Steelers fans know who they believe are having great seasons on the offense, but what does Pro Football Focus have to say about it?
Although last week would have been ideal in looking at the top players on the Pittsburgh Steelers based on their overall score by Pro Football Focus, much like peoples opinion of their rankings their website was a little sketchy last week. Now that our subscription has been properly implemented again and all the information is available, here are the top five graded players on offense for the Pittsburgh Steelers based on their overall score.
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: 61st of 125
Run Blocking: 70.0
The second year wide receiver has officially missed only one game this season, but was injured early in two other games. Even after missing time, Johnson has 426 receiving yards and four touchdowns so far in 2020. His yards per reception of 11.5 matches that of his rookie year and he is only one touchdown away from matching last seasons total.
Position Rank: 44th of 125
Run Blocking: 55.3
The veteran in the Steelers wide receiver room, Smith-Schuster is only turning 24 this Sunday. Although not always putting up massive yards as he is yet to eclipse the century mark in 2020, Smith-Schuster makes the tough catches and the combat yards necessary for this offense. Add in his rapport with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Smith-Schuster is having a strong season with 516 receiving yards and five touchdowns through nine games.
T-2. Chase Claypool
Position Rank: 36th of 125
Run Blocking: 57.4
The rookie wide receiver has come onto the scene in Pittsburgh so much faster than many expected in 2020 with all of the Covid restrictions. Add an even 500 yards receiving through nine games along with seven receiving touchdowns and two more rushing, Claypool was the top ranked receiver in the NFL early in the season. As his snaps have increased, so is the reality that there is a learning curve in the NFL. But Chase Claypool seems to be staying ahead of it and is having a fantastic rookie campaign.
T-2. Ben Roethlisberger
Position Rank: 19th of 37
Run Blocking: 60.0
He is the straw that stirs the Steelers drink. While Roethlisberger often gets his contributions downplayed as many wants to look at the few mistakes rather than the numerous excellent plays he makes, he is putting himself into the MVP race in the NFL by leading the Steelers to a 9-0 record. With 22 touchdown passes to only four interceptions, Roethlisberger is leading Steelers offense to victory week in and week out.
Position Rank: 30th of 77
Pass Blocking: 78.7
Run Blocking: 61.2
This is probably something Steelers’ fans are going to argue. But when looking at the blocking, particularly pass blocking, Villanueva has put in a solid season so far in 2020. Much like anything with an offensive lineman, when a play where they lose the battle occurs, sometimes it looks very bad. But for Big Al, the good has outnumbered the bad as he is ranked 15th in the NFL among tackles when it comes to pass blocking.
So there are the top five graded offensive players 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 and check back in tomorrow for the top rated defensive players on the Steelers.