What Does PD Mean in Football?

Incomplete Pass

PD stands for pass or passes defended. For the stat to be recorded, the defender has to get his hands on the ball to disrupt the pass, either through a deflection or by knocking a nearly caught ball out of the receiver's grasp. The play must result in an incomplete pass. A deflected ball that is caught is recorded as either a reception or an interception, depending on which team caught the ball. PD's are used to assess a defender's performance but can also be used to judge a quarterback who makes poor decisions by throwing the ball into tight coverage by the defense.

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