According to Pro Football Focus, Indianapolis Colts linebacker Darius Leonard earned a spot on their ‘NFL Week 17: Team of the Week’ following his strong performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the season’s finale—during a playoff-clinching win:
PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK
QB: Tom Brady, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
RB: J.K. Dobbins, Baltimore Ravens
WR: A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans
WR: Antonio Brown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
TE: Pharaoh Brown, Houston Texans
FLEX: Marvin Jones Jr., Detroit Lions
LT: Terron Armstead, New Orleans Saints
LG: Bradley Bozeman, Baltimore Ravens
C: Connor McGovern, New York Jets
RG: Nate Herbig, Philadelphia Eagles
RT: Trey Pipkins, Los Angeles Chargers
DI: Aaron Donald, Los Angeles Rams
DI: Maliek Collins, Las Vegas Raiders
EDGE: Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints
EDGE: J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
LB: Darius Leonard, Indianapolis Colts
LB: Tyler Matakevich, Buffalo Bills
CB: Troy Hill, Los Angeles Rams
CB: Jonathan Jones, New England Patriots
S: Adrian Amos, Green Bay Packers
S: Kareem Jackson, Denver Broncos
FLEX D: Jaire Alexander, Green Bay Packers
‘The Maniac’ received a +89.9 grade overall from PFF, as he had a +81.7 tackling and +91.7 pass rushing grade—and rightfully so, after he obliterated Jaguars starting quarterback Mike Glennon in the pocket for a strip-sack:
Whew, Darius Leonard is a baaaad man @dsleon45 @Colts— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) January 3, 2021
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Leonard finished with 10 tackles (8 solo), a sack, a forced fumble, and 2 passes defensed during this past Sunday’s must-win. PFF also credited him with 5 stops (which are tackles that constitute a ‘failure’ for the offense).
He was targeted 7 times in coverage for 5 receptions for 38 receiving yards (7.6 ypr. avg.) and a passer rating of 71.4.
On the season, Leonard has received a +72.6 overall grade from PFF.
The reigning 2x NFL All-Pro has 132 tackles (86 solo), 7 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks, 7 passes defensed, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 fumble recoveries during 14 starts in 2020.
He’s earned another Pro Bowl appearance already, but Darius Leonard and the Colts defense still have something left to prove in the playoffs against the Buffalo Bills’ 2nd highest scoring league offense during this weekend’s challenging wild card matchup.
The Colts may very well need the Maniac in full-force, wreaking havoc to pull off the upset.