5 things to know about Chicago Bears new DL Armon Watts
3. Armon Watts Advanced Stats
Armon Watts saw his most work last season, and it led to career-high numbers. His sack total soared, but you may have been able to see it coming. His pass rush productivity rating was 15 as a rookie, then 16.7 in year two, and a18.3 last season. Last year was his best, but he was always trending that way.
His pass rush win rate went from 7.5% as a rookie to 5.8% in year two then 8.1% last season. Overall, he ranked 25th amongst defensive linemen in pass rush productivity and 24th in win rate.
Those are starter caliber numbers, and we expect Watts to be a rotational player. The issue is run defense. Watts ranked 145th in run stop rate and had a 10% missed tackle rate.
It is interesting to note because Tonga was much more of a run stuffer, while Watts is clearly better as a pass rusher. Pass rush is always more valuable, but the team may be relying on Mike Pennel and Justin Jones as their top run stuffers, then Armon Watts and Angelo Blackson as their top pass rushers. They will mix and match based on situations.