According to Pro Football Reference, Los Angeles Rams Aaron Donald is 14.5 sacks away from 100. In 2020, he had 13.5 sacks. In 2018, his best campaign, AD compiled 20.5 sacks in 16 games, just over an average of 1.25 sacks per game. With the addition of the 17th game this season, Donald would need to average (0.85) one sack per game in order to reach his 100th.
Where does this put the three time defensive player of the year in terms of all time sack leaders?
- 1st among active players who have played no more than seven seasons.
- 13th among all active players.
- 2nd among all players past and present listed exclusively as DT.
- 61st among all players past and present.
35 players on the all time list have hit the 100 sack mark. The only other player listed exclusively as DT to do it is Warren Sapp. The all time sack leader is hall of fame defensive end Bruce Smith with 200 sacks over 19 seasons, an average of just over 10.25 sacks per year. In his first seven seasons, Aaron Donald is averaging 12.2 sacks every 16 games. If he can maintain that average for anywhere close to 19 years, he will end up near the top of the all time list. Regarding the 100th sack, to reach that milestone in 2021 he’ll have the help of returning edge rusher Leonard Floyd and Justin Hollins, and interior lineman A’Shawn Robinson who appears ready for a rebound year. Donald has made his name off of beating double teams but if these complimentary rushers demand attention, it will be more likely that we will witness Donald’s 100th this season.
And there’s a new episode of Pod-TST, reacting to the 53-man roster and practice squad:
And now for today’s links:
8 key quotes from Sean McVay on the Rams’ 53-man roster (RamsWire)
Rams name 2021 season captains (Rams.com)
Rams sign 14 players to practice squad (Rams.com)
Matthew Stafford faces Super Bowl expectations with Rams, but how’s his supporting cast? (ESPN)
Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu placed on COVID-19 list after positive test, sources say (ESPN)
Philadelphia Eagles TE Zach Ertz ready to move past offseason trade-talk drama (ESPN)
Miami Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa says coach Brian Flores’ support ‘means a lot’ (ESPN)
Kyle Shanahan: ‘I don’t need to announce’ 49ers’ starting quarterback (NFL.com)
Eleven best members of the 2011 rookie class heading into 2021 (NFL.com)