The same Adams who was savaged in the first four games of this season - all losses - led the Steelers' offensive players in terms of grades from Pro Football Focus, a plays evaluation web site.
Adams' +3.2 grade led all Steelers, giving a sliver of hope for the future. The Steelers are all but eliminated from postseason competition with three games to go, and there myriad questions to address this offseason. One line of thought, though, is if the Steelers could shore up their tackle positions (particularly the left tackle), they have a draft and a free agency period to build other areas.
While that kind of question isn't answered with one performance, it was by far Adams' best performance according to the site.
Cameron Heyward's +3.1 led the defensive side of the ball. Heyward has been arguably the team's best defensive player this year, and certainly its best lineman. He was credited with a sack, two quarterback hurries and five stops.
Newly minted starting center Cody Wallace was tagged with a -4.2, the lowest grade the Steelers received.
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