I’ve got my hand on the incredible extensive free agency guide from the folks at Pro Football Focus, and we’re going to make our way through the 49ers’ pending free agents, and perhaps some targets as well, looking at what PFF had to say about them overall. Today, we look at offensive lineman Brandon Fusco.
Among pending free agents, they rated Fusco as the 11th-best in pass-blocking efficiency, with five sacks allowed, three hits allowed and 21 hurries allowed. That’s a pass-blocking efficiency of 96.5, while at the top of the list is Andrew Norwell, at 98.3 (13 hurries allowed).
I like what Fusco did overall last season. He wasn’t the best offensive lineman, but he often had to deal with inconsistent play due to injuries around him. He mostly looked fine from where I was sitting, and I paid a whole lot of attention to the offensive line.
Here’s what they have to say in the writeup:
It’s been an up-and-down career for Fusco, who bounced back in 2017 to post a 76.0 overall grade, good for 22nd among guards. After a breakout 2013 campaign in which he ranked eighth among guards, Fusco battled injury in 2014 before putting together two subpar seasons in 2015 and 2016. He’s worth a look after reclaiming some of his early-career success last season.
His pressures allowed (29) were lower than his 2016 (34) and 2015 totals (55). He was ranked 26th among guards in percentage of positively graded run blocks in 2017. They have him as finding success on 85.8 percent of run-blocking snaps.
Fusco’s overall grade was 76.0, much higher than 2016 (47.6) and 2015 (43.0). He had a pass-block grade of 78.9 on the season, which is totally respectable (and more than two dozen points higher than the previous two years.
His “best fit” is listed as the Atlanta Falcons, at a projected annual guarantee of $800,000 to $1.1 million. All credit to PFF for tracking the useful stats, so use the link above if you want to see more.