Running back Alex Collins hasn’t started the season exactly the way he finished last year, as he is sharing reps in Baltimore. Through two games he has average 3.0 yards on 16 carries and has added another 61 yards on 4 receptions. He was able to reach the end zone in week one, and should see more reps going forward with fellow RB Kenneth Dixon out at least 8 weeks with a knee injury.
Carolina wide receiver Jarius Wright caught 5 of 7 targets in week two for 62 yards and a touchdown. For the season Wright has 8 receptions for 85 yards and the lone score.
New England defensive end Trey Flowers had a good start to the season, recording 5 tackles and 1.5 sacks against the Texans. In the same game, fellow defensive end Deatrich Wise Jr. chipped in with 3 tackles and 1.5 sacks of his own.
Cleveland defensive end Chris Smith is getting a lot of playing time early and has recorded 7 total tackles through the first two games.
Miami tight end A.J. Derby caught his lone pass of the season in week 2, which went for a 19 yard touchdown against the Jets.
Dallas Keuchel turned in another quality start on Friday, throwing 6 innings and allowing 2 runs while striking out 5. Keuchel will make at least two more starts before the season ends, at which point the Astros will likely be setting up their rotation for the playoffs.
Blake Parker has been heavily relied upon at the back end of the Angels bullpen and he has stood up to the challenge. Over his last 30 appearances Parker has saved 11 games, bringing him to 14 saves on the season. His 2.60 ERA over that span has lowered his season ERA to 3.06, and he has struck out 24 and walked just 6 in his last 27.2 innings.
Still throwing only 2-3 innings per outing, Jalen Beeks has gone 3-0 over his last 7 appearances (all in relief) with an ERA of 2.22 and 25 strikeouts in 24.1 innings. Beeks’ teammate Ryne Stanek continues to be effective in his one-inning-outings. Making three appearances over the last five days he did not allow a run and struck out 3 in 3 innings.
It was announced last week that Drew Smyly would be shut down for the season after pitching a few simulated games in July. After observing his arm’s response to live pitching, the Cubs decided to rest Smyly in hopes of having him ready for next season.