Re: So...how do the backups look?
- From: "MZ" <mark@xxxxxxxx>
- Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 21:51:23 -0400
"Sri Krsna" <vze3drf7@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote in message
I can't see the game from here. Who wants to volunteer to give details?
I'll begin with Lua because as you might recall, I've been high on this
kid since the draft. He started at the Mike next to Alexander and he keeps
getting better and better. Was solid in coverage, sheding blocks and
plugging the gap. Still a bit rusty when it comes to play recognition, but
for a rookie, he's very solid at a position and in a scheme that took even
a seasoned vet like Ted Johnson some time to get used to. Unfortunately,
he suffered what looked to be a serious knee injury. After today's
showing, I think he would have made the team outright, but given the
injury, I think he's on IR. But even after getting injured, he popped
right back up and hopped off the field on-legged. Tough, tough kid and you
have to feel for him because he really did have a solid camp.
Tough to hear. Looks like I jinxed the team last week when I mentioned the
relative lack of injuries. Since then, Richardson is gone after showing
lots of promise and now (maybe) Lua.
NFL.com seems to indicate that Evans isn't doing so well carrying the
rock, and that Mills is hauling in some short passes. How about Cassel?
How does Britt look at LT?
OK, I've been giving Britt the benefit of the doubt just because Dave and
JD were so high on him, but at this point, the guy pretty much sucks. Got
Cassel killed on one play and really didn't do much else with the first
unit. Though Oldenberg played against scrubs, he fared much better at LT,
has that "mean streak" and finishes off his blocks. I really think it's
time for the Pats to cut Britt loose and give Oldenberg his reps so he'll
I was also very hopeful about Britt, especially when you look at the size of
the guy. But I wasn't too impressed last year, and the final straw was when
he got bowled over at RT in one of the games (forget which one). It
indicated that he wasn't clear on the snap count and didn't know how to
compensate for it. I don't usually see a guy literally get pushed on his
ass off the snap as easily as he did.
Cassel looks very solid. He made some nice throws and is much more at ease
directing the offense.
Mills also had a solid showing, proved that he's a very solid lead blocker
when opening up holes for Evans as a FB, can catch the ball as a TE and
thus showed his versatility. After today's showing, I'm not sure if
there's room for Rivers, and this is a shame because he too has had a very
solid preseason including tonight.
At this rate, maybe there's room for both of them. Neither Thomas nor Brady
appear to be ready for the opener.
And on D, the big question is the backup secondary. Meriweather andMeriweather played like a first rounder and it's clear his natural
Andrews especially. What can you guys say?
position is FS. I'd have to say, his play tonight was the most encouraging
because he can cover and lay some wood in run support. He was pretty much
all over the place and even had a very nice open field tackle as a gunner
on teams inside the 10 I believe. Andrews was ok, but Mel Mitchell will
give him a run for his money. I'm not sure why Mitchell didn't play more
than a handful of snaps with the first and second units.
Woods had his best game of the preseason and is a better player coming off
the weak side rather than going against LTs. Alexander was also very solid
though he started off sluggish and slow tonight, and Rogers keeps getting
into the backfield to pressure QBs.
Finally, the DLine scrubs look very solid. Tonight, it was Santonio's time
to shine. The DLine is one of BB's tougher decisions given the solid,
consistent play of all the scrubs.
Sounds like good news. Lots of options in the front seven. How about James
and Wesley at corner?
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