Steelers Chris Hubbard, Shamarko Thomas Receive Top Marks From Pro Football Focus

After a poor showing in the first preseason game last week against the New York Giants, Pittsburgh Steelers backup left guard Chris Hubbard rebounded in the win over the Buffalo Bills Saturday night, according to Pro Football Focus.

Hubbard was the highest rated offensive player (1.3) for the Steelers Saturday night as he edged out quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (1.1), who threw two touchdown passes in the 17 snaps that he played.

Not surprisingly, third-string quarterback Landry Jones received PFF’s lowest offensive grade with his 2-of-5 passing performance that included one interception and a lost fumble.

Defensively for the Steelers, safety Shamarko Thomas (2.4) led the way in the eyes of PFF. Thomas was the second-string strong safety against the Bills with Will Allen sidelined by a hamstring injury.

Rookie nose tackle Daniel McCullers (-3.1) didn’t impress PFF in the 26 snaps that he played Saturday night against the Bills as he is currently listed as their lowest rated Steelers defensive player for the game. McCullers entered the game ahead of Hebron Fangupo Saturday night but failed to register a tackle or pressure during the contest. He was credited with a missed tackle in the game.

Cornerbacks Cortez Allen (-2.9) and Antwon Blake (-2.6) also both had rough nights, according to the player evaluation web site.

Be on the lookout for a complete breakdown of the game Monday by our very own Alex Kozora.

  • Jason

    I’ve become increasingly skeptical of how pff comes up with these ratings. Ben couldn’t have played much better. I’m not sure if the 1.1 is indicative of great play or not but my eyes day yes.

  • Steelers12328882

    Wow -3.1 rating for McCullers. Maybe that will quiet down the people calling for McLendon’s head.

  • frednash

    I agree

    Big Dan was consistently doubled or tripled teamed!
    That doesn’t show up in pff numbers
    Casey probably didn’t grade out well either!

  • Iron Cadet

    I am a little worried about Cortez being the future number 1 corner. Gay has looked better

  • sweetleb

    um that is why they should try big dan at o-tackle.

  • James Wilson

    McCullers isn’t supposed to make tackles.

  • James Wilson

    The NT is supposed to take up blockers, not make tackles.

  • Rob H

    I always read the articles where you post the PFF numbers, just to see new examples of how flawed they are. This week in particular has a lot of them.

  • Crowned

    If anyone takes PFF ratings serious, they don’t deserve to have an opinion on anything.

  • Jacque Strappe

    PFF must be fans of the 4-3, not the 3-4.

  • keth Naab

    PFF’s rating system is critically flawed. They are marginally trustworthy for some of their unique stats. They’re ratings are so frequently a joke. They are completely clueless when it comes to a 2-gap defensive line

  • Steelers12328882

    They’re certainly not the tell all, but Dave uses them all the time and I trust his opinion.

  • Steelers12328882

    I agree. Blake was pretty bad too.

  • Steelers12328882

    He’s not supposed to miss them either.

  • LgFriess

    PFF, what a worthless rating system.

  • Big White

    Me love some Gayness.

  • Hampwood

    Can you PFF haters grow a brain? Dale you have to be more thorough when posting grading from PFF because when not it lets idiots like these make themselves look bad. Roethlisberger was given his grade based on 11 drop backs, no reason to include snaps when all he’s doing is handing the ball off obviously there’s nothing to grade on. Hubbard on the other hand has 37 total snaps to be graded on. Do the math people, Ben played a lot better based on the ratio of snaps played!

  • Hampwood

    p.s. There are probably more people who see quality in what PFF does as opposed to all of these people who speak out against them and probably still think that the world is flat. Nothing wrong with advancing people. Learn about something before you blindly knock it.

  • Hampwood

    A football player is supposed to make an impact period. You guys need to get over this disillusion that Steelers NT’s get double teamed each play, Not even close. McCullers missing that tackle had nothing to do with us being in a 4-3 or a 3-4. J.J. Watt gets the best grades on their website and he’s in a 3-4 so no, I don’t think they’re biased towards a certain scheme. McCullers played good last game and not so much this game. It happens. Knee jerk reactions man…

  • Jason

    Relax man. Unless you work for pff there’s no reason for you to take it so personal that you feel the need to question people’s intelligence just because you don’t agree with them. I think it’s just hard for some to be on board with pff grading system because it’s difficult to understand at best. There are a lot of intelligent fans on this site, some maybe even as smart as you, so remember that before you insult them for something as trivial as disagreeing with a Web sites opinion. Good day and go Steelers.

  • Hampwood

    Done being relaxed dude. Been reading about people knocking that website for years now. I’m criticizing the trolls saying “PFF, what a worthless rating system.” Now if someone has something with any merit to their comment for example explaining how they watched the players and felt that the grading was BS then fine. But that clearly hasn’t been the case.

  • Hampwood

    1.1 is really good considering it came in only 11 drop backs to be graded on. Let’s say he drops back 33 times a game (which is close to average) for all 16 games that total is about 53. Peyton Manning finished with their highest grading last season with a 47.

  • Hampwood

    Imo it’s just a matter of time before the NFL has to update their stats system with PFF making them look so lazy. Only counting tackles, sacks and judging lineman based on word of mouth is really outdated. Time for them to start including hits, hurries and pass blocking efficiency for example. Rotoworld uses PFF as a reference. Yahoo uses their player rankings for fantasy football. Even tho I can’t prove it I know for a fact that madden uses their player grading for the game’s player stats and weekly updates. Lol even Player’s agents are bringing up PFF grading in contract negotiations.

  • Jason

    I’m certainly not saying your comments aren’t accurate as you clearly know the game but maybe the way you put things come off more insulting than insightful at times

  • Hampwood

    I just don’t like trolls Jason, I’m not afraid of insulting them either. Maybe it’ll get them to elaborate further than them saying how they just don’t like PFF for no reason. Then we could get down to business and have an actual argument where I won’t have to Insult them to provoke an detailed response. But yeah they’re still Steelers fans and I am extra fiery because, well it’s easy to be on the internet. Maybe I’m a troll, wait, no, It can’t be. Screw trolls. Go Steelers.

  • Rob H

    You are the worst kind of idiot, one that actually thinks that they are smart. It would take far more time than you are worth to explain all of the variables involved in the game of football that make most of the metrics PFF uses worthless. Besides, you lost what little credibility you had when you used Madden as a reference.

  • Hampwood

    Fish on the hook. No douche, please give us an example of how flawed they are? clearly you’ve got a ton based on your detailed insight from comments such as “I always read the articles where you post the PFF numbers, just to see new examples of how flawed they are. This week in particular has a lot of them.” That’s a whole lot of examples you imply that you have, go ahead, enlighten us.

  • Jacque Strappe

    I made the comment in jest, but heck I’ll play along. I don’t know what you’ve been watching Hampwood, but we have plugged a DE in at NT and he plays the position exactly the same. This defense has had Big Snack in there for a decade eating up space, not penetrating, getting his shoulders turned and causing running lanes that McLendon has done time and again. He is able on passing downs however to generate some pressure from the middle collapsing the pocket, but his inability to cause a pile of bodies in the middle of that defense is a liability. Oh, and for the record, how many snaps is it before it becomes knee jerk? McCullers is a space eater. His missed tackle, while it may have been a fail for PFF, still disrupted the play and it resulted in little to no gain. In this defense you do your job, not “make and impact”. Doing your job in Lebeau’s scheme is making an impact.

  • Hampwood

    Some good points but I promise you no one on that sideline, coaches included, are saying “great job you slowed the running back down by whiffing on that tackle” there were even references that john Mitchell was giving him an ear full from the sidelines.

  • Jacque Strappe

    So you’re ready to harangue the kid on a missed tackle? Sheesh, better call Shazier on the carpet for that gawd-awful angle on a 3rd and 27 that nearly converted then.
    My only point is that the play of interior linemen on both sides of the ball is way too subjective for it to be qualitatively analyzed.