The New England Patriots starters had a pretty easy preseason.
The starters kicked off the Patriots' first two preseason games after participating in joint training sessions with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans in the weeks leading up to these competitions. Patriots attackers played three games against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday night, while the defensive starters remained in the field in the first half.
Here's what this season told us about the patriot's depth map with two weeks to regular time.
This one is simple. Tom Brady played the first three quarters and was then replaced by Jarrett Stidham. Brian Hoyer stayed on the sideline throughout the game.
So, what does that mean? That said, the patriots wanted to take a closer look at Stidham. Does that mean that they're thinking about helping rookie Brady in the fourth round and beat Hoyer? That is hard to say. However, this situation is not as clear as it might have looked a week ago.
The running backs of the Patriots were in the order of their appearance: Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead, Brandon Bolden, Damien Harris and then Nick Brossette. The first snapshots of White and Burkhead took place in the same third-and-eight game on Patriots' First Drive.
Harris came into play only when Stidham came to quarterback. The rookie, despite his impressive performance last Saturday, is still the number 4 in the backfield behind Michel, White and Burkhead.
Bolden and Brossette did not play until Harris suffered an injury.
James Develin is still the clear starter – and apparently the target touchdown vulture. Jakob Johnson came into play after Stidham went down in the middle. Andrew Beck and Johnson began dividing employees in the third quarter. The depth map would currently go to Develin / Johnson / Beck.
Beck received the highest signing bonus of any Patriots undrafted rookie. He seems to be a longshot, though we like his athleticism at the position.
It is quite possible that no broadcaster starting week 1 will play Thursday night. Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Josh Gordon, Cameron Meredtith, N & K Harry, Maurice Harris, Braxton Berrios and Matthew Slater sat down and left the Patriots behind with Phillip Dorsett, Jakobi Meyers, Gunners Olszewski, Ryan Davis and Damoun Patterson ,
Meyers and Dorsett were the preseason starters. Meyers, a naughty freshman, remained in the game about Dorsett in one-receiver sets that we found remarkable. Dorsett had more success with Brady in the center, while Meyers played with Stidham.
Olszewski was the third wide-out of the Patriots and was on the field 33 times before banging his head and leaving the game. Davis saw that season started in the second quarter, while Patterson came into play late in the third quarter.
According to the current trend, Dorsett could lie on Friday's depth chart above Meyers. He was much better with Brady in the center. For the past four months, Meyers has been far more productive in training camp and preseason than Dorsett.
With Matt LaCosse still injured due to injury, Ryan Izzo was the starting point for the Patriots. Izzo also played well into the fourth quarter. Ben Watson participated in the Patriots' opening offensive. Stephen Anderson, Lance Kendricks and Eric Saubert also shared the field with the Patriots' starters.
Based on Thursday night, we would assume that Izzo and LaCosse will form the first squad of the Patriots. Watson is suspended for the first four weeks of the season. If the Patriots decide on three tight ends, Kendricks seems to be in the lead, though it's probably too tight to call.
Watson and Kendricks were both injured and did not return for the game on Thursday.
Here were the offensive line combinations of the Patriots:
First Team: LT Isaiah Wynn, LG Joe Thuney, C David Andrews, RG Shaq Mason, RT Marcus Cannon
Second Team: LT Dan Skipper, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Ted Karras, RG James Ferentz, RT Cole Croston
Third Team: LT Cole Croston, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Ted Karras, RG James Ferentz, RT Dan Skipper
Fourth Team: LT Cole Croston, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Tyler Gauthier, RG James Ferentz, RT Tyrie St. Louis
Fifth Team: LT Cedrick Lang, LG Hjalte Froholdt, C Tyler Gauthier, RG James Ferentz, RT Tyrie St. Louis
Froholdt and Ferentz have received a lot of snapshots this season. We feel that the Patriots could help Ferentz to provide the rest of the NFL with films, as he is no longer authorized to train.
Rookie offensive against Martez Ivey did not play.
The Patriots' Offensive Tackle Depth Table currently reads: Wynn, Cannon, Skipper, Croston, St. Louis, Lang. Skipper and Croston could be flip-flops. The Patriots could choose to keep Skipper or Croston as a replacement flywheel. We expect Wynn, Thuney, Andrews, Mason, Cannon, Karras and Froholdt to form the team.
The patriots' initial line was Danny Shelton's Nostril and Byron Cowart and Lawrence Guy at the defensive end. It was a little surprise to see Cowart, a tip for the fifth round of 2019, against players like Adam Butler, Mike Pennel and Deatrich Wise, but he deserves it. Cowart played very well this summer.
The patriots' nickel defense line started with Guy and Michael Bennett.
In third and long rank, Bennett was the only defense officer of the Patriots.
Wise got a snap at the beginning of the first quarter, the rest came in the second quarter and in the second half. The veteran Pass Rusher is on the depth map, apparently behind at least Bennett, Guy and Cowart. Pennel went into the game in the first quarter with a five-minute lead, but played deep into the fourth quarter. Butler's first iterations remained in an obvious situation just four minutes into the first quarter. He only received four snapshots.
Keionta Davis and Ufomba Kamalu both entered the game in the second half. At times, both defenders lost their position as external linebackers, with a limited number of players available due to injuries to the position. Kamalu stood out more in the role. Davis was observed after the X-ray game.
David Parry is in the depth map of Nick Thurman, but apparently in the nostrils under Shelton and Pennel.
Cowart's appearance shakes the image of the line of defense. Bennett and Guy are barriers while we would consider Shelton and Cowart as barriers. The rest of these players could fight for two or three open places. Butler and Pennel would be our favorites.
Kyle Van Noy and Chase Winovich were the best outside linebackers of the Patriots in Nickel. It was Van Noy and Jamie Collins in the base 3-4 defense. In third place were Bennett, Dont & a Hightower, John Simon and Winovich to start the game. Bennett, Winovich, Hightower, Collins and Van Noy also saw iterations in the third-and-4 in the second quarter.
With Derek Rivers, Trent Harris and Shilique Calhoun, the Patriots had only a limited depth at the linebacker. That's why Winovich started, and that's why we saw Kamalu, Davis and Christian Sam in that position.
Van Noy, Winovich, Collins, Hightower and Simon form the team. However, there could only be one point for Rivers or Calhoun.
Collins has taken on a dual role as inside and outside linebacker depending on the descent and distance. Hightower and Collins were the first insider linebackers in nickel. In the base, it was Hightower and Elandon Roberts.
The second year per Ja'Whaun Bentley joined Roberts in the middle of the first quarter. Bentley and Roberts shared the field with the Inside Linebacker in the second quarter.
Terez Hall and Calvin Munson took over the inner linebacker places to start the second half. Sam also played in the lineback in the third quarter, especially at Nickel. Sam and Hall were the center-backs of the Patriots to end the game.
Collins, Hightower, Bentley and Roberts are expected to form the team. Linebacker / Special Team Ace Brandon King is said to have been injured during the game at the end of the season. That could open a place for Munson.
This group is pretty clear at the moment. The starters were Stephon Gilmore, Jason McCourty and Jonathan Jones on Thursday night.
The backups were JC Jackson, Joejuan Williams and other slot-man Duke Dawson.
The third string was Dawson, Keion Crossen, Ken Webster and a shot Williams.
That Dawson plays the slot makes his competition for a place with Crossen a bit more interesting. If Jones were injured or ineffective, McCourty or security guard Patrick Chung would simply step into the slot. But Dawson has some value in a role that other cornerbacks in this team do not really play. He and Crossen played many special teams on Thursday night. Lets go, "hmm". We would still put Crossen on the list for Dawson.
With Chung and Obi Melifonwu, the Patriots competed with Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon and Terrence Brooks. However, there were Harmon and McCourty in two-safety sets.
Brooks and A.J. Howard took over in the third quarter.
Brooks played until the fourth quarter and was then substituted for Malik Gant.
We expect Chung, McCourty, Harmon, Brooks and the special teammer Nate Ebner to form the squad.
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