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Jets Productivity Review: Safeties

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Today we're looking at the productivity of Jets safeties in 2016.

All figures given are numbers per 100 snaps. Special teams snaps are not included in the calculations. For comparison purposes each position chart will list at the bottom the figures for a Pro Football Focus 2016 All Pro at the position.

Only three Jets safeties played more than 150 defensive snaps in the 2016 season: Marcus Gilchrist, Calvin Pryor and Rontez Miles.  Here are their 2016 productivity numbers.  For safeties, unlike for cornerbacks, tackles are a good thing. Safeties provide much more in the way of run support, provide the last line of defense, and clean up other players' missed tackles.  So for safeties, in the following chart, in all categories higher numbers are better.  The one thing that stands out in the safety productivity numbers for the Jets is Rontez Miles' tackles, which are through the roof.  Miles played nearly 400 defensive snaps, or approximately half a starter's snaps, so his numbers may not just be the product of a small sample. On the other hand Miles is a somewhat limited player who plays the pass poorly.  Calvin Pryor had an off year after looking much better in 2015.  Marcus Gilchrist was unproductive all year, producing the worst numbers among Jets safeties in both passes defended and tackles.

The bottom figures in the chart are for Pro Football Focus All Pro Landon Collins, for the sake of comparison against one of the best.  The only area in which any Jets safety produced at a comparable rate to the All Pro Collins was in tackles, where Miles actually managed to out-produce Collins.  Like backup cornerback Juston Burris at cornerback, the backup Rontez Miles, in limited snaps, may have been the most productive Jets safety in 2016, though he contributed little in pass defense.

Here is the productivity chart for all Jets safeties with 150+ snaps.  Bask in the glory of the chart.

Safety

Snaps

Passes

Defended

Interceptions

Tackles

.

Marcus Gilchrist

819

.366

.244

6.47

Calvin Pryor

811

.74

0

7.40

Rontez Miles

393

0

0

12.47

.

Landon Collins

1105

1.18

.452

11.31