Packers PFF Numbers: Best, Worst Preseason Players Win Saints

Packers PFF Numbers: Best, Worst Preseason Players Win Saints

The Green Bay Packers took an early lead on a Jordan Love touchdown pass to Romeo Doubs, then put away Friday night’s 20-10 win over the New Orleans Saints on a 51-yard touchdown run from quarterback Danny Etling. Results this time of year don’t really matter. The process does, especially for players fighting for roster spots.

Based on numbers from Pro Football Focus, here are the best and worst performers from the Packers’ preseason win over the Saints:

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Top 5 violation

1. OT Zach Tom: 84.5″
2. QB Jordan Love: 82.6
3. TE Sal Cannella: 82.6
4. TE Nate Becker: 80.6
5. QB Danny Etling: 78.6

For the second week in a row, Tom placed himself in the top five offensive players. After finishing second last week, he is in first place in this competition. Tom played 40 snaps on a right tackle and gave no pressure. Love had three “big time throws” but was hurt again by four drops. He got an elite grade of clean bags. More about him here. Cannella (five snaps, one catch for 13 yards) and Becker (nine snaps, excellent blocking rate) made the most of their limited snaps, while Etling got a big boost from his 51-yard touchdown run.

Top 5 defense

1. OLB Ladarius Hamitlon: 87.5
2. S Micah Abernathy: 82.9
3. CB Kiondre Thomas: 82.5
4. S De’Vante Cross: 74.7
5. LB Quay Walker: 71.5

Hamilton had the team’s best defense grade (one stop) and the second best pass-rushing grade (two pushes). Abernathy produced two splash plays (interception, tackle for loss) and was excellent at covering. Thomas gave up no catch over four goals and had two stops in the run play. Cross had a stop in the passing game and was strong in coverage. Although Isaiah McDuffie produced a team-high four stops, Walker had a higher mark because he was better on the run and in cover.

Bottom 5 violation

1. TE Tyler Davis: 25.2
2. TE Alize Mack: 39.9
3. G Sean Rhyan: 42.2
4. WR Samori Toure: 44.6
5. RB Dexter Williams: 46.5

Davis ends up late in the general classification for the second week in a row. He had a fumble and a fine, and he got terrible marks as a blocker for 24 snaps. Rhyan was hurt by a bad pass blocking grade, and Toure’s big fall wiped out his overall grade.

Bottom 5 Defense

1. DL Jonathan Ford: 26.8
2. DL Devonte Wyatt: 29.7
3. L.B. Ray Wilborn: 46.2″
4. LB Ty Summers: 46.8
5. OLB Tipa Galeai: 49.3

Ford has played two very poorly rated games this preseason. His run defense rating was poor over 29 snaps. Bad start for Wyatt, the Packers’ second of two first-round picks. He played 26 snaps and did nothing but register a single tackle. Wilborn tackled well and did well in cover, but was punished harshly for his work in the run game. Summers missed a tackle. Galeai had three pressures, but trailed in coverage on the Saints’ touchdown and struggled to the run.


Jordan Love: 82.6
Danny Etling: 78.8

Love was excellent over 27 dropbacks, especially from clean bags. Four drops robbed him of about 75 passing yards. He played on time, threw decisively and did not have a convertible game. In play-action, Love completed four of six passes for 52 yards and earned an elite grade. Etling only threw one pass, but earned a strong mark for his running production (51-yard touchdown).

Special teams

Kabion Ento, who played 11 snaps, took the highest special team mark. Tipa Galeai and Shawn Davis missed tackles covering kicks and Kingsley Enagbare was awarded a penalty. Ramiz Ahmed achieved a high mark after scoring both field goals and extra points.

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