Connect
To Top

Saints assign a low tender on Ken Crawley, a CB with with room for improvement but reason for hope

Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports The New Orleans Saints have placed the original-round tender on restricted free agent cornerback Ken Crawley.
The start of Crawley’s career has gone about as smoothly as one might expect from a former undrafted free agent that has always shown the big-play, big-game ability, but he has also shown a propensity to give up big plays in big games.
He had an up-and-down rookie season in 2016, the good: He showed the ability to find and make plays on the football, as evidenced by his Week 11 game against the Carolina Panthers in which he broke up both of the targets that were sent his way and earned an elite overall grade of 91.6.
At the end of the year, Crawley had had more rough outings than good ones; he allowed a catch rate of 65.5 percent and a passer rating of 101.2 – the 88th- and 93rd-best marks, respectively, among cornerbacks with at least 25 targets.
He elevated his playmaking ability by breaking up 13 passes throughout the year, and he allowed just 50.0 percent of the passes thrown into his primary coverage to be caught, which was tied for the seventh-best mark among cornerbacks with at least 50 targets.
On the back of a promising season, Crawley opened the 2018 campaign as the team’s starting cornerback, but unfortunately, his struggles returned in a big way.
Through the first two games of the season, Crawley allowed 10 catches from 14 targets in coverage at an average of 3.10 yards allowed per coverage snap that ranked 102nd out of 104 qualifying cornerbacks in that span.
Combined, Crawley has allowed just seven receptions from 22 targets inside the red zone over the last two years; those catches went for 31 yards and two touchdowns, but Crawley also forced six incompletions and came down with one interception, while his 52.5 passer rating allowed ranks second among cornerbacks with at least 20 red-zone targets in that span.
Over the last two seasons, 11 of those 22 targets have been end-zone targets, and Crawley allowed just two of those targets to be completed.
When defending his own end zone in said span, Crawley has picked off one pass and has allowed a passer rating of just 41.3 – third among all defenders with at least 10 end-zone targets.

Nov 12, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; New Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley (20) breaks up a pass to Buffalo Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin (13) during the first half at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The New Orleans Saints have placed the original-round tender on restricted free agent cornerback Ken Crawley. An original-round tender is a one-year contract which will be worth a guaranteed $2.025 million, and it means that the Saints can now match any offer that Crawley receives from another team.

The start of Crawley’s career has gone about as smoothly as one might expect from a former undrafted free agent that has always shown the big-play, big-game ability, but he has also shown a propensity to give up big plays in big games. He had an up-and-down rookie season in 2016, the good: He showed the ability to find and make plays on the football, as evidenced by his Week 11 game against the Carolina Panthers in which he broke up both of the targets that were sent his way and earned an elite overall grade of 91.6. The bad: He gave up far too many big plays, as evidenced by his Week 8 game against the Seattle Seahawks in which he allowed all five of his targets to be completed for 73 yards. At the end of the year, Crawley had had more rough outings than good ones; he allowed a catch rate of 65.5 percent and a passer rating of 101.2 – the 88th- and 93rd-best marks, respectively, among cornerbacks with at least 25 targets.

Along with the rest of the Saints’ secondary, Crawley took a huge step forward in 2017, and he teamed up with rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore to form one of the better cornerback tandems in the NFL. He elevated his playmaking ability by breaking up 13 passes throughout the year, and he allowed just 50.0 percent of the passes thrown into his primary coverage to be caught, which was tied for…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in Pro Football

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

Copyright © 2015 DeVoe Theme. Theme by MVP Themes, powered by Wordpress.