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The NFL’s pass-rushing triple-double: Double-digit sacks, hits and hurries

Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in one of the biggest free agency moves in basketball memory and, while we don’t have any PFF analysis on the move, it does time nicely with an article we had planned with a slight basketball twist.
It got me thinking.
What would be the NFL’s equivalent of a triple-double?
Interior Defensive Lineman Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals: 10 sacks, 10 hits, 50 hurries Showing how rare it is to find an interior pass-rusher who can routinely dominate enough to generate double-digit sacks and hits, Donald and Atkins were the only two interior defensive lineman to complete a triple-double in 2017.
Atkins has now racked up double-digits in all three categories in each of the past three seasons and in four of his eight seasons in the NFL.
Edge Defenders Chandler Jones, Arizona Cardinals: 17 sacks, 18 hits, 41 hurries Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys: 15 sacks, 12 hits, 52 hurries Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints: 14 sacks, 14 hits, 47 hurries Joey Bosa, Los Angeles Chargers: 13 sacks, 11 hits, 51 hurries Yannick Ngakoue, Jacksonville Jaguars: 13 sacks, 14 hits, 43 hurries Everson Griffen, Minnesota Vikings: 12 sacks, 11 hits, 38 hurries Cameron Wake, Miami Dolphins: 11 sacks, 15 hits, 36 hurries Khalil Mack, Oakland Raiders: 11 sacks, 13 hits, 55 hurries Melvin Ingram, Los Angeles Chargers: 11 sacks, 12 hits, 53 hurries Michael Bennett, Philadelphia Eagles (w/ Seattle Seahawks in 2017): 10 sacks, 16 hits, 44 hurries Clay Matthews, Green Bay Packers: 10 sacks, 11 hits, 18 hurries Carl Lawson, Cincinnati Bengals: 10 sacks, 11 hits, 38 hurries Von Miller, Denver Broncos: 10 sacks, 12 hits, 61 hurries Triple-doubles are much more frequent among edge defenders, but there are still several things that stand out from this list.
While the Bengals only had one edge defender on the list, they have two when you pair Lawson off the edge with Atkins on the interior.
All the more impressive is the fact that Lawson did it as a fourth-round rookie, and was the only first-year player to make the list.
Griffen has been quietly consistent when it comes to pass-rushing triple-doubles, achieving them in three of the past four seasons.
Miller has been the standout here though, with double-digit sacks, hits and hurries in every season with the exception of the 2013 season where he played just 552 snaps due to injury.

Dec 4, 2017; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carl Lawson (58) hits Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) as he throws in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in one of the biggest free agency moves in basketball memory and, while we don’t have any PFF analysis on the move, it does time nicely with an article we had planned with a slight basketball twist.

In basketball, a triple-double is a double-digit total in three of five statistical categories, but generally will be achieved with points, rebounds and assists.

It got me thinking. What would be the NFL’s equivalent of a triple-double?

So, after looking through all the Premium Stats available with PFF Elite subscriptions, I settled on the pass-rushing triple-double: players who accumulated double-digit sacks, hits and hurries over the course of the regular season. 16 players in the NFL managed the feat in 2017, so here’s our look into the performance of each one.

Interior Defensive Lineman

Aaron Donald Pressures
Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams: 12 sacks, 13 hits, 66 hurries

Geno Atkins, Cincinnati Bengals: 10 sacks, 10 hits, 50 hurries

Showing how rare it is to find an interior pass-rusher who can routinely dominate enough to generate double-digit sacks and hits, Donald and Atkins were the only two interior defensive lineman to complete a triple-double in 2017. Donald has accomplished this in two of his four seasons in the NFL so far, and his 14.8 pass-rushing productivity rating was 3.0 points higher than the next highest player at the position, Atkins, coming in at 11.8.

Atkins has now racked up double-digits in all three categories in each of the past three seasons and in…

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