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3 Players Who Need Big Week 2 Performances

  • The Draft Network
  • September 17, 2021
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Week 1 is typically chock-full of surprises. That old sentiment rang especially true last weekend, as no shortage of both surprising and disappointing performances filled our television screens.

Some of the league’s best players didn’t perform to the standard we’ve come to expect from them during opening weekend. The good news is they have plenty of time to bounce back. We've identified three players that need to rise to the occasion in Week 2.


That certainly didn’t look like the Rodgers we’re used to seeing grace any field he steps onto. The three-time MVP put in one of the most disappointing performances of his career in a Week 1 loss that saw the Packers fall to the New Orleans Saints by a surprising score of 38-3.

Of course, it wasn’t all on Rodgers, but he’s the guy his team will lean on as they prepare for a crucial primetime contest against the Detroit Lions.

Rodgers finished the game 15-of-28 with 133 yards and two interceptions. Rodgers was flat-out inaccurate and made uncharacteristically poor decisions. He has to be better and he almost certainly will be when he takes on a porous Detroit Lions secondary on Monday night.


That wasn’t what the Titans envisioned when they sent a 2022 second-round selection and 2023 fourth-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in return for the future Hall of Famer.

Jones was brought to Tennessee to help form a three-headed monster alongside A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry. Not only did Jones fail to help to do that in Week 1, but he actively hurt the team. Jones’ first “contribution” was a silly unnecessary roughness call that cost the Titans 15 yards and directly led to an ensuing punt. Head coach Mike Vrabel referred to the play as Jones, and we quote, “doing dumb s**t.”

Jones finished his first game as a Titan by catching three of six targets for a measly 29 receiving yards. Jones dropped a pass in the end zone and also had a ball go off of his hands for an interception.

Jones will draw a tough Week 2 matchup against a Seattle secondary that looked good a week ago, but he has to be better. A lot better.


It’s safe to say Elliott’s season didn’t start off on the right foot. Many analysts pegged Elliott for a big comeback season in 2021, but it started with a whimper in Thursday’s opening night loss to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Elliott was without his top offensive lineman in Zack Martin and faced the toughest front seven in all of football. We are aware the cards were stacked against him, but he still has to do more with the touches he receives. Elliott turned 11 carries into just 33 yards and a pedestrian three yards per carry in his 2021 debut.

On the schedule for Week 2 is an underrated Los Angeles Chargers defense. Now being led by the defensive genius that is new head coach Brandon Staley, the Chargers’ defense held the duo of Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic under 100 rushing yards a week ago.

The matchup doesn’t exactly get easier, but Elliott has to find a way to better capitalize on his opportunities.

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