New York Guardians vs. D.C. Defenders
Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones didn’t have a bad day at all, with another two touchdowns to his name and completing 62% of his throws. He did turn over the ball however which isn’t a good thing. Part of the strong performance for the Defenders came at the expense of Guardians quarterback Matt McGloin who played terribly. The Defenders are now 2-0 with the lopsided win and the Guardians fall to 1-1.
Yet there were a few other players that stepped up that the Browns should look at.
Guardians – DL Bunmi Rotimi
Bunmi Rotimi had another impressive game, with seven total tackles, and one for a loss. While he didn’t register a sack, constant pressure and the ability to seal the edge matter a lot. As does form tackling. Rotimi continues to be a constant presence for the Defenders.
Defenders – RB Donnel Pumphrey
Cardale Jones will be signed by the NFL when the season is over, so instead of focusing on the obvious after week two, let’s give it to Donnel Pumphrey, the leading rusher of the Defenders in week two. He racked up 52 yards on 12 carries. He didn’t score a touchdown but he kept the running attack reliable, forcing the defense to stay honest.
Defenders – WR DeAndre Thompkins/ WR Rashad Ross
DeAndre Thompkins and Rashad Ross had 95 and 92 yards apiece in week two. Ross caught four passes, while Thompkins caught six. Both wide receivers helped Jones have his biggest day yet as a pro, as he showed his deep ball talents.
Those who stepped back
The Defenders Ben Heeney and the Guardians Matt Elam and Jonathan Massaquoi were nonfactors after this week’s game. All three defensive players had big week one’s but had poor performances in week two.