The next item that should be discussed is the performance of Tony Pollard. We are in Year 3 of Pollard’s four-year rookie deal and it is obvious that he is a weapon that must be included in every game plan. Without turning this automatically into a Pollard vs. Ezekiel Elliott debate, it should be obvious to anyone who follows these games that Pollard has a component that Elliott can not offer — the ability to hit home runs regularly.
The story goes into great deal about Pollard and his ability. One point to talk about here is the difference between Pollard’s role in Week 1 vs. Week 2. The author feels Pollard has to be a mandatory feature in the offense and he points out Pollard had seven touches on opening weekend and that raced up to 16 in Week 2. The story said Pollard can do whatever the team needs, calling him an explosive running back. It's looking like Pollard has stand-alone value, at least in a little deeper of leagues, but his workload is worth monitoring in all leagues.
Jones fumbled in Week 1 and in Week 2 got the start but was out-performed by Fournette. Jones, it seems, continues to shoot himself in the foot with mistakes on the field, the story said. The story said Fournette is ahead of Jones by any measure, with twice as many snaps (73-32), carries (20-10) and rushing yards (84-41), getting nine catches for 51 yards while Jones has a single 9-yard reception. The Bucs have had their success in the passing game so the numbers for any of their backs aren't impressive. Eventually, they are going to need to run the ball, and as of now, Fournette seems to be the safer fantasy play.
Rookie quarterback Zach Wilson hasn't been able to inject excitement into the New York Jets franchise just yet. The Jets are 0-2 and their No. 2 overall pick is one of the worst statistical quarterbacks in the NFL. Wilson's QBR of 22.7 ranks No. 32 in the league while his five interceptions are tied for most in the league. He hasn't had much help, though, as he's been sacked a league-leading 10 times through two games.
"I talked to him real quick, I'm going to talk to him again after these meetings," HC Robert Saleh said, via Pro Football Talk. "It was real quick. He's such a resilient young man, he could probably recite every single play that happened and he's going to want to talk about it and go through it and learn from it. I know he's going to get better from this. He's in a good place."
Wilson completed 19 of 33 passes for 210 yards and four interceptions in the 25-6 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 2. Saleh said on Monday that he's not too worried about Wilson being able to overcome some rookie mistakes, after what he hopes will be a career-worst game.