Packers PFF grades: Best, worst players from preseason opener vs. 49ers – Packers Wire

Packers PFF grades: Best, worst players from preseason opener vs. 49ers - Packers Wire

The Green Bay Packers gave up a late touchdown and lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the preseason opener on Friday night. Results this year don’t really matter. The process does, especially for players fighting for roster spots.

Based on grades from Pro Football Focus, here are the best and worst performers from the Packers’ preseason-opening loss to the 49ers:

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Top 5 offense

1. C Josh Myers: 92.2
2. OT Zach Tom: 80.2
3. OT Caleb Jones: 76.5
4. WR Danny Davis: 73.3
5. OL Sean Rhyan: 72.2

Overall, the offensive line played extremely well. Seven of the offense’s top 11 characters were offensive linemen, including Myers, who was terrific under center over 36 first-half snaps. The line was charged with giving up only four total pressures. Tom’s performance should mean more first-team snaps. Davis, Juwann Winfree, Romeo Doubs and Samori Toure all earned strong grades at receiver.

Top 5 defense

1. LB Isaiah McDuffie: 75.2
2. DL TJ Slaton: 73.9
3. CB Keisean Nixon: 73.4
4. CB Shemar Jean-Charles: 72.5
5. LB Ellis Brooks: 71.7

Not so many standouts on defense, though McDuffie had two stops and zero missed tackles, Slaton produced two pressures and Nixon and Jean-Charles had solid coverage classes.

Bottom 5 offense

1. TE Tyler Davis: 30.8
2. RB Patrick Taylor: 38.8
3. RB Dexter Williams: 50.8
4. WR Ishmael Himan: 54.1
5. TE Salt Cinnamon: 54.7

Davis missed two run blocks and had a drop resulting in an interception. Ouch. This was a performance that will shake up his safety on the 53-man roster. The same goes for Taylor, who fell behind Tyler Goodson on the depth chart.

Bottom 5 defense

1. LB Ray Wilborn: 26.1
2. DL Chris Slayton: 30.3
3. DL Jonathan Ford: 30.9
4. CB Rico Gafford: 37.3
5. DL Akial Byers: 39.7

Slaton and Jack Heflin graduated well, but their competition along the defensive line struggled, per PFF. Run defense was a big topic across the board. Gafford was charged with giving up a 39-yard touchdown pass to Ray-Ray McCloud.


Jordan Love: 58.0
Danny Etling: 65.1

Love produced one great throw but only one turnover-worthy play and was plagued with four total drops. He still didn’t throw accurately enough and didn’t play particularly well from clean pockets. Love handled the blitz well, completing 3-of-4 passes, including the long touchdown to Romeo Doubs. Like Love, Etling’s best game came against the blitz when he hit BJ Baylor for a 68-yard gain.

Special teams

Six players played at least 10 special teams snaps: Isaiah McDuffie, Ray Wilborn, Dallin Leavitt, Vernon Scott, Shemar Jean-Charles and Rico Gafford. Kiondre Thomas had two tackles and the best overall grade on special teams. Amari Rodgers earned a solid total return grade.

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