Falcons Week 2 Pro Football Focus grades

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The Atlanta Falcons will face off against another team with extra time to prepare in Week 3 when they take on the New York Giants. After two weeks of football, here’s a look at the Falcons’ highest and lowest Pro Football Focus grades.

Offense

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Highest (Week 2)

Lowest (Week 2)

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

RG

Chris Lindstrom

83.7

HB

Cordarrelle Patterson

56.8

TE

Lee Smith

72.1

TE

Parker Hesse

55.6

RT

Kaleb McGary

69.9

QB

Josh Rosen

50.0

WR

Christian Blake

69.8

LG

Jalen Mayfield

28.5

TE

Kyle Pitts

68.4

FB

Keith Smith

27.3

When looking at the grades from Week 2, the first thing that pops out is Cordarrelle Patterson getting one of the lowest marks on the team. While he was effective in multiple areas, Patterson's lone pass-blocking attempt is what brings his overall down considerably. Right tackle Kaleb McGary struggled a bit in pass protection but he excelled as a run blocker, earning a run-blocking grade of 74.4. Additionally, Kyle Pitts would have climbed higher if not for his 54.0 overall mark as a run blocker on 13 attempts. Rookie Jalen Mayfield still finds himself on the bottom due to his pass protection. While his 31.8 mark is a great improvement from a week ago, he still allowed three pressures, building on his eight allowed in Week 1. Here's a look at the best and worst overall grades from this season thus far.

Highest (Season)

Lowest (Season)

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

RG

Chris Lindstrom (141)

78.3

TE

Parker Hesse (10)

55.4

C

Drew Dalman (9)

69.4

TE

Hayden Hurst (73)

54.2

WR

Christian Blake (18)

68.1

QB

Josh Rosen (8)

50.4

HB

Mike Davis (99)

66.9

FB

Keith Smith (38)

43.5

HB

Cordarrelle Patterson (48)

66.3

LG

Jalen Mayfield (136)

26.0

Notables: TE Kyle Pitts (7th - 64.6), QB Matt Ryan (8th - 63.9), WR Calvin Ridley (9th - 62.6)

Defense

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Highest (Week 2)

Lowest (Week 2)

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

LOLB

Dante Fowler Jr.

72.1

S

Erik Harris

54.1

DT

Grady Jarrett

71.7

CB

Fabian Moreau

53.1

DT

Ta'Quon Graham

69.3

ROLB

Steven Means

39.8

DE

Jonathan Bullard

67.9

ED

Brandon Copeland

30.5

S

Jaylinn Hawkins

67.0

LB

Mykal Walker

27.5

Falcons linebacker Dante Fowler comes away as the team's highest-graded defender from Week 2. He was able to generate pressure on three attempts with a sack, forced fumble, one QB hit, one QB hurry, and two defensive stops. It's not often we see a day like this from Fowler, but these days are definitely welcome. However, there are four noticeable players that need to be addressed. After only seeing four defensive snaps in Week 1, Mykal Walker only saw five in Week 2. You have to wonder why the second-year linebacker isn't seeing the field after a solid rookie season. Rookie Richie Grant isn't seeing the field much either. With issues at safety, as highlighted by Erik Harris' poor grade, the fact that Grant didn't see any playing time against the Bucs is concerning. Additionally, the Falcons need to find a better option than Steve Means coming off the edge. As I stated prior to the season starting, Means' strength has never been that of a starting pass rusher. Especially when the player on the opposite side is Dante Fowler.

Highest (Season)

Lowest (Season)

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

DE

Jonathan Bullard (59)

72.2

ROLB

Steven Means (106)

48.9

CB

TJ Green (29)

71.1

LB

Mykal Walker (9)

34.9

DL

Ta'Quon Graham (13)

69.3

ED

Brandon Copeland (2)

30.5

S

Jaylinn Hawkins (31)

68.0

S

Richie Grant (6)

29.4

LOLB

Dante Fowler Jr. (92)

67.0

DL

John Cominsky (2)

24.8

Notables: DT Grady Jarrett (6th - 63.4), CB AJ Terrell (8th - 62.6), MLB Deion Jones (16th - 55.1)

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