Your “take it for whatever it’s worth” batch of predictions. Three of these guys have the Pats in the Super Bowl, but only one has them winning it. Not surprising it’s almost entirely Broncos and Pats repping the AFC, with one guy picking Pittsburgh.
Lot of Packers picks too, can’t wait to see the Pats travel to Lambeau on November 30th.
With him, you really have to do your job and whatever your assignment is. If you got man [coverage], stay locked up on him. If you have zone [coverage], stay in your zone, because if you try to freelance and jump a route, he is too smart for that. He will read it and expose you. So stay back, do your assignment and make the plays when it comes to you. That’s how you beat him. He’s very smart. He is a guy that takes what is given to him. He’s going to throw to the open guy. He has a good offensive line, so he’s going to have time to throw the ball and he’s going to take the matchups that he likes.
It’s more than the play that I think the Patriots will miss most; it’s the leadership and enforcer-type mentality. Mankins brought a toughness, attitude, and you’re-not-going-to-mess-with-us type approach to the field that is going to be hard to duplicate. I don’t see anyone on the current Patriots’ line who could fill that void right now.
The last preseason game is upon us and once again another training camp is behind us. The most important pieces of the Patriots roster should see limited, if any, time in this one, softening our injury concerns.
But there will still be plenty to watch on Thursday night, with Jimmy Garoppolo getting the start for the first time in his young career. Garoppolo is a lock to make the team, but there are plenty others still on the bubble who will want to pop against the Giants.
Here’s our list of who needs the biggest games to avoid the next cut when 22 players currently on the roster must go.
I knew once I got here, I had to go to another level if I wanted to stick around,” Butler said. “Yeah, it was a big jump. The plays and the quickness of the wide receivers. Everybody’s good. It was a big jump. It was a big jump.
Safe to say this guys head is spinning today as he dives into the Patriots playbook. But excited to see what he’ll bring to the party. So many diverse options, you hear about matchup nightmares being a single player, but this year I think the whole Patriots offense is a matchup nightmare.
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