By the way, how well has IFFY played?

PFF can only be viewed in relative terms, and granted it’s a smaller sample size, but Ifeatu has really played well:

Ifeatu Melifonwu | Detroit Lions S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 82.6

Compare that to the “top 10 safeties” 2023 10 best safeties in NFL: Minkah Fitzpatrick leads rankings | FOX Sports (and others):

The Top Tier of Four

Jessie Bates III | Atlanta Falcons S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 90.9

Antoine Winfield Jr. | Tampa Bay Buccaneers S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 90.7

Jevon Holland | Miami Dolphins S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 90.5

Kyle Hamilton | Baltimore Ravens S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 86.0

There’s your first and second team All Pros

The Iffy Tier

Ifeatu Melifonwu | Detroit Lions S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 82.6

The next Tier:

Tyrann Mathieu | New Orleans Saints S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 78.0

Brian Branch | Detroit Lions CB | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 77.3he’s more nickle CB than safety, but has played some safety snaps throughout the season and just an indication as to how well he’s played as a rookie.

Geno Stone | Baltimore Ravens S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 74.6

Kevin Byard | Philadelphia Eagles S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 72.5

Julian Love | Seattle Seahawks S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 72.5

Jalen Thompson | Arizona Cardinals S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 72.3

Harrison Smith | Minnesota Vikings S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 71.6

C.J. Gardner-Johnson | Detroit Lions S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 70.7 (just two games though)

Talanoa Hufanga | San Francisco 49ers S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 70.5

Minkah Fitzpatrick | Pittsburgh Steelers S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 70.3

Justin Simmons | Denver Broncos S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 70.0

“Big Names” and others who aren’t having great seasons

Julian Blackmon | Indianapolis Colts S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 68.3

Jordan Fuller | Los Angeles Rams S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 68.0

Jordan Whitehead | New York Jets S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 67.4

Andre Cisco | Jacksonville Jaguars S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 66.3

Micah Hyde | Buffalo Bills S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 65.1

Budda Baker | Arizona Cardinals S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 64.9

Kerby Joseph | Detroit Lions S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 58.2

Derwin James Jr. | Los Angeles Chargers S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 57.2

Quandre Diggs | Seattle Seahawks S | NFL and PFF stats | PFF 53.7

In the last 3 games he has 3 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 2 INT’s. 1 INT clinched the North.

Larry David Hbo GIF by Curb Your Enthusiasm

Iffy has made more big plays in 3 games than Tracy Walker has in 6 seasons

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Add in a FF, 5 PDFs, 3 TFLs, 4 QB hits (without a penalty).

And the comp to Tracy Walker in terms of big plays (or absence thereof)?