Matt Ryan, James Vaughters earn Falcons’ highest PFF grades

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Next weekend, the Atlanta Falcons will have the chance to win their second straight game and have their first winning record of the season when they take on the Dallas Cowboys. This game will feature numerous familiar faces for Falcons fans, including Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee and former head coach Dan Quinn.

However, before we turn our attention to next weekend’s matchup in Dallas, let’s check out the best and worst of Atlanta’s Pro Football Focus grades from Week 9, and for the season overall.

Offense

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Highest (Week 9)

Lowest (Week 9)

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

QB

Matt Ryan

84.4

WR

Tajae Sharpe

54.5

HB

Cordarrelle Patterson

82.6

FB

Keith Smith

53.9

WR

Olamide Zaccheaus

78.9

RT

Jason Spriggs

53.5

LT

Jake Matthews

75.9

QB

Feleipe Franks

46.1

RT

Kaleb McGary

72.2

HB

Mike Davis

32.9

Rightfully so, Matt Ryan and Cordarrelle Patterson come away as the team’s top graders on offense. Both were instrumental in getting the win, especially on the final drive of the game. Additionally, Olamide Zaccheaus steps up in Calvin Ridley’s absence by grading out in the top five for back-to-back weeks.

On the other end, it’s disappointing to see Mike Davis playing as poorly as he is. While Davis was never going to be a player who brought flash or sizzle on his carries, but his ground and pound running style was hopefully going to be an effective counter to Patterson’s quick burst. However, with the game in his hands, Davis became careless with the ball and fumbled. Atlanta recovered it, but it was enough to enrage everyone watching. During the first four games, Mike Davis graded out at an average of 65.9. Over the past four games, Davis has since averaged a grade of 48.7.

Highest (Season)

Lowest (Season)

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

HB

Cordarrelle Patterson (254)

90.2

TE

Parker Hesse (10)

55.4

QB

Matt Ryan (526)

85.4

QB

Josh Rosen (8)

50.4

RG

Chris Lindstrom (532)

7834

TE

Hayden Hurst (285)

47.9

TE

Kyle Pitts (397)

78.2

QB

Feleipe Franks (11)

45.2

C

Drew Dalman (9)

69.4

LG

Jalen Mayfield (527)

42.4

Notables: LT Jake Matthews (8th – 67.8), WR Calvin Ridley (12th – 64.2), HB Mike Davis (19th – 56.7)

Defense

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Highest (Week 9)

Lowest (Week 9)

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

OLB

James Vaughters

85.4

DT

Grady Jarrett

50.0

CB

AJ Terrell

77.6

OLB

Steven Means

46.5

S

Jaylinn Hawkins

74.7

OLB

Ade Ogundeji

43.0

CB

Avery Williams

65.6

S

Erik Harris

37.8

DT

Tyeler Davison

65.5

MLB

Foye Oluokun

29.3

Not only was James Vaughters the highest-graded defender, but he earned the team’s highest overall grade this week. His biggest impact play was a strip-sack on Trevor Siemian, which was returned by Steven Means to the Saints’ five-yard line. His run defense could be better, but his production was more than enough, especially given that he is a rotational practice squad player. Jaylinn Hawkins and A.J. Terrell continue to show consistency in the passing game.

Despite what the numbers say statistically about Foye Oluokun, he grades near the bottom of the Falcons’ defense as a whole. Erik Harris and Grady Jarrett are two players who graded uncharacteristically low. Both earned ratings of 50 or below, with Harris being the lowest of the two at 37.8. This is mainly for letting up 98 yards on nine attempts.

Highest (Season)

Lowest (Season)

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

CB

A.J. Terrell (435)

81.5

ED

Richie Grant (95)

46.2

OLB

James Vaughters (67)

78.5

OLB

Steven Means (402)

45.4

S

Jaylinn Hawkins (253)

76.3

CB

Foye Oluokun (550)

42.9

CB

Isaiah Oliver (161/OFS)

72.6

DT

Ta’Quon Graham (92)

43.8

OLB

Dante Fowler (217)

69.9

DT

John Cominsky (2)

24.8

Notables: MLB Mykal Walker (7th – 62.5), S Erik Harris (8th – 60.8), MLB Deion Jones (12th – 57.4)

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