All-Star Team of the Week: Week 2

This week's best from every position assembled into a full lineup of outstanding performers.

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All-Star Team of the Week: Week 2


2014-TOTW-WK02That’s Week 2 with the exception of Monday Night Football in the bag and it’s already starting to feel like football never left! There’s just 15 weeks left, though, and that will pass quickly so opportunities to make our All-Star Team of the Week roster will come and go in a flash.

But before we look too far into the future, let’s take the time to highlight the second Team of the Week of 2014. (note – if any grades are altered slightly after our All-22 review process, they will be updated here.)

(Note: Updated since All-22 review completed)

OFFENSE

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers, GB (+4.1)

Bouncing back from an opening week loss to the defending Super Bowl champions, Rodgers lead the Packers to their first win in 2014, pipping Philip Rivers to this spot as he did.

Honorable Mention: Philip Rivers, SD

Running Back: Darren Sproles, PHI (+2.9)

Sproles was the difference maker as the Eagles picked up the win on the road on Monday night, showing how important a part of their offense he is going to be this year.

Honorable Mention: Damien Williams, MIA

Fullback: Tommy Bohanon, NYJ (+0.9)

It wasn’t a great week for players at the position, but Bohanon finished with a positive grade and edged out several other lead blockers.

Honorable Mention: Marcel Reece, OAK

Tight End: Jimmy Graham, NO (+4.7)

Two big touchdowns and an impressive showing might not have been enough to give the Saints the win in Cleveland, but it did earn Graham his spot here.

Honorable Mention: Niles Paul, WAS

Wide Receivers: Jordy Nelson, GB (+4.5) and Sammy Watkins, BUF (+3.1)

With 209 yards and three missed tackles forced, Nelson was the best receiver we saw on Sunday, but the emergence of Watkins is a bigger story. Looking every bit the player the Bills thought they were getting when they drafted him, he gave fans plenty of reasons to get excited.

Honorable Mentions: Demaryius Thomas, DEN and Eric Decker, NYJ

Tackles: William Beatty, NYG (+3.4) and Joe Barksdale, STL (+4.5)

Bouncing back from a below average Week 1, Beatty was nearly perfect in pass protection, allowing just the single hurry from 46 pass blocking snaps. Barksdale didn’t allow a single pressure on the right side, but also added some impressive play as a run blocker.

Honorable Mentions: Eugene Monroe, BAL and Ju’wuan James, MIA

Guards: Josh Sitton, GB (+3.3) and Jahri Evans, NO (+3.7)

A better weekend for right guards than their partners on the left, but a perfect day in pass protection saw Saffold get the nod on the left. On the right Evans looked good both in pass protection and as a run blocker.

Honorable Mentions: Josh Sitton, GB and Louis Vasquez, DEN

Center: Nick Mangold, NYJ (+3.0)

A strong showing from Mangold put him well in front of any other center in the league this week as the long term Jets player didn’t allow any pressure while standing out against the run.

Honorable Mention: Brian De La Puente, CHI

 

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Gordon has worked at PFF since 2011, and now heads up the company’s special teams analysis processes. His work in-season focuses on college football, while he is also heavily involved in PFF’s NFL draft coverage.

  • Shizzle Dawg

    Graham Gano plays for CAR now, not WAS

  • Robin

    What did Damien Williams do to be an honourbale mention? I didn’t watch the game, so I went to the ReFo for the Miami game for an explanation but didn’t find one.

    • Hannah Hayes

      Yeah, that is a bad call. He only had 17 total snaps and 6 runs.

  • Treefiddy

    How the fuck is Antonio Gates not the TE?

  • ickeyray

    Larry Donnell has 7 catches for 81 yards and no scores in a loss, vs Antonio Gates with 7 catches for 96 yards and 3 TD’s in a win, what are you guys smoking?

  • jlai

    How is Antonio Gates not even MENTIONED? Ridiculous. I wouldn’t think his run blocking grade was bad enough to negate 3 touchdowns, would you? And Jimmy Graham (if you consider him a TE) had a pretty good game as well!

    • Ben

      Probably the biggest complaint with PFF is that it doesn’t adjust for opponent, but that is almost impossible to do objectively within their method. That’s why almost every week the Guards with the worst grades are the ones that come up against JJ Watt! You just have to take the grades in context, e.g. a receiver’s grade against Seattle is worth more than the same grade against Dallas.

      Grades should balance out somewhat over a season, but week to week comparisons of players are fairly useless, which is why they would probably be better off not publishing an article such as this.

  • Chris

    So, Kyle Fuller makes 2 high difficulty 4th quarter INT’s to basically win a tough road game and not even an honorable mention?

    • Chris

      and NFC defensive player of the week…

    • Kevin

      A lot of people don’t like PFF because its not all about splash plays. Fuller could have allowed 3 TD’s and 100 yards but because of those 2 INT’s would have still won NFC DPOW and had people on here upset he didn’t make it. Those 2 INT’s were only 2 snaps of the game. I didn’t watch the entire game so IDK what he did on the other snaps but it was obviously not enough to make the list with a strong week from the other CB’s.

  • Ron

    Wow, kinda shocked Ryan Kerrigan did make it this week with 4 sacks on Sunday.

  • berkeleyman81

    two words:

    Antonio Gates

    one word for this article:

    Bullsh*t

  • Barb UMihai Mar

    where’s the ‘bad team’ ? You’re going for a more posh site ? Mah…