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Should Drafters Be Worried About Patrick Mahomes’ Protection? The Fantasy Impact of Offensive Line Continuity Entering 2021

Thomas Emerick takes a final look at offensive line continuity before the start of the regular season. Which teams can expect strong offensive line play in the early going? The top offenses and best run-blocking lines tend to return most of their offensive line starters. Those finishing near the bottom replace more starters on average from the previous year. Great scheme and personnel still remain…...

Offensive Line Continuity Shake-Ups Entering NFL Training Camp

The offensive line continuity prospects of several NFL teams will enter the kiln come training camp. Fortunately, enough is in place to provide an outlook on 2021 fantasy football impact by tracing from the trenches to offensive production over the years. I’ll concede and even emphasize that OL continuity isn’t a first-order factor. However, you will see that the best and most consistent offenses usually…...

The Offensive Line Continuity Landscape Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft

Patrick Mahomes can make up for a lot, but that shocking day in Tampa confirmed the existence of limits, as both his stalwart protectors at offensive tackle yielded to their understudy. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz bookended an offensive line that had returned a majority of starters in every season since the Chiefs traded up for Mahomes in 2017. Now both free agents recover from…...

How Offensive Line Continuity Relates to Production and Performance Metrics

After painting the current offensive line continuity landscape earlier, this piece will reveal how stability year-over-year in the trenches relates to rushing, run blocking, and total offense. A year with condensed training camp will see more offensive lines lose continuity than gain it. The 2020 season also sets a high-water mark over the past five years in the number of rookie linemen projected to start…...

Nail Your Final Drafts and Profit from the Best Early Trades with the Offensive Line Continuity Project

Offensive line continuity can often prove a hidden element in offenses veering from projections once the regular season gets underway. The 49ers offense clicked into gear under Kyle Shanahan while carrying max offensive-line continuity into their NFC title run, while the Rams’ setback under Sean McVay coincided with turning over multiple starters for the first time in years. Over the years I’ve written about the…...

Which Teams Are Keeping their Offensive Lines Intact Entering the 2019 Season?

The Texans desperately tried to finagle a starting-caliber offensive lineman from a Jadeveon Clowney deal on the eve of the season. After Bill O’Brien angled for starting center Justin Britt and right tackle Germaine Ifedi in talks with Seattle, Houston settled for a couple linebackers and a Seahawks third rounder for Clowney. The Seahawks opted for continuity. https://twitter.com/GermainX1/status/1167686163144085504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The Dolphins eventually pulled a couple first-round…...

2019 Draft: Who Maintained Continuity on the O-Line and Why We Care

  Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith((Smith was not counted as a Week 1 OL starter, though one of his four snaps in that game happened to be as a tight end on the Colts’ first offensive play. Indy’s defense turned an Andy Dalton pick into a Colts possession starting from the Bengals’ 7-yard line. Smith went on to play 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps in 2019…...

The Increasing Emphasis on Offensive Line Continuity

Teams are trending toward offensive line continuity in a copycat league where the two squads in the Super Bowl happened to value it as much as anyone. The Patriots and Rams made it six straight conference title winners to avoid multi-position turnover on the starting offensive line.((I count “turnover” as a Week 1 starter who did not enter the previous season as a starter for that…...

Should Drafters Be Worried About Patrick Mahomes’ Protection? The Fantasy Impact of Offensive Line Continuity Entering 2021

Thomas Emerick takes a final look at offensive line continuity before the start of the regular season. Which teams can expect strong offensive line play in the early going? The top offenses and best run-blocking lines tend to return most of their offensive line starters. Those finishing near the bottom replace more starters on average from the previous year. Great scheme and personnel still remain…...

Offensive Line Continuity Shake-Ups Entering NFL Training Camp

The offensive line continuity prospects of several NFL teams will enter the kiln come training camp. Fortunately, enough is in place to provide an outlook on 2021 fantasy football impact by tracing from the trenches to offensive production over the years. I’ll concede and even emphasize that OL continuity isn’t a first-order factor. However, you will see that the best and most consistent offenses usually…...

The Offensive Line Continuity Landscape Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft

Patrick Mahomes can make up for a lot, but that shocking day in Tampa confirmed the existence of limits, as both his stalwart protectors at offensive tackle yielded to their understudy. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz bookended an offensive line that had returned a majority of starters in every season since the Chiefs traded up for Mahomes in 2017. Now both free agents recover from…...

How Offensive Line Continuity Relates to Production and Performance Metrics

After painting the current offensive line continuity landscape earlier, this piece will reveal how stability year-over-year in the trenches relates to rushing, run blocking, and total offense. A year with condensed training camp will see more offensive lines lose continuity than gain it. The 2020 season also sets a high-water mark over the past five years in the number of rookie linemen projected to start…...

Nail Your Final Drafts and Profit from the Best Early Trades with the Offensive Line Continuity Project

Offensive line continuity can often prove a hidden element in offenses veering from projections once the regular season gets underway. The 49ers offense clicked into gear under Kyle Shanahan while carrying max offensive-line continuity into their NFC title run, while the Rams’ setback under Sean McVay coincided with turning over multiple starters for the first time in years. Over the years I’ve written about the…...

Which Teams Are Keeping their Offensive Lines Intact Entering the 2019 Season?

The Texans desperately tried to finagle a starting-caliber offensive lineman from a Jadeveon Clowney deal on the eve of the season. After Bill O’Brien angled for starting center Justin Britt and right tackle Germaine Ifedi in talks with Seattle, Houston settled for a couple linebackers and a Seahawks third rounder for Clowney. The Seahawks opted for continuity. https://twitter.com/GermainX1/status/1167686163144085504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The Dolphins eventually pulled a couple first-round…...

2019 Draft: Who Maintained Continuity on the O-Line and Why We Care

  Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith((Smith was not counted as a Week 1 OL starter, though one of his four snaps in that game happened to be as a tight end on the Colts’ first offensive play. Indy’s defense turned an Andy Dalton pick into a Colts possession starting from the Bengals’ 7-yard line. Smith went on to play 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps in 2019…...

The Increasing Emphasis on Offensive Line Continuity

Teams are trending toward offensive line continuity in a copycat league where the two squads in the Super Bowl happened to value it as much as anyone. The Patriots and Rams made it six straight conference title winners to avoid multi-position turnover on the starting offensive line.((I count “turnover” as a Week 1 starter who did not enter the previous season as a starter for that…...

Should Drafters Be Worried About Patrick Mahomes’ Protection? The Fantasy Impact of Offensive Line Continuity Entering 2021

Thomas Emerick takes a final look at offensive line continuity before the start of the regular season. Which teams can expect strong offensive line play in the early going? The top offenses and best run-blocking lines tend to return most of their offensive line starters. Those finishing near the bottom replace more starters on average from the previous year. Great scheme and personnel still remain…...

Offensive Line Continuity Shake-Ups Entering NFL Training Camp

The offensive line continuity prospects of several NFL teams will enter the kiln come training camp. Fortunately, enough is in place to provide an outlook on 2021 fantasy football impact by tracing from the trenches to offensive production over the years. I’ll concede and even emphasize that OL continuity isn’t a first-order factor. However, you will see that the best and most consistent offenses usually…...

The Offensive Line Continuity Landscape Ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft

Patrick Mahomes can make up for a lot, but that shocking day in Tampa confirmed the existence of limits, as both his stalwart protectors at offensive tackle yielded to their understudy. Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz bookended an offensive line that had returned a majority of starters in every season since the Chiefs traded up for Mahomes in 2017. Now both free agents recover from…...

How Offensive Line Continuity Relates to Production and Performance Metrics

After painting the current offensive line continuity landscape earlier, this piece will reveal how stability year-over-year in the trenches relates to rushing, run blocking, and total offense. A year with condensed training camp will see more offensive lines lose continuity than gain it. The 2020 season also sets a high-water mark over the past five years in the number of rookie linemen projected to start…...

Nail Your Final Drafts and Profit from the Best Early Trades with the Offensive Line Continuity Project

Offensive line continuity can often prove a hidden element in offenses veering from projections once the regular season gets underway. The 49ers offense clicked into gear under Kyle Shanahan while carrying max offensive-line continuity into their NFC title run, while the Rams’ setback under Sean McVay coincided with turning over multiple starters for the first time in years. Over the years I’ve written about the…...

Which Teams Are Keeping their Offensive Lines Intact Entering the 2019 Season?

The Texans desperately tried to finagle a starting-caliber offensive lineman from a Jadeveon Clowney deal on the eve of the season. After Bill O’Brien angled for starting center Justin Britt and right tackle Germaine Ifedi in talks with Seattle, Houston settled for a couple linebackers and a Seahawks third rounder for Clowney. The Seahawks opted for continuity. https://twitter.com/GermainX1/status/1167686163144085504?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw The Dolphins eventually pulled a couple first-round…...

2019 Draft: Who Maintained Continuity on the O-Line and Why We Care

  Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith((Smith was not counted as a Week 1 OL starter, though one of his four snaps in that game happened to be as a tight end on the Colts’ first offensive play. Indy’s defense turned an Andy Dalton pick into a Colts possession starting from the Bengals’ 7-yard line. Smith went on to play 75% of the Colts’ offensive snaps in 2019…...

The Increasing Emphasis on Offensive Line Continuity

Teams are trending toward offensive line continuity in a copycat league where the two squads in the Super Bowl happened to value it as much as anyone. The Patriots and Rams made it six straight conference title winners to avoid multi-position turnover on the starting offensive line.((I count “turnover” as a Week 1 starter who did not enter the previous season as a starter for that…...

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