Winner No. 2
Kamren Curl - Commanders S
Losing the defensive back tandem of Darrick Forrest and Jeremy Reaves to injured/reserve this week placed more pressure on the secondary heading into Week 6. The Washington Commanders did have Percy Butler and second-round pick Quan Martin to pick up the slack, but the onus was on Kamren Curl to also make his presence felt versus one of the league's best running attacks.
This was a challenge the progressive safety relished. Curl was nothing short of outstanding from start to finish at the Atlanta Falcons, coming up with big stops against the run and also making a difference in coverage on occasion to raise his influence.
Curl is looking for a long-term extension either during or after the season. The former seventh-round pick reaffirmed his importance to Jack Del Rio's defense in this one, which only strengthens his position when it's time for his representatives to begin negotiations.
The Arkansas product needs to continue this trend until Forrest is ready to return and beyond. Curl's explosiveness, aggressiveness, and exceptional instincts were needed more than ever. Thankfully, he raised his performance accordingly.
Washington's defense was much improved overall - certainly compared to their porous display against the Chicago Bears. Curl played a significant role in this growth and hopefully, it can provide the springboard needed for better fortunes ahead.