All-Star Team of the Week: Week 5
This week's best from every position assembled into a full lineup of outstanding performers.
All-Star Team of the Week: Week 5
We saw a number of close games in Sunday’s slate of action, particularly in the early games, but five weeks into the season we are starting to see teams and players begin to separate from the pack and take their position at the top.
So with that in mind, let’s see who made the grade this week in the PFF All-Star Team of the Week.
(Note: Updated after Monday Night Football)
Quarterback: Russell Wilson, SEA (+5.0)
Wilson was at his brilliant best on Monday night, making Washington pay with both his arms and his legs. That big showing on Monday saw him leap ahead of Cam Newton in this week’s quarterback grading.
Honorable Mention: Cam Newton, CAR
Running Back: Pierre Thomas, NO (+4.4)
112 total yards, a touchdown, six missed tackles forced. That’s a sure fire way to put yourself in position to be our starting running back on this roster, and it’s exactly what Thomas did against Tampa Bay on Sunday.
Honorable Mention: Marshawn Lynch, SEA
Full Back: Henry Hynoski, NYG (+2.0)
Nothing pleases me more than being able to talk about a true blocking full back having earned his spot here, with Hynoski excelling as a run blocker against the Atlanta Falcons yesterday. One of three full backs to earn a grade “in the green” for their run blocking, he was a class above in Week 5.
Honorable Mention: James Develin, NE
Tight End: Antonio Gates, SD (+2.5)
Maybe he’s not the player he once was, but Gates showed on Sunday that he can still be a viable target for the Chargers, reeling in four receptions for 60 yards and two touchdowns.
Honorable Mention: Jared Cook, STL
Wide Receivers: Vincent Jackson, TB (+3.5) and Sammy Watkins, BUF (+3.2)
The Buccaneers couldn’t quite hold on against the Saints yesterday, but it wasn’t for a lack of effort from Vincent Jackson, four missed tackles forced and 144 yards through the air giving him the highest grade of any receiver this week so far. For Watkins it’s been an up and down rookie season so far but we definitely saw the positive this week, slowly but surely making the Bills look smart for picking him up in May’s draft.
Honorable Mentions: Demaryius Thomas, DEN and Brandon Marshall, CHI
Tackles: Joe Staley, SF (+6.8) and Doug Free, DAL (+4.8)
Perfect in pass protection and some fantastic work as a run blocker saw Joe Staley stand tall above all other offensive tackles in Week 5. Opposite him Free wasn’t quite perfect, allowing two hurries, but he too was very good as a run blocker, edging out fellow NFC East tackle Justin Pugh for the starting role here.
Honorable Mentions: William Beatty, NYG and Joe Barksdale, STL
Guards: Joel Bitonio, CLE (+4.3) and David DeCastro, PIT (+3.7)
Bitonio looked nothing like a rookie as he stood out for the Browns’ offensive line on Sunday, with a perfect day in pass protection and some impressive work as a run blocker. For the Steelers DeCastro may not have been quite at as high a level as Leary, but he too was good in the running game, opening holes for Le’Veon Bell throughout the game.
Honorable Mentions: Ben Grubbs, NO and Marshal Yanda, BAL
Center: Corey Linsley, GB (+4.1)
The theme for our offensive line this week appears to be their strength as run blockers with the dominance of the Packers’ starting center from Thursday night holding onto the spot throughout the weekend, seeing him a step above the rest at the position.
Honorable Mention: Alex Mack, CLE
Gordon McGuinness | Analyst, Lead Special Teams Analyst
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.