Patriots Advanced Stats: Malcolm Butler, Akiem Hicks Excel In Pass Defense


December 20, 2015

For a team whose system gives new players fits, the New England Patriots sure seem to have a lot of success getting production from in-season acquisitions.

This season is no exception for the Patriots, who have added running back Joey Iosefa, wide receivers Keshawn Martin and Leonard Hankerson, offensive tackle La’Adrian Waddle, defensive tackles Akiem Hicks and Ishmaa’ily Kitchen, linebacker Jon Bostic and cornerback Leonard Johnson since Week 1 of the regular season.

Hicks and Johnson excelled in the passing game Sunday in the Patriots’ 33-16 win over the Tennessee Titans. Hicks recorded a sack, three pressures and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, while Johnson wasn’t targeted in his second game with the Patriots.

See how the rest of the Patriots fared in the passing game in this week’s advanced stats:

Game stats:
Logan Ryan: 4-7, 93 yards
Jon Bostic: 1-1, 57 yards, TD
Patrick Chung: 4-5, 23 yards
Jamie Collins: 2-3, 13 yards, INT
Malcolm Butler: 1-3, 10 yards, INT
Jordan Richards: 1-2, 8 yards, PBU
Chandler Jones: 1-1, 8 yards
Duron Harmon: 1-1, 7 yards TD
Tavon Wilson: 1-2, 5 yards, PBU
Rob Ninkovich: 1-2, 5 yards
Dont’a Hightower: 0-1, PBU

— Johnson, the nickel corner, wasn’t targeted a single time in the passing game.

— Butler tracked Harry Douglas in the passing game and let up just 10 yards. It wasn’t an overly difficult matchup for Butler, but he had a very strong game.

— Dorial Green-Beckham, who’s 6-foot-5, 237 pounds, gave Ryan fits. It was Ryan’s worst game of the season.

Season stats:
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Game stats:
Jabaal Sheard: sack, four hurries
Akiem Hicks: sack, three hurries
Chandler Jones: two sacks, hurry
Rob Ninkovich: QB hit, two hurries
Geneo Grissom: QB hit, two hurries
Jamie Collins: sack, QB hit
Alan Branch: two hurries
Jerod Mayo: two hurries
Sealver Siliga: hurry

— Hicks and Grissom filled in well for Easley, who was placed on injured reserve last week. It was Grissom’s best game of his rookie season.

— Jones leads the team in sacks with 12.5, but Sheard has been more disruptive on a per-play basis this season.

— Collins knocked Titans rookie quarterback out of the game on his second quarter sack.

Season stats:
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Game stats:
Sebastian Vollmer: sack, QB hit, five hurries
Marcus Cannon: QB hit, four hurries
Tre? Jackson: sack, hurry
Shaq Mason: two hurries
Michael Williams: two hurries
David Andrews: two hurries

Season stats:
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Here are Brady’s incompletions charted:
1. Thrown away due to pressure
2. High to Rob Gronkowski
3. Pressured
4. Thrown in front of James White
5. Drop by Keshawn Martin
6. Thrown in front of Gronkowski
7. Should have been pass interference
8. Pass breakup on target to Groknowski
9. Drop by Gronkowski
10. Drop by Brandon Bolden
11. PBU to Gronkowski
12. Thrown out of bounds to Gronkowski

— Brady had just four inaccurate passes. Three incompletions were caused by drops, and there were two caused by pressure, two pass breakups and one that should have been a penalty.

Thumbnail photo via Winslow Townson/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Dec 20, 2015; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) is congratulated by cornerback Leonard Johnson (34) after he intercepted a pass during the second half of the New England Patriots 33-16 win over the Tennessee Titans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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