Looking at Falcons’ highest and lowest PFF grades from Week 1

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There was a lot of bad in the Falcons’ season-opening loss, and unfortunately, very few bright spots. Three players posted a Pro Football Focus grade lower than 30 in Sunday’s game.

Before we turn our focus to Atlanta’s Week 2 matchup against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, let’s look at the team’s Week 1 PFF grades.

Offense

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Highest

Lowest

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

RB

Cordarrelle Patterson

74.8

TE

Hayden Hurst

51.5

C

Drew Dalman

69.4

TE

Lee Smith

48

FB

Keith Smith

67.1

RT

Kaleb McGary

46.9

RG

Chris Lindstrom

66.3

WR

Russell Gage

46.7

RG

Colby Gossett

65.9

LG

Jalen Mayfield

28.8

The first thing that jumps out is how bad Mayfield was (28.8 grade). His pass blocking really hurt the team as the Eagles got pressure up the middle with ease. The penalties also really hurt the Falcons' offensive line as a unit on Sunday. Drew Dalman, who went in for relief of Mayfield briefly, earned the team's second-highest grade. Dalman earned a pass-blocking grade of 73.1 and a run-blocking grade of 81.5. Cordarrelle Patterson comes away as Atlanta's highest-graded offensive player. As a running back, he was the team's leading rusher and was effective through the passing game as well. You hope to see Patterson included in the offense more in Week 2 against Tampa Bay.

Defense

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Highest

Lowest

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

CB

TJ Green

84.6

MLB

Deion Jones

49.7

DE

Jonathan Bullard

72

DT

Tyeler Davison

49.2

LOLB

Mykal Walker

66.3

ROLB

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

47.3

SS

Jaylinn Hawkins

64.9

FS

Richie Grant

29.4

CB

Fabian Moreau

61.5

DT

John Cominsky

24.8

Linebacker Mykal Walker was among the highest graders on the defensive side of the football. However, this comes with only six plays on defense. The same thing could be said for T.J. Green, who is the highest-graded Falcons player overall. With the linebacking core struggling in the passing game, Walker could have potentially been an upgrade in this area. Pass coverage was his best asset during his rookie season a year ago. Deion Jones, who was flying around the football and made some key stops, left a lot to be desired in his pass defense. He allowed a 100 percent completion rate, giving up seven catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.

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