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Analytics site sees signs of Manuel’s improvement

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 7, 2014 – 5:30 pm

Bills Jaguars FootballRookie QB EJ Manuel missed the final two games of the season, but before he did, the analytics experts at Pro Football Focus say he showed signs of improvement.

PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo appeared on The John Murphy Show Monday night and discussed Manuel’s rookie campaign, among other topics.

The numbers put Manuel near the bottom of regular NFL quarterbacks. But Palazzolo says the numbers show the rookie quarterback had three of his four best games near the end of the season (vs Jets, vs. Falcons, and at Jacksonville).

“You want to see instant success but realistically, what you need to see is improvement,” Palazzolo said. “I thought we saw a little bit of improvement from Manuel after a slow start.”

“I think the scouting report on Manuel coming out was that he may need some time to develop,” he told host John Murphy. “I don’t think it’s overly surprising that he graded poorly. But he had some of his better games in three of his last four games, those were his best efforts.”

Palazzolo believes Manuel’s strong finish bodes well for the quarterbacks second year in the league.

“I thought it was an encouraging sign that he did play a little bit better against the Jets the second time around, against Atlanta, and against Jacksonville. There’s definitely a lot of room for improvement. But it’s good to see the arrow pointing up towards the end of the season.”

The entire interview with Steve Palazzolo of Pro Football Focus is available here

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Dareus named to PFF All-Pro Team

Posted by johnmurphyshow on January 7, 2014 – 3:51 pm

He wasn’t elected to the Pro Bowl, but Bills DT Marcel Dareus has earned praise from the analytics experts at Pro Football Focus. The website has named Dareus the starting nose tackle on its’ 2013 PFF All Pro Team.

The PFF Analysis team uses grades it compiles throughout the season to help select its’ all pro players. The website says the selection of Dareus ahead of Seattle’s Brandon Mebane and the Jets Damon Harrison “featured the most discussion.”

PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo appeared on The John Murphy Show Monday night to talk about the Dareus selection.

“Dareus got the nod over guys like Brandon Mebane of Seattle and Damon Harrison of the Jets, ultimately, because he just showed a little bit better overall game,” Palazzolo said. “That’s the type of discussion we were having. Mebane and Harrison were outstanding run stoppers, but they didn’t provide as much in the pass rush department as Dareus.”

Palazzolo pointed out that Dareus was one of the top three run stoppers in its’ analysis of the league, and he led all defensive tackles with 45-stops. But it was the Bills former first round draft pick’s work on passing down that tilted the scales towards his selection.

“As a pass rusher, he did more than those other two guys,” Palazzolo told host John Murphy. “He graded at plus 11.2, he had what we counted as nine sacks, four QB hits, 30-hurries. And he played 841 snaps, ninth-most at the position. Mebane and Harrison were more two down guys..they were off the field on passing downs a lot more than Dareus. We gave him the nod, he had a really good season.”

The entire interview with PFF Analyst Steve Palazzolo is available here

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