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Pro Football Focus Observations From Week 2

Jordan Phillips leads the standouts against Washington

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Jordan Phillips was consistently pressuring Washington QB Dwayne Haskins throughout the regular season game on Sunday, September 20, 2020.
DT Jordan Phillips was consistently pressuring Washington QB Dwayne Haskins throughout the game on Sunday.

Jordan Phillips was brought to the Cardinals to be a high-octane interior pass-rusher, and he fit that bill in Week 2 against Washington.

The veteran defensive tackle had a strip-sack in the first quarter and finished with a 90.5 pass-rushing grade from Pro Football Focus on his 35 snaps.

Phillips is tied with Myles Garrett, Yannick Ngakoue and Robert Quinn for the second-best pass-rush grade of the week heading into Monday Night Football. Only Steelers defensive end Tyson Alualu earned a higher pass-rushing grade on Sunday.

Other Pro Football Focus observations from the 30-15 victory:

  • Haason Reddick has certainly seemed to have found a home at outside linebacker. He finished with the highest PFF grade on the defense Sunday at 84.6, doing a stellar job stopping the run and pressuring the quarterback while holding up in coverage.
  • Corey Peters had the best run-stopping grade on the team at 77.0 and a sack helped him finish third on the defense with an overall grade of 80.4.
  • Andy Isabella only played 14 snaps but had a pair of catches, including a 54-yarder, which earned him a team-high grade of 85.5.
  • Patrick Peterson was given the lowest grade on the defense at 36.7. PFF charged him with four completions allowed on six targets for 66 yards and a touchdown. For what it's worth, Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game that the defense intentionally softened its coverage late to avoid getting hit with big plays.
  • Right tackle Kelvin Beachum was given a 71.6 pass-blocking grade, the best among the team's offensive linemen. Guard Justin Pugh (70.4), left tackle D.J. Humphries (70.0) and center Lamont Gaillard (64.6) were also given solid pass-blocking grades, although PFF thought guard J.R. Sweezy (10.5 grade) really struggled.
  • Kyler Murray was given an overall grade of 67.4, but Pro Football Focus was not as enamored with Murray's rushing performance as everyone else, as he was given just a 66.2 rushing grade despite averaging 8.4 yards per carry and scoring two touchdowns on the ground.

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