New England Patriots start-ups have turned in a pretty easy pre-season.
The starters made their first two preseason games of the Patriots after participating in practice with the Titans in Detroit and Tennessee in the weeks leading up to those races, the Patriots offensive starters playing in three series Thursday night in their win over Carolina Pa. the defensive starters stayed on the field during the first half.
Here's what this play time told us about the Patriots depth with two weeks to the regular season.
This one is easy. Tom Brady played the first three quarters, after which he was released by Jarrett Stidham. Brian Hoyer stayed on the page for the entire game.
So what does this mean? That means the Patriots wanted to see a good, long look at Steadham. Does this mean they are considering making a fourth-round Brady tank and cutting off Hoyer? That's hard to say. But this situation is not as clear as it might seem a week ago.
The Patriots running backs were in order of appearance: Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris, and then Nick Brossette. White and Burkhead's first clicks were the same play on the Patriots' third and 8th run.
Harris did not enter the game until Steadham entered the quarterback. So despite his impressive performance last Saturday, the rookie is still clearly the No. 4 option in the back behind Michelle, White and Burkhead.
Boldon and Brosett did not play until Harris was injured.
James Develin is still the clear starter and year-round vulture. Jacob Johnson came into the game after Steadham went under center. Andrew Beck and Johnson began splitting repeats early in the third quarter. So now the depth chart is going to go Develin / Johnson / Beck.
Beck received the highest signing bonus from any Patriots rookie. It seems like a long time to make the list, though we like his athleticism for the position.
It is quite possible that there will be no wide receiver starting Week 1, played on Thursday night. Julian Edelman, Demarius Thomas, Josh Gordon, Cameron Meredith, N Keal Harry, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berios and Matthew Slater all came out, leaving the Patriots with Philip Dorset, Jacobi Myers, Gunner Olenshevsky Olenshevsky Olenshevsky Olenshevsky Olenshevsky Olenshevsky.
Myers and Dorset were a preliminary startup. Myers, an unprepared rookie, stayed in the game over Dorset with one receiver kits that we saw as remarkable. Dorset had more success with Brady at center, while Myers thrived playing with Steadham.
Olszewski is the third wide patriot and was on the ground for 33 snaps before hitting his head and had to leave the game. Davis saw playing time starting in the second quarter until Paterson entered the game by the end of the third quarter.
The decency bias tells us that Dorset may be above Myers in the depth chart beyond Friday. He was much better with Brady at center. Looking at full coverage over the past four months, Myers has been far more productive than Dorset in training camp and preseason.
A TROUBLE END
With Matt Lakos still out, Ryan Itzzo was the Patriots' starting point. Itzo also played deep in the fourth quarter. Ben Watson plays the opening Patriots offensive. Steven Anderson, Lance Kendricks and Eric Saubert also shared the field with the Patriots' starters.
Based on Thursday night, we assume Izzo and Lakos will make the initial list of patriots. Watson has been suspended for the first four weeks of the season. If the Patriots decide to keep three tight ends, it seems like Kendricks has an edge over Anderson and Sobert, though he's probably too close to call.
Watson and Kendricks were injured and did not return to play on Thursday.
Here are the combinations of patriotic offensive lines:
First Team: LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Joe Thuney, C David Andrews, RG Shaq Mason, RT Marcus Cannon
Second Team: LT Dan Skipper, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Ted Karras, RG James James Ferentz, RT Cole Croston
Third Team: LT Cole Croston, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Ted Karras, RG James Ferentz, RT Dan Skipper
Fourth Team: LT Cole Croston, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Tyler Gauthier, RG James James Ferentz, RT Tyrie St. Louis
Fifth Team: LT Cedrick Lang, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Tyler Gauthier, RG James James Ferentz, RT Tyrie St. Louis
Froldt and Ferenc received tons of snapshots. We have the feeling that the Patriots may be helping Ferenc to make a movie in the rest of the NFL, since he is not eligible for the team.
The offensive offender of rookie Martes Ivey does not play.
The offensive depth chart for the Patriots is currently: Wynn, Cannon, Skipper, Croston, St. Louis, Lang. Skipper and Croston can be jumped. The Patriots could choose to keep Skipper or Croston with their backup swings to deal with. We expect Wynn, Thuney, Andrews, Mason, Cannon, Karras and Froholdt to make the team.
The Patriots' starting defensive line was Danny Shelton in the nose tackle, and Byron Cowert and Lawrence Guy in the defensive end. It was little surprise to see Cowart, selected in the fifth round in 2019, starting with players like Adam Butler, Mike Penel and Dietrich Weise, but he won it. Cowart played very well this summer.
The Patriots' starting nickel defensive line was Guy and Michael Bennett.
For the third and long time, Bennett is the lone patriot advocate.
Wise got one moment early in the first quarter and the rest came in the second quarter and the second half. The veteran pass-rusher, who looks smaller, lags behind at least Bennett, Guy and Cowart in the depth chart. Penel came into the game with five minutes of play in the first quarter, but he played deep into the fourth quarter. Butler's first reps came with four minutes to go in the first quarter in an apparent transition situation. He received only four complete clicks.
Kyyonta Davis and Ufomba Kamalu entered the game in the second half. Sometimes both defense liners were forced to play outside their position as outside players with a limited batch of players available in the position due to injuries. Kamalu stood out more in the role. Davis was spotted receiving x-rays after the match.
David Money is over Nick Thurman in depth, but at first glance beneath Shelton and Penel, where the nose reaches.
The appearance of Cowart shakes the picture of the defensive line. Bennett and Guy are locks, while we consider Cowart almost a lock. Other players can compete for two or three open seats. Butler and Penel would be our favorites.
Kyle Van Noy and Chase Winovic were the first outside leaders of the Patriots in Nickel. These were Van Noy and Jamie Collins at base 3-4 defense. On the third down, the Patriots' rushers were Bennett, Dont Hightower, John Simon and Wynowicz to start the game. Bennett, Winovic, Hightower, Collins and Van Noy also saw third-and-4 reps in the second quarter.
With Derek Rivers, Trent Harris and Shilik Calhoun, the Patriots had a limited depth of outside leadership. That's why Weinowitz started, and that's why we see Kamalu, Davis and Christian Sam playing in this position.
Van Noy, Winovich, Collins, Hightower and Simon make the team. However, there is only one place for Rivers or Calhoun.
Collins pulls double duty as an internal and external linear transfer, depending on down and distance. Hightower and Collins were the original inner nickels. It was based on Hightower and Icelandon Roberts.
Second year pro Ja & # 39; s Whaun Bentley entered for Roberts in the middle of the first quarter. Bentley and Roberts shared the field in the home run in the second quarter.
Teresa Hall and Calvin Manson moved the inside lines of the linebacker to start the second half. Sam also played in the internal quarterback in the third quarter, especially in nickel. Sam and Hall were Patriots' inside defenders to end the game.
Collins, Hightower, Bentley and Roberts are expected to form the team. Linkback / special teams ace Brandon King was reportedly injured at the end of the season during the game. That could make room for Manson.
This group is pretty clear right now. Thursday night's starters were Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and slot man Jonathan Jones.
Backup was JC Jackson, Joejuan Williams and other hits by Duke Dawson.
The third string was Dawson, Cillon Crossen, Ken Webster and Williams' dash.
The fact that Dawson plays the slot makes his competition for a place with Crossen a little more interesting. If Jones gets injured or becomes ineffective, we think McCurty or Patrick Chung would just slip inside the slot. But Dawson has some value in the role that the other rebates in this team don't really play. He and Crossen played very special teams on Thursday nights. We make you, hmm. We'll still put Krosen on the list over Dawson.
With the departure of Chung and Obi Melifonwu, the Patriots went with Devin McCurty, Duron Harmon and Terence Brooks. However, Harmon and McCurty were in two safety kits.
Brooks and A.J. Howard took over in the third quarter.
Brooks played in the fourth quarter, after which he was anointed for Malik Gantt.
We expect Chung, McCourty, Harmon, Brooks and special team Nate Ebner to make the list.
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