Patrick Peterson’s Honor And Other Pro Football Focus Observations

CB Patrick Peterson had the best season of his career in 2018, per Pro Football Focus
CB Patrick Peterson had the best season of his career in 2018, per Pro Football Focus

Despite the Cardinals’ struggles in 2018, Patrick Peterson’s season did not go unnoticed.

The star cornerback was voted to an eighth straight Pro Bowl last month and was named a second-team All-Pro by Pro Football Focus on Tuesday. Peterson was given an overall grade of 82.3 on the year, the best of his career. The Patriots’ Stephon Gilmore and the Cowboys’ Byron Jones were chosen as the first-team All-Pros at cornerback.

Not surprisingly, Peterson finished with the top overall grade on the Cardinals in 2018. He was followed by linebacker Josh Bynes (75.8 grade), safety Tre Boston (74.1) and defensive end Chandler Jones (73.5).

The Cardinals’ top-graded offensive player was wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, who finished at 73.2. Rookie wideout Christian Kirk wasn’t far behind, while left tackle D.J. Humphries, running back David Johnson and left guard Mike Iupati rounded out the top-5, among players with 400 snaps.

A pair of prospective free agents had nice seasons, as defensive tackle Rodney Gunter finished with a career-high grade of 70.3 following a two-sack performance in Seattle in the finale. Defensive end Benson Mayowa was given a grade of 73.0, also the best of his career.

As for quarterback Josh Rosen, he struggled to the tune of a 49.1 overall grade. That was the lowest among the five rookie signal-callers. Baker Mayfield led the way with an 84.5 grade, followed by Josh Allen (65.5), Sam Darnold (64.7) and Lamar Jackson (58.5).

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