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Preseason NFL Week 2 Team of the Week & Awards: Desmond Ridder, Isaiah Likely and more

East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder (4) throws a pass during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

• Rookie receivers Erik Ezukanma and Isaiah Likely land on the Team of the Week offense, while three Buffalo Bills take spots among the defense honorees.

• Atlanta Falcons quarterback Desmond Ridder earns Rookie of the Week after an efficient Week 2 outing against the New York Jets.

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PFF TEAM OF THE WEEK

Offense

QB: Case Keenum, Buffalo Bills
RB: Jordan Mason, San Francisco 49ers
WR: Erik Ezukanma, Miami Dolphins
WR: Josh Palmer, Los Angeles Chargers
TE: Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens
Flex: TE Nick Muse, Minnesota Vikings
LT: Cedric Ogbuehi, Houston Texans
LG: Lachavious Simmons, Chicago Bears
C: Austin Schlottmann, Minnesota Vikings
RG: Blake Hance, Cleveland Browns
RT: Zach Tom, Green Bay Packers

Defense

DI: T.Y. McGill, Minnesota Vikings
DI: Deadrin Senat, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Edge: Shaq Lawson, Buffalo Bills
Edge: A.J. Epenesa, Buffalo Bills
LB: Josh Ross, Baltimore Ravens
LB: Joe Giles-Harris, Buffalo Bills
CB: Shaun Wade, New England Patriots
CB: Cobie Durant, Los Angeles Rams
S: Adrian Colbert, Tennessee Titans
S: Johnathan Abram, Las Vegas Raiders
Flex: Isaiah Brown, Las Vegas Raiders

*15-snap minimum in Week 2


Offensive Player of the Week: TE Isaiah Likely, Baltimore Ravens

It doesn't get much better for a receiver than eight catches on eight targets for 100 yards and a touchdown in the preseason. And that all came in one half. Likely finished with a 96.9 overall grade for the week — the highest such mark for a tight end in a preseason game (min. 15 snaps) since PFF began grading in 2006. He also tallied four broken tackles and two contested catches in Week 2.

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Defensive Player of the Week: EDGE Shaq Lawson, Buffalo Bills

Lawson recorded four pressures across 25 pass-rushing snaps in Week 2. He also batted a pass and made a run stop en route to a 93.3 overall grade, the highest among edge defenders from this past slate of games. The former first-round pick was simply dominant.

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Rookie of the Week: QB Desmond Ridder, Atlanta Falcons

While a few other offensive rookies graded out better than Ridder in Week 2 of the preseason, his performance as a rookie quarterback stands out above the rest. His 92.6 overall grade from the game is a top-five mark among preseason efforts from rookie signal-callers since 2006.

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Offensive Line of the Week: Green Bay Packers

Rookie Zach Tom led the way for the Packers this week, earning 80.0-plus grades as both a pass-blocker and a run-blocker. He allowed no pressure on 22 pass-blocking snaps. Joining him in the latter feat were Cole Van Lanen (recently traded) and Caleb Jones, among others on smaller snap counts.

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