While you’re watching the Patriots vs Saints game tonight, feel free to chime in here with your thoughts on the game, but before it gets started, tell us who you’re excited to be watching.
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Doug – In the Pats first preseason game tonight, I’ll be most interested to how the backup tackles look. I’ve been harping on it ever since Robert Gallery got injured, but if someone can’t step up and take that 4th tackle spot, the Patriots may need to make a move outside the organization to address the position. Unfortunately, the only players we’re likely to see are former Oregon Duck rookie Darrion Weems and college LT turned NFL guard/center Nick McDonald. McDonald will likely take the LT role from Nate Solder and should get significant snaps at the position. McDonald served the Patriots well in one start last year at center, he may be the most versatile player on the Patriots line this year.
James – I’ll be looking primarily at the Patriots front seven. New England invested heavily in the defensive front seven in the 2012 NFL Draft and will need some impact plays out of Chandler Jones, Dont’a Hightower and Jake Bequette. It will also be interesting to see if second round safety Tavon Wilson sees any time as an in the box defender tonight against the powerful Saints offense – I’d especially like to see him try and defend tight end Jimmy Graham.
Have at it – who are you excited to watch. Check back in later and tell us who you think is playing well tonight.