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Steelers Grades, Snap Counts vs Bucs: Edmunds, Heyward, Highsmith Lead D



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The Pittsburgh Steelers got back in the win column with a 20-18 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Acrisure Stadium on Sunday. Here’s the player grades and snap counts from the big win.


Mitch Trubisky had a 78.8 grade, the second-highest on the Steelers offense and the second-highest for a Steelers quarterback this season, after his performance against the Cleveland Browns. Kenny Pickett’s 49.5 grade was the worst on the offense and his worst of the season.

QB Mitch Trubisky 27 42% +42%
QB Kenny Pickett 37 58% -42%

Trubisky’s overall PFF grade this season is a 72.7, while Pickett has a 62.7. Here’s every Steelers quarterback PFF grade from this season.

Trubisky, Cleveland 80.3
Trubisky, Tampa Bay, 78.8
Pickett, NY Jets, 66.9
Pickett, Buffalo, 65.8
Trubisky, Cincinnati, 62
Trubisky, New England, 61.6
Trubisky, NY Jets, 60.7
Pickett, Tampa Bay, 49.5


Najee Harris looked a lot better than his season-worst performance against the Buffalo Bills, but his grade of 59.5 was still on the lower end for him this season and for the Steelers offense in Week 6. He did, however, get more playing time with the steel plate out of his shoe.

RB Najee Harris 44 69% +20%
RB Jaylen Warren 20 31% -20%
FB Derek Watt 3 5% +2%
RB Benny Snell Jr. 0 0%


It seems like every week, some Steelers offensive linemen grade well and others struggle. This week, it was James Daniels (71) and Mason Cole (68.8) at the top of the scale and Kevin Dotson (51.8) at the bottom. Dotson had a 42.8 pass-block grade.

LT Dan Moore Jr. 64 100%
RT Chukwuma Okorafor 64 100%
LG Kevin Dotson 64 100%
RG James Daniels 64 100%
C Mason Cole 63 98% -2%
C J.C. Hassenauer 1 2% +2%
TE Trent Scott 2 3% +3%
T Jesse Davis 0 0%


It was very interesting that with Pat Freiermuth out with a concussion, Zach Gentry’s role went basically unchanged. The Steelers used Connor Heyward a lot more, but overall used the tight end position a lot less than they usually do. That could have been tied to a rough day for Gentry, whose 50.5 rating was the second-worst on the offense.

TE Pat Freiermuth 0 0% -49%
TE Zach Gentry 42 66% +2%
TE Connor Heyward 30 47% +34%


Chase Claypool had a fantastic game by any measure, setting season highs in catches and yards, and hauling in an 86.7 grade. Diontae Johnson (62.3) and George Pickens (55.7) had more middling days as the big three dominated the reps.

WR Chase Claypool 55 86% -5%
WR Diontae Johnson 61 95% +2%
WR George Pickens 53 83% +7%
WR Gunner Olszewski 0 0% 0%
WR Miles Boykin 4 6% -1%
WR Steven Sims 6 9% +5%


Cam Heyward (88.5) was slightly down from last week, but continues to be the highest-graded player on the Pittsburgh defense and is probably pushing for an All-Pro season with the way he’s held things together on the inside. Larry Ogunjobi (70.6) lived up to his billing as Cam’s interior running mate and Isaiahh Loudermilk (56.4) did more than well enough, filling in for DeMarvin Leal. Tyson Alaulu (36.6) continues to struggle.

DT/DE Cam Heyward 54 75% +4%
DT/DE Larry Ogunjobi 46 64% +52%
NT/DT Tyson Alualu 13 18% -9%
DT Chris Wormley 33 46% -6%
DE DeMarvin Leal 0 0% -41%
NT Montravius Adams 11 15% -30%
DE Isaiahh Loudermilk 22 31% +31%


Alex Highsmith got just one sack and one pass breakup, but was highly graded with an 84.4. Malik Reed (73.8) had his best game as a Steeler.

OLB Alex Highsmith 62 86%
OLB Malik Reed 45 62% +5%
OLB Jamir Jones 5 7% -7%
OLB Ryan Anderson 3 4% -1%
OLB T.J. Watt 0 0%


Myles Jack dealt with an ankle injury, resulting in his reduced role, but it didn’t impact his play, as he posted a 76.7 grade. Devin Bush (69.4) was also good, while Robert Spillane had the worst grade on the team with a 32.1. Spillane played 35 snaps as a box linebacker, 10 snaps as an outside linebacker, four as a slot corner, and two as an outside corner.

ILB Myles Jack 53 74% -21%
ILB Devin Bush Jr. 46 64% -2%
ILB Robert Spillane 51 71% +37%
ILB Marcus Allen 0 0%
ILB Mark Robinson 0 0%


What a difference a week makes. The beat-up Steelers secondary that was torched by the Bills was largely left on the shelf against the Bucs, and the backups — along with Terrell Edmunds — came through big-time.

Edmunds led the way with an 82.9 grade, but Josh Jackson (64.6) also had a solid day. Both he and James Pierre (59) got solid marks for their tackling from the cornerback position.

SS Terrell Edmunds 72 100% +100%
FS Minkah Fitzpatrick 0 0% -96%
BCB Ahkello Witherspoon 0 0%
BCB/SCB Cam Sutton 0 0% -54%
BCB Levi Wallace 0 0% -68%
SCB Art Maulet 56 78% +2%
FS/SCB/SS Tre Norwood 71 99% -1%
SS Miles Killebrew 1 1% -8%
BCB James Pierre 68 94% +53%
BCB Josh Jackson 59 82% +36%
BCB Quincy Wilson 11 15% +15%
FS/SCB Elijah Riley 9 12% +12%


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