Packers: Incredible stat shows why Rashan Gary is an elite pass rusher

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Rashan Gary has improved in each of his three seasons with the Green Bay Packers. Last year, Gary went from talented backup to key starter and the Packers’ top edge rusher.

Gary’s pass-rushing numbers have improved each season.

Even when he doesn’t finish the play with a sack, Gary gets consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

This has been true over the past two seasons.

Pro Football Focus tweeted the top-five rankings in pass-rush win rate since 2020. Gary is at No. 5.

And he is in great company. Only Aaron Donald, Myles Garrett, Joey Bosa, and T.J. Watt have had a better pass-rush win rate than Gary’s 21.8 percent over the past two seasons.

Gary made an impressive 9.5 sacks and 28 quarterback hits last year. While both career-bests, these numbers didn’t show the entire picture.

Pass rushers shouldn’t be judged on sacks alone, but rather on whether they can consistently generate pressure on quarterbacks.

Gary has proven he can.

It’s not just in pass-rush win rate that Gary has delivered great numbers.

According to Pro Football Reference, Gary made 47 pressures last season, which was tied with Micah Parsons for fourth-most in the NFL. He also made 20 hurries, tied with Sam Hubbard for third-most.

That’s not all. Gary also made 16 quarterback knockdowns, tied with Nick Bosa and Jonathan Allen for fifth-most.

Gary did lead the Packers in sacks, but he easily could’ve hit double digits.

What’s so impressive is how he constantly puts quarterbacks under pressure. If he continues to improve his game as he has done over the past three seasons, higher sack totals will come.

It’s why so many are predicting a breakout, All-Pro year from Gary. The 24-year-old is already one of the best young pass rushers in football.

A huge fourth season could be on the way for the Packers’ 2019 first-round pick.