As we mentioned yesterday, the guys over at PFF have been running their annual “Secret Superstar” series, where they use data from last year to identify an under-the-radar performer who could star for each team next season. The Jets’ article is now up on their site and features this year’s choice, Kenrick Ellis.
Nathan Jahnke writes:
Despite never playing more than 16 snaps against the run in a game all season, he definitely made the most of his opportunity … He ended up making 17 run stops on 114 run snaps on the season, which gave him a Run Stop Percentage of 14.9%. Over the last six years, John Henderson in 2010 was the only defensive or nose tackle with at least 100 snaps against the run and a better Run Stop Percentage. He was also 1.7% better than the second-best defensive tackle in Run Stop Percentage; teammate Damon Harrison. While his strength was in stopping the run, he also had seven hurries on 85 pass rushes.
Well done to those of you who correctly predicted this.
To read the full story, click here.
Bent, TheJetsBlog.comEllis is a player whose growth has been evident since he was drafted. Injuries and legal troubles certainly slowed his progression, but his consistency last season was terrific. The Jets were very fortunate to keep intact the defensive line that played so well together as a unit last year, but as the article notes, retaining Ellis when his contract expires at the end of this season is going to be a challenge as there will surely be teams interested in giving him a starting role.
Early in the season, some back issues ate into Ellis’ playing time, but with Damon Harrison playing so well, there was no real need for Ellis to play more than he did. However, the Jets started using packages with both of them in the game together more and more as the season went on so they were able to get him on the field more. Harrison does have some knee issues in his past, so it’s important that the Jets can feel confident that they have an adequate replacement in the event he can’t stay healthy all year again.
Bonus Link: Here’s the GIF special I did on Ellis before last season.