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PFF: McCoy, Winston Among NFL's Best

Pro Football Focus graded Gerald McCoy and Jameis Winston as two of the league's best at their respective positions in Week 1.


Gerald McCoy's sixth NFL season is off to a strong start. After recording a sack, three tackles and deflecting two passes, he was one of the Buccaneers' top performers in the team's Week 1 victory over the Falcons. He performed so well, according to Pro Football Focus, that he was one of the best interior defensive linemen in the league.

"Gerald McCoy was back to his best against the Falcons, notching a sack and a hurry as a pass-rusher, but also batting down two key passes by getting himself in throwing lanes and disrupting the play even when he couldn't get home with his rush," PFF's Sam Monson wrote.

McCoy's second pass deflection came on the Falcons' final offensive play of the game, sealing the victory for Tampa Bay. For his efforts, he was selected to PFF's "Team of the Week." He was the only Buccaneer to make the team.  

Although McCoy the only Buccaneer to appear in the "Team of the Week," he wasn't the only Tampa Bay player to earn strong reviews from Pro Football Focus. Jameis Winston was graded as the NFL's fifth-best quarterback, while Mike Evans was graded as the league's No. 6 wide receiver. Lavonte David and Doug Martin both finished No. 10 at their respective positions.

Winston earned a passer rating of 122.6, which was the third-highest of any quarterback in the league. PFF gave him a passing grade of 86.4, which was the fourth-best in the league.

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