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Preseason NFL Week 1 Team of the Week & Awards: George Pickens, Dameon Pierce and more

Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Texans running back Dameon Pierce (31) runs with the ball during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

• Rookies George Pickens and Dameon Pierce headline the Team of the Week offense, while rookies Jack Sanborn and Martin Emerson do so for the defense.

• The Seattle Seahawks take home the Offensive Line of the Week honor after overall strong performances in both blocking facets.

• Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Kendric Pryor is the Offensive Player of the Week after catching four of his seven targets for 89 yards and a touchdown.


PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK

Offense

QB: Josh Johnson, Denver Broncos
RB: Dameon Pierce, Houston Texans
WR: Kendric Pryor, Cincinnati Bengals
WR: Tajae Sharpe, Chicago Bears
TE: Nakia Griffin-Stewart, Cleveland Browns
Flex: WR George Pickens, Pittsburgh Steelers
LT: Devery Hamilton, New York Giants
LG: Phil Haynes, Seattle Seahawks
C: Josh Myers, Green Bay Packers
RG: Will Hernandez, Arizona Cardinals
RT: Willie Beavers, Washington Commanders

Defense

DI: Matt Dickerson, Kansas City Chiefs
DI: Jonathan Ledbetter, Arizona Cardinals
Edge: Victor Dimukeje, Arizona Cardinals
Edge: Jabari Zuniga, New York Jets
LB: Austin Calitro, New York Giants
LB: Jack Sanborn, Chicago Bears
CB: Martin Emerson, Cleveland Browns
CB: Samuel Womack, San Francisco 49ers
S: Elijah Campbell, Miami Dolphins
S: Steven Parker, Washington Commanders
Flex: CB Terrance Mitchell, New England Patriots

*Snap minimums used for each position


Offensive Player of the Week: WR Kendric Pryor, Cincinnati Bengals (92.5 PFF Grade)

Playing 17 receiving snaps in the Bengals’ 36-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the rookie caught four of his seven targets for 89 yards and a touchdown. He hauled in one of his two contested targets and averaged 22.3 yards per reception on the day. 

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Defensive Player of the Week: LB Jack Sanborn, Chicago Bears (94.6 PFF Grade)

Sanborn, who earned a 92.6 coverage grade on 22 coverage snaps against the Kansas City Chiefs, allowed just one reception on three targets for five yards. The rookie also recorded an interception and three tackles.

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Rookie of the Week: CB Martin Emerson, Cleveland Browns (93.1 PFF Grade)

Playing with the first-team defense, Emerson put forth an impressive Week 1 performance. The rookie third-rounder was beaten deep on his first target but settled in to allow two catches on five targets overall. He came away with an impressive pick-six, too.

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Offensive Line of the Week: Seattle Seahawks

Throughout their 35 pass-protection snaps against the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Seattle Seahawks gave up just six pressures, including only one sack and a quarterback hit.

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