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September 25, 2014 at 2:56 PM

Reviewing the Pro Football Focus grades of the Seahawk players after three weeks

Here’s our weekly look at what Pro Football Focus has to say about some of the Seahawks’ key players.

It’s worth reiterating that PFF is just one independent entity with its own grading system. But it is regarded as one of the more respected sites out there analyzing the NFL and as such I think their grades are worth passing along as a good guide to what independent observers are seeing in Seattle players.

These are season grades and rankings through the first three games:

QUARTERBACK: Russell Wilson is rated 26th out of 35, which no doubt seems low given that he leads the NFL in passer rating at 108.9. But PFF has given Wilson a minus-grade in passing for each game so far, essentially judging that he has not been as accurate with throws as needed at times. Also interesting is that PFF has Wilson with eight passes thrown away, more than  any QB in the NFL. Wilson  is 60-87 for the season, exactly 69 percent (and for what it’s worth, Jake Locker is the lowest-rated QB with a minus-10.7 passing grade).

RUNNING BACK: Marshawn Lynch is judged to be the No. 1 tailback due largely to having forced an NFL-high 17 missed tackles. Derrick Coleman is rated fifth out of 31 fullbacks.

RECEIVER: Out of 111 receivers with enough snaps to be rated, Percy Harvin is 22nd, Doug Baldwin 64th and Jermaine Kearse 83rd (and interestingly, former Seahawk Golden Tate is 90th).

TIGHT END: Luke Willson is 45th and Zach Miller 49th, the latter still  with a minus-penalty rating for the three penalties he was called for against the Chargers.

OFFENSIVE LINE: Max Unger is eighth out of 33 centers, while James Carpenter is 14th and J.R, Sweezy 52nd out of 70 guards, and Russell Okung 37th and Justin Britt 47th out of 68 tackles. Britt has seen his grade fall markedly the past two weeks — he had a plus-2.9 grade for the opener against Green Bay but minus-4.4 against the Broncos.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Cliff Avril is fourth out of 56 4-3 defensive ends, Michael Bennett sixth, Bruce Irvin 19th, Cassius Marsh 24th and O’Brien Schofield 26th. Avril has the most QB hurries in the NFL with 12 and Bennett isn’t far behind with nine (and recall Bennett spends some time playing inside, as well). Schofield is rated where he is in part due to a minus-1.1 run defense rating. At tackle, Tony McDaniel is 33rd out of 73, with Kevin Williams 35th, Jordan Hill 55th and Brandon Mebane 65th. Mebane has a minus-2.4 rating against the run.

LINEBACKER: Bobby Wagner is the No. 2 rated middle linebacker out of 61, due largely to a plus-4.0 rating against the run that ranks first. K.J. Wright is 20th and Malcolm Smith 27th out of 29 OLBs. Each still ranks at the bottom of the pass defense ratings, Smith at minus-5.2 and Wright at minus-5.3.

SAFETY: Earl Thomas is second among all safeties behind only San Diego’s Eric Weddle due to a plus-4.5 pass cover rating that is first. Kam Chancellor is 18th, rising big in the ratings after a plus-4.2 grade for the Denver game that followed minus-ratings for each of the first two games.

CORNERBACK: Richard Sherman is 24th of 96 cornerbacks listed as having given up five receptions on 11 targets for 66 yards; Marcus Burley is 28th (12 receptions on 17 targets); and Byron Maxwell is 63rd with 25 targets (tied for the third-most) and 20 receptions against, which is the most.

PUNTER: Jon Ryan is first and is listed as having an average hang time of 5.43 seconds, which is second.

KICKER: Steven Hauschka is 25th after missing a 46-yarder last week.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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