Pro Football Focus has released their initial set of player grades following the Pittsburgh Steelers Thursday night loss to the Baltimore Ravens and as you would expect, there are quite a few red boxes this week.
Despite taking a big shot early in the game and needing to be checked out for a concussion, wide receiver Antonio Brown (1.1) managed to return and catch a total of seven passes for 90 yards against the Ravens. Brown was easily PFF’s highest rated offensive player Thursday night.
Bringing up the rear this week as far as offensive grades go are left guard Ramon Foster (-3.0) and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (-2.4). Roethlisberger was not very accurate Thursday night while Foster had struggles in both the running and passing game. Outside of the two sacks that he allowed Thursday night, PFF has right tackle Marcus Gilbert grading out right in the middle at (-0.1).
Defensively for the Steelers, nose tackle Steve McLendon led the way. Before leaving in the second half with a shoulder injury, McLendon registered six total tackles with one of them going for a loss.
Defensive end Cameron Heyward (-5.4) and cornerback Cortez Allen (-4.5) find themselves on the bottom end of PFF’s grading system for their play Thursday night. Allen had two big penalties in the game and allowed three catches for 29 yards.
PFF normally updates their grades after the all-22 tape is released, but it’s hard to fathom that many of these grades will change much.