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PFF's NFL Team of the Week: 2019 NFL Week 2

By Gordon McGuinness
Sep 16, 2019

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Week 2’s slate of games are now in the books. We got our first glimpse of Antonio Brown in a Pats uniform, Dak Prescott and Lamar Jackson continued to excel in their respective schemes and much, much more. Here’s PFF’s NFL Week 2 Team of the Week, highlighting the best single-game performances around the league.

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Offense

QB  Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Once again the Miami Dolphins’ defense is on the receiving end of our PFF Team of the Week quarterback. On Sunday, Brady went 11-for-14 for 198 yards and a touchdown on throws 10-plus yards downfield. When the Dolphins couldn’t get pressure on him, he carved them up, with both of his touchdown throws coming from a clean pocket.

RB Raheem Mostert, San Francisco 49ers

Mostert averaged 6.4 yards per carry with a whopping 4.6 of those yards coming after contact. Forcing three missed tackles on 13 carries, he picked up four first downs and had three carries of 10 or more yards. He also made an impact as a receiver out of the backfield, with three catches for 68 yards.

WR Chris Godwin, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Big things were expected of Godwin in 2019, and he’s proving people right so far with a huge showing in the Buccaneers’ win on Thursday Night Football. On the field for 29 passing snaps, he picked up 121 yards, averaging 4.17 yards per route run.

WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos

Sanders caught all 11 catchable passes thrown his way for 98 yards and a touchdown this week. Five of those receptions resulted in a score or a first down, including an impressive grab from quarterback Joe Flacco that looked to have given them a late win before the Bears got down the field to kick a game-winning field goal as time expired.

FLEX: TE Mark Andrews, Baltimore Ravens

Andrews made the Team of the Week at tight end last week and was only bumped into the flex spot this week because of a fumble and an impressive showing by Dissly. Proving to be one of Lamar Jackson’s top targets so far this season, Andrews led all tight ends who saw at least 10 passing snaps with a yards per route run average of 3.86, the second week in a row he has led the position in that particular statistic.

TE Will Dissly, Seattle Seahawks

All five passes that were thrown Dissly’s way resulted in a reception, with four of them going for a first down or touchdown. Along with his 0.0 drop rate, he found the end zone twice and forced a missed tackle in an impressive performance to help the Seahawks pick up the win on the road.

LT Anthony Castonzo, Indianapolis Colts

Castonzo was fantastic once again for the Colts on the left side of the offensive line, allowing just one hurry and no sacks or hits from 38 pass-blocking snaps and producing an 88.1 PFF pass-blocking grade in the process.

LG Dan Feeney, Los Angeles Chargers

In his third season out of Indiana, Feeney produced the best game of his career so far. In pass protection, he allowed just one hurry and no sacks or hits from 41 pass-blocking snaps. Meanwhile, he produced an 88.2 run-blocking grade, making a big impact for the Chargers’ ground game.

C Frank Ragnow, Detroit Lions

Producing the highest-graded performance by a center so far this season, Frank Ragnow proved he is fitting right back in at his old position in the middle of the offensive line. He didn’t allow a sack or hit on 33 pass-blocking snaps, with just one hurry against his name.

RG Graham Glasgow, Detroit Lions

Ragnow moving back to center kicked Glasgow out to guard and if this week was anything to go by it’s looking like a great move. Glasgow allowed just one hurry from 28 pass-blocking snaps but really impressed as a run-blocker, where he produced an 88.2 PFF run-blocking grade.

RT Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs

Schwartz produced a 100.0 pass-blocking efficiency rating, with zero sacks, hits or hurries allowed from 53 pass-blocking snaps in their win on Sunday afternoon. He wasn’t just impressive in pass protection though and delivered an 87.9 PFF run-blocking grade to back up an excellent all-around performance.

Defense

DI Chris Jones, Kansas City Chiefs

A dominant performance up front by Jones saw him register a sack, four hits and three hurries from 38 pass-rushing snaps. Adding in a batted pass, that means he produced either a pressure or batted pass once every 4.2 pass-rushing snaps.

DI Kenny Clark, Green Bay Packers

Kenny Clark went off as a pass-rusher this week, racking up a sack, a hit and five hurries from just 33 pass-rushing attempts. That averages out at a pressure once every 4.7 pass-rushing snaps, and to top it all off, he added a forced fumble.

Edge Cameron Jordan, New Orleans Saints

Despite the loss for the Saints, Jordan delivered another dominant performance off the edge for their defense. As a pass-rusher, he racked up a sack, a hit and a hurry from 35 pass-rushing attempts. Meanwhile, his 86.9 PFF run-defense grade highlights the work he did there, showcasing his ability as an all-round edge defender once again.

Edge Ronald Blair III, San Francisco 49ers

Blair had a really nice all-round game for the 49ers this week, starting with his work as a pass-rusher. He registered a sack and two hurries from 23 pass-rushing snaps and finished the game with another three tackles that resulted in a defensive stop.

LB Jamie Collins, New England Patriots

Collins had a big showing in coverage in his team’s blowout win on Sunday. He picked up a sack on one of his eight blitzing snaps and finished the game with another two tackles that resulted in a defensive stop, but it was his two interceptions — one of which he took back for a touchdown — that really stood out.

LB Kwon Alexander, San Francisco 49ers

Alexander also makes the PFF Team of the Week after a huge performance in coverage for the 49ers on Sunday. He was targeted six times, allowing just three receptions for 18 yards, and he also came away with two pass breakups and an interception.

CB Stephon Gilmore, New England Patriots

Speaking of impressive performances in coverage, Stephon Gilmore had another standout showing on Sunday. Targeted six times, he allowed just two receptions for 32 yards and came away with an interception and two pass breakups. For the day, he allowed an NFL passer rating of 12.5 on throws into his coverage.

CB Greedy Williams, Cleveland Browns

Giving Browns fans plenty of hope that they have found yet another top cornerback in the NFL Draft, the 2019 second-round draft pick was on the field for 40 coverage snaps on Monday night and didn’t allow a single reception into his coverage. Targeted once, he finished the game having allowed an NFL passer rating of 39.6.

FLEX: S Jayron Kearse, Minnesota Vikings

Despite the loss, Kearse had an impressive performance out of the slot for the Vikings this week. Targeted four times, he allowed just three receptions for 29 yards and had a pass breakup. Meanwhile, three of his four solo tackles on the day resulted in a defensive stop.

S Jordan Poyer, Buffalo Bills

Poyer was one of the best players on the field as the Bills went 2-0 at MetLife Stadium. He didn’t allow a reception when he was the primary defender in coverage, and he came away with an interception to cap an impressive day.

S Justin Simmons, Denver Broncos

Simmons was tested often with the six passes thrown into his primary coverage. Despite that, he allowed just two receptions for five yards and finished the game with two pass breakups and three defensive stops.

Special Teams

ST Tony Brown, Green Bay Packers

Brown was on the field for 20 snaps across the kick coverage, punt return, punt coverage and field goal-block units, and made a big impact by blocking an extra point.

K Joey Slye, Carolina Panthers

Slye was our highest-graded kicker in the preseason and has looked impressive in the regular season so far. Against the Buccaneers on Thursday Night Football, he connected on all four field goals, including two from 50-plus yards.

P Corey Bojorquez, Buffalo Bills

Corey Bojorquez punted seven times on Sunday, with two of those punts landing inside the opposing 20-yard line. He was booming kicks all game, averaging 4.87 seconds of hang-time, the most of any punter in the NFL this week.

K/PR T.J. Jones, New York Giants

It’s been a slow start to the season for kick and punt returners, but Jones was able to make an impact with a 60-yard return, providing a small positive in an otherwise tough outing for the Giants.

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