Yesterday, we wrote that Pro Football Focus ranked James Harrison an appropriate 92nd overall in their 2015 rankings. The site unveiled the rest of its list today with two Pittsburgh Steelers making the top 25. Ben Roethlisberger came in 24th place while Antonio Brown was ranked the 2nd best player in football.
A snippet on what PFF had to write about Big Ben.
“His accuracy and efficiency throwing downfield was remarkable in 2015, completing 27 passes for 1,170 yards just on deep (20+ air yards) passes over the regular season.”
They rated his 24/39, 364 yard, and 4 TD performance against the Indianapolis Colts as his best game of the year while noting he completed half his deep throws, the third best mark in the league.
This 24th place rating is up 12 spots from 2014.
The site has professed their love for Brown throughout the season, rightfully so, and didn’t hold back in their final assessment.
“Brown isn’t a physical specimen in the way some of the NFL’s top receivers are, but excels at every fundamental aspect of the position. He earned the highest grade for a wideout PFF has ever given…”
He finished with an overall grade of 36.1, as noted, the highest rating ever given out since PFF began tracking in 2007. Brown finished 2015 with 136 receptions for 1834 yards and 10 TDs. He also had 7 catches for 119 yards in his lone playoff appearance against the Cincinnati Bengals before being suffering a concussion on the final offensive play of the game.
The Steelers’ receiver slides up five spots from last year. Only Aaron Donald finished ahead of him.
It involves no bit of homerism to regard AB as the best receiver, and one of the top players, in today’s game.
Notable Steelers left off PFF’s Top 101 include Cam Heyward, Marcus Gilbert, and David DeCastro.