Pro Football Focus has been tweeting out statistic snippets all summer, with surprising results. The latest? The Jacksonville Jaguars had one of the most disruptive interior defensive linemen in Malik Jackson last year.
The elite disruptors on the defensive interior pic.twitter.com/oVO2SP5ald— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 29, 2017
What does Pro Football Focus mean by “top impact play rate”? Impact play rate is the average number of snaps between impact plays — defined as stops (sacks and tackles) or pressures. That means Jackson went only 8.7 snaps on average between these impact plays.
That’s pretty good.
Jackson was consistently a disruptive force in the opposing team’s backfield for the Jaguars and it doesn’t appear like he’s going to be slowing down, as he got better as the season rolled on. He can play as an undertackle in a traditional 4-3 defense, a pass rushing three-technique in a defense like the Jaguars and he can even play 3-4 defensive end if the team ended up making a switch to a different front. I’m personally excited to see how much better he is next year after a full 12 months with the team and coaches.