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Cameron Heyward And Kelvin Beachum Earn Top Grades From PFF In Steelers Win Over Lions


The game grades from Pro Football Focus are in and leading the way on defense this week for the Pittsburgh Steelers are defensive end Cameron Heyward (3.3), cornerback Cortez Allen (2.9) and linebacker Jason Worilds (2.2) for their play Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

Worilds good score is a result of him providing pressure on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford all game. He finished with a sack and four quarterback hits and was credited with seven stops as he filled in admirably on the left side for LaMarr Woodley, who sat out the game with an injured calf.

Heyward's inclusion as the top defensive player is mostly a result of his play against the run, while Allen only gave up one reception in the four times that he was targeted.

Surprisingly, PFF has safety Troy Polamalu (-4.4) as their lowest graded Steelers defensive player on Sunday. Polamalu played nearly all of his snaps within 7 yards of the line of scrimmage and barely scratched the stat sheet.

Offensively for the Steelers tackles Kelvin Beachum (2.1) and Marcus Gilbert (1.6) received the best game grades and it was mostly for their pass blocking. On the other end of the spectrum are guards David DeCastro (-3.1) and Guy Whimper (-3.1). DeCastro allowed five hurries in the game and wasn't as strong in the running game in the second half as he was in the first quarter. As for Whimper, his two penalties and sack allowed certainly didn't help his cause.

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  • mem359

    Interesting about DeCastro getting such a low score.

    The “Brown is Digest PoW” article on the Steeler’s web site pointed out that DeCastro was seriously considered for that honor, because it is “…unusual for Ndamukong Suh to go an entire game without marking, i.e., no tackles, no assists, no sacks, no pressures, and DeCastro was handling him one-on-one for most of the game…”

  • Eric

    Agreed. I thought DDC did a good job of making Suh a non-factor, injury or not. Not at all surprised about Whimper. He Abdullad the butchered our pass defense and got caught holding twice. Today is the type of play that everyone expected when we gasped after hearing he was picked up in the off season.

  • CrazyTerry

    Why surprised Troy was so low rated? He has been a joke this year. He is lucky he hasn’t gotten Ed Reefd’s fate. If Steelers wanted Harrison to take a cut, why didnt they ask Troy? Troy has been a joke in pass coverage all year and has been inconsistent in run coverage even if he had some nice flashy moves thi year.

  • Dom

    Some people don’t realize just how lucky we are as Steelers fans.

  • steeltown

    2nd that

  • WilliamSekinger

    PFF stats do a poor job when considering the strength of the opponent. For Decastro to go against Suh and hold him off the stat sheet is a huge win for Decastro.

  • srdan

    3rd that

  • RMSteeler

    Since the Steelers got some Safety help, it seems to me that Troy has bulked up to play rover linebacker, with mostly run support help. I don’t see every game, so it stunned me to see how big he is now. It’s like they are using him like they wanted to use Sean Spence. Troy’s weight gain to help against bigger players makes him really look slow when he actually plays back at Safety, reference the Patriots game.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    I think it’s clear troy is not a good LB I would put him back a safety because he’s mute effective. Just make him loose some weight.

  • 20Stoney

    He does a good job of taking on blockers and setting the edge in the run game, but he makes a whole lot of money to just be doing that.

  • Brandon James

    Yes agreed, as much as PFF is probably the best reference when it comes to stats, and rankings…as he said it takes 0 account for the player who is causing such rankings. He played a great game

  • Arthur Branch

    Five hurries might be holding Suh of the stat sheet but I am sure been saw him coming.

  • joed32

    Harrison was a free agent and Troy still has a contract.

  • CrazyTerry

    Harrison wasnt a free agent. They cut him

  • CrazyTerry

    yeah the blind worship of all things Steelers.

  • CrazyTerry

    Yet, he still got blocked easily on the Pryor TD run. Let’s face it. He is getting paid big money not to thrill us with a couple of splashy looking moves that no longer generate turnovers.

  • Bob Graff

    Good game overall for the Steelers. We still can’t run the ball but Ben working a no huddle offense makes sense. I know i have been pretty critical and for good reason. But if they can keep the game away from Haley and let Ben do his thing we might have a chance. He’s the best thing we have going right now. Don’t screw it up and act like Haley is the answer or we will fall flat on our face.

  • Riverstko

    K, thats why harrison aint doing nothing not on highlights like he use to be. He wasnt worth it.

  • Riverstko

    Now Will Allen is playing in Troy’s old spot and he is doing a good job. I like Troy Roaming. They’ve been playing with 3 safeties 2 deep.

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Yeah my inky point is troy would love to join allen and Clark in order to have three deep safeties in the back so we can triple cover. I think Clark needs troys help because he keeps getting blown out because Clark should’ve been there to cover ike against cj in that TD

  • joed32

    He was at the point where they could cut him without carrying a ton of dead money that would count against the cap whether he was here or not. Not exactly a binding contract. They offered him a fair deal and he turned it down then he got less from the Bengals when he eventually signed. He’s not even a starter for them.

  • Callentown

    Hey is it just me, or is Cam Heyward starting to have an Aaron Smith kind of feel to his play?

  • Fr33th1nk3r

    For real. Stats do not ever tell the whole story.
    Ndumakong Suh is a rare elite at his position. For him to be as invisible as he was all game is a huge credit to DeCastro, who basically owned him all game.
    As fans, we may be disappointed in our overall record, but we have to like what we are seeing from some of the new blood on the team. Heyward has been an absolute beast and should not have taken 3 years to crack the starting lineup. DeCastro is starting to really come into form, and it looks like we are set at RB if we can improve the run blocking.

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