After the debacle in San Francisco, it should come as no surprise that there were plenty of not so great scores to go around from PFF. What may surprise you is how many positive grades were handed out, and who some of those players were. With that, here are some of the scores from the outing.
For an offense that struggled to put up points, there were a surprising number of "green" scores on the day. Maybe the most surprising is the name at the top of the list: Matt Ryan. The QB posted a +2.2 grade on the day, highest of any offensive player. Ryan appeared to struggle most of the day, though one has to wonder if that was a function of the QB, the line or receivers not being open. Julio Jones continues to play at a high level, receiving a +2.0 on the day. The offensive line was a problem on the day, but it wasn't because of the tackles. Ryan Schraeder (+2.0) and Jake Matthews (+1.5) did a good job of keeping Ryan clean. Other positives: RB Devonta Freeman (+1.1), WR Justin Hardy (+1.1).
While the good was just good, the bad was ugly. The ugly started in the middle of the offensive line, where RG Chris Chester (-3.2) and C Mike Person (-2.9) had the two worst grades on the day. Both scored negatively in both run and pass blocking. Drops undoubtedly hurt the scores of WR Roddy White and TE Jacob Tamme, who both posted a -1.9 on the day. In limited snaps, FB Patrick DiMarco netted a -1.6 score for his poor run blocking. Other negative scores: WR Nick Williams (-0.9), LG Andy Levitre (-0.6).
No player on defense had a better day than "fan favorite" DE Kroy Biermann. His +3.7 overall score was largely due to his great +4.0 run defense grade. DT Paul Soliai continued his nice bounce back season with a strong +2.0 overall. He's not only been a force against the run, but his +1.1 pass rush score shows he can cause damage in the passing game as well. CB Desmond Trufant continues to impress with his +2.0 overall score. While DE Vic Beasley continues to learn what works as a pass rusher, his +1.3 overall score was indicative of his athleticism. That score was helped by his +1.5 in pass coverage. Other positive scores: FS Ricardo Allen (+0.4), DT Adrian Clayborn (+0.3), DT Jonathan Babineaux (+0.3).
On the flip side, no defender struggled more than LB Paul Worrilow. His -3.5 overall was indicative of a poor game in run defense and in pass coverage. CB Phillip Adams had a bad day as well, posting a -2.2 overall. Rookie CB Jalen Collins saw extensive action and learned a lot of lessons on his way to a -1.5 score. DT Ra'Shede Hageman had another rough day, netting a -1.3 overall on Sunday. Other negative scores: DE Tyson Jackson (-0.3), DE O'Brien Schofield (-0.3), DT Grady Jarrett (-0.3).
What are your thoughts on the scores from the 49ers game?