29. New York Giants (11th)
PB: 31st, RB: 16th, PEN: 4th
Stud: In good news for the G-Men, rookie Justin Pugh (+7.1) got better and better as the season went on. Derided by many as something of a reach and with questions as to whether he can hold up at tackle, he was the biggest success story in a bad year for the Giants.
Dud: He’s been kicked around every position but center in his time as a Giant, but David Diehl (-26.5) really didn’t take to life at right guard. He earned this grade despite missing five games and at this point just can’t handle better athletes lining up opposite him.
Analysis: Injuries didn’t help, with the loss of David Bass seeing Kevin Boothe move to center where he would struggle. That created all sorts of shuffling and was further compounded by Chris Snee having his season ended after 188 snaps. Throw in Will Beatty responding to getting paid with a huge drop off from his 2012 season and you have the perfect storm. A once proud unit is now a major question mark.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers (25th)
PB: 12th, RB: 24th, PEN: 14th
Stud: We expected to be writing about another guard here but it quietly flew under the radar just how well Ramon Foster (+13.2) played. He defines the solid-but-not-spectacular type.
Dud: He was benched but before that Mike Adams (-7.3) gave plenty of reasons as to why he would be. A poor pass protector on a line where the QB likes having a bit of time to operate. Far from ideal.
Analysis: Losing Maurkice Pouncey eight snaps into the year was a blow and while Fernando Velasco tried to replace him, there was a drop off. A shame because both guards played well with the team happy to get 963 snaps out of David DeCastro. He endured a rough start to the second half of the year, but outside of that his top-end ability sets him apart from all the linemen on this team. The work of Kelvin Beachum was a pleasant surprise that will give the personnel people plenty to think about for 2014.
Yeah, I have no clue.
I think if i created a thread about which toilet paper Eli mainning prefers it would still get 20+ pages. I forgot that whenever Eli's name is attached to a thread it automatically blows up lol.
Entire Team Let Eli down today - NYG4l
Redskins fans won't want to read that PFF oline rankings article. 3rd best in league. "Analysis: This ranking won’t please many Redskins fans who see the line as the root of their problems. The truth is the Shanahans had the zone blocking scheme working perfectly with huge cutback lanes regularly there for their backs to work with. Much is made of the hits Robert Griffin III took as if every single one of them must be the responsibility of the line. Well we charged RGIII himself with 10 of those sacks (more than any other player on the team) as the team gave whoever was quarterback ample time to get the job done. The big question now is what Jay Gruden intends for this line and whether he’ll move to a more power based scheme that could put a number of jobs on the line."