If I am remembering correctly, Shady did not seem to be giving enough effort in blitz pickup early last season and he got
called out for it. But then from that moment on (still early in the season), he sold out. I can remember many solid pickups
on his part after that.
Maybe PFF is basing it on just those early games or worse yet, just remembering the talk about it early last season and assuming
it continued. I mean Shady is no Fred Jackson when it comes to blocking (Fred bruised people bad), but I don't think Shady's blocking
was a liability either (once he sold out), at least not enough to diminish what he did as a runner/receiver.
For instance, PFF ranked Jay Ajayi as the 31st best player in the NFL:
Player Total rush atts/rec targets Yards from scrimmage TDs 1st Downs AVGs.
J. Ajayi 294 1,423 8 68 4.9 rush/5.6 rec
L. McCoy 291 1,623 14 73 5.41 rush/7.1 rec
So, in 3 less overall attempts than Ajayi, Shady had 200 yards more, 6 more TDs, 5 more 1st downs, and better averages.
Yet, Ajayi is #31 and Shady isn't even on the list? Because of his blocking? Yeah right.
I wonder how good Ajayi's blitz pickup is? I couldn't find any stats on that. He's a bigger back, so he's probably better...but
how many times was he asked to do it? How did he fare? PFF notes that Shady had the lowest grade, but doesn't give any
reference to what other RBs grades were. Shady apparently gave up 13 QB pressures over the course of the season, no
sacks. Do 13 QB pressures (out of 92 blocks) really cancel out his stats?
I also find it interesting that only 4 RBs made the top 101 at all (Elliot #22, Johnson #23, Bell #27, and Ajayi #31---that's it).