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UGA Bulldogs NFL Week 6

Week 6: Gurley’s sophomore slump continues, AJ Green continues his pace for career highs and Matt Stafford's production stays steady

Todd Gurley: Still struggling to find his way in 2016 that earned him Rookie of the Year honors in 2015, Todd Gurley has yet to eclipse 100 yards rushing this season – facing tough rush defenses so far this season hasn’t helped his ability to change games. Teams have crowded the box against the Rams forcing Case Keenum to beat them, which he has been unable to do this season. Last week against fellow Dawg Matthew Stafford’s Detroit Lions, the Rams passing attack was actually far better than it has been all season, but it did not help Gurley’s production. On 14 carries he accumulated 58 yards, his longest run was 15 yards. He was more effective in the passing attack, catching all four of his targets for 39 yards. Gurley has only found the end-zone three times this season and is only averaging 2.9 yards on 119 carries this season.

AJ Green: After a fairly quiet week against the Cowboys in Week 5, AJ Green was more productive in Week 6 but it wasn’t enough to carry the Bengals over the Patriots. When Green finds the end zone and collects more than 100 yards receiving the Bengals are undefeated and defeated when he doesn’t accomplish either of those feats. With 6 catches on 10 targets and 88 yards receiving, Green was one catch under his average and 13 yards under his average. Despite the decline in production in Week 6, Green’s statistics are benefitting from the departures of former number two receiver Marvin Jones and former number three receiver Mohammed Sanu. Green is on pace to set career highs with 112 receptions and 1,600 yards and he currently ranks third (606) in the NFL in receiving yards.

Matt Stafford: In the absence of Calvin Johnson this season, the former Dawgs quarterback has found a new weapon in AJ Green’s former associate, Marvin Jones. Stafford has kept pace with his usually high passing statistics throwing to Marvin Jones often. Last week Stafford was 23 of 31 passing for 270 yards and 4 touchdowns – the most touchdowns he’s thrown in a single game this season. Stafford is currently tied for third in passing touchdowns (14) and eighth in yards (1,648).

Chris Conley: In his second season in Kansas City, Conley’s role in Andy Reid’s offense has increased. This past week in Oakland was not his best week (3 receptions, 4 targets and 26 yards) but this season he has averaged 3 catches for 40 yards, not yet finding the end zone.

Malcolm Mitchell: The rookie receiver in New England recovered quickly from a dislocated elbow suffered early on in the preseason, but has seen limited opportunities in the Patriots offense. So far, Mitchell has gotten most of his yards when he’s targeted 20-30 yards downfield. Mitchell has caught 50-percent of his targets and 2 of 3 in Tom Brady’s first game back from suspension. Last week, in Brady’s second game, Mitchell wasn’t targeted for any passes. So far this season Mitchell has served in the backup flanker position behind Chris Hogan, catching 6 of 12 targets for 82 yards and no touchdowns.

Reshad Jones: The Miami Dolphins safety has been one of the few bright spots on a disappointing Miami Dolphins defense this season. From the Free Safety position, he leads the Dolphins in tackles and ranks 1st among safeties in combined tackles this season (51). This past week against the Steelers, Jones recorded his lowest number of combined tackles in a game this season. 

Alec Ogletree: Returning from a broken fibula that forced him to miss 12 games last season, Ogletree was featured in HBO’s Hard Knocks as the LA Rams leader on defense and he’s been as advertised this season. Leading the team in tackles so far as the defensive signal caller, Ogletree ranks tied for 14th in the league in tackles. Last week against the Lions, ‘Tree tied his second most combined tackles in a game this season (9).


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