Pro Football Focus has now released their initial player grades for the Pittsburgh Steelers following their 31-10 Sunday loss to the Cleveland Browns and overall there really aren’t very many surprises.
Offensively, guard Ramon Foster (2.9) received the highest grade from PFF for his play Sunday against the Browns and they don’t have down as allowing a hit or a hurry.
Also grading out in the green area on offense were quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (2.7), wide receiver Antonio Brown (2.4) and running back Le’Veon Bell (2.2). Both Bell and Brown had over 100 yards of offense in Sunday’s game.
Roethlisberger’s high grade is a bit of a surprise when you consider that he missed badly on a few of his throws. The All-22 tape might show us more when it comes to his accuracy.
Bringing up the rear on offense are center Maurkice Pouncey (-1.9) and tight end Heath Miller (-1.9). Wide receiver Markus Wheaton (-1.3) wasn’t far behind and PFF only has him down for one drop in the game.
Defensively for the Steelers, linebacker Lawrence Timmons (2.5) earned top billing against the Browns, according to PFF. Timmons registered 10 total tackles in the game. Safety Mike Mitchell (2.2) was given his highest grade of the season and that’s likely a result of two big pass breakups that he registered in the game.
Not surprisingly, cornerback Cortez Allen (-3.7) and defensive lineman Cam Thomas (2.0), both graded out as the worst Steelers defensive players against the Browns.
It’s important to note that PFF usually will adjust several of these grades after watching the All-22, but it’s hard seining them being too far off on a lot of these initial grades.