PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (2024)

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (1)

Nick Wojton

July 8, 2024 3:15 pm ET

James Cook was a curious omission from one list from Pro Football Focus.

Cook, fresh off his first Pro Bowl season, is not among the football analytics outlet’s 32 best pass-catching running backs heading into the 2024 NFL season.

Cook notched 44 catches, 445 yards and four touchdowns in the passing game for the Bills offense in 2023. He was a second-round selection by Buffalo at the 2022 NFL draft out of a Georgia, and all things considered, Cook not appearing is surprising.

When drafted, Cook was a noted receiving back in college. He thrives there for the Bills offense, but evidently, PFF’s metrics do not reflect that. He ranks in the “average” territory for PFF’s grades.

On the plus side, Cook has clearly turned into a much more well-rounded back considering the accolades he has earned.

Here is a look at PFF’s grading system to provide some context behind the numbers and the full top-32 list below plus Cook:

90.0+: Elite
80-89.9: High quality
70-79.9: Good
60-69.9: Above average
50-59.9: Average
40-49.9: Below average
39.9 or less: Poor

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32. Chuba Hubbard

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (2)

Dec 3, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Ryan Neal (23) and safety Christian Izien (29) defends Carolina Panthers running back Chuba Hubbard (30) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 62.1

31. Dalvin Cook

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (3)

Jan 20, 2024; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Dalvin Cook (31) runs the ball against Houston Texans linebacker Blake Cashman (53) and safety DeAndre Houston-Carson (30) during the fourth quarter of a 2024 AFC divisional round game at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 62.4

30. Zach Charbonnet

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (4)

Dec 10, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Zach Charbonnet (26) runs past San Francisco 49ers linebacker Fred Warner (54) in the first quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 63.2

29. Justice Hill

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (5)

Sep 17, 2023; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justice Hill (43) catches a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Paycor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 63.5

28. Jonathan Taylor

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (6)

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PFF grade: 63.8

27. Rachaad White

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (7)

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PFF grade: 64.4

26. Antonio Gibson

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (8)

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PFF grade: 64.5

25. Clyde Edwards-Helaire

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (9)

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PFF grade: 65.9

24. Ezekiel Elliot

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (10)

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PFF grade: 66.3

23. Kareem Hunt

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (11)

Jan 13, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Cleveland Browns running back Kareem Hunt (27) breaks the tackle of Houston Texans linebacker Christian Harris (48) as he scores a touchdown in a 2024 AFC wild card game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 67.0

22. Jahmyr Gibbs

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (12)

Jan 28, 2024; Santa Clara, California, USA; Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs (26) celebrates after scoring a touchdown San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the NFC Championship football game at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 67.4

21. Khalil Herbert

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (13)

Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears running back Khalil Herbert (24) rushes the ball against the Atlanta Falcons during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike Dinovo-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 67.5

20. Miles Sanders

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (14)

Jun 14, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers running back Miles Sanders (6) during a run drill during the Carolina Panthers minicamp. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 68.0

19. AJ Dillon

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (15)

Dec 4, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Green Bay Packers running back A.J. Dillon (28) runs the ball in the third quarter against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Bartel-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 68.2

18. Joe Mixon

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (16)

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PFF grade: 68.8

17. Jerick McKinnon

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (17)

Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon (1) runs the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 69.1

16. James Conner

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (18)

Dec 13, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back James Conner (6) celebrates after scoring a rushing touchdown against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Michael Chow-Arizona Republic

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PFF grade: 69.2

15. Travis Etienne Jr.

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (19)

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PFF grade: 69.3

14. Isaiah Pacheco

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (20)

Nov 20, 2023; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco (10) runs the ball as Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Zach Cunningham (52) defends during the second half at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 69.9

13. Derrick Henry

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (21)

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PFF grade: 70.7

12. Kenneth Walker

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (22)

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 18: Kenneth Walker III #9 of the Seattle Seahawks runs with the ball during warmups before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi’s Stadium on September 18, 2022 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

PFF grade: 71.0

11. Brian Robinson

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (23)

Oct 30, 2022; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Washington Commanders running back Brian Robinson Jr. (8) gets past Indianapolis Colts linebacker Zaire Franklin (44) and Indianapolis Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard (53) on Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022, during a game against the Washington Commanders at Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Mandatory Credit: Max Gersh/IndyStar-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 71.4

10. Jaylen Warren

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (24)

Nov 12, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jaylen Warren (30) runs the ball against Green Bay Packers safety Rudy Ford (20) during the first quarter at Acrisure Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 72.2

9. Ty Chandler

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (25)

Minnesota Vikings running back Ty Chandler runs the ball against the Detroit Lions defense at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2024.

PFF grade: 72.9

8. Tyjae Spears

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (26)

Dec 3, 2023; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Titans running back Tyjae Spears (32) returns the opening kickoff during the first half against the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 74.6

7. De'Von Achane

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (27)

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PFF grade: 77.7

6. Alvin Kamara

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (28)

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PFF grade: 78.4

T4. Samaje Perine

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (29)

Jan 7, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos running back Samaje Perine (25) gains yardage against the Las Vegas Raiders during the fourth quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 81.0

T4. Tyler Allgeier

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (30)

Dec 31, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tyler Allgeier (25) takes off on a 75-yard touchdown catch in the first half against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 81.0

Jaleel McLaughlin

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (31)

Jan 7, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Denver Broncos running back Jaleel McLaughlin (38) rushes against the Las Vegas Raiders during the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 85.2

2. Christian McCaffrey

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (32)

Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey (23) runs with the ball against Kansas City Chiefs safety Mike Edwards (21) during overtime of Super Bowl LVIII at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 86.5

1. Breece Hall

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (33)

Dec 3, 2023; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Jets running back Breece Hall (20) carries the ball as Atlanta Falcons linebacker Bud Dupree (48) pursues during the second half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

PFF grade: 88.9

James Cook

PFF's 32 highest-graded pass-catching RBs does not include Bills' James Cook (34)

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 17: James Cook #4 of the Buffalo Bills catches a touchdown pass in front of Damone Clark #33 of the Dallas Cowboys during the second quarter at Highmark Stadium on December 17, 2023 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)

PFF grade: 53.5

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