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Divisional standouts – the top-graded players in NFC South play

In our last look back at the 2017 season, we take a glimpse at the players who have the highest grades against their division rivals from a season ago.
Offense Overall Grade against NFC South teams: 92.0 Since the Saints drafted Michael Thomas with the 47th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, he has been a force in NFC South clashes.
As a staple of the Saints passing attack, Kamara averaged 3.32 yards per route run against his divisional rivals and generated a passer rating of 113.2.
Matthews allowed only one sack all year against divisional foes and was only beaten twice by a defender.
Brees led all quarterbacks with an 81.9 percent adjusted completion percentage and a 112.9 passer rating to boot.
Williams posted a 91.9 overall grade while playing 330 total snaps for the Saints.
Additionally, he remained an every-down linebacker in 2017, playing 385 total snaps in the division, which was tied first with Ken Crawley of the Saints.
Overall Grade against NFC South teams: 89.6 Not many interior defenders were as dominant in their all-around game as Kawann Short.
In pass-rush, he had a 13.5 percent win-percentage and a 12.2 percent pressure rate (19 total pressures on 156 snaps), which was ranked fifth in the division among interior defensive linemen with at least 50 snaps.
Ranked third in the NFC South and first on the Saints with a 90.8 run-defense grade.

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Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks with wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL regular season is rapidly approaching. Soon, talks of the top players and best teams will flood social media as each team’s fanbase will champion for their guys. One of those key components to be considered a top player is how well they stack up against their divisional rivals.

In our last look back at the 2017 season, we take a glimpse at the players who have the highest grades against their division rivals from a season ago. We’ll take a look at the top-10 grades on offense and defense only on contests against their respective divisions. How well did your favorite players play against the division last year? Don’t see them below? Grab a PFF Elite subscription for access to Premium Stats 2.0 to find out for yourself.

[This is the start of a series that will highlight the league’s highest-graded players when they take on their divisional rivals.]

Offense

Overall Grade against NFC South teams: 92.0

Since the Saints drafted Michael Thomas with the 47th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, he has been a force in NFC South clashes. On 174 snaps in route, he was caught 40-of-52 targets for 499 yards, generating a 125.4 passer rating. His three touchdowns against the NFC South were tied for first with teammate Ted Ginn Jr. The best news for the Saints? Thomas is only 25 years old and is just getting started.

Overall Grade against NFC South teams: 91.6

The wily veteran in the Falcon’s receiving corps, Julio Jones has plagued NFC South cornerbacks. He checked in slightly behind Thomas in 2017 with a 91.6 offensive grade against division foes but saw more targets with a total of 63, and more yards after the catch with 261. What’s more, Jones averaged a very healthy 3.78 yards per route run, which bettered the mark of Thomas (2.87) and paced all divisional pass-catchers. It feels like ages ago Jones was drafted, but he remains a staple of the Falcon’s offensive attack.

Overall Grade against NFC South teams: 90.9

No one was more electrifying to watch last year than Alvin Kamara, and he found himself almost neck-in-neck with Jones a season ago with a 90.9 offensive grade against the remainder of the division. As a staple of the Saints passing attack, Kamara averaged 3.32 yards per route run against his divisional rivals and generated a passer rating of 113.2. He also averaged 8.3 yards after the catch per reception and had an 83.0 percent completion rate when targeted as well.

Overall Grade against NFC South teams: 86.5

Matt Ryan, or “Matty Ice” as he is more affectionately known, has been the starter since Day 1 for the Falcons since being drafted in 2008. A season ago, Ryan dominated the division in-route to an 86.5 offensive grade and a 5-1 record to boot. Ryan notched a 75.9 percent adjusted completion percentage with his average depth of target at 9.2 yards, while he also led all NFC South signal-callers in passing yards with…

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