PFF: Cordarrelle Patterson, Marlon Davidson earn elite grades

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As close as Sunday’s NFC South matchup between the Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers felt at halftime, the game wasn’t nearly as competitive in the second half.

The Falcons’ offense struggled to move the ball and if not for a pick-six by Marlon Davidson, the Buccaneers would’ve went into the half with a 10-point lead. Those seven points on the interception return were the last Atlanta would score, losing 30-17 to Tampa Bay and falling to 5-7 on the season.

Let’s check out the team’s Pro Football Focus grades from Week 13.

Offense

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Highest (Week 13)

Lowest (Week 13)

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

RG

Chris Lindstrom

86.6

TE

Parker Hesse

53.1

C

Matt Hennessy

79.1

FB

Keith Smith

52.1

RT

Kaleb McGary

75.2

C

Drew Dalman

47.9

WR

Russell Gage

72.9

TE

Lee SMith

46.5

WR

Olamide Zaccheaus

71.1

WR

Tajae Sharpe

44.7

In back to back weeks, right tackle Kaleb McGary found himself as one of the team’s five highest-graded players on offense. McGary has been taking a bit of criticism lately and many are already labeling him as a first-round bust. He generally excels in the running game, but his pass protection still needs work. The last time McGary faced off against Carolina, it was his highest grade for pass protection (71.0), which the Falcons will need during this weekend’s rematch.

On the other side, Drew Dalman gave Arthur Smith every reason stop his center rotation with Matt Hennessy. Dalman had two fumbled snaps and continuously got overpowered. It wasn’t a great showing for the rookie from Stanford.

* 100 snap minimum modifier

* Highest (Season)

Lowest (Season)

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

HB

Cordarrelle Patterson (332)

90.7

RT

Mike Davis (456)

57.1

RG

Chris Lindstrom (759)

83.1

TE

Jalen Mayfield (766)

51.3

QB

Matt Ryan (745)

76.5

LG

Hayden Hurst (308)

48.1

TE

Kyle Pitts (588)

76.4

QB

Feleipe Franks (13)

27.0

C

Matt Hennessy (713)

69.5

QB

Josh Rosen (26)

24.1

Notables: WR Russell Gage (10th – 67.5), WR Calvin Ridley (14th – 64.2), RT Kaleb McGary (16th – 61.1)

Defense

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Highest (Week 13)

Lowest (Week 13)

Pos

Player

Grade

Pos

Player

Grade

DT

Marlon Davidson

90.1

S

Jaylinn Hawkins

48.9

S

Erik Harris

69.7

CB

Richie Grant

46.7

MLB

Foye Oluokun

67.9

S

Duron Harmon

44.6

MLB

Mykal Walker

67.6

MLB

Deion Jones

41.4

CB

Avery Williams

65.9

EDGE

Ade Ogundeji

40.0

Don’t get it twisted, Marlon Davidson’s 90.1 PFF grade is solely based on the fact he sniffed out a screen pass and took it back for a touchdown before the half. Those were the final points the Falcons would score for the rest of the game. Other than that, he didn’t have a huge impact and finished with zero tackles or assists.

Linebacker Deion Jones returned from a shoulder injury in Week 13, but his 41.4 defensive rating was the second-lowest on the team. That $20 million cap hit he’s owed next season isn’t looking great at the moment for the Falcons.

* 100 snap minimum modifier

* Highest (Season)

Lowest (Season)

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

Pos

Player (Total Snaps)

Grade

CB

A.J. Terrell (689)

83.4

MLB

Steven Means (445)

47.4

CB

Isaiah Oliver (161/OFS)

72.6

CB

Avery Williams (121)

46.2

S

Jaylinn Hawkins (279)

70.2

MLB

Deion jones (741)

41.9

DT

Grady Jarrett (612)

69.8

DT

Ta’Quon Graham (161)

33.7

OLB

Dante Fowler (358)

63.8

DT

John Cominsky (2)

24.8

Notables: MLB Mykal Walker (15th – 56.2), OLB Ade Ogundeji (18th – 54.5), MLB Foye Oluokun (27th – 47.6)

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