Tag:Pat Angerer
Posted on: October 21, 2010 9:04 am

Super Bowl teams boast Rookies of the Week

Considering that the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts are the reigning NFL and AFC champions, it might come as a surprise that they had enough holes for rookies to make big splashes already this season.

That said, anyone who watched their victories this past Sunday over the Tampa Bucs and Washington Redskins, respectively know the impacts that running back Chris Ivory and middle linebacker Pat Angerer had on their games.

As a way of keeping up with the collegiate prospects I scouted last year, I recognize an offensive and defensive NFL rookie of the week after each weekend's games. There was significant competition this week, but Ivory and Angerer's performances were just too productive to really look anywhere else.

Ivory, an undrafted free agent out of Tiffin University, exploded for 158 rushing yards against the Bucs. He did his damage on only 15 carries, meaning he averaged 10.5 yards per attempt. He was even more effective as a receiver, catching one pass for 17 yards. Ivory led all NFL running backs in rushing yardage in Week Six.

Angerer, a second round pick out of Iowa, continued the Colts' trend of drafting undersized, instinctive linebackers and simply plugging them in. Leading the Colts with 11 tackles against Washington, Angerer also posted a sack and broke up two passes.

Among the offensive rookies I also considered were Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy (who showed surprising poise in a loss to the Steelers), Seattle offensive tackle Russell Okung (who limited Julius Peppers to only one tackle in the Seahawks' surprising win over the Bears) and a couple of wideouts -- St. Louis' Danario Alexander and Dallas' Dez Bryant -- who each caught their first NFL touchdowns this week.

On the defensive side of the ball, Detroit defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was a strong candidate, considering his three tackles and 1.5 sacks against the Giants. Suh leads all rookies in sacks with 4.5, as well as all interior defensive linemen in the NFL. The Patriots' Jermaine Cunningham was also a consideration, as his six tackles, one sack and one forced fumble helped the Patriots come back to beat the Ravens in one of the week's best games.


Posted on: August 30, 2010 11:25 am

2010 class looks worth the hype so far

We told you prior to the draft the 2010 crop of talent looked like one of the best in a long time . Once the underclassmen came on board, the class was being compared by some to the famous 1983 group that included Hall of Famers John Elway, Eric Dickerson, Bruce Mathews, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino and Darrell Green.

Comparing this class to the 1983 crew is, of course, vastly premature.
At least throughout the weeks of preseason, however, the class looks every bit as good as advertised.

Most years, by this time, we've already identified a half dozen or so highly drafted rookies who are struggling to acclimate to the pros. Sure, Colt McCoy isn't setting the world on fire, but we should have known to expect that a bit considering that he slipped into the 3rd round. Most of the players drafted in the first round are already establishing themselves as either immediate starters or quality backups... exactly what first-round picks are supposed to do.
Think of the top ten this year. Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Trent Williams, Eric Berry, Russell Okung, Joe Haden, Rolando McClain, C.J. Spiller and even surprise top ten choice Tyson Alualu have shown flashes of brilliance for their respective teams, already.

The first round picks that have struggled have mostly been due to injuries. Tim Tebow, Demaryius Thomas, Derrick Morgan, etc. have reportedly looked good when practicing, but various injuries have, thus far, slowed their advancement.

Exciting middle, late round and even undrafted free agents have emerged already .

But don't just take my word for it. Check out the stats.

Rookie Anthony Dixon, San Francisco's 6th round pick and the No. 173 player taken overall leads the NFL with 220 rushing yards. 

Rookie Victor Cruz, an undrafted free agent for the Giants, leads the league with 251 receiving yards, as well as receiving touchdowns (4). The only player in the league with as many as three TDs? Another rookie. Patriots' tight end Rob Gronkowski, a second round pick taken No. 42 overall.

So, offensively the rookies are doing well. What about the defense, you ask?

Thanks for asking.

Rookie Pat Angerer, the Colts' second round pick and the No. 63 player taken overall leads the NFL with 24 tackles.

Defensive tackle Geno Atkins, a fourth round pick taken at No. 120, leads the league with 4.5 sacks.

I can hear the dispute already. Yeah, rookies see a lot of playing time, and therefore more opportunities to post numbers in the preseason.

True. But the facts remain the same.

This 2010 class of rookies has a chance to be special.

Posted on: August 3, 2010 1:26 pm

Rookie LB Edds a big loss for Dolphins

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is reporting that Dolphins' fourth round pick A.J. Edds has been placed on the Physical Unable to Perform List after tearing the ACL in his right knee during practice Monday evening.

The loss of Edds (pronounced Eads) is a significant one for the Dolphins who were planning on using the 6-4, 246 pound Edds as a coverage specialist at inside linebacker during nickel situations. Edds started 38 games at strongside linebacker in the Iowa Hawkeyes 4-3 scheme, but, according to Miami head coach Tony Sparano, Edds had impressed early on with his ability to acclimate to the Dolphins' 3-4 strategy.

Said Sparano this morning, confirming Edd's injury:

“He did a good job,” Sparano said. “Obviously there was a lot of football left out here. A.J. looked like he had some good promise and had the ability to do some good jobs. We’ll get him healthy and we’ll get going.”
Edds was a player I was particularly high on. Like many Iowa players, he came to the NFL exceptionally well-coached by Kirk Ferentz's staff. While Edds' linebacking teammate, inside linebacker Pat Angerer received much of the press during their respective career with the Hawkeyes, I was more consistently impressed with Edds' play on film and when scouting him in person at the Senior Bowl. Angerer was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the second round.

I characterized Edds as a "personal favorite" numerous times in preparation for the 2010 draft and explained some of the reasoning behind the attention in this Senior Bowl post-practice report.

I felt then that "There's nothing flashy about Iowa outside linebacker A.J. Edds, but he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. Whether blowing up fullbacks or covering up receivers in the flat, he flashed the skills to be a Ben Leber-type coverage linebacker who will play for 10 years in the NFL."

Hopefully Edds will come back a year from now just as athletic and instinctive. His work ethic was praised by Iowa coaches in the past and I suspect that it will be by the Miami coaches and trainers soon, as well.

Without Edds' instincts and athleticism in coverage, the Dolphins may have to turn back to two veterans much better suited towards playing the run than pass with incumbent starter Channing Crowder and recent addition Tim Dobbins, who was acquired via a trade with San Diego that allowed the Chargers to move up to the No. 12 pick to select Fresno State running back Ryan Matthews.

Posted on: February 24, 2010 10:44 am

Five Who Will Disappoint in Indy

Everyone has thoughts on the players who will help themselves with a strong performance at the Combine. In reality, after a month and a half of preparation, many of these athletes are in the best shape of their lives.

That said, there will be disappointments this week. Predicting them is always difficult, but I'm going to try to do so anyway.

Here are my 5 potential Combine Busts (and why):

QB Jevan Snead, Ole Miss: Snead and the rest of the quarterbacks have a nice opportunity to impress scouts this week considering that most of the top-rated quarterbacks won't be throwing. Snead has struggled with accuracy throughout his career, however, and has an unfortunate history of struggling in high pressure situations.

WR Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas: Briscoe has good speed for his lanky frame (6-3, 200), but I question if he doesn't look faster on film due to Kansas' spread offense that often got him the ball in stride. Battling questions about his work ethic, Briscoe, with a subpar performance, could get lost in the shuffle of mid round receivers.

TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma: Like Briscoe, Gresham has generated much of his success due to the fact that he's played out of the spread offense. He certainly has run away from his share of defenders for the Sooners, suggesting that he might be faster on the field than he is for the stopwatch. I do not believe, however, that he'll impress in the 40-yard dash; potentially tightening up an already competitive race with Arizona's Rob Gronkowski and Florida's Aaron Hernandez to be the first tight end selected this year.

OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma: I expect Williams to surprise scouts with how well he'll work out, but insiders tell me he'll also measure in considerably smaller than the 6-5, 330 pounds he was listed by Oklahoma. We saw Florida State pass rusher Everett Brown slip into the second round last year largely due to his coming in smaller than expected. I don't expect to see Williams slip that far, but if he measures in at 6-3 (as some have predicted), some teams will consider him too short to play tackle.

ILB Pat Angerer, Iowa: Angerer relies on his instincts and physicality to get the job done at inside linebacker. He's reportedly been timed in the mid 4.5s at 235 pounds. If he runs that fast, I (and more importantly) scouts would be surprised. Some are projecting him to be much closer to the 4.7s.

Posted on: September 26, 2009 8:16 pm
Edited on: September 26, 2009 8:33 pm

Expect low-scoring, physical battle with PSU-Iowa

In today's day and age of the finesse spread and triple option offenses that have accurately been described as almost basketball on turf, it is rare that we get to watch good ole' fashioned grind 'em out football, but that is exactly what I expect in the Big Ten battle between Iowa and #5 Penn State.

Everyone knows about Penn State's tradition of linebackers, but I expect the senior duo of ILB Pat Angerer and OLB AJ Edds to give the Nittany Lions more trouble than most are projecting. Junior running back Evan Royster is a star and his ability to catch passes from senior QB Darryl Clark is certainly a test for the Hawkeye defense, but this is as fundamentally-sound a unit as I've seen all year long. That is a testament to head coach Kirk Ferentz, who I believe is among the country's absolute best.

The going may be tough for the Hawkeyes offensively. The loss of Aaron Maybin to the first round was a significant one, but I'd argue the more important loss is of ILB Sean Lee, who is being held out due to a sprained left knee. Lee missed all of last season with a torn ACL in his right knee, but appeared to be back to his usually productive self with double-digit tackles in two of his first three games this year. With potential Top 50 selection in DT Jared Odrick in front of him and a talented supporting class that includes OLB Navorro Bowman, Penn State appears defensively capable of bettering the physicality they pitched last year, against RB Shonn Greene, potential All-American LT Brian Baluga and the rest of the Hawkeyes.

I mention Green and Baluga, as neither will contribute for the Hawkeyes today. Green, of course, left early and was selected with the first pick of the 3rd round last April by the Jets. Baluga, only a junior, has been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and held out of the past two games. 

Penn State and their fans will be anxious for the opportunity to avenge the loss to the Hawkeyes that kept the Nittany Lions out of the National Championship last year.

Expect a tough, physical battle tonight, but for Joe Pa to get that much closer to another shot at a championship.

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