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PFF's NFL Team of the Week: 2019 NFL Preseason Week 3

The third full week of preseason action has come and gone, so we at PFF have put together our third NFL Team of the Week to highlight outstanding performances at every position across the league.

PFF's NFL Team of the Week series features game grades and advanced statistics for the NFL's top players at every position in a given week. All of PFF's ELITE subscribers have access to game grades, advanced statistics, positional snap counts and more in Premium Stats. All of PFF's grades and advanced stats from this week and every other week this upcoming NFL season are made available to ELITE subscribers within 24 hours of the final whistle.

Considering that is is the preseason, we took into account things like time spent against starters and number of snaps played when forming this week's Team of the Week. 

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Offense

QB Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs

90.1 Overall Grade, 11 Dropbacks

Seeing the most work of his preseason so far, 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes was at his dominant best early for the Chiefs this week. Mahomes completed two of the three passes he attempted 20-plus yards downfield for 109 yards and a touchdown.

RB Patrick Laird, Miami Dolphins

87.5 Overall Grade, 11 Offensive Snaps

Continuing a strong preseason, Miami Dolphins running back Patrick Laird had another impressive showing against the Jacksonville Jaguars this week. He forced three missed tackles on six carries to take his preseason total to six missed tackles forced on 19 rushing attempts.

WR Richie James Jr., San Francisco 49ers

92.6 Overall Grade, 15 Offensive Snaps

A seventh-round draft pick out of Middle Tennessee a year ago, San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Richie James Jr. had his best performance of the preseason so far this past week. He caught all four passes thrown his way for 66 yards and averaged 8.25 yards per route run, the best mark among receivers with at least four targets this week.

WR Deon Cain, Indianapolis Colts

91.4 Overall Grade, 22 Offensive Snaps

A sixth-round draft pick out of Clemson in 2018, wide receiver Deon Cain is having a solid preseason as he looks to establish himself with the Indianapolis Colts. He found the end zone this week and ranked third among wide receivers with at least four targets in yards per route run (5.29).

FLEX: WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Philadelphia Eagles

89.0 Overall Grade, 39 Offensive Snaps

Philadelphia Eagles second-round draft pick out of Stanford, wide receiver J.J. Arcega Whiteside, got plenty of work this week, ranking third among wide receivers with nine targets. He made the most of those opportunities, pulling in eight grabs for 104 yards, both of which led players at the position this week.

TE Tanner Hudson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

85.8 Overall Grade, 27 Offensive snaps

Keeping his spot at tight end on the PFF Team of the Week, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Tanner Hudson had another solid showing this week. The 2018 undrafted free agent averaged 2.72 yards per route run, the third-best mark among tight ends to see at least four targets this week. Through three games this August, he leads the NFL in receiving yards with 226 and his 90.3 PFF receiving grade leads all tight ends and wide receivers who have seen at least 10 targets in August.

LT Taylor Decker, Detroit Lions

86.3 Overall Grade, 32 Offensive Snaps

Decker was impressive in pass protection this week, with zero sacks, hits or hurries allowed from 20 pass-blocking snaps giving him a 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency rating for the week. He was just as impressive as a run blocker, with his 87.6 PFF run-blocking grade ranking third among offensive tackles who were on the field for at least 10 run-blocking snaps.

LG Dakota Dozier, Minnesota Vikings

87.2 Overall Grade, 42 Offensive Snaps

Dozier played both tackle and guard for the Vikings this week, with 23 of his 42 snaps coming at left guard. At either spot, he didn’t allow a sack, hit or hurry, despite totaling 19 pass-blocking snaps in the game. 

C Ben Garland, San Francisco 49ers

82.0 Overall Grade, 38 Offensive Snaps

It’s a San Francisco 49ers-heavy offensive line on the PFF Team of the Week this week, starting with center Ben Garland. Seeing 22 snaps in pass protection, Garland produced a 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency rating after allowing zero sacks, hits or hurries against the Kansas City Chiefs.

RG Mike Person, San Francisco 49ers

83.8 Overall Grade, 22 Offensive Snaps

The second of three San Francisco 49ers offensive linemen to make the PFF Team of the Week this week, right guard Mike Person saw 22 snaps against the Kansas City Chiefs. He produced a PFF run-blocking grade of 78.9 in his first action of the summer and didn’t allow a single sack, hit or hurry from 13 snaps in pass protection.

RT Mike McGlinchey, San Francisco 49ers

81.3 Overall Grade, 38 Offensive snaps

The San Francisco 49ers 2018 first-round draft pick saw his biggest workload of the season so far, playing 38 snaps at right tackle against the Kansas City Chiefs. McGlinchey produced a 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency rating and has yet to surrender a sack, hit or hurry on 28 pass-blocking snaps so far this preseason.

Defense

DI Christian Covington, Dallas Cowboys

92.5 Overall Grade, 21 Defensive Snaps

Joining the Dallas Cowboys after four seasons with the Houston Texans, Christian Covington had his best performance of the season against his former team this week. From 13 pass-rushing snaps against the Texans, he registered a sack and a hurry and forced a fumble on said sack.

DI Mike Purcell, Denver Broncos

91.2 Overall Grade, 32 Defensive Snaps

Mike Purcell delivered his best performance of the summer for the Denver Broncos against the Los Angeles Rams this week. He registered a hit and two hurries from 14 pass-rushing snaps against the Chiefs, but it was against the run where he really stood out. A seemingly constant force in the backfield in the game, he produced a PFF run-defense grade of 90.5.

Edge Taco Charlton, Dallas Cowboys

93.8 Overall Grade, 19 Defensive Snaps

After two disappointing seasons since being drafted by the Cowboys in the first round out of Michigan, Charlton delivered the kind of performance that will give fans hope of a turnaround. Rushing the passer 14 times against the Houston Texans led to two sacks, one of which included a forced fumble and fumble recovery. He had another sack negated due to penalty and also forced a fumble on a tackle of running back Damarea Crockett after the catch.

Edge Brooks Reed, Arizona Cardinals

92.7 Overall Grade, 24 Defensive Snaps

Reed rushed the passer just nine times against the Minnesota Vikings but still made a big impact. Along with beating a blocker inside off a stunt, he also registered a sack and forced a fumble, getting the better of offensive tackle Storm Norton in the process.

LB Joe Schobert, Cleveland Browns

93.2 Overall Grade, 36 Defensive Snaps

Joe Schobert has developed into one of the better off-ball linebackers in the NFL since arriving with the Browns as a fourth-round draft pick out of Wisconsin back in 2016. He showed exactly why in the Browns game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this week, coming away with a pass breakup in coverage and registering a tackle resulting in a defensive stop on three of his four solo tackles.

LB Anthony Barr, Minnesota Vikings

91.0 Overall Grade, 25 Defensive Snaps

Barr was very nearly a member of the New York Jets this past offseason, but performances like we saw against the Arizona Cardinals show why the Vikings will be happy to have him back in the fold in Minnesota. All five of his solo tackles resulted in a defensive stop, and the two receptions in his coverage earned just five yards per catch.

CB Lonnie Johnson Jr., Houston Texans

91.7 Overall Grade, 38 Defensive Snaps

The Texans second-round draft pick out of Kentucky saw his second action of the preseason this week and made some impressive plays in coverage. On the field for 29 coverage snaps, he allowed just one reception for nine yards and an NFL passer rating of 39.6 on throws into his coverage, while also coming away with two pass breakups.

CB Eric Rowe, Miami Dolphins

89.5 Overall Grade, 39 Defensive Snaps

Former second-round draft Eric Rowe joined the Miami Dolphins after three seasons with the New England Patriots and has flashed strong performances so far this August. Targeted nine times against the Jacksonville Jaguars, he allowed five receptions for 59 yards and came away with an interception and two pass breakups.

FLEX: CB Ken Crawley, New Orleans Saints

87.0 Overall Grade, 31 Defensive Snaps

Looking to bounce back after struggling last season, New Orleans Saints cornerback Ken Crawley delivered his best performance of the preseason against the New York Jets this week. From 18 snaps in coverage, he allowed just one reception that went for no gain and came away with a pass breakup.

S Jaquan Johnson, Buffalo Bills

97.7 Overall Grade, 23 Defensive Snaps

A standout at the University of Miami, safety Jaquan Johnson fell to the Bills in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft but showcased his ability as a playmaker this week. Along with a pass breakup in coverage, he also forced and recovered a fumble against wide receiver Travis Fulgham after a reception on a slant route.

S Deon Bush, Chicago Bears

91.8 Overall Grade, 25 Defensive Snaps

A fourth-round draft pick back in 2016, Deon Bush has been making plays for the Chicago Bears’ defense this preseason. After coming away with an interception and pass breakup against the Carolina Panthers in the preseason opener, this time he made an incredible interception, ripping the ball away from the tight end before running to the end zone for the touchdown after not being ruled down by contact.

Special Teams

K Matt Prater, Detroit Lions

90.9 Overall Grade

Does this need anymore of an explanation other than to state that he boomed a 61-yard field goal as time expired in the first half?

P Matt Haack, Miami Dolphins

72.7 Overall Grade

The Miami Dolphins punter averaged 4.84 seconds of hang-time on five punts this week, the highest average among punters with at least four punts in the third week of preseason action.

K/PR Deonte Harris, New Orleans Saints

71.0 Overall Grade

The 2019 undrafted free agent boosted his hopes of making the final roster for the New Orleans Saints with an impressive 78-yard punt return for a touchdown.

ST Joe Thomas, Dallas Cowboys

92.7 Overall Grade

Thomas was on the field for nine snaps on special teams this week and delivered with a blocked punt, which he duly recovered in the end zone after some fortuitous bounces for a touchdown. 

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