Despite Facing Many Double-Team Blocks, Donald Still Dominating

Defensive tackle Aaron Donald leads the league with 10.0 sacks so far in 2018.

Donald is also seeing more double-team blocks than any other of the league's sack leaders by a significant margin.

That's according to NFL Next Gen stats, which has Donald being double teamed on 70.0 percent of plays. Of the players tied for No. 2 with 8.0 sacks, Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt is seeing the most double teams at 46 percent.

There are many things that make Donald so impressive, but this is certainly among them.

"Yes, he's awesome," defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said. "I've had a lot of great ones and he's another one in that top echelon. Like I said, he's special in that it's just so hard to do inside. People don't — like you said, he is double-teamed a lot. Even they brought the back on him also. He's overcome a lot of things to be as good as he is and he's a tremendous player. I can't say enough good things about him. And he's a great guy, great guy to coach. They asked me when I came in here, 'Well is he going to be able to play a 3-4?' Yeah, I think he can."

Donald has recorded at least one sack in his last five games, picking up a career high 4.0 in Los Angeles' Week 7 victory over San Francisco. He's also picked up 12 tackles for loss in the last five games. Donald had 15 in his AP Defensive Player of the Year season of 2017.

But when he's on the field, Donald claims he doesn't pay too much attention to all the opposing players coming his way to keep him out of the backfield. And so far in 2018, whatever he's doing has clearly been working.

"I'm just playing, I don't even worry about it," Donald said. "I'm just going out there and doing my job, so whatever it is — if it's a hard slide protection, if it's a double team, or even a triple team or a chip — whatever it is, I'm just finding ways to win, so that's about it."

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