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Playoff stats of our new pass catchers

11 July 2014 - 10:49 AM

So I'm sure one of the firsts things you all, like me, did when we signed new players this offseason was check out their nfl.com player page, to see what kind of numbers guys like Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, Tiquan Underwood, and Ed Dickson put up over their careers. I got to thinking though that one thing these pages didn't show was playoff stats. Given that we'll hopefully be headed back to the playoffs, and that how players play in big games says a lot about them, I was curious to see how our new guys did in the post season. Here's what I found.


Jerricho Cotchery


2011 Wildcard Steelers @ Broncos L: Rec-1 Yds-31 TDs-1 Lng-31 


2010 Wildcard Jets @ Colts W:  Rec-2 Yds-17 TDs-0 Lng-10


2010 Divisional Jets @ Chargers W: Rec-3 Yds-25 TDs-0 Lng-15


2010 AFCCG Jets @ Steelers L: Rec-5 Yds-33 TDs-1 Lng-14


2009 Wildcard Jets @ Bengals W: Rec-6 Yds-67 TDs-0 Lng-18


2009 Divisional Jets @ Chargers W: Rec-3 Yds-25 Tds-0 Lng-15


2009 AFCCG Jets @ Colts L: Rec-5 Yds-102 TDs-0 Lng-45


2006 Wildcard Jets @ Patriots L: Rec-4 Yds-100 TDs-1 Lng-77 Rushing Att-2 Yds-17 (w/ Pennington)


Jason Avant


2013 Wildcard Saints @ Eagles L: Rec-5 Yds-21 TDs-0 Lng-6 (w/ Foles)


2010 Wildcard Packers @ Eagles L: Rec-7 Yds-93 TDs-1 Lng-24 (w/ Vick)


2009 Wildcard Eagles @ Cowboys L: Rec-2 Yds-32 TDs-0 Lng-20 (w/ McNabb)


2008 Wildcard Eagles @ Vikings W:  Rec-5 Yds-47 TDs-0 Lng-14


2008 Divisional Eagles @ Giants W: Rec-4 Yds-43 TDs-0 Lng-21


2008 NFCCG Eagles @ Cardinals L: Rec-2 Yds-23 TDs-0 Lng-14


Tiquan Underwood


Was on the Pats for their 2011 playoff run. Didn't catch a pass in the divisional or AFCC games. Was famously cut the day day before the Superbowl, apparently so the Giants couldn't sign him for playbook info. Neither the Jags nor the Bucs made the playoffs while he was there.


Ed Dickson


2012 Wildcard Colts @ Ravens W: Rec-1 Yds-24 TDs-0 Lng-24


2012 Divisional Ravens @ Broncos W:  Rec-3 Yds-29 TDs-0 Lng-14


2012 AFCCG Ravens @ Patriots W: Rec-0


2012 Superbowl Ravens vs 49ers W: Rec-2 Yds-37 TDs-0 Lng-23


2011 Divisional Texans @ Ravens W: Rec-1 Yds-14 TDs-0 Lng-14


2011 AFCCG Ravens @ Patriots L: Rec-2 Yds-23 TDs-0 Lng-16


2010 Wildcard Ravens @ Chiefs W: Rec-1 Yds-2 TDs-0 Lng-2


2010 Divisonal Ravens @ Steelers L: Rec-0



Some thoughts:


  • Cotchery looked like a #1 6-7 years ago with Pennington. Struggled as part of an anemic offense with Sanchez in 2009 and 2010. Stat line against the Broncos reaffirms that he can be a red zone target for us. 
  • Just from this snapshot you can see why Avant wasn't happy in Chip Kelly's system. Five catches for 21 yards and a long of 6 seems like he was under used when previous years' playoff performances show that he can catch balls further down the field. Biggest thing that stands out from these stats is just how consistent Avant has been, even in the playoffs
  • Ed Dickson's playoff numbers look acceptable if unexciting for a TE2. Kind of worrisome how he disappeared for a few games, but that could be that he wasn't targeted or didn't take advantage of the targets he got. Of note is that his best playoff game was the biggest in the Super Bowl. Still rooting for B Williams to beat him out, but either way I hope we use more two TE sets this season.

So people can bitch about our WR core all they want, but these numbers show that our new skill position players (save Tiquan who hasn't had the opportunity) have gotten it done in postseason over the years. Hell, even our rookie, KB played and excelled in the National Championship game. All in all, between Benjamin, Olsen, and solid role players and possession receivers around them, I think we're set up not only to get to the playoffs again, but win games in them. 

Cap Spending by Position

01 July 2014 - 07:48 PM

Saw this posted on reddit, and I thought I'd share it here.








Some casual observations:


  • We spend more on DEs than anyone in the league.
  • We're in the top 3 with the Vikings and Eagles at most spent on RBs in the league.
  • We're in the top 5 with the Colts, Lions, Dolphins and Chiefs at least spent on O-Linemen in the league.
  • We're in the top 4 with the Cowboys, Bills and Texans at the most dead money in the league.


David Foucault Highlights

12 May 2014 - 08:08 PM

Some people, myself included, seemed excited about this guy so I thought I'd find some highlights. Starting a couple minutes in is defensive highlights, so you can skip to about the halfway mark if you want to catch our guy. He is #67.

A couple observations:

1. The dude is huge.
2. Given his size, defenders can get leverage on him. There's a point in the video when you see this happen.
3. At a few points in the highlights, the play moves away from him and he just stands around. He'll probably need coaching in a lot of areas including down the field pursuit.
4. He can throw large people around like ragdolls.

Probably not our long term answer at tackle, but an intriguing prospect nonetheless. I'll be excited to see if he makes the 90, let alone the 53.

Comic about our Free Agency

22 March 2014 - 03:06 PM



What a fool! They didn't even talk about our Roman Harper battering ram or our Tiquan Underwood phaser. Still kind of crazy how our team went from 12-4, and probably in the top 5 teams, to the laughing stock of the league with just a couple free agency moves.

Byron Bell, Brandon LaFell and Melvin White lost us this game

12 January 2014 - 04:15 PM

LaFell, tipped ball leading to a pick and key drops, despite good run blocking.


Bell, poor run blocking at 3rd and 4th and short and giving up sacks in the 3rd quarter.


White, poor coverage on Boldin. UDFA from Lousiana LaFayette should not be covering a Super Bowl winning WR. Norman or Thomas would have done better.


Honorable mention goes to Captain, but only because we used him incorrectly as a #1 or #2 corner, when, because of his height, he should only play the nickel.



Those are my thoughts on that game and this team moving forward. I think these are the weakest links on our team, and they need to be addressed. Now, I'm going to do my best to forget this game while still remembering what a good season this has been.

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