Worst players at every position for Week 2

Adrian Peterson, Ryan Mallett, and Manti Te'o highlight our roster of the worst players at every position in Week 2.

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(AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

(AP Photo/Patric Schneider)

Worst players at every position for Week 2

Each week, PFF gives you the best player at every position in our Team of the Week article (click here to see Week 2’s TOTW).

This is not that team.

PFF is now providing a list of players that performed, well, less-than-adequately in their roles; welcome to our Worst Team of the Week roster.

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

Quarterback: Ryan Mallett, Texans (-8.2)

Mallett attempted a ridiculous 57 passes, but only completed 26 of them (45.6 percent) for 239 yards. When he was under pressure? Forget about it. He had 16 attempts under pressure, with no completions.

Running back: Adrian Peterson, Vikings (-3.9)

His 134 yards on 29 rushes is a bit misleading. The Vikings O-line played extremely well, but Peterson only rushed for 50 yards after contact and forced just one missed tackle. He also fumbled twice.

Fullback: Malcolm Johnson, Browns (-4.1)

Johnson, one of the rare fullbacks still left, was constantly blown up trying to lead-block, finishing with a -3.1 run blocking grade. He also had one pass thrown to him—which he dropped.

Tight end: Brent Celek, Eagles (-4.6)

In one of the worst offensive displays in recent memory, Celek’s -4.2 run blocking grade helped the Eagles run the ball 15 times and actually lose two yards. That included a ridiculous -19 yards on four carries to the outside, where the tight end block is key.

Wide receivers: Harry Douglas, Titans (-4.3) and Rashad Greene, Jaguars (-2.8)

Douglas was targeted eight times in his game against the Browns and managed to haul in just one of those balls, a nine-yard completion. He also had a drop, and, for good measure, one rush that lost six yards. Greene was only targeted four times, but still managed to drop two of those passes.

Tackles: Don Barclay, Packers (-10.3), David Bakhtiari, Packers (-7.3)

They’re teammates on the Packers, and teammates on this list. Aaron Rodgers was running for his life as Barclay, filling in for injured right tackle Bryan Bulaga, allowed an unbelievable 10 QB hurries. Bakhtiari was hardly better, allowing seven QB hurries and both of the Seahawks’ sacks.

Guards: John Miller, Bills (-6.1), Mackenzy Bernadeau, Cowboys (-4.9)

Miller allowed one sack and four QB hurries against the Patriots, and just for good measure, added a -2.2 run block grade. He was not good. Bernadeau false-started twice, earned a holding penalty, and allowed four tackles for short or no gain, leading to his -3.2 run block grade.

Center: Kory Lichtensteiger, Redskins (-10.0)

Lichtensteiger severely struggled against the Rams’ defensive line. In the pass game, he allowed the hat trick; a sack, a hit, and a hurry. He was also beaten two other times on quick throws. Against the run, he allowed six tackles for short gains (between 0 and 2 yards) or less.


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: Denico Autry, Raiders (-4.7) and Kendall Reyes, Chargers (-3.9)

Autry struggled mostly against the run (-3.1), as he was consistently cleared out to make big holes for the Ravens running backs. He also managed just one QB hurry in 35 pass-rushes. The Bengals offensive line manhandled Reyes, and his only tackle of the game was a clean-up tackle for loss.

Defensive interior – Tackle: Tyrunn Walker, Lions (-3.1)

Walker was nearly invisible against the Vikings, making only one tackle (a clean-up) and putting up little-to-no fight against a rushing attack that ran for 199 yards.

Edge rushers: Melvin Ingram, Chargers (-5.2) and Mario Williams, Bills (-4.3)

The good thing about Ingram is that he didn’t struggle mightily at one thing—he just struggled a fair amount at two things. He made only one defensive stop, and missed three tackles (one was nullified by penalty). He also didn’t record a single QB pressure. Williams’ grade came almost entirely from pass-rushing, as he had only one sack (a clean-up) and one QB hit, despite rushing the passer 62 times.

Linebackers: Curtis Lofton, Raiders (-5.1) and Manti Te’o, Chargers (-4.6)

Lofton had a tough time against the run, making only three stops, but struggled even more in coverage. He allowed all seven targets he saw to be caught, surrendering 54 yards and a touchdown. Te’o did next to nothing when defending the run, consistently being blocked out of the play. When he wasn’t, he was struggling to cover his man (-1.0 coverage grade).

Cornerbacks: Jamell Fleming, Chiefs (-5.8) and Johnathan Joseph, Texans (-3.7)

Fleming was absolutely torched by the Broncos receivers, particularly Emmanuel Sanders. Fleming was targeted 13 times, and allowed nine receptions for 123 yards and a touchdown. He did have one pass defense, though. Joseph saw nine targets and allowed five of them for 74 yards and a touchdown, leading to his -4.0 coverage grade.

Safeties: Landon Collins, Giants (-4.1) and Kendrick Lewis, Ravens (-3.5)

Despite being a safety, Collins was targeted six times. He allowed four receptions for 81 yards, and all were for first downs. He also missed two tackles, but luckily for him, the one that led to a touchdown was called back by a penalty. Lewis had a pass interference penalty, was pancaked once, missed two tackles, and lost outside-contain on a 24-yard run by Derek Carr.

Kicker: Mike Nugent, Bengals (-1.8)

Nugent missed a 36-yard field goal, and also managed to force only two touchbacks on five kickoffs.

Punter: Tress Way, Redskins (-3.5)

Way averaged only 40.7 yards per punt, and had a terrible 18-yard shank that gave the Rams a chance to score before halftime.

Returner: J.J. Nelson, Cardinals (-1.8)

Nelson had just one punt return—and he muffed it.


| Analyst

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

  • Chris Peterson

    Is that Fleming stat correct? I thought he gave up way more plays than that. Can we see how many first downs he yielded?

  • Matt

    Lofton deserves a better grade than that, he came up with some clutch tackles as Forsett scatered out of the backfield, I agree he wasn’t stout in the run game, but when Forsett came out of the backfield to catch a pass on a check down, Lofton was there.

    • Zack23

      Bonus points!

  • walker8084

    This grading system is a joke. Adrian Peterson’s 192 offensive yards are worse than Demarco Murray getting 2 yards on 13 carries?

    • The Mysteries of Bob

      Hard to run when there are five players around you once you take the handoff.

      OL, Bradford, defense, $60 million man Maxwell, playcalling, Murray is like the 10th problem in Philly’s list.

      • walker8084

        Agreed. Especially since chip ditched McCoy for downhill runner, then called sideways runs all day. But still think APs production would have him at least middle of pack.

    • Nate olbon

      2 fumbles is arguably worse than playing bad behind a terrible line

      • walker8084

        If people wanna defend Murray for whatever reason, then How bout Jeremy Hill. 39 yds 2 fumbles and benched. AP lead the league in rushing yards this week. 2 fumbles (one of which he himself recovered) is bad, but PFF grading him as the worst RB is absurd.

      • Doc-man

        AP had 50 yards after contact. How many did Murray get?

    • David Mardon

      I’m sure all Viking fans would be quite happy if Petterson’s production on Sunday is repeated for the next fourteen weeks. The fumbles were frustrating but to conclude he was the worst player at his position this week is silly. Maybe a re-evaluation of your evaluators is in order.

    • enai D

      Yeah that is a joke- what would you prefer, 192 yards and 1 lost fumble, or 2 yards? Good job PFF.

  • Andrew

    Amazing that Aaron Rodgers played so well given that both his tackles had ridiculously bad negative grades.

  • Mark Crowe

    I hope this puts the idea that Mallet is a better QB than Hoyer to rest. At least, that argument took a major hit. Mallet’s “some good, some bad” performance this weekend was almost 8 points worse than Hoyer’s “abysmal” performance last week.

    • chickenhed

      EXACTLY. Couldn’t have put it better myself. “HOYER WAS HORRIBLE!” when in reality he just has a couple of horrible plays. “Mallet was good at times!” Actually not really. One or two passes were pretty good out of 57. Otherwise it was fairly terrible.

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  • RealistLogic

    Example 1,008 of why Rodgers is great.
    PS; Glad PFF brought this segment back.

    • King Pelé

      Why? He had the best graded pass blocking unit by far last year

  • Hekthore Warro

    Even if I’m a Niners fan, you got to admit their backs were god awful against Steelers even a guy like Darus Heyward Bey shined as if he was a probowler.

  • Raconteur

    Manti Te’o is too small and too slow to be an effective inside linebacker at the NFL level.

  • crosseyedlemon

    As a Bears fan I am outraged that not one of the players taking part in that pathetic performance against Arizona made the worst of list. There should be a weekly list of grades for coaches and game officials too.

    • Phil Schrader

      Bravo man. That’s funny.

    • calling all toasters

      That shows it was a true team effort!

  • Luke Thompson

    Only 50 yards after contact? Which running backs had more? Only 21 other backs even rushed for 50 total. So you’re telling me that every other running back who played this week would’ve generated more than Adrian’s 192 yards and 50 after contact given the same blocking and defense? And yet none of the Vikings lineman are the best at their position this week? If fumbles weigh that negatively then why are Jamaal Charles or Jeremy hill not ranked last here? And what constitutes forcing a missed tackle? Physically forcing the defender off of you? Adrian forced many players to miss opportunities to tackle him with speed and vision. His best game ever? Gosh no. The worst running back this week? Give me a break.

    • enai D

      Yeah that grade was pretty ridiculous, that was either a typo or they let the intern grade that game.

      • jerrytsao

        Thanks to Cris Collinsworth, the site has gone down quick.

  • enai D

    Ok, that Adrian Peterson grade is just silly; obviously they didn’t have their top people evaluating that game.

  • Jake S

    It’s all formulas based on stats and circumstances… Not just a guy at a desk making it up. The sight just puts the formula in for every player and regurgitates the info. Algorithms That ask for stats like yards after contact, number of rushing plays number of receiving plays, then factor in how many times his lineman were beat. Peterson didn’t have much to worry about and Murray had defenders in the backfield almost every time he has touched the ball. Look what he does as soon as he has space, jumps over a dude. Peterson wouldn’t have anywhere near the stats that Murray has in the same situation. Murray would be leading the league if he was playing for the Vikings just like he did in Dallas when he usually wasn’t touched until 5 yards on every run. And I don’t think Murray even has a fumble does he?