NFL Final Stats Leaders in All Major Categories for 2017 Season – Reuters

The best of the best among the NFL’s statistical leaders during the 2017 season included many of the usual suspects. But a new generation of stars has also emerged around the league.

The likes of New England quarterback Tom Brady, Chargers Philip Rivers, Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown and Atlanta Julio Jones were their usual productive selves.

Meanwhile, new superstars seemed to pop up almost every week, especially at running back and in defense. And if it weren’t for the injuries to guys like Philadelphia quarterback Carson Wentz and Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson, some of the stats might be very different.

Here are the regular season leaders in the major offense and defense categories:

Passing touchdowns

Considering Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson basically accounted for every offensive touchdown his team scored in 2017, it should come as no surprise that he claimed the passing touchdown crown. Had he stayed healthy, Wentz almost certainly would have beaten Wilson, but it shows just how ascendant Wentz was that he still finished second after missing the end of the season with a knee injury. Brady’s inclusion is old hat at this point.

1. Wilson: 34

2. Wentz: 33

3. Brady: 32

4. Lions QB Matthew Stafford: 29

5. Rivers, Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger, Rams QB Jared Goff (tie): 28

passing yards

Like the metronome that he is, Brady threw for 4,000 yards for the ninth time in his career and the sixth time in the past seven seasons. That he did it without Julian Edelman just reiterates how capable he is of uplifting those around him. Rivers has been equally consistent in that category, also tossing for 4,000 yards for the ninth time in his career and the ninth time in the last 10 seasons.

1. Brady: 4,577

2. Rivers: 4,515

3. Stafford: 4,446

4. Saints QB Drew Brees: 4,334

5. Roethlisberger: 4,251

Percentage complete

Buoyed by one of the best running games in the league, Brees didn’t post the big touchdown and yardage numbers he usually does (although they were still pretty good). But he was better than ever at completion percentage, connecting enough to set a new NFL record. This is the third time he has set the record. Before the season, no one expected Vikings quarterback Case Keenum to make this list, let alone throw enough passes to make it.

1. Brees: 72.0%

2. Keenum: 67.6%

3. Chief QB Alex Smith: 67.5%

4. Jets QB Josh McCown: 67.3%

5. Brady: 66.3%

Ground course

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell continued to be one of the best guards in the league, but he was joined by a new star on the scene in the Chiefs’ Kareem Hunt and a reestablishing his place in the NFL galaxy in the Todd of the Rams. Gurley II. Bell or Gurley likely would have won that crown, but they were held off their season finales because their teams didn’t want to risk injury before the playoffs.

1. Hunt: 1,327

2. Gurley: 1,305

3. Bell: 1,291

4. RB LeSean McCoy Bills: 1,138

5. Saints RB Mark Ingram: 1,124

Hurried touchdowns

Gurley was a touchdown machine for new Rams head coach Sean McVay, bouncing back from a disappointing second season by more than doubling his touchdown total from a year ago. He also had six receiving scores, making his 19 total touchdowns the most in the NFL and putting him squarely in the conversation as the league’s most valuable player.

1. Gurley: 13

2. Ingram: 12

3. Bell, Bears RB Jordan Howard, Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (tie): 9

Reception course

Brown and Jones are like the NFL version of Batman and the Joker, seemingly destined to fight for the No. 1 spot on this list every season. They have both finished in the top five in each of the past four seasons. It’s the second time Brown has led the NFL in receiving yards. Hats off to Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, who recovered from two injury-plagued seasons to finally deliver a full season of production; he’s only 25, which leaves plenty of room for great things to come.

1. Brown: 1,533

2. Jones: 1,444

3. Allen: 1,393

4. Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins: 1,378

5. Vikings WR Adam Thielen: 1,276

Receptions

That noise you hear could be a cash register warming up for the impending payday arrival of Dolphins catcher Jarvis Landry. Landry continues to be one of the most underrated players in the league, working mostly from the slot and posting big numbers every season. Landry has never had less than 84 catches, and he set a career high in 2017. Cardinals sideline Larry Fitzgerald continues to openly challenge Father Time. Meanwhile, Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas is well on his way to stardom.

1.Landry: 112

2. Fitzgerald: 109

3.Thomas: 104

4. Allen: 102

5. Brown: 101

Receive touchdowns

As the clear best option in Houston’s offense, Hopkins was the obvious target in most passing situations. That didn’t stop him from finding the end zone on several occasions and adding more highlight catches to his resume. Green Bay’s Davante Adams has already earned a big payday for his successful season. And Seattle tight end Jimmy Graham is also looking to cash in as he heads into free agency.

1. Hopkins: 13

2. Graham, Adams (tie): 10

3. Brown, Eagles WR Alshon Jeffery, Lions WR Marvin Jones Jr., Landry (tie): 9

Melee Yards

McVay’s ability to unlock Gurley as a wide receiver was perhaps the biggest reveal of the Rams’ dramatic offensive turnaround this season. Fullbacks such as Bell are hard to come by, but both Gurley and Hunt look capable of posting big numbers for years to come.

1. Gurley: 2,093

2. Bell: 1,946

3. Hunt: 1,782

4. McCoy: 1,586

5. RB Melvin Gordon Chargers: 1,581

Bags

Long a consistent force as a passing thrower, Arizona’s Chandler Jones put it all together in 2017, setting a career high in sacks. Calais Campbell of Jacksonville remained a dominant force after signing a lucrative contract with the Jaguars as a free agent. Dallas’ DeMarcus Lawrence is expected to cash in as a free agent this offseason after posting similar numbers to Campbell’s.

1. Jones: 17

2. Campbell, Lawrence (tie): 14.5

3. Vikings DE Everson Griffen, Saints DE Cameron Jordan, Redskins LB Ryan Kerrigan (tie): 13

interceptions

Lions cornerback Darius Slay might not be a household name, but he should be, as he’s always been sticky in coverage, enjoying a full-fledged interception breakout this season. Titans safety Kevin Byard was a glaring omission from the Pro Bowl and is an emerging star.

1. Kill, Byard (tie): 8

2. Ravens S Eric Weddle, Jaguars CB AJ Bouye (tie): 6

3. Cardinals S Antoine Bethea, Vikings S Harrison Smith, Bills S Micah Hyde, Bills S Jordan Poyer, Chargers S Tre Boston, Saints CB Marshon Lattimore, Chiefs CB Marcus Peters (tie): 5

forced escapes

As Campbell piled up the sacks on one side, partner Yannick Ngakoue wreaked havoc himself. Ngakoue had 12 sacks but also created turnovers. After two seasons, Ngakoue looks like another rising young star.

1. Ngakoue: 6

2. Bucs LB Lavonte David, Rams DT Aaron Donald (tie): 5

3. 12 tied players: 4

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