There is limited information when it comes to grading special according to Pro Football Focus.
After looking at the top five players on the Pittsburgh Steelers when it comes to their overall scores by Pro Football Focus both on offense and defense, it is only fair to attempt to look at the third aspect of NFL personnel units. Unfortunately, when it comes to special teams, scores from PFF are quite lacking. There are no scores for long snappers or other players on special teams outside of the kickers. So if kickers are all we’ve got, kickers are what we will look at.
As I’ve said just about every time I’ve mentioned PFF in an article, it is up to you exactly how you feel about their grading system. Sometimes they are spot on and sometimes they are way off. But rather than get into the debate, I will present you the information and let you decide for yourself.
Position Rank: 17th of 30
First of all, it is interesting that PFF only has 30 punters listed. For some reason they do not have a punter from three different teams which are the Cleveland Browns, Carolina Panthers, and Los Angeles Chargers. How they get to the number 30 is they still have Dustin Colquitt listed with the Steelers who comes in ranked 23rd with a score of 61.0 in his five games. As for Berry, his rank is slightly lower than where it possibly should be as he is currently ranked 13th in yards per punt in 2020 with 47.42 yards. Of course, this has been only in four games with the Steelers in 2020 as he was not added to the roster until Week 6. Berry’s yards per punt is 4.37 yards greater than Colquitt who he replaced and is his own personal best average in a season so far in his career by almost 2 yards.
Field Goals/PATs: 69.2
Position Rank: N/A of N/A
Yet again, another explanation is needed before getting into Boswell‘s performance. For some reason, PFF has no kickers meeting the minimum snap requirement in order to officially rank them. But in looking at the scores, Boswell is 16th of 40 players who have a scored in the Field Goal/PAT category. As for kickoff‘s, Boswell is 23rd of 36 players who have a score.
On the season, Boswell has yet to miss a field goal but he has missed three extra points in 2020. Two of those misses were due to his own kicking and the third was where the kick was blocked. As for how PFF grades kickoff‘s, I really have no idea as it seems Boswell is doing what he has asked with each kickoff by either putting it in the end zone or leaving it just short in order to force a return.
So there are the scores for the two kicking positions on the Pittsburgh Steelers according to Pro Football Focus. Do you feel the rankings are accurate? Which player is ranked too high or not high enough? Make sure you leave your thoughts in the comments below