2. Cleveland Browns Linebacker Mack Wilson
After report after report saying Mack Wilson was destroying camp and looked like a different player, he was once again disappointing in Week 1. His biggest highlight was a huge whiff on third down and goal as Patrick Mahomes waltzed into the endzone.
It appears that this is more of a mental thing than anything. He can practice well, but once he gets in the game he starts overthinking and then is slow to react.
Coverage has always been a concern and he was put in a couple of tough matchups, so I’ll leave that alone, but he must maintain gap discipline. Too many times he got out of position and opened a huge gap for the Chiefs.
With Jacob Phillips out for much of the season, Wilson is going to have to step up. If not, he will quickly find rookie, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah getting most of his snaps.
The Texans will be a friendlier matchup for Wilson as they will run the ball from under center, and their tight ends aren’t nearly as athletic. Wilson will have much easier keys to read and could finally bust out of his shell and show us what everyone has been talking about all of August.
Wilson doesn’t need to play at a pro-bowl caliber, but he must maintain his assignment and at least be a body in a hole. Getting out of position just opens too many gaps.