Best players at every position for Week 2

Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Donald, and Rob Gronkowski headline our Team of the Week for NFL Week 2.

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(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Best players at every position for Week 2

It’s not easy to make the Pro Football Focus Team of the Week; it’s even harder to do it two weeks in a row. But some have, and we honor them, as well the newcomers, with our Week 2 roster selection.

(Note: Changes may be made following our review process and once Monday Night Football has been analyzed and graded.)

Quarterback: Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (+7.5)

Two games into the season and “Big Ben” is playing as well as any other QB. He has just six incompletions, three of which were dropped passes, and one more was a throwaway.

Running back: Justin Forsett, Ravens (+3.0)

Fantasy players may disagree, as Forsett ended up with just 68 yards and no touchdowns, but look at the work he had to do to get them.

Fullback: Michael Burton, Lions (+2.4)

Burton was actually our highest-graded fullback in college football last year, so it’s not a huge surprise to see him looking so good right now.

Tight end: Rob Gronkowski, Patriots (+2.8)

That’s two weeks in a row for Gronkowski, who did enough as a receiver to hold off some stiff competition. Just how do you stop him?

Wide receivers: Julio Jones, Falcons (+3.8) and Antonio Brown, Steelers (+5.4)

Steve Smith, Larry Fitzgerald, Odell Beckham Jr., and others all put forward strong cases, but it’s a repeat of the Week 1 duo with Jones and Brown showing no signs of slowing down.

Tackles: Terron Armstead, Saints (+3.6) and Sebastian Vollmer, Patriots (+3.3)

Armstead has quietly developed into a strong part of the Saints offensive line and he earned the highest mark of any tackle in Week 2. The superior work of Vollmer in pass protection held off the challenge of Kyle Long.

Guards: Gabe Jackson, Raiders (+5.6) and Marshal Yanda, Ravens (+4.1)

Well, hello, Gabe Jackson. Where did that come from? The sophomore guard had a solid rookie year, but looked like a lot more than “just another guy” against the Ravens. On the other side of the field Yanda was almost impressive.

Center: Russell Bodine, Bengals (+4.3)

The fact Bodine is the third member of this line to be playing for Cincinnati should tell you all you need to know about how good their line was Sunday.


Each week, we put forward a hybrid defense that features two edge rushers (4-3 defensive ends or 3-4 outside linebackers), three players on the “interior” of the defensive line (3-4 defensive ends or defensive tackles, and two linebackers (all inside linebackers and 4-3 outside linebackers).

Defensive interior – Ends: Aaron Donald, Rams (+7.9) and Muhammad Wilkerson, Jets (+6.1)

Sound the alarm; this team is J.J. Watt-free! But one guy does hold over, and that’s Aaron Donald, who is setting the bar for Defensive Player of the Year. Wilkerson has ended contract negotiations with Jets and with performances like this it’s easy to see why. He’s earning more money by the performance.

Defensive Interior – Nose: Jaye Howard, Chiefs (+6.3)

Howard spends enough time even with or shading the center to be considered here, and when you pick up seven defensive stops in the run game, you do more than just “be considered.”

Edge rushers: Pernell McPhee, Bears (+5.3) and Justin Houston, Chiefs (+6.8)

Talk about a one-two punch. Houston got after the Broncos offensive line with five quarterback disruptions (including two sacks), while McPhee was even more destructive with eight.

Linebackers: Sean Lee, Cowboys (+6.6) and Jelani Jenkins, Dolphins (+3.5)

After all the injury problems he’s sustained the past couple of years it’s great to see Lee back to his best. A nice action-packed display from Jenkins, as well, who ended the day with seven defensive stops.

Cornerbacks: Captain Munnerlyn, Vikings (+3.4) and Aqib Talib, Broncos (+2.6)

The good Captain was in fine form allowing just 45 yards on nine targets. Meanwhile, Talib continued his fine start to the year with just one reception allowed for seven yards, and a pick of his own.

Safeties: Kurt Coleman, Panthers (+3.9) and James Ihedigbo, Lions (+4.3)

Coleman is trying to write a story of redemption, and more plays like the one that saw him deflect a potential game-tying pass can’t hurt. Ihedigbo is about as good a safety in the NFL gets when you put him in the box and the opposition runs at him.

Kicker: Jason Myers, Jaguars (+2.6)

Perfect with a 55-yarder.

Punter: Chris Jones, Cowboys (+4.0)

Some big, booming punts on Sunday for Jones.

Returner: Travis Benjamin, Browns (+2.9)

Electrifying on punt returns, Benjamin has been one of the premier playmakers in the league the first two weeks of the year.


  • Michael Gunn

    I’m confused. Why isn’t Marcus Peters on here with his +3.4?

    • Blyake Price

      I think he wasn’t targeted enough. Idk.

    • Malachi

      yea odd, he def deserved it. kid is a keeper, obv

    • Anthony

      This site is completley nonsensical at times

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  • Pragmatic_NYC

    Brady dropped 466 on the Bills, but yeah….Rothlisberger. *duh*

    • Luke Reviews

      Lol brady threw more then twice as many passes then ben, also bens day was done at half, he could have thrown for 550 if he needed too

    • ImperishablePhantasm

      I’m sure another thing is the fact that as stated, Big Ben only had 6 incompletions which included three drops and a throwaway. Brady had 21 incompletions.

      • Cant FixStupid

        You can’t explain facts to Brady homers, it confuses and upsets them.

      • snoth cambin

        6 of which were drops and maybe about 10 of those were on Brady it’s not a huge gap put on top of that this is the bills defense, feels weird.

        • Sam Doohan

          No-one’s saying that Brady didn’t have a superb game. He looks amazing this season. But Ben really did have a near perfect game and on top of that was throwing lots of long, accurate passes which always gets higher scores from PFF. Brady put in a seriously impressive performance, absolutely. But Ben was frankly intimidating this week so he scored a bit better. It’s no knock on Brady that he was the second best QB in the league this week.

          • snoth cambin

            Ben was amazing but what Brady did against that Bills defense looks more impressive then what Ben did against a depleted 49ers defense

          • JT

            That depleted 49ers D had only 3 points scored against them week 1 and held AP to basically nothing..

          • snoth cambin

            They aren’t the bills

          • JT

            Tha’ts nice i’m from Buffalo and the Bills D isn’t as good as the Panthers D with Luke and Star healthy. The Pats offense is a sham honestly….its against the rules to screen DBs but they get away with it nearly every play.

          • snoth cambin

            Stop it the Bills defense last year was better than every defense in the league except the seahawks I’d even take the Bills secondary over the seahawks secondary last year and so far this year they aren’t overrated they ran into the patriots just like last year.

            And the patriots offense isn’t a sham the offense that you see on Sunday won’t be the same offense week 12. The patriots left SO many points and yards on the field the first 2 games. the patriots could’ve put up 35+ vs Pittsburgh and they could’ve put 50+ vs buffalo they haven’t even tried to run the ball yet this offense has so much more promise than it did last year this time. Their trying new formations on the goal line to see what they can do with it their going to switch it up later in the year and try what works I’m excited for this offense.

    • burjur

      Did you see the dimes Big Ben dropped to Wheaton and Hayward-Bey? He hardly missed and was on target all game. Brady was still amazing don’t get me wrong but those amazing throws gets you a high grade I think and Brady can’t throw like Ben. Brady is still a better qb though

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    • jojomellon

      You realize that the point of this site is to grade players more closely than relying on simple stats like you’re doing, stats which are usually misleading and at the least never tell the whole story of how the player performed. Its as if you completely miss the point of the site you’re commenting on.

    • bengal fan

      Ben plays with a regulation football*********

      • Pragmatic_NYC

        He also plays with roofies. But that’s another story.

    • crosseyedlemon

      It’s bad form to sulk. Brady probably would have graded higher than Ben in ball deflating drills though.

      • Pragmatic_NYC

        It’s bad form to be a hater. And to repeat what was, apparently, a lie.

        Nobody’s sulking. Brady kicks ass.

  • JV

    Myers kicked a 58 yarder

  • John smith

    Why isn’t Julio there? He posted a 3.3 and had an absolutely dominant game with great catches.

  • Mark Crowe

    How slumping is the Texans D right now? When’s the last time you can remember not seeing JJ Watt on this list?

  • crosseyedlemon

    As a Bears fan I am outraged than any of their players would be listed here after that pathetic performance against Arizona. Pernell McPhee was rushing the edge….the rest of the Bears were rushing for the bus.

  • Jaguars28

    Jared Odrick…

  • koda57

    Kurt Coleman is playing unbelievable. I never seen him making plays like he is now with the Panthers. Throughout training camp, preseason and the first two games he’s consistently had INTs, pass deflections, forced fumbles and has come up and tackled like a LB. He’s been a huge pleasant surprise!!

  • Carpanfan95

    Panthers Defense will be ranked #1 for the season
    Folks look at how they preformed without Luke and Star. Next man up. Panthers are deep and talented. People thought Gettleman had a bad FA and Draft
    Folks you are wrong if you thought that.

    Now a On-lineman that should have been listed was Panthers RT Mike Remmers performance against JJ Watt. Where was lot and Clowney against Oher and Remmers? Exactly.

    Coleman deserves this recognition and a lot of Panthers players do to