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PFF ranks Darby & Watkins in their top 100

Posted by Chris Brown on May 9, 2016 – 8:47 am

The NFL Network apparently isn’t the only outlet doing a top 100 NFL player list. Pro Football Focus is doing their based on their film review from the 2016. Their findings have Sammy Watkins and Ronald Darby ranked in the first release of ranked players from 100-76.

Watkins was ranked 95th overall while Darby checked in with a ranking of 82. Here was their breakdown as to why each Bills player wound up where they did.

95. Sammy Watkins, WR, Buffalo Bills (unranked)

There may have been more impressive raw statistical performances from wide receivers out there, but Watkins posted an impressive receiving grade and averaged 17.5 yards per reception in 2015. At times he was short-changed by the rest of the offense, as passes didn’t quite get to him even after he did excellent work to get open, and the trouble he gave Darrelle Revis in both of their matchups this season really encapsulates the improvement in his game from one year to the next.

Best performance: Week 13 versus Houston: +3.5 grade

Key stat: Watkins had the second-most yards from deep passes (20-plus air yards) in the entire league at 606 yards.

82. Ronald Darby, CB, Buffalo Bills (unranked)

Rookie cornerbacks are not supposed to play as well as Darby did this past season. In contrast to Marcus Peters, who was very much boom-or-bust (eight interceptions and eight touchdowns surrendered), Darby was far more consistent in a down-to-down basis. He may have only notched two interceptions, but he also had 13 passes broken up and was beaten for an average of just 11.6 yards per reception.

Best performance: Week 4 versus Giants: +4.1 grade

Key stat: Darby had the eighth-highest coverage grade for CBs at +11.1.


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