We’re at a new season and I thought it would be nice to share Pro Football Focus (PFF) results from Friday’s game. For those unaware, PFF has the most thorough analytics of football players. They provide a brief overview on how it works.
The most obvious and notable observations are Kenny Anunike scoring a +4.5 and Shaquil Barrett with a +3.5. My previous post mentioned both of these guys in the things I liked about the game. What pleasantly surprised me, however, was Gino Gradkowski’s rating at +2.6 and Chris Clark at +2.5. I criticized our second offensive line, but these two players are stand-outs. But, I still question their ability to play against first team defenders. We all remember how Chris Clark handled his position earlier last season rating at -6.7, and Gino Gradkowski’s -15.6 in 2013 has me worried. However, we need to take in account that they’re built for a zone-blocking scheme, which neither of them were in the last time they played. They may thrive in Denver’s new zone-blocking scheme.
Our starting offensive line LG Max Garcia (+1.7), C Matt Paradis (+1.6), RG Louis Vasquez (+1.4), and RT Ryan Harris (+0.8) all had a successful game. Rookie LT Ty Sambrailo barely missed the curve at -0.2.
There was one name that caught my eye that hasn’t been talked about: Ross Madison (FS #34). He had a rating of +2.2 with +1.5 in pass coverage. He’s behind both Darian Stewart and Omar Bolden in the depth chart, but it would be interesting to see how he fares against a second team offense.
Shane Ray rated at -1.1, which is disappointing because I thought he played rather well once he got in the groove. Other disappointments include RT Charles Sweeton (-1.8), SS Josh Furman (-1.2), NT Silvester Williams (-1.5), SLB Danny Mason (-1.5), OT Michael Schofield (-1.5), OG Shelley Smith (-1.6), and QB Zac Dysert (-1.7). I’ll also mention HB Juwan Thompson (-1.1), but I blame that score on the offensive line and the lack of a running lane. CJ Anderson received a -1.6, but he was battling the flu. I can’t see either Sweeton, Furman, or Mason making the 53-man roster. We’ll have to see how the Siemian (+0.6) and Dysert competition plays out throughout the preseason.