10 worst individual performances of Week 2

Aaron Rodgers earned the lowest game grade of his career on Sunday; see the full list of poor Week 2 performers here.

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10 worst individual performances of Week 2

Week 2 is in the books, and with it, a new crop of players stood out, both in good and bad ways. Earlier today, colleague Sam Monson identified the top performers of the week so far; here, though, we take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum, revealing some of the lowest-graded players in Week 2.

Damarious Randall, CB, Green Bay Packers (22.1)

How quickly the tables can turn. After finishing Week 1 with the highest grade among all NFL CBs, Randall was absolutely torched by Vikings’ receiver Stefon Diggs on Sunday night, to the tune of five catches on five targets for 134 yards and a touchdown. Overall he allowed seven-of-eight targets to be caught for 161 yards and the aforementioned touchdown. Randall also missed a tackle, and will likely be looking to quickly forget that this game ever happened.

Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills (25.9)

Stephon Gilmore had very similar coverage numbers to Randall, as the entire Bills’ defense was shredded by Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets’ offense. Gilmore surrendered seven catches on eight targets for 129 yards on Thursday, and was beaten consistently by any New York receiver who lined up across from him. Even worse, nearly all of his receptions allowed went for first downs.

Shareece Wright, CB, Baltimore Ravens (32.0)

The numbers didn’t look too bad for Wright, allowing four-of-eight targets to be caught for 97 yards and a touchdown. However, he was beaten on a few of those incompletions, only to be bailed out by a bad throw. Wright also missed a team-high three tackles versus the Browns.

Keith McGill, S, Oakland Raiders (32.2)

It was a tough week for secondary players, as we come to the fourth DB in a row to make this list. McGill had a tough time against the run, failing to make a single stop, and missing a tackle. As the primary cover man, he allowed all six targets to be caught for 98 yards, including a 44-yarder to rookie TE Austin Hooper.

Jesse James, TE, Pittsburgh Steelers (33.1)

Jesse James caught three passes from Ben Roethlisberger for 29 yards and a touchdown, so it might seem like he had a good day according to the box score. But my oh my, was he ever having a tough time blocking. James was beaten like a drum to the tune of seven run stops. Even on plays where he didn’t surrender the stop, he allowed his man to completely disrupt the intention of the play.

DeShawn Shead, CB, Seattle Seahawks (34.2)

We’re back to corners, and this time it’s DeShawn Shead, who could not seem to cover Rams WR Kenny Britt. Britt caught all six targets for 94 yards when Snead was the primary coverage defender. Add on a big 17-yard completion to Tavon Austin, and you’ve got the makings of a less-than-stellar day from the Seahawks’ cornerback, who like Packers CB Damarious Randall, was coming off an impressive season opener.

Chris Chester, RG, Atlanta Falcons (34.6)

Falcons G Chris Chester wasn’t great when it came to pass blocking, as he allowed a sack and three quarterback hurries. He fared even worse when it came to run blocking, as he allowed a team-high six run stops and was generally unable to make a positive run block all game.

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (35.3)

No, this isn’t a mistake. Aaron Rodgers played what could arguably be called the worst game of his career Sunday night. Even if you take away the three fumbles in which he showed poor ball security, he was having a rough passing day, as well. Rodgers was accurate on just 58.8 percent of his throws (second-worst adjusted completion percentage among QBs so far this week), and completed just 5-of-14 passes for 90 yards on targets that traveled beyond 10 yards through the air. He was missing more often than not, and had a couple of really dangerous attempts, all of which led to the lowest-graded game of his career.

Matt Kalil, LT, Minnesota Vikings (35.3)

It didn’t seem to matter who lined up across from Kalil on Sunday night—they were going to beat him rushing the passer. Kalil allowed a sack, a hit, and three hurries in Sam Bradford’s Minnesota debut, and was beaten on an additional four other pass rushes, though no pressure was recorded. Kalil also allowed two run stops, and was just unable to make many positive blocks all game.

Garry Gilliam, RT, Seattle Seahawks (35.5)

Garry Gilliam suffered from a heavy dose of Rams DT Aaron Donald on Sunday, and his grade was evidence of his struggles with that task. Gilliam was beat for four solo run stops; three of those were tackles for losses. In the passing game, he allowed two hits and a hurry, and was beaten an additional three more times. The Seahawks’ RT didn’t record a single positively-graded block all game.

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Bryson has been an analyst at Pro Football Focus since 2014, and has also been a contributor to 120 Sports.

  • Jarad

    Shocked that there are no Chiefs.

    • crosseyedlemon

      No Bears either but that’s only because they don’t play until tonight.

  • Antileftist

    to be fair, Matt Kalil has missed a lot of practice due to a hip injury. He didn’t practice all week leading up to this game. That being said, he hasn’t exactly been great when healthy except during his rookie season.

    • SkolBro

      He’s just a 1 year wonder and has been awful ever since then…
      He made Nick Perry look like an All Pro.

    • Mnstorm99

      I’m done being “fair” with this guy…he just sucks.

  • AKjester

    It was interesting watching Shead get targeted by the Rams after he had such a good week against the Dolphins.

  • Paul

    The great Aaron Rodgers is human? Who knew. He crumbles against formidable defenses. Pretty much like every single QB in the league.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Rodgers has a terrible grade of 33.0 yet the Packers only lose by 3. Few teams in the league will find comfort in that.

      • Mnstorm99

        13 penalties for 137 yards tells a bit of the story for the Vikings. The Packers first touchdown was 41 yards worth of penalties and 9 yards of offense.

        • crosseyedlemon

          If your hoping others will take you seriously you better find an excuse more original than “the officials conspired against us”.

          • Mnstorm99

            Never did I say “the officials conspired against us”. I actually am not arguing against the penalties themselves, but rather how the Vikings mistakes kept this game closer than Rodgers ability.

    • SeattleSteve

      Didn’t he light up the no.1 Steeler defense in the Superbowl and destroy the Texans on Sunday Night when they had the no.1 defense?

  • BD

    How is Blake Bortles not on this list? 2 INTs and a lost fumble? Shut out until the 4th quarter… Kinda forgetting a big one Bryson.

    • rodrigo pedro

      Rodgers had 100 yards less,same TD/INT ratio,was sacked 3 times more,fumbled 2 times more and had less yds/attempt.

      PFF doesn’t care if it was garbage time stats.

    • GBPFan12

      Vikings dropped at least 2-3 interceptions from just awful throws.
      Dude was awful against the vikings.

  • David Japhet-Mathias

    He didn’t score lower against Denver last year?

  • http://www.wr50lsportsrant.blogspot.co.uk/ Allan Wright

    The worst player, and the biggest liability on the field in Minnesota was Trae Waynes. It amazes me that there are three players from that game on this list and he is not one of them.

    • SkolBro

      That interception probably saved him from being on this list.
      Guy looked like Ahmad Carroll thou, constantly grabbing/holding for no reason.

      • https://twitter.com/MALACHiOFCOURSE Malachi

        that was his M.O. in college as well tho, nothing new. that pick he had on a complicated corner-post-corner route was a beauty, very tough to do when in man coverage

        • http://www.wr50lsportsrant.blogspot.co.uk/ Allan Wright

          Yeah he read it well and his athleticism took over.

    • Mnstorm99

      Funny, because if he didn’t have the penalties, his coverage was spot on for almost the entire night. This kid is close to what we fan want, I still believe that.

      • http://www.wr50lsportsrant.blogspot.co.uk/ Allan Wright

        His athletic ability is outstanding and if he gets the mindset right he could be one of the league’s top corners and with his size too there is a very high ceiling for him BUT … he did not have a good game.

        3&18 39yds
        3&4 10yds
        2&10 13yds
        1&10 13yds PI
        2&11 5yds & 1st down Holding
        2&14 28yds PI

        Plus some smaller yardage and a TD although that was a tough 1 on 1 isolation against Jordy Nelson on the goalline.

        I’m not even saying all this to be hyper critical of him to be honest; he had a bad game but he will have better games and become a better player. I’m more critical of PFF’s grading.

  • shaunhan murray

    Jesse james needs to get bigger, he is 6 foot 7 inches but he looks like he weighs 230 pounds . Hopefully he imporves or X-man will take his job.

  • http://chester.millisock.com/ Chester Millisock Jr

    People are still calling DeShawn Shead “Snead” lol

  • TreyDay Trey

    WInston is not in there with 4 picks?!

    • crosseyedlemon

      I have a feeling Winston requested that PFF not write any more articles about him having already reached his ceiling. That jinxed him more than any Madden curse could have.