More consistency needed from Jerry Tillery
I don’t think there’s any doubt that Tillery has been a better player in 2020 than in 2019. One could make an argument that he’s the most improved player on the defensive side of the ball. He’s surpassed his hit, pressure, and hurry totals by quite an impressive margin.
What has been missing from Tillery’s game though is consistency. There are three key games where the Notre Dame product has balled out this season. Those would be the games at Cincinnati, at Denver, and vs. Las Vegas.
Combining his stat lines from all three contests, he winds up with 12 pressures, three sacks, and six hurries. His per game averages are pretty great in those games with four pressures, one sack, and two hurries.
When taking a look at Tillery’s seven other games this season though, there’s a pretty steep decline. 14 pressures, zero sacks, and nine hurries is the stat line in those games. That’s an average of two pressures, zero sacks, and a hurry per game.
When #99 is on, he’s incredibly fast, athletic, and fun to watch. The next step is developing that consistency in the remaining games of this season and next offseason. If he can pull more attention from opposing offensive lines in freeing up Bosa, Joseph, and possibly Ingram, it would be a really big deal for next season.