Ole Miss football alumni dipped their toes in the water of success in Week One and the offense led the charge. The pass-catchers stayed consistent over Week Two, but the script was flipped and former Landshark standouts dominated the stat sheets.
In a week dominated by headline-grabbing injuries, the NFL Rebels were not exempt, but stayed mostly healthy and continued to ball. Here are a few highlights:
- Woodrow Hamilton was elevated to the 53-man roster from the practice squad prior to the Panthers’ matchup with the Buccaneers and made sure not to waste the opportunity. Tampa Bay running back Ronald Jones fumbled late in the first half and the Raleigh, Miss. native hopped on the loose ball.
- The San Francisco 49ers saw the injury bug hit its defensive line on Sunday, making D.J. Jones even more crucial to the success of the reigning Super Bowl runners-up. He was dominant on the interior and recorded four tackles and a tackle for loss.
- Mike Hilton did Mike Hilton things once again and quickly is cementing his name as the best nickel cornerback in the league. He is great on the blitz, wraps up and drives his legs through tackles, has no hesitation driving on underneath routes and had a few good coverage plays on deep routes. Hilton is criminally underrated and finished the day with eight tackles, a sack, two tackles for loss, a pass defense, and two quarterback hits. He also recovered a fumble.
- Marquise Haynes recorded his first tackle of the year after being kept off of the box score in the season-opener, and Myles Hartsfield continues to play an important role on special teams. The Texans continue to give A.J. Moore a well-deserved role, and he backed it up with a pair of tackles.
His matchup with 2019 Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore was circled on many calendars throughout the football world, but it wasn’t even close. Metcalf dominated the New England corner and made him look like a little boy playing Pop Warner.
The two got after it from the first whistle to the last and even got into it in after the play.
Metcalf finished with four catches for 92 yards and a touchdown. He absolutely demoralized Gilmore on the score, who stands at a full-grown 6-foot-1, 200 pounds.
Lol, but the three-cone!!!!!
- Bobby Massie started every snap at right tackle for the second week in a row for Chicago. He also had more catches than Anthony Miller and converted a fourth down that kept the Bears alive (momentarily) late in the fourth quarter. How fun!
- With Marlon Mack out for the year, Jordan Wilkins moved up the depth chart in Indianapolis and ran with a purpose. He went for 40 yards on 9 carries, averaging 4.4 yards per touch. It marked ninth game in a row that he ran for more than 4.0 yards per carry when he was given the ball at least four times. Jonathan Taylor was confidently the lead back, but Wilkins out-touched Nyheim Hines and was on the field for 23 percent of the Colts’ offensive snaps. Maybe this year is the breakout year for which he is due.
- The New York Giants were another team that saw some of its biggest weapons go down in the second week of the year, low-lighted by Saquon Barkley’s torn ACL and Sterling Shepard’s turf toe. With a depleted depth chart, Evan Engram saw an increased role on the offense and quickly became the team’s leading receiver with six catches for 65 yards. He was split out as a slot receiver on 31 reps and will continue to see that role as Daniel Jones desperately needs people to throw the ball to.
- As far as injuries go, A.J. Brown missed Tennessee’s game with a bone bruise on his knee and Dawson Knox left the field under concussion protocol. He had one grab for 38 yards, before his exit but lost a fumble at the end of the run.