PFF’s Future #1 LB: Week 3 saw former Redskin and current Raider David Amerson stand atop PFF’s best individual performance rankings. Yesterday, former Redskin Perry Riley–who just signed Tuesday–stood atop the Raiders’ defensive PFF rankings. Okay then. Apparently head coach Jack Del Rio wanted Riley for a while:
Del Rio on new LB Perry Riley: “I’ve actually been talking about him for a couple of weeks now, so I’m glad we pulled the trigger.”
— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) October 5, 2016
I remember Riley blanketing wheel routes out of the backfield and even picking one off versus the Saints. His speed was unquestioned but his vision was another story. He had a tendency to lose gap control and gave up chunks of yards. Maybe former linebacker Jack Del Rio is just the mentor he needs.
Hitner: Speaking of discarded players finding a new home, Donte Whitner claimed he will be playing with a chip on his shoulder. I still have to chart the last drive, but so far his role consists of coming in on Dime formations and lining up over the tight end in one-on-one coverage (similar to what DHall occasionally did.) The article also talks about Garcon adding power to his route running. Good timing on that write up as Garcon had a day: 5 catches for 56 yards and a touchdown. His best game since Pittsburgh in week 1.
Finish Strong: The defense has been lights out in the 2nd half:
In fact, in the past three weeks, the Redskins’ defense has allowed just nine second-half points. In one sequence Sunday, they forced four straight three-and-outs
they held Baltimore to 3 of 15 on 3rd downs (20%) and forced 8 punts. Steve Smith leaving the game helped out matters, but that is still a huge step up from being the NFL’s worst 3rd down defense. Side note: Crockett Gillmore is strong af and gave Kerrigan and Smith all they could handle with his kick out blocking. Side note #2: also strong, Trent Murphy.
How do they get these up so quick: PFF had grades for the game posted by 7pm, which…damn. Francois got the 3rd highest grade for the defense as he continues to have his best games versus zone running teams. Foster and Fuller top the list with an 88.8 grade. Foster did shut down a couple of flat routes and was more aggressive versus the run thanks to predictable play calling from a hamstrung offense. Both Compton and Foster had a few plays diagnosed pre-snap, more about that will be posted tomorrow.