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Ranking the highest-graded offensive linemen ahead of NFL Week 3

There are no readily available statistics to shine a light on offensive line play, and more often than not, it’s a negative when attention comes that way during a broadcast. It’s an unheralded position group, but we’re ready to give the guys up front who have stood out across the first two weeks of the season some love.

These are the 10 offensive linemen who have graded out the highest thus far in the 2020 season using PFF’s play-by-play grading system — a system you can read more about here.

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1. T Andrew Whitworth, Los Angeles Rams

Whitworth was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals back in 2006 — the first season PFF began charting NFL games — and he is still performing at a high level at nearly 39 years old. He, along with most of the Rams’ offensive line, took a step back in 2019, but it’s a group that has been much improved to start this season. Whitworth has allowed just one quarterback hurry on 64 pass-blocking snaps through the first two weeks, and he has consistently moved people in the run game. His start to the 2020 season is night and day from what we saw from him early on in 2019.

PFF grades through first two weeks of the season
Season Snaps Pass-blocking grade Run-blocking grade
2019 143 68.6 61.2
2020 142 88.9 95.1

The Rams are off to a hot start this season, and improved play from Whitworth and several other members of that offensive line — such as fellow bookend Rob Havenstein — is a big reason for that.

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