NFL Census: Finding the league’s biggest outliers

Nearly 1,700 players come together to form the big picture of the NFL — a collection of 32 53-man rosters that fluidly change throughout the season. Each roster can be sliced in myriad ways to show the makeup of the league through a variety of lenses, providing a look at the smaller strokes that are unique to each club.

Teams begin each offseason with a 90-man roster that gets trimmed to the final 53 active players before Week 1. Those opening week rosters were the ones we analyzed to determine a variety of findings, ranging from the vital metrics of each player, such as height and weight, to how much cash was paid to that player during the 2017 season.

Using our data set of nearly 1,700 players that made opening week rosters in 2017, here’s a look at how each position stacks up in terms of the averages:

Mejia, a catcher/outfielder, was ranked as the No. 7 overall prospect in baseball by ESPN’s Keith Law in January. He has been hot of late, batting .350 with three doubles, a triple, a home run and 10 RBIs in his past 11 games.

The Indians optioned right-hander Evan Marshall to Triple-A Columbus in a corresponding move. Marshall has a 6.75 ERA in 6 2/3 innings over nine appearances this season.

Mejia, 22, struggled in the majors when he was called up last year, hitting .154 in 14 plate appearances.

Despite his recent success in the minors, he has struggled overall in Triple-A, batting .214 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in 214 plate appearances this season. He hit .304 with 16 home runs and 61 RBIs in Double-A last season.

When the Chiefs are doing a specialty jersey, eagles_036, the team’s director of business operations and merchandise, contacts her sales rep at OT Sports. I tell her, ‘This is what we’re thinking, this is what we have in mind,’ and one of their designers will send us a few concepts, says Berger. Sometimes they nail it on the first shot, and sometimes we have to go back and forth a few times to get it right.

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