Grading the ‘Boys: Doug Free and Jermey Parnell
At Dallas News, I graded right tackles Doug Free and Jermey Parnell.
While Smith allowed three sacks and pressure on 6.0 percent of his snaps in pass protection, Free yielded seven sacks and a 6.2 percent pressure rate. Perhaps more concerning is that Free didn’t really improve as the year progressed; in addition to struggling badly in pass protection, Free also committed 13 penalties on the season, eventually splitting time with Parnell.
Parnell is certainly more athletic and possesses greater upside than Free, but he’s also raw as a right tackle. In just 267 snaps, Parnell allowed five sacks. However, Parnell yielded pressure on 4.2 percent of his pass snaps; that’s not an elite rate, but it was the best of any offensive tackle on the team. Thus, Parnell’s somewhat-low pressure rate suggests he simply got unlucky in allowing five sacks.
See the whole article and the grades.