In Peter King’s absence due to a month-long vacation, Pro Football Talk invited multiple writers from Pro Football Focus – including majority owner Cris Collinsworth – to take over the site’s Football Morning in America column.
The topics covered in Monday’s piece ranges from how data is impacting the landscape of football to how teams could use the data gathered by PFF to how the league’s views have changes about analytics over the years. They also included a “we think” segment and a segment highlighting five players that could end up in PFF’s top-50 players next year, both including some of the Bucs’ young, core players.
PFF’s senior analyst Sam Monson seems high on the Bucs’ youth, placing both tight end O.J. Howard, Tampa Bay’s 2017 first-round pick, and defensive tackle Vita Vea, the team’s 2018 first-rounder, on a very short list of players that could end up in PFF’s top-50 following the 2019 season.
In the “we think” segment, PFF argues that while Jameis Winston may continue to make his share of mistakes, he will make a run at the league’s passing title due to having such talent at the wide receiver, a penchant for downfield passes in Bruce Arians’ offenses and Arians’ previous success with high-variance quarterbacks.