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NY Jets: Who Made Drive Ending Tackles in 2016?

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Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Not all tackles are created equal. A tackle to stop a play for no gain is different from one where the runner drags the defender 5 yards before going down. Similarly, a tackle by a cornerback after a completion to allow a first down is different from a third down stop.

I wanted to take a look at which players made drive ending tackles for the Jets in 2016. The defense obviously wasn't very good, but were there any standouts? Fortunately, Pro Football Reference's Play Index is our friend. I sorted out tackles made by Jets defenders short of the sticks on third and fourth down. It shows that Sheldon Richardson at least had some success in this isolated area.

Player Tkl
Sheldon Richardson 7
Leonard Williams 6
Calvin Pryor 5
Rontez Miles 5
David Harris 4
Buster Skrine 4
Darron Lee 3
Jordan Jenkins 3
Darrelle Revis 3
Juston Burris 2
Muhammad Wilkerson 2
Jarvis Jenkins 2
Antonio Allen 1
Deon Simon 1
Marcus Gilchrist 1
Doug Middleton 1
Bruce Carter 1
Lorenzo Mauldin 1
Mike Catapano 1
Erin Henderson 1
Steve McLendon 1

How does this stack up with the rest of the league? Here are the NFL leaders in drive-ending tackles according to the Play Index.

Player Tkl
Preston Brown 19
Sean Lee 18
Zach Orr 16
Miles Killebrew 15
Nigel Bradham 13
Tahir Whitehead 13
Kwon Alexander 13
Jerrell Freeman 12
Korey Toomer 12
Christian Kirksey 12
Keenan Robinson 12
Daniel Sorensen 12