NEPD Staff Writer Doug Kyed
After a blowout win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Patriots fans have to be feeling good. Here is what we thought of the first of many wins this season.
-After barely seeing him last year, it’s great to see Taylor Price play an entire game. His 50 yard reception on the opening drive showed some great hands and balance. His stumble gave the Jaguars a nice angle to get him on the sideline. Once again I’m really hoping we don’t need to see Price on punt returns. He showed he can gain some ground if he catches the ball, but he’s had a couple questionable catches on punts. As far as the INT called back, Price needs to hang onto that ball no matter how hard the throw is.
-I didn’t love the pick, but Ryan Mallett looked sensational. He’s really got a laser for an arm and showed some nice presence going through his options in the pocket. Mallett’s TD to Ridley showed a great pass, but another slight juggle from Ridley. I’m sure we’ll never see him catch this many passes in a game again.
-Mallett might have looked the most like Brady on that scramble, then QB sneak. I’d like to see a foot race between Brady and Mallett.
-Ridley reminds me of Sammy Morris when he’s healthy. Sneaky burst with a lot of power. The New England rushing game is one to stay away from in fantasy this year.
-Darius Butler continues his struggles from last season. He’s been beat a lot.
-I would have liked to have seen more from Sergio Brown if he’s going to be the fourth safety. I saw him run right by a tackle in the third quarter.
-Darryl Richard looks great on the stat sheet, but both of his sacks came via nice coverage downfield.
-Steve Maneri, former high school basketball star and college tight end looked really nice playing LT for Mallett. He showed a lot of athleticism especially pulling for Medlin.
-With Price and Ridley looking great today, think about how many weapons Brady has on offense this year? It’s not even fair. Woodhead, Ridley, Green-Ellis, Vereen, Ocho, Branch, Price, Welker, Edelman, Hernandez and Gronk. Yikes, did I forget anybody?
-Some other random thoughts: why can’t the NFL stick a ref in the booth to review Tds? Scotty McGee is a great football name. It’s always fun to see Belichick’s kids on the sideline.