The Las Vegas Raiders’ Christmas Eve game didn’t have many positives, as the Pittsburgh Steelers effectively put the Las Vegas Raiders’ chances of making the playoffs to rest. The Raiders’ performance was poor, especially their offense. However, three of the top five graded players, according to Pro Football Focus, were on the offensive side of the ball. Here are the top five Raiders players from Week 16, according to the publication.
5 Highest-Graded Las Vegas Raiders
Hunter Renfrow, WR – PFF Grade 82.5
Hunter Renfrow, who only took part in 25 of the 53 snaps, received the highest rating from PFF against the Steelers. Renfrow grabbed four receptions for 42 yards and the Raiders’ lone touchdown. Renfrow is still reliable, in case Raider Nation was still unsure. All four of Renfrow’s catches displayed his route-running skills and creativity with the football in his hands. His grade would have been higher if he had a quarterback who could hit him when he was wide open.
Tyler Hall, CB – PFF Grade 80.4
Tyler Hall could end up being the Raiders’ future starting slot cornerback. Hall had five total tackles for the game, one tackle for a loss, and one pass breakup. Hall is assertive and possesses strong coverage abilities. His strongest quality is that he is a willing tackler, which the Raiders had been lacking at cornerback. All three of the Steelers’ primary receiving weapons were held to less than 70 yards with the aid of Hall.
Denzel Perryman, LB – PFF Grade 80.1
Denzel Perryman once more demonstrated his importance to the Raiders on Saturday by finishing as the third-highest graded Raider. Perryman’s influence may be seen in the Raiders defense’s lone forced turnover. His interception gave the Raiders’ offense excellent field position, but they were unable to take advantage of it. Perryman, though, suffered a shoulder injury and, according to Josh McDaniels, is unlikely to play for the rest of the season. The Raiders’ defense suffered a significant loss.
Darren Waller, TE – PFF Grade 74.3Â
As evidenced by the fact that Darren Waller, the “rapper,” was the fourth-highest graded Raider against the Steelers, the tight end is still very good. With four catches for a game-high 58 yards, Waller led the Raiders’ receiving game. The survival of a few drives depended on Waller’s ability to win through the middle of the field. He will be a weapon for this offense as soon as he finds his footing and can maintain his health.
Kolton Miller, LT – PFF Grade 73.3Â
As we said, Kolton Miller would need to anchor the Raiders’ offensive line, and sure enough, he did so. Against the Steelers, Miller finished as the offensive lineman with the highest grade for the Raiders. Miller did a good job of guarding Carr’s blindside despite the Raiders’ offensive line as a whole having a poor day.
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