Steelers Cameron Heyward, Mike Adams Receive Top Grades From PFF In Loss To Dolphins

In the loss Sunday to the Miami Dolphins, Mike Adams started at left tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers for the first time since his benching earlier in the season. According to Pro Football Focus, Adams graded out as not only the best Steelers offensive lineman, but the best player on offense with a 3.2 rating.

Don’t be surprised if Adams has his score changed as the week goes on, as I believe they may have missed another hurry or two. In addition, while going through the tape a few times already, it was obvious that Adams was given help on several snaps. While his score looks good, I still don’t have confidence in him right now as a starter.

Also grading out well on offense were quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (3.1) and guard Ramon Foster (2.7). As far as players not grading out well on offense, tight end Heath Miller (-1.8) and center Cody Wallace (-4.2), who gave up one and a half sacks and had two penalties in the game.

On the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers, defensive end Cameron Heyward (3.1), cornerback William Gay (1.4) and linebacker Jason Worilds (1.3) were the top three players and that’s not surprising one bit. At the bottom of the grades are safety Ryan Clark (-1.2) and linebacker Lawrence Timmons (-1.9).

Safety Troy Polamalu received a grade of .9, but that is probably mostly because of his pick-6. Polamalu only registered one tackle in the game to go along with three missed tackles of which two were crucial.

PFF often adjust their ratings after going through the tape a few times, so be advised.

  • CrazyTerry

    PFF’s ratings are becoming increasingly suspect when they fail to take into account game situations when grading a player.

  • 20Stoney

    I didn’t “notice” Adams much. With help or not, I think that has to be somewhat of a positive.

    Heyward is a beast. He really hustles too. I was afraid he couldn’t keep that up when his snaps increased, but he has.

  • Ken

    Heyward must have some strong hands. He was throwing people down like rag dolls. Our linebackers and safetys getting out of position all year long is the reason we will not be in the playoffs… It happens a lot in our defensive scheme

  • Brandon James

    PFF has a great system, and thats exactly that its a system. Game situations does not effect whatever their system is.

  • BurgherinMD

    I noticed that. Several times he picked people up off their feet and slammed them as he was afraid to let them go in the slippery conditions. Sadly, I kept fearing a flag considering the new era.

  • steeltown

    Well all things considered (Wallace and Adams starting) I think the OLine and the Offense overall played well. In the end it was the Defense that couldn’t contain Tannehill, Daniel Thomas and Charles Clay. Don’t get me wrong, Heyward and Worilds and few others played a great game but overall the Defense as a whole missed some tackles and assignments.

    Watching Ike Taylor struggle to chase down Tannehill was very discouraging, I know I know the weather conditions were not favorable, but he used to be pretty damn fast… that is fading quickly

  • Elijah Stevenson

    Man people are focused on how one individual perform instead of the wins and losses that’s why I hate fantasy football


    I’ve said for a while it was too early to give up on Adams as the LT…this certainly doesn’t cement anything, but looking at many of these recent top 10 OT picks playing RT around the league tells me only the true special players line up @ LT from day one and succeed.

    No to OT in the 1st…I’m hoping the 1st pick is a big WR (Evans or Robinson) or one of the 2 hybrid TEs (Amaro or Ebron)…Hageman 1st/Robinson 2nd would be great.