Week 2 of the 2020 NFL season goes in the books tonight, but with no Cats playing on MNF, we can recap how the Wildcats did this week.
Unfortunately, it was a relatively ugly week for the Wildcats on the offensive side on the ball, but a few players on the defensive line made an impact in Week 2. One of those players?
Contract Year Bud Dupree
Kentucky giveth and Kentucky taketh away for Pittsburgh in Week 2. For Dupree, it was giveth. Dupree may have only had two tackles on Sunday, but he had quite possibly the play of the day for the Steelers defense when he got to Drew Lock for a sack, which led to a fumble.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) September 20, 2020
Kentucky defenders are STILL giving Drew Lock nightmares, even in the NFL. I’m a big fan of contract year Bud Dupree.
Then there was Benny…
Did you think Benny Snell was going to break out on Sunday? Did you start him on your fantasy team? Welcome to the support group. It was a rough Sunday for Kentucky’s all-time leading rusher, finishing the day with five yards and a fumble on three rushing attempts. Look, I know it was bad, but I’m still not off the hype train. Benny Snell will have plenty more opportunities under Mike Tomlin, and as I said on Thursday, Denver is pretty solid on defense.
I hated writing this. Let’s just act like this performance didn’t happen, okay? Okay.
Lynn Bowden made his first appearance an NFL game on Sunday in the Dolphins 31-28 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Bowden also hauled in his first career reception, however, it went backward for -1 yard. Dolphins fans seem to still be aboard the Lynn Bowden hype train on Twitter, besides he’s only been with the team for three weeks after all.
Scrolling through Twitter, Raider fans seem to be bashing Lynn Bowden’s performance, and I just want to know why? He didn’t play a snap for Vegas, what’s the point on making him public enemy number one when you have Drew Brees coming to your stadium that looks like a Roomba tonight? Trash franchise.
Logan Stenberg made his NFL debut for the Lions on Sunday. The Lions jumped out to a 14-3 lead, but unfortunately for Stenberg and the Lions, Aaron Rodgers is on that other sideline. The Lions fell in Stenberg’s debut, 42-21.
Avery Williamson saw NFL action for the first time in 482 days in the Jets 31-13 loss to the 49ers on Sunday. Williamson recorded three tackles in his return, but much to the chagrin of Jets fans, he saw little to almost no playing time on defense.
It has not been a banner start to year two for Mike Edwards. We already know what happened in Week 1, and he may have gotten some special teams action in Week 2. Outside of that, another empty box score for Edwards.
It was an oddly quiet game for Josh Allen in what turned into an unlikely shoot out in Nashville on Sunday. Allen disrupted a pass play or two but didn’t record anything in the box score. The Jags look better than expected two weeks in, but they lose 33-30 to the Tennessee Titans.
It appears Danny Trevathan might be on the decline after a few injury-plagued seasons. He only ended the day with one tackle and his playing time took a massive hit, playing only 48% of defensive snaps, down from 90% in Week 1. Bears fans complained that he has lost a step in coverage and has been somewhat of a liability to start 2020.
Man Danny Trevathan is slow. Straight up liability out there right now
— Jeremy Layton (@JeremyLayt0n) September 20, 2020
Randall Cobb had more of a presence on Sunday, hauling in five catches for 59 yards. However, the Texans are still 0-2 and there’s a lot of fingerpointing going around, and one of the primary areas of hate being hurled towards the Texans is their wide receiver room. Now, this may just be Randall Cobb getting caught in the crossfire, but through two weeks, getting rid of Deandre Hopkins and thinking Cobb, Fuller, and Cooks can replace him has been wildly unsuccessful.
Randall Cobb did hit a little factoid on Sunday though; he has now tied Jacob Tamme for the most regular-season games a former Wildcat WR/TE has played in the NFL with 122. So, there’s that.
Lonnie Johnson corralled three tackles in a blowout loss to the Ravens on Sunday. He started Week 1 splitting time, but saw a downtick in playing time as well, only playing on 35% of defensive snaps. However, Bill O’Brien and the Texans think the future is bright with Lonnie Johnson.
In his time at UK and in his rookie season, Johnson played almost primarily cornerback, but O’Brien thinks he can be a star at safety.
“I like Lonnie at safety,” O’Brien said today. “I think Lonnie has the size and ability to play safety. He’s a good tackler. He’s an instinctive player. I think he did some good things at safety and I think he’ll get better and better doing that. He can obviously still play corner and help us in that area, too. He’s got versatility. I thought he did some good things at safety.”
Texans first-year defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver sung Johnson’s praises as well.
“Lonnie, he’s what 6-1, 220 pounds and he looks like a Will linebacker, but he still moves like a corner,” Weaver said. “That alone has showed me that he is motivated. He’s motivated to come in and prove why he was a second-round pick and to this point, he’s done nothing but show us that on the football field. It’s awesome just to see that growth and maturation in him and I can’t wait to see all of things that he’s going to do this year for us.”
It hasn’t been a great start for the Texans, or their defense for that matter, having to go up against the last two MVPs in Patrick Mahomes in Lamar Jackson. The Texans’ brutal opening stretch continues when they take on Pittsburgh in Week 3.
Another Wildcat with a downtick in snaps played was ten-year vet Corey Peters. However, Peters only needed 56% of the defensive snaps to make an impact. Peters ended the day with three tackles and got his first sack since Week 7 last year, against Washington.
The Cardinals are off to a convincing 2-0 start. They play in the toughest division in the league but watch out for the Birds out in the desert.
The Packers revenge tour is underway, but the one question mark surrounding the Packers is their defense, especially against the run. After giving up 34 points in Week 1, and 14 points in the first quarter on Sunday, the Packers responded by only giving up one touchdown the rest of the way. Za’Darius Smith has been one of the few consistent pieces on that defense, as he got to the quarterback on Sunday for his second sack of the season.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 20, 2020
Big Z and the Packers defense will have a tall order next week when they take on Drew Brees and the Saints on Sunday Night Football.