NFL 2017: Who was the defensive player of Week 2?

After defenses dominate Week 1, the pickings were far slimmer in Week 2. However, three players stood out from the crowd with their performances

Being a defensive standout is tricky. The ball doesn’t always come your way, great play doesn’t always affect the outcome of the game. However, there were a handful of players for whom Week 2 was a showcase of brilliance.

Who was the best defender of Week 2? Have your say in our poll below. Here are the nominees…

Chris Jones, DE, Kansas City Chiefs

When you think of the Chiefs defense, you think of the ball-hawks Eric Berry and Marcus Peters, or the edge monsters of Justin Houston and Tamba Hali. Well, now you have to think of Chris Jones too.

Philadelphia’s usually strong offensive line was no match for Jones as he harassed Carson Wentz all day and pushed his way into the backfield from start to finish.

He beat guards with great hands and speed, and then when they were light on their feet bull-rushed them into Wentz’s lap. Not only did he finish with three sacks and a pair of forced fumbles, but he was alert against a screen and disengaged early, putting himself in position to pick off the deflected pass.

Jones was brilliant all day against whoever he lined up against, and looks set to take off in his second season.

Desmond Trufant, CB, Atlanta Falcons

When Atlanta made their run to the Super Bowl last year they had to do it without their #1 corner Desmond Trufant. As players like Vic Beasley, Keanu Neal, and Deion Jones emerged, it seemed that Trufant’s talents may be forgotten. And then he came out and had a huge day against Aaron Rodgers.

Rodgers completed just two passes for 24 yards when throwing against Trufant, and threw this interception.

Trufant also scooped up a fumble and took it back to the endzone during Atlanta’s romp to victory in the opening game of the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. It was a reminder that for all the other young pieces they have, Trufant remains their best defender.

Chris Harris, CB, Denver Broncos

Denver's "no fly zone" had a fantastic day against Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys, and while Aqib Talib and Bradley Roby played their part, it was Chris Harris who really stood out from that game.

When he drew Dez Bryant on the outside Harris was near-perfect, and when in the slot he was downright unplayable. Harris made six solo tackles, including this big stop on third down, deflected two passes and picked off one. Harris has long been one of the best all-round corners in the league, and on Sunday he showed why.

  1. POLL: Who was the Week 2 defensive player of the week?

    1. Chris Jones
    2. Desmond Trufant
    3. Chris Harris
    7 votes
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Toby Durant

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