Former Gopher Antoine Winfield Jr. receives one of highest grades among NFL safeties from PFF
Anyone who saw Antoine Winfield Jr. play at Minnesota during the 2019 season thought he was capable of having a strong NFL career. That belief was validated when he earned a Week 1 starting job in the secondary with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a rookie.
Now, just two weeks into his professional career, the former Gopher is already being graded as one of the best safeties in the game.
Following each week in the NFL, Pro Football Focus (PFF) releases grades for each position group. According to its formula, Winfield was graded as the second-best safety in the league after two weeks. That’s not just among rookies, but the entire NFL.
Antoine Winfield Jr. is the 2nd rated safety in the entire NFL after two weeks with a 77.4 grade per @PFF.
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— JC Cornell (@CornellNFL) September 21, 2020
Through two weeks, Winfield has already collected 17 tackles with 11 solo stops. He’s also registered a sack, forced a fumble and broken up a pass in two games. Tampa Bay is currently 1-1.
Winfield had a big day in the Bucs’ victory over Carolina on Sunday. He totaled a whopping 11 stops with a sack and a forced fumble.
Winfield rounded out his college career at Minnesota with 83 tackles, 7 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and a touchdown. He was named the B1G Defensive Back of the Year and was an all-conference selection.