San Francisco 49ers: Looking at Anthony Davis' Fast Start and More NFC West News
I wrote a piece in early September that broke down Anthony Davis' poor play from his young career. His lack of bend in his stance, susceptibility to the bull rush and the fact he was easily confused were the three topics I covered.
According to Pro Football Focus, from 2010-2011 he surrendered 21 sacks, 16 quarterback hits and 72 hurries. Which meant Davis would in fact allow a quarterback pressure once every 11 drop backs. Over that two-year period, it was one of the highest rates in the league. PFF consistently had him graded as one of its worst offensive tackles.
In 2010, he was the fifth-worst offensive tackle out of a possible 78. In 2011, things got better, and he moved up to the 22nd-worst offensive tackle. However, 2012 has been a total transformation because PFF currently has him as its seventh-best offensive tackle overall. From Year 1 to Year 2, you could definitely see progress, and I was expecting more this year. But it's safe to say I wasn't expecting this big of a jump.
So far, through the first four games of this year, he has been practically flawless. He hasn't allowed a quarterback sack or quarterback hit. The only flaw to his name is the three hurries he's allowed. And that's nothing compared to a guy like D'Anthony Batiste of the Arizona Cardinals. He has allowed 18 hurries through the first four games.
Not to mention Davis' run blocking has been equally impressive. The 49ers are averaging 5.9 yards per carry when running between the right guard and right tackle. If you look out a little farther, San Francisco's backfield is averaging 6.2 yards per carry when running outside the tight end on the right side.
I also think the addition of Alex Boone at right guard has helped Davis develop. There's no question San Fran's offensive line is one of the best in the NFL.
For more news, let's take a spin around the West and check out what is going with all the clubs.
Bob McManaman of AZCentral.com says the Arizona Cardinals are confident with its 4-0 start.
Shaun M. Church of Bleacher Report looks at the good, bad and ugly of the first four games.
Cam Inman of the MercuryNews.com hands out his Week 4 grades for all three phases.
Phil G of Bleacher Report checks up on the rookies and offers his opinion on their current progress.
Danny O'Neil of The Seattle Times acknowledges Matt Flynn is an option, yet Pete Carroll is sticking with Russell Wilson as his starter.
Thomas Holmes of Bleacher Report looks at who the best player for the Seahawks is right now.
St. Louis Rams
Dan Moore of SBNation.com says the quick turnaround leaves little time for Steven Jackson to recover.
Dan Gruchala of Bleacher Report gives us four reasons why Rams fans should be excited for 2012.
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