While Mike Catapano stands at the cusp of the 300 club, his teammate Allen Bailey is its newest inductee.
Now, a sliver of fans think that football players lift some weights, study a few plays and return home to dive into their money pool like Scrooge McDuck.
When you're a defensive linemen, there's a third element: force-feeding.
Bailey's timeline consists of three things: music, food and regret. But it's for a good cause.
With Tyson Jackson out of the picture and Vance Walker adjusting to life in a 3-4, Bailey, who's entering a contract season, looks like the opening-day starter. And in said 3-4, 280-odd-pound defensive ends tend to get rag-dolled in the run game.
Bailey? Not quite. In 2013, among 3-4 defensive ends who partook in a quarter of their defense's snaps, Pro Football Focus (subscription required) ranked Bailey No. 4 in run-stop percentage. He's roughly 10 to 15 pounds heavier now.
Make no mistake, though, pass rushing is still his modus operandi. In his final three seasons at Miami (Hurricanes), Bailey tallied 19 sacks and 31 tackles for loss despite starting only 27 of 38 games, which propelled him to the third round of the draft.
In 2013 he posted 19 hurries in 279 pass-rushing attempts (one per 14.7).
To give that perspective, Arizona's Calais Campbell—who had the most attempts in the NFL (614)—recorded one hurry per 15.4 pass-rushing downs. Jackson? One per 30.5...because he's Jackson and anything more would make you question life as you know it. (In Romeo Crennel's hyper-conservative 2012 defense, he hurried the passer once per 93 attempts. Baby steps.)
Bailey, entering the final year of his rookie contract, will count $808,986 against the cap; Jackson will cost $3.1 million, per Spotrac.
In other words, at some point in the near future, there's a chance you'll see another "Fire Pioli" banner in the sky. And since the Georgia Dome isn't retractable, there's a chance it will be at Arrowhead. Again.
Combine results provided by NFL Draft Scout. Contract information provided by Spotrac. Statistics provided by Pro-Football-Reference and Pro Football Focus.
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