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Cards Week 1 PFF Player Grades

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We can debate the veracity of the PFF grades—-for sure—-but I think they make for interesting evaluations and discussions. Please let me know if a weekly post of the player grades appeals to you—-or would you just as soon skip over these? Thanks, ROTB BirdGang!


Elite (Blue) grades: none

High Quality (Dark Green): RG J.R. Sweezy (75.6), TE Maxx Williams (75.2)

Above Average (Light Green): WR Larry Fitzgerald (68.0), LT D.J. Humphries (67.9)

Average (Light Orange): WR Christian Kirk (64.0), WR Damiere Byrd (61.9), David Johnson (61.8), RT Justin Murray (61.1), RB Chase Edmonds (60.8), LG Justin Pugh (60.0), C A.Q. Shipley (58.7), WR KeeSean Johnson (57.7), TE Charles Clay (55.1), QB Kyler Murray (53.4)

Below Average (Dark Orange): none

Poor (Red): none


Elite: none

High Quality: DE Terrell Suggs (81.0), DE Chandler Jones (80.8), DT Corey Peters (77.6), DE Cassius Marsh (69.6), FS Budda Baker (69.0)

Above Average: LB Jordan Hicks (65.5)

Average: CB Tramiane Brock (61.3), CB Chris Jones (60.3), CB Byron Murphy (56.8), LB Brooks Reed (56.4), DT Rodney Gunter (53.3), LB Haasan Reddick (52.8)

Below Average: SS D.J. Swearinger (47.8), DT Zach Allen (45.0), LB Joe Walker (43.5)

Poor: none

Special Teams:

Elite: LB Dennis Gardeck (90.7), GN Charles Washington (90.2), GN Trent Sherfield (87.7)

Above Average: S Deionte Thompson (69.8), S Jalen Thompson (69.4), K Zane Gonzalez (65.7), RB Chase Edmonds (64.9), P Andy Lee (63.7)

Average: LB Brooks Reed (62.3), KR Andy isabella (61.9), PR Christian Kirk (61.4), LB Joe Walker (60.9), DE Cassius Marsh (60.2), LB Zeke Turner (57.4), LS Aaron Brewer (51.1)


  • Elite to Above Average grades on STs, which is why they were in the Top 3 this week.
  • Above Average or Average grades for all of the linemen on both sides of the ball, except one.
  • Below Average grades from only 3 starters, one of which is a rookie.
  • No poor grades on any starter or key ST player.
  • The coaches deserve their fair share of credit for these respectable week 1 grades.