With a packed slate of games upcoming, let’s take a look at some of the key NFL Gamecocks to watch for this weekend:
Hurst started out with a slow game for the Falcons.
He only had three catches for 38 yards, despite Matt Ryan throwing 54 passes against the Seahawks.
This is where Hayden Hurst fits better than Austin Hooper: Quick-hitting seam routes off PA.— Matt Waldman (@MattWaldman) September 13, 2020
Excellent catch. pic.twitter.com/z8LCBOrYGM
The Falcons take on the Cowboys on Sunday and I expect Hurst to get more production due to the fact that Dallas gives up a lot of receptions to tight ends.
Gilmore had a great game against the Dolphins last week with one interception.
The Patriots play the Seahawks, which means Gilmore will be covering DK Metcalf, the former Rebel.
Metcalf is a really physical receiver, but Gilmore should be able to cover him well despite Russel Wilson still being one of the best current quarterbacks.
Clowney didn’t do all that much in terms of stats in his Titans debut, but he was still a presence on the field.
First look at Jadeveon Clowney suiting up for the Titans 👀 pic.twitter.com/HccHxi2DKq— ESPN (@espn) September 15, 2020
It was a little hard to stop Melvin Gordon, but he gets an easier matchup this week. Clowney’s ability to disrupt the run will come in handy this week against Jacksonville.
The Jaguars’ best running back is James Robinson, and Clowney should do some work against him.
It will be a little harder to pass rush against Gardner Minshew, but I still expect Clowney to have a big game this weekend.
Kinlaw didn’t show up much on the stat sheet against the Cardinals, but he also had to find a way to sack Kyler Murray, which is very hard.
Despite not having a sack, Pro Football Focus gave him the fifth highest grade for an interior lineman for week one.
Javon Kinlaw Wk 1 grade: 81.4— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 16, 2020
🔺 1st among rookie DTs
🔺 5th among all NFL DTs pic.twitter.com/pVCiXHiVFU
Kinlaw gets a much easier matchup against the Jets on Sunday. I expect him to give Sam Darnold a hard time, despite being a rookie.
This might be a surprise pick, but Cook looked like the Saints’ favorite target last week, as he finished with 80 yards last week.
With Michael Thomas hurt for New Orleans, Cook will continue to get a high percentage of targets. The matchup is favorable against the Raiders, who give up a fair share of receptions to tight ends.
Top 5 week 1 target shares for TE’s— Fantasy Football Data Pros (@FFDataPros) September 16, 2020
1.Darren Waller (28%)
2.Hunter Henry (27.5%)
3.Logan Thomas (27%)
4.Mark Andrews (24%)
5.Jared Cook (23%)
Expect Cooks target share to rise following MTs absence also. pic.twitter.com/HExii0whPn
Although Cook hasn’t been the best tight end in recent years, it was nice to see a resurgence for him in week one.
There are more guys I’m looking forward to seeing, but players like Deebo Samuel and Alshon Jeffery are still dealing with injuries.
It’s also too early in the season to see who will be good or bad, but I think it’s fair to say Gilmore is on his way to his second Defensive Player of the Year award.