Patriots’ Stock Report: Trying to Find a Silver Lining in Foxborough…

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has struggled to find rhythm with his offense this season, getting ready during warm-ups before Sunday’s game. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)

NEPD Staff Writer: Ken Vetrano

There’s really no sugar coating the Patriots lack luster beginning to 2014, they’ve underperformed and shown a lack of execution and discipline that’s not typical of Bill Belichick coached teams. New England’s offense can’t get in rhythm, and at this point card board cut outs of last year’s offensive line would be an upgrade to the current cast being shuffled on field. Not much progression has been shown on that side of the ball, and I have a feeling things are going to get worse before they get better.

Sell:

Stevan Ridley: When you’re playing the worst run defense in the league you should be able to bust off at least one run over 10 yards. In fairness, New England’s offensive line didn’t help Ridley much, but good running backs can find ways to create space on their own. The Patriots’ offense doesn’t need him to be electric or a game breaker, they just need a RB who can set up more manageable 1st and 2nd downs. Between Ridley, Shane Vereen and Brandon Bolden, none of them have made a significant impact running the ball this year. If they don’t start breaking tackles for more yardage, expect one of New England’s young backs to get a shot. Whether that’s James White or maybe even Jonas Gray getting called up to the 53 man roster, New England has fresh legs waiting in the wings.

Brandon LaFell: Can this guy set a pick without completely demolishing someone? A huge factor in the Patriots signing LaFell had to do with his blocking ability, and so far that has been one of his main deficiencies. James Jones might not be a complete receiver, but Oakland only paid him about a million dollars more than the Pats did LaFell this past Spring, and if I had to choose between the two of them, James would be my selection. At least he makes his presence known in the red zone. Although if picking neither was an option… I would’ve most likely spent that money elsewhere.

Jordan Devey:  I’m convinced Devey doesn’t realize he’s 6’7″ 317lbs. He plays with zero power or physicality and to stand out as the worst lineman in this offense is really saying something. He was pulled in the 2nd half for Bryan Stork, and barring injury there’s no reason why he should get his job back.

Buy :

In the meantime, the Patriots’ defense has become the team’s silver lining. They have shown marked improvements each week, as certain players continue to grow and develop within the system. A few players in particular have started taking that next step in their career.

Dont’a Hightower: Hightower was terrific all Sunday afternoon, and took care of his assignments from end line to end line. He showed good range, and refused to let running backs or receivers get on top of him. His poise and patience is probably what’s been most impressive about him this season. He’s not over analyzing things, and has begun to settle down. Which in return has allowed Hightower to absorb what opposing offenses are doing faster, and move on the ball after his initial read step. Hightower may be the most improved player on the team this year.

Safety Rotation: Heading into the season strong safety was a concern for New England. There was no solid answer to who would play along side Devin McCourty, and a cast of draft reaches,  retreads and a rugby player were their only options. But through three games the rotation of Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Tavon Wilson and even Nate Ebner in certain packages has worked out well. Sharing the load allows this group to take on only so much individually, and keeps them from becoming exposed in spots. They haven’t given up many explosive plays, while McCourty seems more comfortable playing center field. If the Patriots can start ratcheting up the pressure with their front seven on a more frequent basis, the ceiling for this group will become even higher.

Chandler Jones: The Patriots might be the only thing that gets in the way of Chandler Jones becoming an All Pro this year. Belichick is obsessed with moving Jones around the field, and taking him off the line of scrimmage. The best way to utilize Jones is to let him put his hand on the ground and just be an athlete. He has continued to set the edge well this season, but has also demonstrated a burst and repertoire of second moves to get around tackles. If he’s not making contact with quarterbacks, he’s usually breathing down their necks. Once the defense starts to really solidify themselves, I fully expect Belichick to dial up more blitzes, and unleash Jones on a regular basis.

A lot of people will raise the argument that this defense has yet to face a difficult passing offense, and for the most part that’s true. However, outside of Cincinnati, they don’t have to deal with an above average passing attack until Chicago in week 8. And by that time Brandon Browner will have served his suspension, and Belichick should have them firing on all cylinders.

It’s going to take an Atlas type effort for New England’s defense to carry the weight of it’s offense over the next couple weeks, but they can do it.

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27 Responses to “Patriots’ Stock Report: Trying to Find a Silver Lining in Foxborough…”

  1. Michael says:

    I’d be for offering Incognito a low $ deal.
    No guarantee just make good. If
    he can fit into the LG spot it will
    help Nate’s play. If he misbehaves
    out the door, probably to never get
    another offer.

  2. Rmc says:

    I think Ridley has been ok, but where is James White. BB trades Mankins for Wright and throws to him a couple times. Josh Kline filled in for Mankins last year and did well! where is he this year? BB personnel and coaching decisions are coming back to haunt him, his thinking that he can coach anybody up is starting to bite him. The online coach was fired from his two prev jobs and he was out of football last year, there wasn’t a better coach available? BB needs to stop being cheap and put the best team out there and he is not doing that. Maybe they need to have a losing season or two for Kraft and BB to wake up, right now I would welcome that, coz I don’t like what I see

    • MaineMan says:

      DeGuglielmo was the Fins OL Coach under Tony Sparano from 2009-2011 (Reggie Bush’s first 1,000-yards rushing season). Sparano was fired as HC of the Fins at the end of the 2011 season and, as is typical, his entire staff was also let go, including DeGuglielmo. When Sparano hooked on with the Jets as their OC for the 2012 season, he brought DeGuglielmo with him. The Jets fired Sparano in January of 2013, but kept DeGuglielmo, probably because the OL had been one of the few bright spots for their 2012 offense. However, DeGuglielmo had a rep for being unfriendly with the New York media (heh), and had also been at odds with Jets FO management over their insistence that he start Vlad Ducasse at Guard, so he ended up being let go in early February (allegedly Brian Schottenheimer has implied that he’d also had issues with Jets FO interference while he was their OC).

      It’s true that DeGuglielmo spent 2013 out of the league and working as a football analyst for the Clear Channel affiliate in Columbia, S.C. After working for the Jets, who could blame him for taking a year off? Anyway, he was about to accept a coaching offer from Maryland when the Pats hired him in January of this year.

      Before all this, he was the OL coach for the Giants under Coughlin from 2004-2008. In his last season there, the Giants set franchise records for rushing yardage (2,518) and YPA (5.0). So, it seems like he’s had a pretty productive pro coaching career.

      Anyway, I really couldn’t say, at this very early point, that DeGuglielmo is good or bad for the Pats organization or even if he’s the main cause of the OL issues. I mean, they’re also adjusting to the loss of Mankins and to guys playing new positions on the interior OL. But, since you’re convinced that the Pats can do better, I assume you have the names of a couple guys who’d be available to take over on a moment’s notice during the season and fix everything very quickly. You do have those names, right?

      • Jack says:

        MM, great info as usual. What is your take on bringing Rich Incognito in? Yeah, he’s a bully, but maybe NE needs that edge right now. Also, he’s in a situation like Talib – a guy with a bad rep who has a chance to reset with the Pats. He would not f*ck up, I mean, in terms of off the field. Definitely a buy-low situation, and it’s a massive area of need.

        I know I’ve brought this up before, but what about poor TB? What a terrible way to wind down a career for this great, great QB. Give him an Incognito and let him start carving up defenses again. Wht do you think?

        • MaineMan says:

          The thing for me about Incognito is that his greatest asset has always been his nastiness. In terms of his technique and effectiveness, even at his best, he probably hasn’t been much better than Mankins has been the past couple seasons. And he’s never been well-liked in the various locker rooms he’s inhabited. About the only other point in his favor is that DeGuglielmo was his OL coach in Miami back in 2010 and 2011, so he knows that system, so it’s not ~totally~ unrealistic to contemplate bringing him aboard. But still, there could be some significant downside. Honestly, I’m leaning about 60/40 against and would prefer the continuity with the guys they have now to a “quick fix” that might actually break something else in the long run.

          I’m actually not worried about Brady even a tiny bit, and I’m not seeing the issues with him that everyone else seems to see.

          Since the “Debacle by Da Beach”, his completion rate has been 65.5%, the same as his season rate for 2009-2011 – and it WOULD be over 67% if not for Amendola’s 3 catches for 60 yards being nullfied by stupid penalties. His QB rating has averaged 97.3 over the past two games, pretty much the same as all but his very best seasons. His yards/attempt over the past two games (6.60) is still relatively low but, again, with Amendola’s three catches, that jumps up to 7.30, pretty close to “normal”.

          Oh yeah, knock on wood, he hasn’t thrown a pick in 114 pass attempts this season.

          And he’s managed all this while under probably the most intense and consistent pressure he’s seen in a very long time.

          And this thing about how he’s not spreading the ball around? Horsepuckey. He’s targeted every offensive skill position player (except Hooman) at least twice and has targeted at least 8 different guys in every game.

          And “he’s focused almost exclusively on Edelman”? Also hogwash. Edelman has seen 26% of Brady’s targets this season (actually, a % or two lower, if you count Amendola’s nullified catches). So what? Edelman saw 25% of Brady’s targets in 2013 and I don’t remember anybody calling that a sign of impending doom. Every year that Welker was with the Pats, he saw 23% to 27% of Brady’s targets and I really don’t remember anybody complaining about THAT.

          Seriously, folks who get all their info on the Patriots from talk shows and lazy sportswriters are going to have a seriously warped impression of what’s going on.

        • Jack says:

          MM, I like your positivity. I’m going to take issue with you on some points, but don’t mistake that for any kind of malice or ill-intent on my part.

          Btw, I’m in accord about Brady still being able to play up to his lofty standards, although his a step slower sliding around in the pocket. But it’s still good enough – with a decent OL. And I get why he’s targeting just a few guys – a) they get open and b) he doesn’t have time to go through his progressions. But, I’m not going to feel all warm and fuzzy because his stats are acceptable against teams that are unlikely to make the playoffs. He needs a few more nano-seconds to get the ball out. He’s getting hit too much. No QB will do well when there’s a jailbreak going on every play.

          And let’s face it, MM – you’re cherry-picking stats, are you not? I’m not a huge believer in taking out bad games. They got crushed in Miami for a lot of different reasons, but they got crushed, and that’s it. As far as Amendola’s catches, didn’t he only get open because of illegal and obvious pick plays? They shouldn’t count because if not for the picks, he wouldn’t have been open, correct?

          Also, I’m not completely sure about your assertion that Incognito has been disliked in the locker room wherever he’s gone. The comments made by his teammates after the whole Martin debacle were consistently and fully in support of him. One of his teammates went so far as to call him an “honorary brother.” If the guy was so widely disliked, wouldn’t they have been more tepid in their support?

          Also, in your comparison of him to Mankins, you say he hasn’t been much more effective. While I’ll acquiesce to your clearly superior knowledge, I would say more to the the point is he more effective than who NE has now? E.g. Canon/Kline/Devey. There’s a reason the guy has started over 100 games and was named all-pro.

        • MaineMan says:

          REPLY to Jack –

          I hear ya. Good points.

          On the one hand, completing passes against the coverages of Oakland and Minny isn’t anything to hang a medal on, by any means. No doubt the Chiefs will be tougher. OTOH, pressure is pressure, and a thwack from a DE at 2-point-something seconds after the snap is what it is, regardless of the uni he’s wearing. But Brady still made the completions at a very good rate, in spite of relentless pressure – the jailbreaks, and against 7-8 guys in coverage at least some of the time.

          WRT the cherry-picking…

          There’s this mob of doom-and-gloomers using the reach of the media to relentlessly pound, as undeniable fact, the conclusion that Brady has declined significantly and/or that the offense has been continuously horrible. For evidence, they exclusively present the three-game averages, portraying those stats as one static thing rather than something that’s actually changing over time. That’s also a kind of cherry-picking. To top it off, they follow up their rants with demands to “see progress soon” – and do so without a trace of irony. By leaving out that ONE-third of the season so far – a game in which pretty much the entire team had a truly awful day – I’m simply demonstrating that there HAVE been signs of progress in the TWO-thirds of the season SINCE then, and that this “official view” isn’t the only way of looking at things. In a sense, I guess, it’s cherry-picking to combat the cherry-picking that has become the accepted wisdom.

          I also don’t see it as cherry-picking stats to point out that Brady actually DID target Amendola three more times than he’s credited for. That’s a fact. That those three targets were wiped off the ~official~ record due to penalties doesn’t mean that they didn’t happen. The folks who are arguing that Brady isn’t spreading the ball around enough and/or that he isn’t throwing to Amendola while ignoring those three throws are the ones who are actually doing the cherry-picking. If those three throws had ended up as drops rather than nullified by penalty, they still would’ve been counted as targets, right? How the plays failed is kinda irrelevant.

          WRT Incognito’s popularity (or lack thereof), I would have been more accurate saying that he hasn’t been “universally” well-liked in the locker rooms of the Rams, the Bills or even Miami. While there certainly were guys in the Fins’ locker room who voiced their support, there were also others who pointedly responded “no comment” when asked about him. To me that indicates that there was a division of feelings about him, perhaps a strong one. The point being that a divided locker room is something the Pats don’t really need to deal with right now. WRT his playing abilities, I’m not saying that Incognito (who’s 31, btw) is/was just a JAG. Over his career, I’d say he’s fallen somewhere between Mankins in 2010 and Mankins in 2013. Incognito might well be better at Guard than Devey/Kline/Cannon – right now – but there’s certainly at least some potential for one or all of those three guys to get better. Bringing in Incognito inevitably takes reps away from those guys and slows their development, which is a longer term downside. So, between the potential for some locker room disruption and slowing down the development of the younger guys who could become quality starters, I’m 60/40 against signing Incognito. Not 100%, just 60/40.

        • Jack says:

          MM –

          I agree on a lot of points you make. I don’t really buy into the media negativity, either. It’s very clear to me that they actively search for the most negative possible angle they can find on anything, and trumpet it to the skies. It’s kind of like lawyers – they are paid to take the extreme view. I’m sure this isn’t news to you. It drives ratings. With his age, talk of Brady being on the decline is obviously going to be a hot topic if his statistics aren’t in line with what expectations are based on his past performances. In other words, what the media says is of no concern to me, except to the extent that they can provide actual information or insight into what’s happening on the team. As Rick Pitino once decried, “The negativity in this town sucks!” He learned the hard way.

          Anyway, we all know that statistics can be massaged to prove a point. We both agree that Brady will be just fine if he gets *time* to throw the ball. Where we diverge is I would be absolutely ecstatic if they signed Incognito right now. I don’t care if he’s 31. That’s young enough, still. There is a window for Brady, and I think bringing Incognito on board would do a great deal to right the ship. Honestly, it has all the earmarks of a perfect signing – a guy down on his luck, needs to be a good citizen and restore his rep, one who bring an edge of nastiness that was lost with Mankins, a guy who fills exactly the point of greatest need on the team right now, comes for cheap money, and buys some time for maybe these other guys to develop, who knows? And he has a relationship with DeGuglielmo already as you pointed, and he’s familiar with the AL East. What’s the downside? The Pat’s haters hate more? I don’t think he has the ability to divide the locker room – he’s infamous and has to be on his best behavior – just like Talib.

      • steve earle says:

        Well researched points there MM. As usual you bring the pictures into focus as well as anyone on this site. Well done and thanks.

  3. Paul Hayes says:

    Nobody should be surprised that the OL is our biggest problem. That’s been apparent ever since Pot Roast and company pushed the OL around in last years AFC Championship game against Denver. Fixing the OL should have been priority # 1 in the off season. When free agency began there were a number of solid guards available, many at team friendly deals, yet BB chose to stay on the sidelines. OK, so now I’m thinking that we’ll grab a guard or center with one of our picks in the 1st 3 rounds. Nope. BB waited until the 4th rd before we finally made a move to help the OL We had the entire free agency period and the draft to fix our biggest need and it took us until the 4th rd to address it? That is inexcusable. Now I know why we used the # 62 pick on Garopolo. We’re gonna need him when Brady gets crushed by a big defensive tackle.

    • steve earle says:

      Looks like you and others who wanted BB to draft o-line early in the draft saw things the rest of us didn’t. Losing Scar and then Mankins didn’t help though the way it looks now not sure it matters much. Hoping benching Devey allows at least some improvement otherwise I fear you will be proven right again when Brady gets creamed.

      • Jack says:

        Steve, one early indicator was the fact the Pats allowed 40 sacks last year. I’m not saying I was advocating for an early round OL, but as I don’t follow things closely enough to realize they could’ve landed an OL FA cheap. I guess the Dolphins signed Brandon Albert for 9 mill/year, but that’s pretty steep esp. if they’re signing Revis. I wonder who the other guys were? I know you’re not in accord with me on this, but I feel like Incognito could bring a huge boost to this line, both in terms of attitude and in terms of bringing in a legit nfl guard – over 100 starts and who was an all-pro in 2013. The Pats have successfully brought in other guys with bad reps in the past and turned them around, e.g. Aqib Talib.

    • MaineMan says:

      REPLY to Paul Hayes –

      Just to add some context…

      Center Phil Costa and Guard Shelley Smith were among the first guys the Pats talked to at the very start of FA. Costa signed with Indy the next day, but retired a couple months later (at age 26). Smith signed a 2-year/$5.5M deal with MIA the next day, but had only managed to to be in a rotation with Dallas Thomas at Guard until spraining his knee a couple weeks ago. In May, the Pats also had a tryout for Guard Davin Joseph, rated as among the worst Guards in 2013, and they passed. The Rams signed him 3 weeks later as a backup. The actually ~good~ younger OGs all signed out-of-reach, multi-year deals on the first day of FA. Of the older OGs, Colon re-signed with the Jets and Travelle Wharton retired. Among Centers, it was really only Alex Mack (totally unaffordable) and Evan Dietrich-Smith (who signed with Tampa at the start of FA), who would have been a clear improvement over Wendell (who was re-signed to a very team-friendly deal at the end of March).

      WRT “early” OL draft picks the Pats could have taken…

      Between Easley (#29) and JimmyG (#62), there were five OL drafted. Of those, OG Bitonio (#35, CLE) was the only guy I really liked a lot for the Pats and he’s been a very good starter for the Browns from the get-go.

      As for the rest:
      – OC Richbourg (#43, NYG) has graded out poorly playing out of position at OG due to injuries
      – OG Mewhort (#59, IND) has mostly graded in positive (barely) numbers at Guard
      – OG Su-a-Filo (#33, HOU) is a backup who got a start last week only due to injury and is apparently awful in pass-pro
      – OT Kouandjio (#44, BUF) is looking like a bust, having been passed by 7th-rounder Seantrel Henderson

      Between JimmyG (#62) and Stork/Fleming (#105 and #140, respectively), 12 OL were drafted. Of those:
      – OG Brandon Thomas (#100, SFO) is on “redshirt-IR” (blew up a knee just before the draft)
      – OC Marcus Martin (#70, SFO) screwed up a knee in camp and will be out thru mid-season at least
      – OT Britt (#64, SEA) is a starting RT
      – OG Jackson (#81, OAK) is starting
      – OG Trai Turner (#92, CAR) is starting
      – OG Linder (#93, JAX) is starting
      – the other six are backups with no game appearances so far

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        MaineMan – Interesting to hear about Seantrel Henderson. Though he was taken in the 7th round, he was widely considered to have the talent of a very early draft pick. If I recall correctly, he plummeted due to attitude and behavioral problems. I always thought he was one of the greatest examples of minuscule risk versus tremendous potential, who played at a position of obvious need. I wish we would have taken him as opposed to the several later round picks we drafted and then released during roster cuts.

  4. Dylan.C says:

    Hightower has been a stud, glad he has bounced back from 2013. Everyone was so quick to hate on him last year for playing poorly when the reality of the situation was that he was being played out of position because of injuries to the rest of the D. I also have a feeling he played through some kind of lower body injury last year because he looked like he was playing a step slower than his rookie season. He is definitely at his best rushing the passer and stuffing the run and he has really thrived when he’s allowed to do that.

    As far as Solders play, he has definitely been stinking it up…. But is it really related to the concussions? He seemed fine at the very end of the season when he came back and in the playoffs but maybe I remember incorrectly.

    • acm says:

      Hightower was always a very good player. Reason he looks a lot better this year is that he is no longer being misused in roles that would set him up for failure, more often than not.

      • MaineMan says:

        I don’t see filling in for Mayo as a “misuse” of Hightower or “setting him up to fail”. It certainly wasn’t an optimum use of his talents, but he was the best (maybe the ONLY) guy on the roster for the job. There really wasn’t much else that the team could reasonably do.

        • acm says:

          They could have gone away from their philosophy of having overly big LBs for once and drafted/signed an actual cover LB instead of of thinking a 270 lbs man could “fly” after TEs and RBs on just about every down, for example. He is more mobile than what one would expect him to be at that size but that was always going to be his weakness.
          One player that comes to mind they reportedly were looking at in the 2012 draft was Lavonte David. Instead, they went for need and severely over-drafted T. Wilson 10+ spots before David was taken by the Bucs. My guess is if David were 30 lbs heavier and considerably less mobile, he’d be a Patriot now.

          And no, I am not saying they shouldn’t have drafted Hightower; I am saying they should have drafted both as they needed both instead of getting only DH and forcing him into a role, for lack of a better alternative, a player like LD was far better suited for in the first place.

          Even with Mayo available, however, they still used Hightower primarily in coverage, a role that hardly accentuated his strengths.

  5. Joe E O says:

    I think you have to sell Nate Solder. He is not that same player since being injured last season. I don’t think it is unreasonable to think that the Patriots need to think about replacing him.

    Peace

    Joe E O

  6. Russell says:

    The Patriots run the ball when Ridley is on the field, RARELY passing to him. Past Fumbling issues, and a poor blocker in the passing game. Why is he still around? He leads the team in rushing yards.
    The Patriots were on the right track looking at free agent, Rajion Neal 5’11” 220 ran a 4.52 -40yd. at Tenn. Tenn. was a team Bill singled out last year as having Two outstanding OT’s. Neal was a great reciever, (even played WR some) for Tenn. and had a good preseason in Green Bay, so why not sign him?

    • acm says:

      Ridley isn’t exactly a stud of a RB (i.e. he is more dependent on OL play than an Adrian Peterson) but is the best at carrying that rock on the Pats’ roster. Bolden would be my first choice for a roster cut to make room for another RB. Problems at RB run deeper than individual talent (e.g. poor OL play for one).
      Ridely was no better at pass protection or other aspects of the game he falls short in back in 2012 but that didn’t prevent him from having a great year. What has changed the most since than is that the quality of the OL has progressively worsened over the past several years (with 2011 being the only exception due to the presence of Brian Waters) and has reached a new low this year.

    • steve earle says:

      Come on guys (Russell, Joe E O and acm) the real problem is lack of good play from the o-line. Good blocking would make all the other complaints go away. Joe, who do we sell Solder to and for what? Then who takes over at LT? Agree he isn’t up to usual standards but after only three games do we just give up on the guy? Okay Ridley isn’t breaking off big chunks but so far hasn’t fumbled and gains positive yds.. Bringing in unknowns at this point has it’s own problems. How long until they get up to speed and how do they fit? Not saying we can’t improve just pointing out that it’s still going to be the o-line.

  7. MaineMan says:

    Oakland’s run defense was only the “worst in the NFL” if you don’t look any deeper than the gross rushing yardage allowed (400 on 80 carries). First of all, they gave up that yardage to two very good running teams – Arian Foster & Co., and the Jets (who hung another 146 yards on the Packers the week after their Raiders game. Second of all, +/- 170 of that 400 yards was gained on a half-dozen big plays (breakdowns among the substitute LBs and the DBs), meaning that they allowed about 230 yards on the other 74 runs which equals a YPA of only about three yards. So, no, they were never the patsies that most analysts proclaimed them to be. Not even close.

    The other side of the unjustified expectations for the Pats ground game against the Raiders is that, completely apart from OL issues, Ridley and company have never been nearly as good as what the Texans and the Jets put on the field. Ridley hasn’t broken as many long runs in his career as Foster does in a typical season for him, and Vereen doesn’t have the power to get through the interior trash consistently, even with good blocking. None of Ridley, Vereen or Bolden has ever been able to create much space on their own. Neither Gray nor White are likely to have been much help in that regard, either.

    OTOH, the Chiefs have given up nearly 400 yards in their three games, with only two rushes going over 20 yards, so there may be a bit more room for Pats RBs to get their 4-8 yards on Monday.

  8. Oppitz says:

    Ridley is by far our best back between tackles, its not even close to Vereen, Bolden or White…

    McCoy is a good RB right? but he carried the ball 19 times for only 22 yards last sunday, so I guess the Eagles are looking to sell him to…

    You cant expect your backs to have a great game if you dont block to them, right now our line is a mess, they arent winning a lot of 1-1s, there isnt a lot of roles to run the ball.

    Of course Ridley isnt a great running back, he have some fumble issues and dosnt have that plus speed to finish the big plays, but if you block to him, the running game will be fine.

    • qwerty says:

      I agree. Ridley is the best RB and talented. All he needs is some blocking.

      I won’t diss anyone this early.

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