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Chief TE Sean Ryan Signs With Redskins

6 year veteran TE Sean Ryan signed with the Washington Redskins this morning. Rumor has it that he’s being brought in to fill the gap left by UFA Todd Yoder, who has primarily served as a blocking TE the last 4 seasons.

Ryan has bounced around quite a bit over the course of his career — moving from Dallas for two seasons, to the Jets for two, to Miami, New Orleans, San Francisco, KC last year — and now he’ll be in Washington for 2010.

My read on this is simply a status quo move to help provide some depth in terms of blocking, and this is absolutely nothing to get excited about. Frankly, Ryan had a dismal year in 2009 and was one of the least productive TE’s in the NFL — scoring 6th worst in overall productivity of any TE in the league by PFF.

We all know how stats can be misleading, and you can prove just about anything using them.  Let me show you what I mean:

Here is a screen grab of Ryans career stats from NFL.com
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His highlights in 2009 for the Chiefs where he caught a career high 14 passes came on a 43 yard completion. Not bad for a blocking TE… right? And he was used a couple times in scoring position because he logged 2 touchdowns… perhaps he was a safety valve on those plays, we’d have to go to the tape to be sure.  But from these stats — this is great! Just by the numbers we can deduce he’s clearly a career blocking TE, and the Redskins can surely use this guy to their advantage each and every down and he can double as a red zone threat if need be.

Not so fast.

Let’s look at the productivity of his game play last year before we get too excited.

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Of the first 9 games he played in and started, Sean Ryan was awful.

In only 2 of 9 games did he log positive performance in run blocking, and they were the first two games of the year.

In 4 of 9 games, nearly 50% of the time — his pass blocking was a detriment to the team.

In only 2 of 9 games was he was thrown to and did an even adequate job with the ball.

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So what is my point?  My point is that the Redskins are going to lose a much better (ranked Top 26 productivity in NFL) blocking TE in Todd Yoder; and they are bringing in a bottom ranked, often moving, only slightly younger but much worse TE in Sean Ryan.

There are stats, and then there are meaningful stats. See for yourself.


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4 Responses to “Chief TE Sean Ryan Signs With Redskins”

  1. Mike says:

    I’m guessing Shanahan see’s something with this guy. He could end up being one of those weapons no one saw coming. My gut tells me he’ll have this team turned around within the next couple of years. I bet they draft a WR in the first round.

  2. Mike says:

    Johnnie – Explain that one? One thinks you’re trying to sell me something.

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