If you were expecting running back Joshua Kelley to have a bounce-back fantasy performance against the Buccaneers, you may want to re-think that decision. Tampa Bay’s defense is one of the best in the NFL through three weeks and they’ve only allowed 211 yards on the ground, the third-fewest through three weeks.
Per Jamey Eisenberg of CBS Sports, Kelley is going to be one of his “sits” this week. Here’s what he had to say about the less-than-ideal matchup for the rookie on Sunday.
Kelley was obviously a letdown in Week 3 as the Start of the Week. Instead of beating up on Carolina, he had eight carries for 43 yards and a fumble, as well as two catches for 9 yards on two targets. He should continue to play well in tandem with Austin Ekeler moving forward, but I don’t like him this week at Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers are tremendous against the run, and Kelley should struggle again. Ekeler, however, is worth trusting given his role in the passing game, so don’t worry about starting him
Aside from the tough defense in front of him, Justin Jackson also looks to be back in the fold after missing the last two weeks with a quad injury. Kelley will still be the team’s primary backup, but Jackson has proven too talented to keep off the field entirely. Anthony Lynn mentioned on Wednesday that they planned to have specific plays and packages for Jackson, so you can bet one at least a handful of touches being taken away from Kelley against TB.
And now for today’s links.
Gavino Borquez highlights what the Buccaneers are saying about the Chargers (Chargers Wire)
Steven Haglund compares the Bolts’ roster to the Bucs (Bolt Beat)
Here are the latest photos from Wednesday’s practice (Chargers.com)
Bill Barnwell rates the NFL’s undefeated teams through Week 3 (ESPN)
Jason La Canfora looks ahead at the 2021 quarterback free agent market (CBS Sports)
Russell Wilson won the NFLC’s Offensive Player of the Month (Pro Football Talk)
The PIT-TEN game will be played either Monday or Tuesday (Bleacher Report)
The Patriots are 7-point underdogs for the third time in 18 years (ESPN)