2. Cole Holcomb
It’s absolutely dumfounding that Holcomb, Davis’ partner in crime at linebacker, hasn’t been mentioned by the coaching staff for his poor play. We implore any Commanders fan to go back and watch the Week 2 loss to the Lions.
From getting pancaked against the run on two occasions — including D’Andre Swift’s 50-yard run in the first quarter — filling the wrong gaps against the run, and showing a shocking lack of awareness in coverage, Holcomb was a net negative against Detroit. And he didn’t set the world ablaze in Week 1 by any means.
Fans feared regression could be in store for Holcomb after his breakout 2021. It was even speculated that he could be next in line for a contract extension. Right now, though, he’s playing himself out of receiving a second contract.
1. William Jackson III
We take zero pleasure in continuing to shed light on Jackson’s poor performance, but what else are we going to do? Lie and pretend like he’s playing well?
Through two games, Jackson has allowed nine catches on 10 targets for 137 yards, which averages out to 15.2 yards per catch. According to PFF, he’s allowed 48 yards after the catch, which emphasizes how soft his coverage has been, and the touchdown he gave up to Amon-Ra St. Brown on Sunday wasn’t pretty.
And finally, Jackson is surrendering a 152.1 passer rating when targeted. Remember, the Commanders have played Trevor Lawrence and Jared Goff. Not like we’re talking about Patrick Mahomes or Justin Herbert. Far from it.
Why hasn’t Jackson’s play been criticized? Wish we had an answer.