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"Five Falcons made the Pro Football Focus Top 101 for 2017

 None of the names will surprise you.
 
By Dave Choate Feb 11, 2018, 10:00am EST
 

Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Alex Mack, Grady Jarrett, and Deion Jones were more or less indisputably five of the best Falcons this past season. It’s no great surprise to find out that Pro Football Focus, a site dedicated to determining the best and worst performances in the NFL, agrees that is the case.

Pro Football Focus had Julio as their #15 player for 2017, Deion Jones as their #35, Mack as their #49, Ryan as their #58, and Jarrett as their #84.   All of these are difficult to quibble with, even if Jones had a weird year with some drops and Ryan’s stats didn’t live up to his performance. You could agitate for Keanu Neal, De’Vondre Campbell, and Desmond Trufant or Robert Alford, but that’s a pretty fair list either way.

While the Falcons will need even better seasons from Julio, Debo, and Ryan in particular in 2018 to be a great team, the fact that they have such a gifted nucleus is worth an awful lot. It makes them a contender this coming season even if things go awry, which they almost certainly will.

Congratulations to all five Falcons for this little honor, and maybe they be #1-#5 in 2018."

 

https://www.thefalcoholic.com/2018/2/11/17000080/five-falcons-made-the-pro-football-focus-top-101-for-2017

 

"15. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: 5

There is no more physically gifted receiver in today’s NFL than Julio Jones, who has the capacity to just overwhelm defensive backs athletically in a way most receivers just can’t. Jones was also the most productive receiver in football when it comes to yardage, gaining 3.08 yards per route run this season, the most in the league and the only receiver to top the 3.0 barrier. Jones was impressive all season and even carried that into the playoffs, even if he ultimately couldn’t make one of the biggest plays when the Falcons needed him to in the back of the end zone.

PFF Elite Stat: Jones averaged 3.08 yards per route run in 2017, leading all wide receivers.

 

35. Deion Jones, LB, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Continuing his form from his rookie season, Atlanta’s Deion Jones has developed into arguably the game’s best coverage linebacker. Jones had the best coverage grade among linebackers, and it showed up in all the biggest games of Atlanta’s season with Jones making key plays to secure wins against division foes New Orleans and Carolina late in the year. Jones has outstanding athleticism and range but also instincts and the ability to play in space and lock down receivers like few linebackers can.

PFF Elite Stat: Jones ranked seventh among linebackers in yards allowed per cover snap (0.74).

 

49. Alex Mack, C, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: 3

Over the past couple of seasons, a trio of centers has emerged in the NFL as the best at the position and since his move to the Atlanta Falcons, Alex Mack has been able to establish himself as one of that trio. Mack was one of the best run-blockers in the game this season at the heart of the Falcons rushing attack and allowed just 15 total pressures across the season.

PFF Elite Stat: Mack’s pass-blocking efficiency of 97.9 was tied for 14th among centers this year.

 

58. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: 6

Matt Ryan‘s statistical regression from his MVP season of 2016 was inevitable, but what was notable was just how small the regression in actual play was. Ryan was the victim of some brutal bad luck, throwing significantly more interceptions than he had ‘turnover worthy plays’ over the year, which goes a long way towards explaining why his overall PFF grade slipped just four points to 88.6, which was still good enough to tie for second-best in the league.

PFF Elite Stat: Ryan had an adjusted completion percentage of 79.3 when kept clean during the regular season, eighth-best among quarterbacks.

 

84. Grady Jarrett, DI, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Grady Jarrett was given a new role in the Atlanta Falcons‘ defense this season with the arrival of Dontari Poe as a free agent. Jarrett had been the nose tackle but was now given more license to rush the passer as more of a 3-technique defensive tackle. His overall PFF grade of 87.1 marked a career-best, as did his 39 total pressures.

PFF Elite Stat: Jarrett ranked 15th among interior defenders with 39 QB pressures."

 

PFF's Complete Top 101 list link as follows:

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-top-101-players-from-the-2017-nfl-season

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2 hours ago, EuroFalcon said:

Matt Ryan was their #2 ranked QB. So how on earth is he only #58 in their own rankings?

 

PFF gonna PFF I guess

 

2 hours ago, ⚡Slumerican⚡ said:

I didn't think Ryan had that great if a year

He didn’t, but PFF said he did. I think that was Euro’s point. 

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12 hours ago, EuroFalcon said:

Matt Ryan was their #2 ranked QB. So how on earth is he only #58 in their own rankings?

 

PFF gonna PFF I guess

Only 7 QBs made PFF's Top 101 list:  Brady #2,  Brees #56,  Ryan #58,  Roethlisberger #68,  Wentz #81,  Alex Smith #92,  and  Russell Wilson #93.

From PFF:    "This list is created with an “all positions are created equal” mantra. So, you won’t see 32 quarterbacks heading the list — even though that is the game’s most valuable position.  Instead, we take a look at how guys played relative to what is expected from their position."

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15. Julio Jones, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: 5

There is no more physically gifted receiver in today’s NFL than Julio Jones, who has the capacity to just overwhelm defensive backs athletically in a way most receivers just can’t. Jones was also the most productive receiver in football when it comes to yardage, gaining 3.08 yards per route run this season, the most in the league and the only receiver to top the 3.0 barrier. Jones was impressive all season and even carried that into the playoffs, even if he ultimately couldn’t make one of the biggest plays when the Falcons needed him to in the back of the end zone.

PFF Elite Stat: Jones averaged 3.08 yards per route run in 2017, leading all wide receivers.

 

35. Deion Jones, LB, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Continuing his form from his rookie season, Atlanta’s Deion Jones has developed into arguably the game’s best coverage linebacker. Jones had the best coverage grade among linebackers, and it showed up in all the biggest games of Atlanta’s season with Jones making key plays to secure wins against division foes New Orleans and Carolina late in the year. Jones has outstanding athleticism and range but also instincts and the ability to play in space and lock down receivers like few linebackers can.

PFF Elite Stat: Jones ranked seventh among linebackers in yards allowed per cover snap (0.74).

 

49. Alex Mack, C, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: 3

Over the past couple of seasons, a trio of centers has emerged in the NFL as the best at the position and since his move to the Atlanta Falcons, Alex Mack has been able to establish himself as one of that trio. Mack was one of the best run-blockers in the game this season at the heart of the Falcons rushing attack and allowed just 15 total pressures across the season.

PFF Elite Stat: Mack’s pass-blocking efficiency of 97.9 was tied for 14th among centers this year.

 

58. Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: 6

Matt Ryan‘s statistical regression from his MVP season of 2016 was inevitable, but what was notable was just how small the regression in actual play was. Ryan was the victim of some brutal bad luck, throwing significantly more interceptions than he had ‘turnover worthy plays’ over the year, which goes a long way towards explaining why his overall PFF grade slipped just four points to 88.6, which was still good enough to tie for second-best in the league.

PFF Elite Stat: Ryan had an adjusted completion percentage of 79.3 when kept clean during the regular season, eighth-best among quarterbacks.

 

84. Grady Jarrett, DI, Atlanta Falcons

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Grady Jarrett was given a new role in the Atlanta Falcons‘ defense this season with the arrival of Dontari Poe as a free agent. Jarrett had been the nose tackle but was now given more license to rush the passer as more of a 3-technique defensive tackle. His overall PFF grade of 87.1 marked a career-best, as did his 39 total pressures.

PFF Elite Stat: Jarrett ranked 15th among interior defenders with 39 QB pressures.

 

PFF's Complete Top 101 list link as follows:

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-top-101-players-from-the-2017-nfl-season

 

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On 2/12/2018 at 0:15 PM, autigerfan said:

Neal is a force in the running game but his lack of ball skills are alarming.  With him and Trufant in the defensive backfield, it is unlikely we will be leading the NFL in interceptions anytime soon.

Lack of ball skills? Didn't he have 4 forced fumbles this season?

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On 2/12/2018 at 4:15 AM, theProf said:

Only 7 QBs made PFF's Top 101 list:  Brady #2,  Brees #56,  Ryan #58,  Roethlisberger #68,  Wentz #81,  Alex Smith #92,  and  Russell Wilson #93.

From PFF:    "This list is created with an “all positions are created equal” mantra. So, you won’t see 32 quarterbacks heading the list — even though that is the game’s most valuable position.  Instead, we take a look at how guys played relative to what is expected from their position."

 

On 2/11/2018 at 3:51 PM, EuroFalcon said:

Matt Ryan was their #2 ranked QB. So how on earth is he only #58 in their own rankings?

 

PFF gonna PFF I guess

How was Ryan the #2 ranked QB when Brady and Brees were ahead of him?

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3 hours ago, federicofalcon2 said:

 

How was Ryan the #2 ranked QB when Brady and Brees were ahead of him?

PFF had Ryan ranked above Brees at the end of the Regular Season. However, PFF's Top 101 player rankings also included play in the Post-Season. From the article:

'Unlike PFF’s awards, the 101 factors in the postseason, so some players who won PFF awards may find themselves jumped in the 101 by rivals who had a playoff run worthy of a change in ranking."

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-top-101-players-from-the-2017-nfl-season

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1 hour ago, theProf said:

PFF had Ryan ranked above Brees at the end of the Regular Season. However, PFF's Top 101 player rankings also included play in the Post-Season. From the article:

'Unlike PFF’s awards, the 101 factors in the postseason, so some players who won PFF awards may find themselves jumped in the 101 by rivals who had a playoff run worthy of a change in ranking."

https://www.profootballfocus.com/news/pro-top-101-players-from-the-2017-nfl-season

I don't see where you posted this was based on regular season.  It may have changed based on post season jumps, but I was merely responding to what you posted and it didn't make sense that YOU stated he was second in QB rankings but was behind 2 other qbs.  If it had changed since then you might have stated that your postings were only in that sense rather than bringing up the article.  

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