RutgersJetFan Posted April 30, 2014 Share Posted April 30, 2014 Interesting. Rookies in Focus: Second-Half Risers Steve Palazzolo | April 29, 2014 Share by Email We’ve now taken a close look at last year’s rookie edge rushers, offensive tackles, and interior linemen in close detail, but this week’s theme is not position specific. Instead, we’re taking a look at some of the rookies that showed a big second-half improvement. There’s an obvious learning curve for any rookie entering the NFL, but some handle it better than others. With first impressions perhaps skewing our views more than ever due to social media’s inherent ability to overreact, we often jump to conclusions on prospects while wasting no time to assign the “bust” label. However, all prospects develop at different rates, and this particular group may have needed the first half of the season to adjust to the speed of the league. There’s no guarantee that any of these players will continue their growth, particularly on only a half-season sample size of success, but it’s a always good to see rookies show improvement as the season progresses. **It’s important to note that grades are not comparable across positions, therefore each player’s improvement is not truly being evaluated on the same scale. Our own Sam Monson has more information on the best way to use PFF Grades. Round 2, No. 33: John Cyprien, Jacksonville Jaguars Role: 15 Starts at safety. Click for an in-depth profile on Cyprien, showing his second half improvement. Cyprien 1st Half 2nd Half Overall Overall -19.4 +1.9 -17.5 Coverage -14.6 -0.2 -14.8 Vs. Run -7.8 +1.4 -6.4 Round 2, No. 52: Jamie Collins, New England Patriots Role: Played in all 18 games (including playoffs), mostly as a reserve before starting both playoff games. Collins 1st Half 2nd Half (incl. playoffs) Overall Overall -2.9 +15.0 +12.1 Coverage -2.0 +5.2 +3.2 Vs. Run -1.7 +3.6 +1.9 Pass Rush +0.7 +5.6 +6.3 Round 1, No. 19: Justin Pugh, New York Giants Role: Started all 16 games at right tackle. Click for an in-depth profile on Pugh, showing his second half improvement. Pugh 1st Half 2nd Half Overall Overall -4.9 +12.0 +7.1 Pass Block -3.7 +2.1 -1.6 Run Block -4.8 +7.3 -4.8 Round 2, No. 44: Kawann Short, Carolina Panthers Role: 17 games as part of defensive line rotation (including playoffs), playing 50.8% of the team’s snaps. Short 1st Half 2nd Half (incl. playoffs) Overall Overall +2.7 +17.3 +20.0 Vs. Run +0.7 +8.4 +9.1 Pass Rush +1.1 +6.8 +7.9 Round 1, No 9. : Dee Milliner, New York Jets Role: 13 Games, 12 starts at cornerback. Milliner 1st 7 Games Last 6 Games Overall Overall -7.5 +4.9 -2.6 Coverage -10.9 +3.5 -7.4 Vs. Run +1.8 -0.3 +1.5 Round 1, No. 15: Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints Role: 14 starts at safety, including 276 snaps covering the slot. Vaccaro 1st Half 2nd Half Overall Overall -4.6 +6.5 +1.9 Coverage -3 +5.3 +2.3 Vs. Run +2.1 +3.2 +5.3 Round 1, No. 4: Lane Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles Role: Started all 17 games (including playoffs) at right tackle. Click for an in-depth profile on Johnson, showing his second half improvement. Johnson 1st Half 2nd Half (incl. playoffs) Overall Overall -12.7 +14.9 +2.2 Pass Block -13.7 +5.5 -8.2 Run Block +0.4 +8.4 +8.8 https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2014/04/29/rookies-in-focus-second-half-risers/ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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