White (14.0, hip)
  • Seahawks (14.5)—Chris Carson (12.3, neck) and Alex Collins (2.1, groin, stomach, and COVID)
  • Browns (10.6)—Kareem Hunt (7.6, calf and COVID) and Nick Chubb (3.0, calf and COVID)
  • Panthers (10.0)—Christian McCaffrey (10.0, hamstring and ankle)
  • Titans (9.0)—Derrick Henry (9.0, foot)

Vast Receivers

Most of the disappointing quarterbacks from 2021 owe no less than a few of their difficulties to a scarcity of wholesome pass-catchers. Jameis Winston excelled regardless of Michael Thomas’ full-season absence for an ankle surgical procedure that he might have delayed till the summer season due to a falling out with the Saints organization. However Taysom Hill might by no means have had an actual likelihood after Tre’Quan Smith (6.0) and Deonte Harris (1.0) suffered hamstring, shoulder, and chest accidents and the latter was suspended, leaving an already skinny receiver room even thinner. Trevor Lawrence might have entered 2021 with the least receiver expertise on his roster, however DJ Chark’s (13.0) ankle and Jamal Agnew’s (7.0) hip accidents thrust failed prospects equivalent to Laquon Treadwell and Tavon Austin into Jaguars lineups. Jaylen Waddle (1.0) greater than lived as much as his No. 6 draft choose and missed only one sport on the COVID checklist. However Tua Tagovailoa misplaced shut to twenty video games from outdoors starters Will Fuller (13.0) and DeVante Parker (6.6).

And neither New York quarterback loved the anticipated advantages of his staff’s injection of receiver expertise. Huge-money Giants free agent Kenny Golladay (3.9) missed time with a knee damage; first-round rookie Kadarius Toney (7.6) handled a disquieting sequence of ankle, quad, stomach, and shoulder accidents in addition to COVID; and incumbent Sterling Shepard (7.1) missed his customary couple of months with hamstring and quad accidents. And the analogous Jets receivers Corey Davis (7.8), Elijah Moore (6.0), and Jamison Crowder (4.3) fared simply as poorly with their myriad hip, groin, stomach, head, quad, and calf accidents. The Giants and Jets remained dedicated to Daniel Jones and Zach Wilson regardless of their underwhelming -10.6% and -32.3% passing DVOA seasons—the latter of which was the worst amongst common starters—and anticipated damage regression is undoubtedly a significant supply of their optimism.

By a broader comparability to these groups, Tom Brady has little purpose to complain in regards to the Bucs’ 18.1 huge receiver AGL, almost half of which got here from a situational participant in Scotty Miller (7.0). However the timing of Chris Godwin’s (3.4) ACL tear and Mike Evans’ (1.3) hamstring damage offers him justification. These accidents got here on the eve of the playoffs and consistent with Antonio Brown (6.4)—who had already missed time with an ankle damage and COVID—losing his jersey and maybe his mind on the sphere and incomes his dismissal from the staff. What appeared firstly of the yr just like the deepest place on the Bucs roster was right down to gamers equivalent to Tyler Johnson, Breshad Perriman, and Cyril Grayson at an important time of the yr. And Brady nonetheless overcame a 24-point deficit to the eventual Tremendous Bowl champion Rams earlier than Matthew Stafford sealed the playoff win with a last-minute drive for a area objective.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Vikings (20.6)—Bisi Johnson (17.0, knee, ACL tear) and Adam Thielen (3.6, ankle)
  • Lions (20.4)—Quintez Cephus (12.0, clavicle) and Tyrell Williams (7.0, concussion)
  • Colts (18.2)—Parris Campbell (10.3, foot) and T.Y. Hilton (6.6, neck and concussion)
  • Steelers (15.5)—JuJu Smith-Schuster (12.0, shoulder)
  • Falcons (15.3)—Calvin Ridley (10.0, psychological well being)
  • Ravens (14.0)—Rashod Bateman (5.3, groin), Miles Boykin (4.0, hamstring and finger), and Sammy Watkins (3.5, thigh and COVID)

Tight Ends

The Vikings, Soccer Crew, and Cardinals suffered essentially the most vital 2021 tight finish accidents to Irv Smith (17.0), Logan Thomas (11.0), and Maxx Williams (12.3), respectively. They usually responded to these losses with disparate approaches and loved totally different levels of success. The Vikings traded a Day 3 draft choose for the once-promising Jets tight finish Chris Herndon, however Herndon noticed simply 184 offensive snaps and 7 targets along with his new staff because the notoriously two-tight end-reliant Mike Zimmer shifted towards 11 personnel. Slot receiver Okay.J. Osborn rose to that event with 50 catches and a 2.5% receiving DVOA, and the Vikings improved their passing offense from an 18.8% DVOA with Smith in 2020 to a 23.4% price with out him in 2021.

Washington had a pair of inner candidates to switch their 2020 breakout star Thomas in veteran Ricky Seals-Jones and fifth-round rookie John Bates. And whereas Seals-Jones offered a bottom-three -25.7% receiving DVOA for his place, Bates confirmed promise with an 8.0% DVOA that echoed the early success of one other mid-round Washington tight finish draft choose, Jordan Reed, who had an amazing 19.6% DVOA as a rookie in 2013 earlier than concussions derailed his profession. Bates’ growth can be a significant boon for Washington for the reason that quarterback-turned-tight-end Thomas was a late bloomer. He’ll be 31 firstly of the 2022 season.

The Kliff Kingsbury Cardinals have tended towards the opposite finish of the two-tight finish spectrum in comparison with Zimmer’s Vikings. However apparently, Arizona responded to Williams’ knee damage with essentially the most bold transfer of the trio, a commerce for three-time Professional Bowl tight finish Zach Ertz. Now in his 30s, Ertz might not be the participant he was in his late-2010s prime. However he bounced again from a -12.0% DVOA begin with the Eagles in 2021 to -4.2% with the Cardinals and helped the latter staff preserve its top-10 passing offense (24.8% DVOA), a distinction that has undoubtedly been misplaced within the Kyler Murray drama this offseason.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Steelers (10.1)—Eric Ebron (9.0, hamstring, ankle, and knee)
  • Jets (9.5)—Tyler Kroft (6.3, again, chest and COVID) and Ryan Griffin (3.2, knee)
  • Packers (9.1)—Robert Tonyan (9.0, knee, ACL tear)

Offensive Linemen

With pectoral and foot accidents, Brandon Brooks (15.0) and Isaac Seumalo (14.0) suffered their second consecutive misplaced seasons for the Eagles and pushed the staff to a position-leading 38.6 AGL on the offensive line. However in comparison with 2020—when the staff misplaced anticipated starters Brooks, Seumalo, Lane Johnson, and Andre Dillard, in addition to substitute starter Jason Peters, for half the season or extra—two season-long accidents had been a pleasant reprieve. With a non-outlier excessive AGL complete, the Eagles jumped from a 60% to a 67% cross block win price and helped sophomore quarterback Jalen Hurts enhance from a worrying -17.6% passing DVOA in his rookie season to a near-average -0.4% price as a sophomore.

The Packers adopted the Eagles’ instance of fantastic line play regardless of vital accidents to All-Professional left deal with David Bakhtiari (13.3) and Professional Bowl left guard Elgton Jenkins (8.5) plus Josh Myers (11.1) and Billy Turner (3.0). The Packers might have been much more spectacular with their top-five end in cross block win price (66%) when you think about the staff misplaced offensive line starters Corey Linsley and Bryan Bulaga to the Chargers in free company the earlier two offseasons.

Whereas touchdown in the identical offensive line AGL vary because the Eagles and Packers, the Giants and Saints fared worse with their main absences—Shane Lemieux (16.0), Nick Gates (15.0), and Andrew Thomas (3.6) for the previous and Andrus Peat (11.0), Landon Younger (7.0), Ryan Ramcyzk (6.5), Terron Armstead (6.1), and Erik McCoy (4.0) for the latter. The Saints confronted a very impolite awakening from the top-three adjusted sack charges they noticed in Drew Brees’ final wholesome seasons from 2017 to 2019. The staff completed 2021 with a bottom-10 adjusted sack price of seven.7% and fared dramatically worse than their seventh-best 66% cross block win price with much less skilled and decisive palms beneath heart.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Texans (38.0)—Marcus Cannon (13.0, again), Laremy Tunsil (12.0, thumb), and Justin Britt (5.7, knee and COVID)
  • Raiders (33.6)—Richie Incognito (17.0, calf) and Denzelle Good (16.0, knee, ACL tear)
  • Colts (31.7)—Sam Tevi (17.0, knee, ACL tear), Braden Smith (6.3, foot), and Quenton Nelson (5.1, ankle)
  • Ravens (30.9)—Ronnie Stanley (15.3, ankle) and Tyre Phillips (7.3, knee)
  • Chargers (30.4)—Bryan Bulaga (16.0, again) and Oday Aboushi (12.0, knee, ACL tear)


Defensive Linemen

The Cowboys figured to be the AGL story on the line of defense with star pass-rushers Demarcus Lawrence (10.1) and Randy Gregory (5.8) taking part in lower than one full season between them, and likewise dropping Neville Gallimore (12.0) and Brent City (11.0) for the majority of the yr with elbow and triceps accidents. However even with these losses, the Cowboys jumped from twenty eighth in cross rush win price in 2020 to twelfth in 2021 and completed a shocking second in overall defense and pass defense DVOA. Micah Parsons appeared like a generational draft choose hit in his Defensive Rookie of the Yr marketing campaign. The pure off-ball linebacker typically performed out of place as a pass-rusher due to these line of defense accidents, and he completed tied for sixth amongst all defenders with 40 cross pressures per Sports activities Data Options charting. Chandler Jones performed an identical position for a Cardinals entrance that misplaced Jack Crawford (17.0), J.J. Watt (10.0), and Jordan Phillips (8.6) for half or extra of the season. Jones fell in need of his peak disruptiveness with simply 24 pressures, however he transformed 10.5 into sacks and buoyed a top-six cross and run protection by DVOA.

With the Cowboys and Cardinals overcoming their adversity, the Jets and Steelers suffered most for his or her line of defense accidents. The Jets noticed a preview of their disastrous string of accidents when main free agent Carl Lawson tore his Achilles within the preseason. He and Vinny Curry missed the complete season and left the Jets with conventional rotation gamers in John Franklin-Myers, Bryce Huff, and Shaq Lawson in beginning roles. And whereas T.J. Watt averted his brother’s damage destiny, his unimaginable productiveness could not carry a Steelers entrance with out Stephon Tuitt (17.0) and Tyson Alualu (15.0). The Steelers slipped to eighth in cross protection DVOA and 14th in general defensive DVOA, upper-half rankings however nonetheless dramatically in need of their first-place finishes from 2020 that appeared crucial for potential playoff success reverse Ben Roethlisberger’s declining offense.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Vikings (26.3)—Danielle Hunter (10.0, pectoral), Michael Pierce (8.3, elbow and sickness), and Everson Griffin (8.0, psychological well being)
  • Ravens (23.4)—Derek Wolfe (17.0, again)
  • Raiders (22.4)—Gerald McCoy (16.0, knee)
  • 49ers (19.2)—Javon Kinlaw (14.1, knee)


Russell Wilson’s determination to leap from the Seahawks to the Broncos seems unusual in mild of the groups’ almost equivalent 3.5% and three.0% defensive DVOA charges from 2021. However the Broncos protection was unlikely to slide into the underside third in soccer with out the 41.7 AGL they suffered at linebacker. Bradley Chubb (9.9) is the apparent blue-chip participant. The previous top-five choose had 27 pressures in simply 14 video games in 2020. However off-ball linebackers Josey Jewell (15.0) and Alexander Johnson (11.0) had been vital under-the-radar contributors. Jewell allowed simply an 8.3% damaged deal with price in 2020 per Sports activities Data Options charting. That put him among the many 5 lowest charges amongst linebackers with 50 or extra tried tackles. And Johnson was even higher with a top-two 4.5% price in 2021, albeit in solely six begins. Johnson stays a free agent as I write this, however even Chubb and Jewell returning might spur dramatic defensive enhancements when paired with free-agent additions Randy Gregory and D.J. Jones.

L.J. Fort (17.0) carried the majority of the Ravens’ 22.1 AGL at linebacker and didn’t appear a keystone loss with first- and third-round sophomores Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison as principally wholesome choices—when Harrison wasn’t coping with the stray bullet he caught at a nightclub that apparently sounded a lot scarier than it proved to be threatening of his well being. However clearly draft standing is not all the things. With 26.5% and 23.1% damaged deal with charges, Queen and Harrison had been two of the most important offenders on a protection that completed with the sixth-worst damaged deal with price (11.4%). With out Fort, the undrafted 32-year-old veteran Josh Bynes was the Ravens’ lone linebacker vivid spot with a 13.3% damaged deal with price in 2021.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Lions (30.6)—Romeo Okwara (13.6, Achilles tear) and Trey Flowers (10.6, shoulder and knee)
  • Titans (23.9)—David Lengthy (7.3, hamstring), Monty Rice (5.0, groin and ankle), and Jayon Brown (4.6, knee)
  • Raiders (20.6)—Nicholas Morrow (17.0, ankle)
  • Bears (20.1)—Khalil Mack (11.4, foot) and Danny Trevathan (7.0, knee)
  • 49ers (19.5)—Dre Greenlaw (14.3, groin)
  • Jets (19.4)—Blake Cashman (14.0, hamstring and groin)
  • Giants (17.3)—Blake Martinez (14.0, knee, ACL tear)

Defensive Backs

For the entire Ravens’ damage points on the line of defense and at linebacker, they cannot maintain a candle to the 42.5 AGL the staff suffered at defensive again. Anticipated outdoors cornerback starters Marcus Peters (16.0) and Marlon Humphrey (5.8) missed main chunks of the season with knee and pectoral accidents that put them on injured reserve. And whereas security DeShon Elliott (10.1) was the one different defensive again starter or situational participant with greater than a handful of AGL, the Ravens’ secondary accidents clustered within the second half to an nearly comical diploma. In Weeks 15 and 16, the staff was lacking 9 totally different defensive backs, together with all 4 anticipated starters. Usually, the staff’s cornerback and security accidents deserve the majority of the blame for a decline from tenth in cross protection DVOA in 2020 to thirtieth final yr.

The Jets, Panthers, and Bucs did not strategy Ravens ranges of misfortune, however they every misplaced a number of defensive again starters. Marcus Maye’s (10.0) Achilles damage robbed the Jets of a top-two security in yards allowed per goal and protection success price from 2020. And for the reason that staff opted to franchise Maye relatively than work out an extension, the damage might have motivated Maye to signal with the Saints this offseason. The Panthers tried to inject their secondary with expertise, however first-round rookie Jaycee Horn (14.0) missed a lot of the season with a damaged foot, and his commerce substitute and former defensive participant of the yr Stephon Gilmore (4.1) struggled to remain on the sphere with quad and groin accidents and a stint on the COVID checklist. And whereas the Bucs returned to full defensive energy by the beginning of the playoffs, they noticed a cluster of cornerback and security accidents in September and October with Sean Murphy-Bunting (8.3), Carlton Davis (7.6), Richard Sherman (3.3), Antoine Winfield (3.5), and Jamel Dean (3.4) all lacking time.

With 35.8 defensive again AGL, the 49ers got here the closest to the Ravens catastrophe. However they should not be fully shocked by that growth. Jason Verrett (16.0) had missed time in all six of his earlier NFL seasons, taking part in six or fewer video games in 4 of them, and he lasted simply 60 defensive snaps earlier than a knee damage ended his 2021 marketing campaign. Shorter-term accidents to Tarvarius Moore (5.0), Emmanuel Moseley (6.3), and Jaquiski Tartt (3.6) may need accelerated third-round rookie Ambry Thomas’ and different gamers’ promotions to starters. However the staff both deliberate for that ultimately or ought to have, given Verrett’s prolonged damage historical past.

Different notable impacted groups and gamers:

  • Colts (30.8)—Julian Blackmon (11.3, Achilles tear), Khari Willis (6.5, ankle, calf, and COVID), and Xavier Rhodes (4.6, calf)
  • Broncos (27.1)—Michael Ojemudia (12.0, hamstring), Ronald Darby (5.4, hamstring), and Bryce Callahan (5.0, knee and COVID)
  • Lions (26.9)—Jeff Okudah (16.0, Achilles tear)
  • Patriots (22.8)—Jonathan Jones (11.5, shoulder) and Stephon Gilmore (4.0, quad)
  • Falcons (21.1)—Isaiah Oliver (13.0, knee)

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