How much it ultimately means is anyone’s guess, but the under-the-radar meeting between owners and the NFLPA’s De Smith has to be a good sign, right? There is a hearing scheduled for tomorrow about the lockout once again, but it’s June and as long as there is talking, well, that’s better than the alternative.
— Hard to argue that Fitz is the fourth-best offensive player in the NFL (non-QB) when Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson and Andre Johnson are ahead of him. Interestingly, three of the four have no idea on this date who their quarterback will be for 2011. That always will impact how any running back or wide receiver will do (although lately, it’s not like Chris Johnson has had greatness in the backfield to lean upon).
— Interesting breakdown on “Run Stop Rates” for 2011 by position. Essentially, it measures the plays a defender made on a run and how effective that stop was (The post itself explains the whole thing). Alan Branch had a 90 percent stop rate, third in the NFL among defensive linemen and in the end, one reason why he finally emerged as a player the Cards likely want to keep around after so much disappointment.
The other two Cards on the list came at defensive back, and neither are big surprises. Strong safety Adrian Wilson was fifth (62 percent) as far as best run-stop rate as a defensive back — he’s always been solid against the run — and free safety Kerry Rhodes was sixth (26 percent) among the worst DBs. Then again, the entire “worst” list is virtually all free safeties, and those guys are usually further down the field before getting a crack at a ballcarrier. UPDATE: Not sure how I missed CB Greg Toler, who also made the list at 59 percent. He’s another guy who isn’t afraid to be physical, which should serve him well under new DC Ray Horton.
Tags: Adrian Wilson, Alan Branch, Greg Toler, Kerry Rhodes, labor talks, Larry Fitzgerald, Ray Horton
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