Matt Patricia: Analytics have been involved with football forever
The Eagles openly embraced analytics on their way to the Super Bowl last season, and their success has lent more credence to an analytics-oriented approach in the NFL. But one coach with a background in math says it’s nothing new.
Lions coach Matt Patricia, who earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute before going into coaching, says analytics have long been part of football, even if that term is relatively new.
Now that the initial wave of free agency is over, Roseman turned his attention to using some of the team’s available capital to reward one of the team’s most popular players.
The Eagles have restructured defensive end Chris Long’s contract, per ESPN , fully guaranteeing him $3 million this season. His base salary jumps from $1 million non-guaranteed to $2.5 million guaranteed, with the Eagles eliminating his $750 thousand in per-game roster bonuses and $750 thousand in incentives. Long only has one year remaining on his deal, signed last off-season.
I plan on continuing to play at the highest level, Jean Francois said in the statement, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. Hopefully I made a strong case for myself this past season. I did absolutely everything I could to help the Patriots during my short time there, and I learned that playbook immediately. It takes a special type of player and discipline to do that so quickly. My priority right now is to find a stable home where I can step in and make a similar impact for a few more seasons before I ride off into the sunset.
Jean Francois played six regular season games and all three playoff games for the Patriots last season. He had 10 tackles in the regular season and had six tackles and a sack in the playoffs.
Willson, an Ontario native, doesn’t replace Ebron’s pass-catching production (89 career receptions in five seasons in Seattle) but is a big upgrade as a run blocker. With the Lions hoping to turn a putrid run game around, improving the blocking from the tight end position became essential.
Willson joins 2017 fourth-round rookie Michael Roberts atop the Lions ‘ tight end depth chart. It’s a position the team is likely not done addressing this offseason.