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Jadeveon Clowney, J.J. Watt, And Others Named To Pro Football Focus’s Top 101 Players Of 2018

Here’s some real Texans analysis.

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Pro Football Focus takes a look at every play and grades every player based on what they did on every play. Feel how you feel about their player grades, I think they’re bad, but they do have great game charting numbers even if they miss things. Andrew Norwell gave up a pressure in 2017. Anyways, they recently came out with their list of the best players from the 2018 season. Houston had five players on the list, and will have six once their top ten is released on Friday and DeAndre Hopkins’s name is engraved. Yes, there will probably be a post on Friday for that.

Here’s where they had Benardrick McKinney, Kareem Jackson, Deshaun Watson, Jadeveon Clowney, and J.J. Watt ranked, and what they had to say.

94. Bernardrick McKinney, Houston Texans

Top 101 appearances: New entry

The fourth-year linebacker made an impact in all areas of the Texans’ defense this season. McKinney’s 81.3 overall grade ranked ninth at the position, while his 89.2 run defense grade listed at third-best, behind only All-Pro’s Luke Kuechly and Bobby Wagner. He recorded 32 total run stops this season with only four missed tackles.

85. Kareem Jackson, Houston Texans

Top 101 appearances: 2

Alternating between safety and corner, Jackson had a career revival this past season. Jackson recorded an overall grade of 79.5 behind 10 pass breakups and no receiving touchdowns allowed, and he will be one of the more sought-after veterans if he hits the free agent market.

77. Deshaun Watson, Houston Texans

Top 101 appearances: New entry

Deshaun Watson came into this season surrounded by uncertainty due to his season-ending ACL injury last year, but he played a full 16 games this season and finished with the 12th-best grade (82.6) out of 39 qualifying quarterbacks. Watson made the best of one of the NFL’s worst offensive lines en route to a playoff berth, and that can’t be overstated. He led the NFL in total pressured dropbacks (281) and passer rating under pressure (88.2).

46. Jadeveon Clowney, Houston Texans

Top 101 appearances: 3

Jadeveon Clowney had by far the best season of his career in 2018. The former first overall pick tied for the seventh-best overall grade (89.5) among edge defenders. He recorded 28 run stops on 283 run-defense snaps, tying for the tenth-best run-stop percentage (9.9%) at the position.

19. J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

Top 101 appearances: 6

Watt was back to his utterly dominant self this year. He was once again named a PFF All-Pro, and his 78 pressures were the second-most among edge defenders. Watt ended the 2018 regular season with at least three quarterback pressures in 14 straight games, which is the longest active streak by four games.