Malcolm Brown, RB — Los Angeles Rams
Last week it was Brown’s time to shine but this week it was Darrell Henderson Jr’s. Brown only received one less carry than Henderson, but only recorded 47 yards on 11 carries. The good news is that it looks like Brown is still a big part of the rotation with Cam Akers (3 carries for 13 yards) on the outside looking in. If you were one of the suckers who dropped Henderson for Brown in fantasy (such as myself), don’t panic yet, but it seems like head coach Sean McVay will go with the hot hand to close out games for the Rams. Akers got the start for Los Angeles but after the first series he didn’t much action. Brown did have this nice scamper for 19 yards in the 2nd quarter:
Michael Dickson, P — Seattle Seahawks
The Punter put on a punting clinic. Four punts with all four landing inside the 20-yard line, including an absolute beauty to pin New England on the 2-yard line to close out the first half. Dickson leads the NFL in punts inside the 20-yard line with six through two weeks.
Quandre Diggs, S — Seattle Seahawks
Diggs lasted only nine plays against New England before getting ejected for targeting. The NFL said today that Diggs will not be suspended for the hit.
Devin Duvernay, WR — Baltimore Ravens
Duvernay is seeing most of his field time on kick returns for the Ravens with three returns for 55 yards against Houston.
DeShonn Elliot, S — Baltimore Ravens
Elliot may have had his best NFL game on Sunday against Houston. The box scores show four tackles, one sack, and two quarterback hits but Elliot was all over the field. Through two games Elliot has only been targeted twice. Twice! Baltimore’s secondary hasn’t lost a step with Elliott starting at safety.
Charles Omenihu, DE — Houston Texans
After not showing up on the box score in last week’s opening-night loss to the Chiefs, Omenihu picked up his first sack of the season along with another tackle and he was PUMPED. This sack also set up a47-yard field goal for Justin Tucker so it was a win-win. Unfortunately, Houston has played the two best teams in the AFC to start their season.
Malcolm Roach, DE — New Orleans Saints
Roach continues to get ample playing time in New Orleans and is making the most of it, finishing with four tackles including this one behind the line of scrimmage.
The Saints social media team also loves the big man’s energy. Texas fans will remember those celebrations after every Roach tackle.
Justin Tucker, K — Baltimore Ravens
On Sunday, a veteran play-by-play commentator who shall remain nameless (it was Jim Nantz) referred to another kicker as being the best in the NFL. An egregious statement no matter how many 58-yard field goals Harrison Butker made. Tucker went 4-4 (20 yards, 32 yards, 39 yards, and 47 yards) and his only PAT of the game was good. Someone put some respect on Tucker’s name.
Kenny Vaccaro, S — Tennessee Titans
Vaccaro was busy in the 33-30 victory over Jacksonville. The ninth-year veteran led Tennessee with 11 total tackles (10 solo) along with a sack and two pass breakups.
Vaccaro has been targeted the second most out of all safeties through two weeks while also giving us the second-most receptions. Of course, when Kevin Byard is opposite to Vaccaro at safety you have to pick your poison.
- Malcom Brown finished with three solo tackles in the Saints loss to Las Vegas.
- Poona Ford had one TFL in the Seahawks victory over New England as Seattle held Cam Newton and the Pats to only 67 rushing yards.
- Jordan Hicks continues to do Jordan Hicks things for the Cardinals. Hicks led the team with 10 tackles (eight solo) and a TFL. Cardinals also improved to 2-0...
- Holton Hill remains the starter at CB for the Vikings, who fell to 0-2 over the weekend. Hill finished with seven solo tackles, along with a sack, but Minnesota’s secondary continues to be a glaring weakness. Through two games Hill has been targeted 15 times (seventh most in NFL) and allowed 11 receptions (fourth most in the NFL). Those numbers show opposing QB’s have been picking on Hill through two weeks.
- It looks Trey Hopkins and Joe Burrow will be establishing a connection for the time being with Hopkins getting the start at center again. Through two games Hopkins hasn’t missed a snap and has yet to allow a sack.
- Collin Johnson didn’t record a catch in the Jaguars Week 2 loss to Tennessee but was targeted three times. Gardner Minshew’s first interception of the day came on a pass that was intended for James O’Shaugnessy but Johnson tipped thinking it was for him. While he hasn’t seen a ton of snaps so far, Johnson has graded as the best wideout for the Jags so more playing time might be in the cards for the rookie.
- After a solid NFL debut, Brandon Jones and the Dolphins secondary struggled against the Bills. Josh Allen torched Miami for 417 yards through the air and threw for four touchdowns. Jones only had one tackle in the Week 2 loss but remains one of the highest-graded safeties, ranked ninth in the league according to Pro Football Focus.
- Kansas City’s Alex Okafor did not play on Sunday due to a hamstring injury.
- After an impressive debut in New England, Adrian Phillips struggled against Seattle as Russell Wilson lit up the Patriots secondary for five touchdowns. Phillips finished with six tackles, but gave up the go-ahead touchdown after getting beat by Chris Carson on a wheel route.
- Hassan Ridgeway recorded two tackles in the Eagles blowout loss to the Rams on Sunday. Ridgeway received kind words from Eagles DT Fletcher Cox, who bragged about Ridgeway’s fall camp. “He took so many steps forward with the way he attacked the offseason, the way he attacked training camp. He made those strides to get better.”
- Connor Williams rebounded in Week 2 and did not allow a sack while the whole unit only allowed one in the Cowboys come-from-behind victory over Atlanta.