OLB Robert Quinn
In a game where the Los Angeles Rams managed to sack Blake Bortles five times, you’d think there was a good chance Robert Quinn registered one - but nope. On a team where he was the unquestioned top EDGE rusher, Quinn has less sacks through six games than Connor Barwin, and is tied with reserve Morgan Fox with only 2.5. Quinn also had a dumb penalty (some will say it shouldn’t have been one, but I heard the whistle loud and clear) that negated a superb run stuff, and gave the Jaguars an easy 15-yards.
WR Sammy Watkins
Another game, another small performance from the elite WR. Outside of a dropped pass from Watkins, he didn’t have any mistakes on the day. He registered a nice 11-yard reception on a dig. Watkins also had a go route where he gained a step or two of separation on the CB, though Jared Goff simply over threw him. Watkins and Goff are really going to need to work on their chemistry going forward.
ILB Mark Barron
I can’t trash Mark Barron too hard, because he did register a sack yesterday, and generally played a very solid game. The reason he lands here is because of the first play from scrimmage, where he was walloped by an offensive lineman (Tanzel Smart also moved), and it allowed Leonard Fournette to have a massive hole which went for a untouched carry and 75-yard TD.
RB Todd Gurley
Coming into his third season, Todd had a streak of 20-games in which he did not record 100+ rushing yards in any game, and that has come to a screeching halt this season. Through six games, he’s already topped 100-yards three times, and does not look to be slowing down. He’s a totally transformed RB this season, and it shows. Vision, burst, patience, and a second gear which was lacking last season, he’s become an all-around threat, and currently leads the team in both touchdowns and receptions (obviously in rushing yards too).
CB Kayvon Webster
After sustaining an injury on opening day (and subsequently missing two games), Kayvon has returned to the starting lineup at outside CB opposite Trumaine Johnson, and has performed admirably. He was rarely tested on Sunday, and may have allowed one reception if my memory serves me correct. Webster has also proven to be a great tackler at CB, and may have stopped a huge Fournette gain on a toss had he missed the tackle.
DE Michael Brockers
Brock is playing like a man possessed. First, everyone knew Brock was a beast against the run, and has been since he came into the league in 2012. The other factor? Well, Brockers, is applying a solid pass rushing presence and has logged two sacks on the season with multiple hits and hurries. Mike seems to really be enjoying the transition into the 3-4 defense under Wade Phillips.