NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
Well, the preseason is finally over. And it ended with a mostly sloppy affair in Foxboro. So what did we learn from the second half of the game?
-Tiquan Underwood didn’t impress very much tonight. It was a nice depth signing, but his hands are still very raw.
-We finally got to see Shane Vereen and I was mostly impressed. He showed his exceptional speed and he cuts very fast behind the line. As long as he can hit his holes fast, he should be a great weapon for the Patriots.
-Brandon Tate has just looked hopeless. I’m sure he sees the writing on the wall, but he hasn’t been impressive in punt returns, kick returns or as a receiver. Matthew Slater has proven he’s capable enough as a 6th receiver, there’s no need for a 7th.
-Buddy Farnham will be a nice project on the practice squad.
-Tough fumble by Medlin, the Patriots typically like to keep a RB on the practice squad, we’ll see if he makes the cut.
-Mallett looked pretty rough tonight. Let’s not trade Hoyer just yet. His offensive line hasn’t helped him much though.
-Antwaun Molden has actually looked pretty good tonight. As I said in my first half review, all of the defensive backs have looked pretty good, so it might be their surroundings rather than their talent.
-Ross Ventrone saw some action at CB, he’ll be another nice addition for the practice squad.
-The Patriots really showed their depth at DL today. Unfortunatley not everyone can make the team, so hopefully we’ll see a trade or two this week.
-Tracey White has had a nice preseason. He shines on special teams, but if it came down to it, he could contribute on defense as well.
Overall, there’s not much to be concerned about tonight. Obviously Belichick won’t be excited about the meltdown on special teams, but it was also ultimately a fluke play the Giants scored off of.