Each week, Pro Football Focus evaluates and grades every NFL player’s individual performance. The database completes the grades by writing up the best player at each position.
For Week 6, Drew Brees’ 465 yards on a 69.4 percent completion rate topped all quarterbacks. Ezekiel Elliot’s 157 yards, with 101 coming after contact, led the way for running backs.
Four New England Patriots were the premier players at their positions in the team’s 35-17 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Rob Gronkowski scored an 89.6 on PFF’s rankings. The Pro Bowl tight end caught 7 balls for 162 yards and a touchdown on Sunday, setting a career-high in single-game receiving yards.
Right tackle Marcus Cannon earned a score of 83.8. Cannon prevented Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap from having much impact on Sunday. Dunlap recorded just 2 total pressures on the 41 pass-block snaps Cannon played. Dunlap entered the game with 4 sacks through Cincinnati’s first 5 games.
Dont’a Hightower was the league’s highest-ranked linebacker, registering a score of 90.0. The Pats’ defensive MVP might be the best blitz player in the entire NFL. He burst through the Bengals’ offensive line to sack Andy Dalton for a safety — his second-straight game sacking a quarterback in the end zone —and tallied 5 total quarterback pressures on just 10 blitzes. Bill Belichick will certainly take a 50 percent success rate on his blitz package.
Lastly, first-string cornerback Malcolm Butler scored a whopping 95.9 in Week 6, registering 4 pass break-ups and allowing only 3 catches for 17 yards on seven targets sent into his coverage. No other team registered more than two players on PFF’s list.