The Oklahoma Eagle Newswire
Pro Football Focus’ newly released list of Top 101 Players from the 2019 NFL Season included two Tulsa stand-outs in former Booker T. Washington’s Tyler Lockett (77) and former McLain’s Josh Jacobs (99).
“Tyler Lockett has become one of the best and most underrated receivers in football. He doesn’t have the stature of the prototypical number one receivers elsewhere in the league, but he has been outperforming his size since his days in college, and he did so once again in 2019. Lockett caught 74.8% of the passes thrown his way this season, including the postseason, and he accounted for 63 first downs over the year. When throwing it Lockett’s way Russell Wilson had a passer rating of 125.9, representing his second consecutive year over 125,” read the description on Pro Football Focus’ website. In 2019, Tyler recorded 82 receptions, 1,057 yards, and 8 touchdowns.
Only playing time kept Josh Jacobs this low on the list, because, in pure performance terms, he was one of the best players in the NFL at any position in his first season of action, and the fact that he did some of it with a major shoulder injury makes it all the more incredible. Jacobs was 13th in carries and yet still managed to lead the league by three broken tackles on the ground, and he averaged a ridiculous 3.5 yards after contact per carry in his debut season. Jacobs wasn’t quite the factor in the passing game you would like to see, which is curious given how good he was in college in that regard, but his performance carrying the football was special. In 2019, Josh had 242 attempts, 1,150 yards, and 7 touchdowns.