Steelers T Marcus Gilbert And G David DeCastro Receive Top Offensive Grades For Play Against Raiders

Before he went down with a right ankle injury in the third quarter, Pittsburgh Steelers right guard DavId DeCastro was on track to have another great game, according to the game rankings released Monday by Pro Football Focus.

DeCastro had the best run blocking grade of any of the Steelers offensive linemen in the loss to the Oakland Raiders and he finished as the second rated offensive player behind tackle Marcus Gilbert, who registered his best game grade of the 2013 season.

Gilbert was charged with only allowing one hurry in the game while DeCastro was charged with one hit on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Tackle Mike Adams, who played a little tight end before taking over at left tackle because of all of the injuries suffered on the offensive line during the game, finished with the third highest grade on offense even though he allowed three hurries.

As far as offensive players that didn’t grade out well, tackle Kelvin Beachum finished with the worst grade thanks to him allowing two sacks, five hurries and two quarterback hits in the game. Also grading out poorly was fellow offensive lineman Guy Whimper, who left the game with a knee injury early in the third quarter after he had took over for the injured Ramon Foster.

Tight ends David Paulson and Heath Miller also received grades in the red from PFF and it was mostly because of their blocking, or lack thereof.

  • Douglas Andrews

    This is my problem with pinning my hopes on K Beachum. He’s a former 7th round draft pick that can play multiple positions on the line but when we ask him to be a starter I think this is what happens. Beach is a wonderful swing guy who can fill in for an injury but starter…eh I think that’s asking him to do something he’s not capable of. As far as Adams I hope this is a sign of some better play.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I think what happens is the defense game plans against whoever is starting on the OL so they go after a guys weaknesses where I do not think the guys who are not starting could come in and do well because they have no scheme on them. This is why Adams came in and did well because they were not looking at him on film.

  • Steve

    Winpers legs when he hurt his knee did not look good. His one leg went forward and his other knee buckled under him.

  • Bob Graff

    we are 3 scores down and someone is giving good grades to lineman who aren’t blocking????????? PLEASE RUN THAT B.S. SOMEWHERE ELSE. What did we have 2 yards rushing. They stunk!!!!!!!!

  • Douglas Andrews

    As much as Adams lined up as the extra TE in the Ravens game i’m sure they schemed for him because they had to know they would see that formation during the game.

  • Mike.H

    My X’mas wish list 2014 for the Steelers: one stud player in each round’s draft to potentially for the AGING and UNDERPERFORMING bodies on the roster. Sorry…

  • steeltown

    We need to draft OT and TE early in this next draft, between Pouncey, Velasco, DeCastro, Foster and Embernate we have solid interior depth (when healthy) what we need is a stud OT… and of course even with Spaeth on roster we need a young stud TE to learn from Miller

  • Shannon Stephenson

    you maybe right. was just throwing something out there. a guy who has played in the NFL could tell us.