Tuesday, July 17, 2012

AFC East linemen among league's best in pass-pro

Photo: Nick St. Denis 

The AFC East is chock full of very good offensive linemen, specifically in pass protection.

The fine folks at Pro Football Focus recently compiled a "Three Years of Pass Blocking Efficiency" series on the NFL's offensive linemen, and many familiar names rose to the top.

Jets guard Brandon Moore topped the list at his position, scoring a 98.17 efficiency rating, having given up just 38 pressures on 1,585 pass protects. Brian Waters of the Patriots was second at guard at 98.05 with 43 pressures given up on 1,689 pass protects.

Jets center Nick Mangold was the NFL's second-most efficient pass blocker at his position with 98.74 rating, giving up just 23 pressures on 14.74 pass protects. No other AFC East center cracked the top 10.

Jake Long of the Dolphins was second in the league in pass protection among tackles, surrendering 63 pressures on 1,614 pass protects for a 96.84 rating. Fellow left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson of the Jets was seventh with 95.91 rating.

Richie Incognito of the Dolphins and Andy Levitre of the Bills cracked the top 9 in pass protection efficiency among guards with 97.51 and 97.43 ratings, respectively. Patriots' Logan Mankins finished at 11th with a 97.40 rating.

Patriots tackle Sebastian Vollmer was ninth-best at his position in pass protection with a 95.82 rating.

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