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Patrick Willis

29-Year-Old Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers

2013 Defensive Stats

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104

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2014 Defensive Projections

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2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Willis' IDP stock has taken a sizable tumble in recent years, as the former top IDP linebacker posted fewer than 105 tackles in two of the last three years. There are two reasons for the drop in Willi...

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2014 ADP:

IDP Rank: Hidden

Bye Week:  8

STATUS:  Probable     INJURY:  Undisclosed
HT: 6' 1"   WT: 240   DOB: 1/25/1985
College: Mississippi  DRAFTED: 1st Rd   Show ContractHide Contract

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Patrick Willis Contract Information:

Agreed to a five-year extension with the 49ers in May of 2010.

August 21, 2014  –  Patrick Willis News

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Willis (undisclosed) was seen practicing in a non-contact jersey Wednesday and his availability for Sunday's preseason game is still uncertain, Matt Barrows of the Sac Bee reports.

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Patrick Willis NFL Stats
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  Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Year Age Team G Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
2007 22 16 - 174 - 4 - 0 0 - 1 - - - -
2008 23 16 - 141 - 1 - 1 1 - 1 - - - -
2009 24 16 - 152 - 4 - 3 1 - 0 - - - -
2010 25 SF 15 128 101 27 6 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
2011 26 SF 13 97 74 23 2 12 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 0
2012 27 SF 16 120 88 32 0.5 9 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
2013 28 SF 14 104 82 22 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
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Age is determined on September 1st of each season.

Patrick Willis – Playing Time Overview

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#1 Inside Linebacker
  1. Patrick Willis
  2. Chris Borland
San Francisco 49ers

Snap Count Stats

791

Defensive Snaps in 2013

Patrick Willis was on the field for 791 of his team's snaps on defense in 2013.

48

Special Teams Snaps in 2013

Patrick Willis was on the field for 48 of his team's snaps on special teams in 2013.

Year Def ST
2011 - -
2012 989 78
2013 791 48
Patrick Willis 2013 Game Log
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  Snap Count Tackles Defensive Stats Fumbles Kick Ret Punt Ret
Week Opp Def ST Tackles Solo Assist Sacks PDef Int TD Forced Recovered Yds TD Yds TD
1 GB 53 4 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 @Sea 71 6 8 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Ind 48 5 6 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 @StL
5 Hou
6 Ari 56 0 8 6 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
7 @Ten 60 5 9 8 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 @Jax 73 3 6 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
9 BYE Bye Week
10 Car 66 3 7 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
11 @NO 69 5 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
12 @Was 60 2 11 7 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 StL 59 3 3 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Sea 53 4 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 @TB 51 3 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Atl 72 5 18 15 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
17 @Ari 0 0 6 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @GB 0 0 8 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Car 0 0 11 5 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Playoffs @Sea 0 0 7 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player was not on the field for any plays in the game that week.

Measurables Overview for Patrick Willis  (View College Stats & News)
As Compared To Other Linebackers
Height:   6' 1"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   240 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.51 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.46 sec
POOR
Cone Drill:   7.23 sec
WEAK
Arm Length
Not Available
Hand Length
Not Available
Vertical Jump:   39 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   119 in
GOOD
Bench Press:   22 reps
AVERAGE
San Francisco 49ers Team Injury Report
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Doubtful
No players listed.

Patrick Willis: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Willis did not play in Sunday's preseason game against the Broncos.

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Willis did not participate in Thursday's preseason opener.

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Willis recently underwent left thumb surgery and is now in a cast, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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Willis played in Week 1 despite undergoing surgery to repair a fractured hand just a month earlier, and there's little reason to worry about his status for the start of next season after his latest procedure. He was not on the 49ers' injury report heading into the NFC Championship.
Willis led the team with 11 tackles (five solo) and had a key interception against the Panthers on Sunday.

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Willis looked like a beast out there and was a major factor in the 49ers' win. He was covering tight end Greg Olsen, when he found himself in just the right place to make a diving catch on a tipped Cam Newton pass for his first interception of the year.
Willis recorded 18 tackles (15 solo) during the 49ers' 34-24 win over the Falcons on Monday.

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Willis was found everywhere on the field during this game, as he made punishing tackle after punishing tackle throughout the night. He made three tackles for a loss and also recorded one pass defensed. He continues to be an outstanding IDP play in leagues that award points for tackles.
Willis recorded six solo tackles and one sack during the 49ers' win over the Buccaneers on Sunday.

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Willis was credited with three tackles (two solo) and a sack during the 49ers' win over the Rams on Sunday.

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Willis was credited with seven tackles (six solo) and one sack against the Panthers on Sunday.

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Willis (groin) is listed as active Sunday versus the Jaguars in London.

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Willis (groin) is probable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

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Willis (groin) practiced fully Thursday.

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Willis (groin) was limited in practice Wednesday, the 49ers' official site reports.

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Willis was credited with nine tackles (eight solo) during Sunday's win over the Titans.

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Willis (groin) is active for Sunday's game against Arizona.

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Willis (groin) is questionable for Sunday's game against Arizona.

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2013

Although Navorro Bowman has seemingly displaced Willis as the 49ers' top IDP, it's certainly not by much. In addition to 120 tackles (88 solo) from 2012, Willis produced two interceptions, one fumble recovery, two forced fumbles and a half-sack. He had two fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles, two sacks and an interception despite missing three games in 2011. Bowman, meanwhile, has only one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries, four sacks and one interception over the last two years. Willis has had a bit of injury trouble over that span, though, with shoulder, wrist and ankle difficulties flaring up last year and knee, hamstring and rib ailments slowing him down in 2011. Willis is 100 percent healthy at press time, however.

2012

Once the unchallenged king of all IDPs, Willis has seen an array of players out-produce him the last two years, including teammate Navorro Bowman. It’s time for the pendulum to swing back, though. Willis is still the NFL’s best inside/middle linebacker by a safe margin, and he should get less attention from blockers in 2012 now that Bowman, Justin Smith and Aldon Smith have established themselves as terrors in the 49ers front seven. With fewer double-teams in his way Willis will find more tackle opportunities as well as better blitzing lanes. It’s worth noting, of course, that even these last two “down years” that saw Willis miss four games (three last year) resulted in numbers that project to 129 tackles (100 solo) and 4.5 sacks over 16 games. With offensive coordinators fretting over the Smiths’ pursuit of quarterbacks and Bowman’s 143-tackle debut as a starter, Willis should see less engagement from blockers and more freedom to pursue ballcarriers, making him a good bet to regain the production he showed during his first three years in the NFL, a span that saw him average 156 tackles (119 solo) per season. The law of averages and some nagging injuries made Willis’ numbers dip the last two years, but he still hasn’t been unseated as the top IDP.

2011

After three straight years as the clear king of linebacker IDPs, Willis' numbers fell a bit in 2010, and Jerod Mayo took the crown. But even in this "down year," Willis still totaled 128 tackles (101 solo) and six sacks in 15 games. In 2011, expect Willis to reclaim his place as the top IDP. With a rare mixture of defensive back athleticism and elite instincts, Willis is perhaps the best inside linebacker in the league. Not only does he have the ceiling of a 174-tackle season, but with 467 stops (156 per season) in his first three years, his floor is clearly unmatched. He alone is the top tier among IDP linebackers.

2010

Tackles are king in IDP scoring, which makes Willis — the NFL’s leading tackler — an easy choice as top linebacker, and top IDP option overall. A sideline-to-sideline playmaker, Willis has averaged more than 155 tackles in his three NFL seasons. Last season, he supplemented those gaudy numbers with four sacks and a career-high three picks. Minor offseason knee surgery shouldn’t hamper Willis this season; he’s expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp. The heart of Mike Singletary’s improving Niner defense was given a five-year contract extension in May.

2009

Patrick Willis has tallied more than 300 tackles in two seasons, which makes choosing him top linebacker – and top IDP overall – easy. But wait, there’s more. He’s got plenty of room to improve – 2009 will be his third year in the league. And he couldn’t ask for a better tutor as he continues to learn the nuances of his position – Niners coach Mike Singletary does know a thing or two about playing middle linebacker. Willis totaled 141 tackles last season, and while that was 33 tackles off his rookie pace, it was still second in the league (D’Qwell Jackson, 154). It’s all the more impressive considering the ailments he fought off to play 16 games, including ankle, hip and rib injuries. Willis, who’s big, fast and has great range, also had a sack and an interception last year. Don’t be surprised to see him get more involved in the pass rush this season – if so, treat it as a bonus.

2008

Willis had a tremendous rookie season in 2007, totaling 174 tackles and four sacks. What's more, he played half the season with a broken hand. Willis' sack production is a bonus at a position where sacks are typically in short supply. Our main criticism (if you can call it that) is that he's not much of an interception threat, but you can't argue with this guy's nose for the ball. With tackles a prime category in most IDP leagues, you really can't do better than Willis. He's big, fast and has great instincts.

2007

Willis, who the 49ers selected 11th overall in this year's draft, is expected to compete with Derek Smith to start at left inside linebacker in the team's new 3-4 defensive scheme. Willis is a sure open-field tackler and possesses excellent football instincts and is penciled in right now as the starting "nickle linebacker." He should thrive working under linebacker coach Mike Singletary and could also see time at the "ted" linebacking spot, which which lines up on the tight end side and has to sift through more traffic, including guards and the fullback, limiting their tackles, behind Brandon Moore. If Willis does start, look for him to contend for Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.