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Joe Staley continues to play at a high level, builds his case as one of the NFL’s best left tackles

A rarity in today’s game, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is entering his 13th season with the same team, and he is still one of their highest-graded offensive players.
Not many can match the resume he’s been putting together, and despite playing for seven different head coaches, Staley has been busy building his case for being one of the best left tackles of his generation.
Throughout his career, Staley has proven to be a well-balanced offensive lineman by excelling in both the passing and running game, and the numbers speak for themselves.
For starters, Staley’s career pass-blocking grade of 86.6 ranks 12th in the PFF era (2006-present) among left tackles with at least 100 career snaps.
However, it’s been run-blocking where Staley has truly excelled, ranking second in the PFF era with a career run-block grade of 92.4.
Taking a deeper dive into his run-blocking expertise, Staley has earned two of the top-six single-game run-blocking grades by a left tackle.
Leading up to that season, Staley had put up respectable, but slightly underwhelming numbers, with his best year coming in 2009 where he ranked 21st amongst qualified tackles with an overall grade of 78.1.
Thomas has the edge (albeit a slight one) over Staley in most career categories, highlighted by his career grade of 95.1 compared with Staley’s 92.8.
Thomas also bests Staley in career pass-block grade, the number of 80.0-plus graded seasons, and perfect pass-blocking games.
However, Staley gets Thomas in run-blocking grade (92.4).

Since 2007, the San Francisco 49ers have had the luxury of possessing one of the NFL’s best offensive linemen. A rarity in today’s game, 49ers left tackle Joe Staley is entering his 13th season with the same team, and he is still one of their highest-graded offensive players. Not many can match the resume he’s been putting together, and despite playing for seven different head coaches, Staley has been busy building his case for being one of the best left tackles of his generation.

Throughout his career, Staley has proven to be a well-balanced offensive lineman by excelling in both the passing and running game, and the numbers speak for themselves. For starters, Staley’s career pass-blocking grade of 86.6 ranks 12th in the PFF era (2006-present) among left tackles with at least 100 career snaps. However, it’s been run-blocking where Staley has truly excelled, ranking second in the PFF era with a career run-block grade of 92.4. He also owns the third-highest single-season run-block grade in PFF history by a left tackle, accumulating a mark of 92.4 over 19 games (including postseason) in 2012, and on a game-by-game basis, Staley’s name appears twice when looking at the top-15 graded games by a left tackle.

Taking a deeper dive into his run-blocking expertise, Staley has earned two of the top-six single-game run-blocking grades by a left tackle. The highest of two came in Week 16 of the 2014 season, where on 34 run-blocking snaps Staley posted a staggering grade of 96.5. In particular, Staley has found success in a zone-blocking scheme, as he trails only Philadelphia Eagles left tackle, Jason Peters,…

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