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These 10 NFL players had the worst performances of Sunday's Week 4 action

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 2: at M&T Bank Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)

Every Tuesday, PFF will be releasing its list of the lowest-graded players at each NFL position for that week. But Senior Analyst Sam Monson gets a jump on that by picking out 10 individual performances from Sunday’s games that stood out for just how bad they were.

Here are the 10 worst performances from Sunday’s Week 4 action:

[Check out the 10 best performances from Sunday of Week 4 right here, or access our Player Grades tool to see how every NFL player measures up through three weeks of the season.]

1. Bené Benwikere, CB, Carolina Panthers

In much the same way that Washington’s Bashaud Breeland simply isn’t up to the task of covering Steelers receiver Antonio Brown one-on-one, as we saw Week 1, Carolina’s Benwikere isn’t close to the level needed to limit Atlanta star wideout Julio Jones without help. Benwikere surrendered 228 of the 300 receiving yards Jones amassed in the game from eight catches, including Jones' 75-yard catch and run. Benwikere also allowed a touchdown to Aldrick Robinson, and even two passes defensed couldn’t save him from yielding a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when targeted.

2. Kevin Minter, LB, Arizona Cardinals

By and large Arizona’s defense played pretty well on an individual level, but a major exception to that was Kevin Minter, who in coverage alone struggled badly to contain running back Todd Gurley and tight end Lance Kendricks of the Rams. Minter gave up a catch on all five targets, which went for 60 yards, including one pass to Gurley that left him in the dust as he forlornly dived to try and make a play. Minter didn’t make up for those coverage woes in the run game, either, where he was the one Cardinals defender to consistently get moved from the point of attack.

3. Brian Cushing, LB, Houston Texans

Cushing just isn’t what he once was, having come out of the far side of so many injuries. Against Tennessee he looked like a shell of the guy that was once a wrecking ball against the run, attacking blocks and blowing up plays. This time he was dominated by pretty much everybody who came to block him, notching just three tackles in the game and two defensive stops.

4. Antonio Cromartie, CB, Indianapolis Colts

Sometimes stats don’t do justice to the ugliness of a performance, and that’s the case with Antonio Cromartie, who may be lucky not to get left by his team in London after his day against the Jaguars. Cromartie gave up four catches for 34 yards and a touchdown, but that is flattered a lot by the three defensive penalties he racked up in the game, all of which came in coverage. The touchdown he gave up was a particularly poor play, allowing Jags receiver Allen Robinson an easy score without coming close to defending the route.

5. Greg Robinson, T, Los Angeles Rams

Former No. 2 overall pick Robinson does not appear to be a whole lot better in Year 3 than he was in Years 1 or 2, and this performance against Arizona was the worst of his season to date. He surrendered one sack, three hurries and was flagged twice, once for holding. He was also beaten repeatedly in the run game, allowing his man to make or miss a tackle on the ball-carrier three times within the first 20 minutes of play.

6. Austin Blythe, G, Indianapolis Colts

Much was made of the Colts starting three rookies along the offensive line this week, and the one who struggled the most was the lowest draft pick of the three, seventh-rounder Austin Blythe out of Iowa. Blythe also had the toughest assignment for much of the day, tasked with slowing down Jaguars star pass-rusher Malik Jackson. It didn’t go well, with Blythe surrendering a hit and seven hurries despite Colts QB Andrew Luck managing to avoid being sacked from his pressure, and things went no better in the run game, where he was routinely bullied around the point of attack, disrupting runs all game.

7. Eric Ebron, TE, Detroit Lions

Ebron was penalized three times in the Lions' loss to Chicago – once for holding, once for a false start and once for illegal motion. He struggled to maintain the edge in the run game, allowing multiple Bears defenders to squeeze down on the run and close the rushing lane, and then as a receiver he dropped one of the passes thrown his way, ending with just 42 yards from six targets.

8. Drew Stanton, QB, Arizona Cardinals

Stanton was only on the field for 13 snaps after Cardinals starter Carson Palmer went down to injury in Arizona's loss to the Rams, so it says something about how truly spectacular this disaster was that he still makes this list. In nine pass attempts he completed just four for 37 yards, throwing two picks in the process — the first of which was a body blow to the team’s hopes of victory deep in the fourth quarter, and the second of which just summed up his day as the result of the game’s final play on a Hail Mary attempt.

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9. Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore Ravens

Up until playing the Raiders, Flacco had quietly been playing pretty well this season, but set about firmly reversing that course with a game that featured some truly ugly passing. Under pressure his passer rating was just 49.7, and he was regularly missing receivers with overthrows or badly inaccurate passes. He also fumbled the ball while moving to his left out of the pocket, oblivious to the rush that was inevitably chasing him down at the time.

10. D.J. White, CB, Kansas City Chiefs

Getting on the field for 30 snaps is an achievement for sixth-round rookie CB D.J. White, who has moved his way up the depth chart since being drafted, but Sunday's blowout loss to Pittsburgh was a night he will rather forget. White gave up a catch on all six of the passes thrown his way, for 95 yards and two touchdowns, and only one of those catches can be blamed on being asked to cover Antonio Brown. White surrendered a perfect passer rating of 158.3 when targeted.

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