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NFL Week 2 Highlights: Notable grades from Sunday's games

2RW9HFK Dallas Cowboys' Micah Parsons gestures to fans as they cheer the team on during an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Arlington, Texas, Sunday, Aug. 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Every Monday, we’ll bring you five key storylines borne out by PFF's grades and data. Here’s what stood out in Week 2.

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RB Bijan Robinson, Atlanta Falcons

PFF Grade: 88.2

Robinson is already a problem for NFL defenses, proving to be everything he was advertised as during the draft process. In a come-from-behind win over the Green Bay Packers, the rookie racked up 124 yards on 19 carries. He forced six missed tackles and tallied 84 yards after contact while adding another 48 yards as a receiver. Through two weeks, the former Texas standout has produced 255 yards from scrimmage and has forced 11 missed tackles on 39 touches.

WR Puka Nacua, Los Angeles Rams

PFF Grade: 81.0

A fifth-round draft pick out of BYU, Nacua has been a history-maker as the replacement for the injured Cooper Kupp in the Ram's starting lineup. In a Week 2 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, he saw 19 targets and averaged 2.83 yards per route run, producing 147 yards on 15 receptions. He ranks second in the NFL with 266 yards through two weeks. He lined up in the slot 20 times on Sunday but did his best work on the outside, with 13 of his receptions and 126 of his yards coming when lined up at either the left or right wide receiver spots.

EDGE Micah Parsons, Dallas Cowboys

PFF Grade: 94.4

While he’s had a lot of good games in the NFL, Parsons was arguably at his very best in a win over the New York Jets in Week 2. He set a career-high with a 94.4 PFF grade and was above 90.0 both in pass-rushing grade and run-defense grade. From 29 pass-rushing snaps against the Jets, he racked up two sacks, two hits and two hurries, registering pressure on 20.7% of plays.


DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

PFF Grade: 92.8

Jones was on the field for fewer snaps than usual in his first game back after a contract dispute with the Chiefs, but it was still enough to make his presence felt as a pass rusher. He played 27 pass-rushing snaps and finished with a 40.7% pass-rush win rate, registering six total pressures, including two sacks, while adding another five wins that didn’t result in pressure. He also recorded a batted pass in the win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

CB Christian Gonzalez, New England Patriots

PFF Grade: 90.9

The 17th overall selection in the 2023 NFL Draft, Gonzalez looked every bit as good as many thought he could be as a standout at Oregon last season. On the field for 33 snaps in coverage in Week 2 against the Dolphins, he gave up three receptions on five targets for 32 yards and came away with an interception. He allowed just a 39.2 NFL passer rating when targeted.


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