Because of the lengthy layoff between NFL seasons, reminiscences of the earlier yr can simply grow to be murky, particularly those that do not appear actual.
Let’s take a fast journey down reminiscence lane to remind you of 5 statistics from the 2016 season that may make you ask, “How within the hell?!”
Gurley had solely 2 rushes of 20 yards or extra
As a rookie, Todd Gurley seemed set for superstardom. However to say his sophomore season was a disappointment can be placing it frivolously – fantasy soccer followers will possible by no means forgive him.
Whether or not it was because of the Los Angeles Rams’ horrible offensive line, uninspiring play-calling, or the entire lack of menace from the passing recreation, Gurley struggled to create huge performs.
In truth, regardless of enjoying all sixteen video games, Gurley by some means managed to supply simply two rushes of 20 yards or extra. Sure, two! The again carried the ball 278 occasions, which means he produced a 20-plus-yard rush on lower than 1 % of his carries. In distinction, Gurley had eleven 20-plus and 5 forty-plus rushes on 229 makes an attempt in 2015.
For a participant of his supposed expertise, it is loopy to assume he was primarily neutered for the complete marketing campaign.
Bradford set report for single-season completion proportion (seventy one.6)
After a torrid begin, the Vikings have been pretty unremarkable for the remainder of the 2016 marketing campaign, which meant few observed what a strong season Sam Bradford put collectively in his first yr in Minnesota.
Whereas Bradford nonetheless must show himself a franchise participant within the eyes of most, he did one thing that no different quarterback in NFL historical past has achieved earlier than.
Already referred to as an correct passer, Bradford took this space of his recreation to an entire new degree, ending the marketing campaign with an NFL-report seventy one.6 completion proportion.
In a season of robust quarterback play, it is easy to overlook Bradford made historical past in 2016.
Falcons scored simply 2 fewer TDs (6) in L.A. than the Rams (eight)
Watching the Rams on offense final season was a painful expertise. They have been one of many least productive models within the league, scoring simply 24 touchdowns in sixteen video games.
And in a weird twist, the Rams have been even worse once they performed of their residence of Los Angeles versus on the street. Within the seven video games the Rams performed in L.A. (they gave up one residence recreation to play in London), they produced a measly eight complete touchdowns.
Within the Falcons’ blowout forty two-14 December win in L.A., Atlanta discovered the top zone six occasions, which means that they had extra touchdowns within the Metropolis of Angels than the Rams did (5) at that time of the season. The Rams wanted three Week 17 scores to save lots of them from an completely embarrassing stat (although nonetheless ended up with a reasonably embarrassing one).
Wentz threw 5 fewer passes as rookie than in entire school profession
Carson Wentz wasn’t even presupposed to see the sector throughout his rookie season. However the North Dakota State graduate pressured his means into the beginning lineup, and the Eagles weren’t shy about testing out their younger gunslinger’s arm.
Throughout his 4 school seasons, Wentz appeared in forty two video games, with nearly all of his snaps coming in his final two years because the staff’s starter. However accidents have been a problem for Wentz in school, inflicting him to throw simply 612 passes in his complete profession.
In his first yr within the NFL, Wentz tried 607 – somewhat shy of Andrew Luck’s report for makes an attempt by a rookie quarterback.
Bush rushed for destructive-three yards on 12 carries
This a report that no operating again needs to personal.
Whereas many individuals probably keep in mind Reggie Bush’s dashing struggles from final season, this stat is so ridiculous that it needed to make the listing.
Whereas with the Buffalo Payments, Bush had simply 12 carries in 2016 … for adverse-three yards, turning into the primary non-quarterback with 10-plus carries to complete a marketing campaign with unfavorable yards since 1970.
Bush has two 1,000-yard campaigns on his resume, so it is extra of a freak stat than an indictment of his expertise. The 32-yr-previous did by some means have a dashing landing and ninety receiving yards, too, so his unenviable achievement should not sting too badly.
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