Shelton, and Butler started on the DL. Collins, Elandon Roberts,
Ja’Whaun Bentley and John Simon started at LB. “We all hold each other
accountable,” JC Jackson said. “Like I said, you’ve just got to come
out here and compete. Each day you’ve got to grind it out, make plays,
improve every day.” At DB: #27 JC Jackson, #33 Joejuan Williams, Harmon
and Terrence Brooks #25 started in the secondary. Belichick clearly wanted
to look at some young guys in this game.
and 10, Pats went into a 4-2 Nickel that looked like a 3-4 Nickel with
both Simon and Wise standing up. #55 Simon slashed inside, as Shelton
pancaked the OLG and the OLT trying to block Simon, he tripped on him as
well. So Simon reached the RB behind the line to get the first tackle of
and 10, the Pats D went into the 3-4 they had been hinting at all season.
With Patriots ex-ILB Jerod Mayo calling the defensive plays, it made a lot
of sense. Collins #8 burst into the backfield and took on the FB and
grabbed the RB’s shirt and slowed him down. Then Bentley and Williams
made the tackle.
and 9, the Pats crowded the line with five guys, four up and only one
down. Butler and Collins got knocked down to the right. Bentley
essentially stunted inside the pileup. But it took too long. Dawson and
Harmon ran into each other to give up the First to the WR.
and 10, Shelton fought his way to the QB and took him down. He had a
little hand fight, got leverage, and drove the OL back into the QB. The QB
tried to duck under Shelton, but he wasn’t having it.
and 14, Pats go 2-4 Nickel with four guys standing up. We are going to see
a lot of stand up rushers this season as they appear to be moving back to
a 3-4 again, with all their depth at linebacker. You could see they were
already working towards that goal in the Preseason.
Lions ran outside, and Terrence Brooks slowed the RB down but couldn’t
bring him down. JC Jackson flashed over and took him down. “I mean, each
year, you’ve still got to work your ass off and try to make the
roster,” Jackson said. “No matter what I did last year, it’s about
what I do this year.” There was a hold on the Offense. Sheldon drew the
flag for his second great play of the game.
and 24, Pats lined up in a 2-4 Nickel. They get pressure up the gut.
Savage was able to throw short, but it was in the dirt and incomplete. 3rd
and 24, Three guys crowded the line and the Pats brought five.
Simon, Wise and Rivers got pressure pushing the OLs back to the QB. Savage
took a swipe and had to take off. But it was just too far for him to get
the first. #14 Barrios had some trouble holding onto punts in practice,
but he held on here and got a solid eight on the return.
and 10, Brady will not march out for the first time this season. Hoyer was
in at QB, with Dan Skipper at OLT. They don’t want to put Brady out
behind Skipper. The Lions lined up in a 3-4 and Skipper got under the
5-Tech and shoved him to keep him out of the play.
Louis was in at ORT (I wrote him up as an URFA in my 2019
AFC East Draft Review). His best asset is his quickness off the
snap. Great initial burst backwards in pass pro. It looks like he almost
hops backwards off the snap. He got inside the 5-tech and turned to seal
him instantly. but struggled to hold the block, which is the fatal flaw he
has to fix. Bolden had a hole up the middle, but the ex-Patriot Tavon
Wilson swooped in from the outside to hit him behind the line.
and 9, the Pats went 3-Wide Shotgun. Skipper got a chip from the RB and
closed the rusher out. St. Louis showed his suddenness off the snap again
and beat Eric Lee to the corner. It was a screen to the blindside. Bolden
jumped around like a lunatic and ran for the 1st.
and 10, the Pats lined up in an I. Skipper got into the OLB quick and won.
St. Louis had a little more trouble. He got knocked back a little by the
5-tech and Bolden ran into him (St Louis not the 5-tech;). So Bolden was
able to bounce it outside, and he spun for the 1st as a flag was unfurled
in the area that usually indicates Holding.
and 18, they run Bolden again. Skipper won in the run game again. He drove
blocked the 5-Tech 5-yards back. Tyree St. Louis blocked the 5-tech at the
point, but he got to the RB.
and 16, St. Louis showed his great burst back off the snap, almost too
quick. He gave up the inside a little, but the OLB tried to run the arc
and was stoned. Skipper got his hands on the D-end and gave him a headbutt.
The D-end got upfield and when the D-end tried to turn inside, Skipper
drove him past Hoyer.
did a great job anchoring on the DT Caraun Reid. Hoyer completed it to
Dorsett short on a Hitch. He got open in pattern short and tried to run
for the 1st but three DBs were there to stop him.
and 5, Skipper did a great job pushing the DT inside to Froholdt. Then
picked up the OLB blitzing his edge and stoned him. St Louis made it look
easy against Lee again. He does
a great job keeping his hands high and tight and moving his feet to
get into position to use his hands.
pass was incomplete to force the punt. Hoyer threw to Jakobi Meyer, who I
wrote up in my 2019 AFC
East Draft Review was the best URFA the Pats picked up and said he
could be a starter as the 3rd WR on opening day in my Pats-Lions
Preview, but the DB got in front of him and slapped the ball down
to force the punt.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a straight up 3-4. Adam Butler was in at
5-tech, who I wrote in my Preview
Part III, that he had been lining up at 5-Tech and not DT in
training Camp, like the Pats were going to be shifting to more of a 3-4
Defense. They were all out 3-4 against Detroit Thursday night.
had five guys on the line. Two up, three down. Simon was back in at OLB
with Jamie Collins on the blind side. Jesse James took off and didn’t
block at all on the play action. The Pats DBs on his side all fell for the
play action. The QB hit James for an easy First.
and 10, the Pats D stayed in the 3-4, as Detroit stayed big. The front
five did a great job clogging the line. Roberts shot the gap right at the
RB and forced the RB to bounce it outside. Joejuan Williams set the edge
and took him down for his 2nd tackle of the game. He is a huge Corner who
can really move on the field.
and 7, they stayed in the 3-4 I predicted before the game. Collins blitzed
off the edge and got past the OLT. He slowed a little like he was going to
set the edge and dipped under him to sack the QB. He was such an
underrated pick up this off season.
just ran past the OLT and dipped to the QB for the easy looking Sack.
“Jamie has been great. As you know, he’s very athletic physical
player,” BB said on WEEI. “A talented player who can do a lot of
different things. He’s always done a good job for us and I think he’s
going to help us. [I] think he’s had a good camp and we expect him to
have a good year.” It
was almost sad for the OLT.
and 15, the Pats scrambled around with five guys on the line and seven
DBs. Bentley blitzed and got to the QB to get the sack. This front seven
is looking phenomenal. Bentley lined up, really in the 3-Gap. He slapped
the ORG’s arms down and burst past his outside shoulder. The ORT tried
to grab him up, but only pushed him inside to the QB.
use of technique, finesse, and power. “Ja’Whaun’s a very
hard-working kid and he does spend a lot of extra time [working and
studying]. He has a lot of other responsibilities at that position, from:
pass rushing to pass coverage, playing the run, defending play-action
passes and so forth,” BB said. “He’s got good instincts. And he’s
been a productive player in the opportunities that he gets the chance [to
make].” Very impressive to force the punt.
actually had a good return. His first since he left Miami. “I think his
improvement has come from his training, understanding the offense, and
timing work with the quarterbacks,” BB said about Barrios. “Those are
things that he didn’t have as much of an opportunity to do last year,
especially early in the season, in training camp, and then later on he was
able to train more. ” He got the sideline and scooted forward for
about 15 more yards.
and 10, the Pats went Singleback. Nice play action by Hoyer and Bolton.
Skipper was excellent on the D-end. He stoned him good. St. Louis made it
look easy as he blocked the 5-Tech. Froholdt slid over from OLG to get
outside of St. Louis and pick up Eric Lee outside of Tyree.
threw an easy pass in a perfectly clean pocket to LaCosse running down the
seam. He leaped up between two defenders and snagged it effortlessly.
he still looks like a one or two catch a game TE to me. But maybe we’re
so unimpressed with him because we are so used to watching the best ever.
With experience he could be good enough to be the guy they can use to run
down the seam and help keep the Safeties inside.
and 10, they ran Bolden for naught. They ran a zone blocking run and when
Bolden cut back he got hammered.
and 10, the Pats went 3-Wide Weak Shotgun. Hoyer set the offense. St.
Louis looked great with his explosive initial burst back. Skipper slid
backwards with the DE behind Hoyer, who had his pass slapped down by the
DT James Ferentz was blocking.
and 10, they lined up in a 4-wide Trips-right weak-shotgun, Harry ran a
great physical pattern. He blasted off the line and he just stopped as the
DB tried to rip his jersey off. But Harry was too strong and shrugged him
off. He turned back and then leaped to the opposite shoulder. He caught it
easy, for the much more difficult catch than it looked First.
Pats ran from the 12, but the blocking wasn’t there in the run game. 2nd
and 12, St. Louis and Skipper made it look easy on the Edge. Hoyer had
time. Maurice Harris was in the Slot. He won right off the line on the
release, and he was past the defenseless DB. The safety was pulling down
his shirt as he tried to look back. Hoyer threw it right over the Safeties
helmet for the easy looking TD. Pats-7.
Harry can’t stay healthy this season you could see a lot of Brady
throwing to Maurice Harris, Jakobi Meyers, and Inman this season.
lined up on 1st down in a Singleback. The Pats matched up in a 3-4 with
the D-line shifted to the Blind side and the LBs shifted to the
Strongside. The QB handed off to the RB on a Dive. Rivers, Dawson and
Melifonwu (who quietly had a good game) all got in on the tackle.
and 6, Detroit went I. The Pats matched up in the 3-4. The blocking was
great. The Pats sent six guys and got no pressure. Savage had time to
throw deep to some guy named Andy Jones. However, JC Jackson blanketed him
outside and there was really no room to throw into.
QB tried to go downfield to his WR, but Jackson had perfect position going
down the sideline. “Just a steady grinder. One day at a time, just
trying to get better,” BB said about JC. “If he makes mistakes,
(he’ll) try to correct it. He works at it. Usually shows some
improvement in that area. [Then] go on to something else. But his
durability. His consistency. And just being out there every day:
practicing, doing things, getting corrected, getting better, working on
them the next day. I mean, that’s really how you improve.” He read the
WRs hands and turned and knock it down.
is looking like he is going to be excellent this season. “Coming
here,” Jackson said. “No matter where you come from, no matter what
school you went to, no matter what round you went in the draft, you’ve
just got to come here and work. That’s what the coaches are looking
for.” That is why the Pats got so many interesting URFA this off season
(and because they give guys chances every off season).
and 6, Detroit went 4-Wide Shotgun. The Pats matched up in a meandering
Nickel. With the three corners all in press, there were nine guys on the
line and two deep safeties. They sent all six non-DBs in the rush.
had to go short. The QB dumped it off to the Slot WR Brandon Powel. Brooks
took him down fast. To force the punt. The Pats defense has been great.
But the Lions didn’t play Stafford, like the Pats didn’t play Brady.
Barrios had another great return. He caught it at the 20 and got it to the
40. He looked better than he has in practice before this game.
and 10, the Pats lined up in a tight I. They ran a dive. Both Skipper and
St Louis won. Froholdt sealed the NT outside the OC and Bolden slashed
behind him. For a few.
and 5, Hoyer came back out. In a Strong formation. Skipper won right off
the snap in a play action pass pro, with some help from Froholdt. St Louis
actually slid back with his inside hand on the ORG Ferentz, as the QB
dropped and they both stoned the 5-Tech.
had plenty of time. He turned and went up high to Harry. Harry leaped up
and spun around in the air to catch the back shoulder fade easy and pick
up the 1st. That was a great graceful catch that he made look easy. But he
came up limping and had to limp off the field. Just as he is starting to
dominate he has to come off the field.
also ended the 1st Quarter. I unusually just go over the 1st quarter in
the first preseason game, because that is when the starters play. But the
starters didn’t really play. Not even a single OL. So, we didn’t learn
much from this game. We learned that the Pats backups could beat the crap
out of the Detroit backups.
Pats did have some starters or potential starters on defense. Shelton
started and looked like a starter on the D-line. Jamie Collins and Bentley
could join Hightower and Van Noy as starting LBs, and are certain to start
games as the season wears on.
still looks like a starting D-end opposite Bennett, but we’ll see. He
has to hit the QB more, and is more of a 4-3 D-end than a 5-Tech. Adam
Butler could be a starting 5-Tech this season, and should certainly see a
start or two during the season.
see JC Jackson as a starting Corner in this defense. Harmon and Brooks
look like they will be battling it out to start if Chung can’t stay
healthy. So the Defense had more front line guys than the offense, which
had none except rookies. And the emergency OLT Dan Skipper.
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