That patience-leaning perspective was lent credence by his next four kicks, which were made field goal tries of 37 and 23 yards, plus two clean extra points. The fifth, however, was more of an adventure, doinking the left upright before careening through, and highlights that at this stage of the season the Pats’ only priority in the kicking game is reliability. More than a guy with a booming leg, they need someone who will regularly make the kicks he’s supposed to. And so if the Pats’ PAT problem continues with Nugent, don’t be surprised if the revolving door brings someone else through at that position. … [Read more...] about 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ 33-7 win over Washington
Patriot jet boat
Kyle Van Noy’s 22-yard fumble return padded that by seven more points on the possession that followed, and so in the end the Patriots’ vulturous defense again did enough to cover for New England’s offensive inefficiency. But that the game was so close, and that doubts about the outcome lingered into the fourth quarter is a damning indictment of where Tom Brady’s attack is at through six weeks. … [Read more...] about 5 takeaways from the Patriots’ 35-14 win over the Giants
“You have to adjust and you use what you have left,” McDaniels said. “There’s always a way to move the ball, there’s always a way to take care of a football, there’s always a way to try to score points with what you have and in terms of your personnel groupings. So, that’s the mentality we have to take, whether it be fullback, tight end, receiver, whatever the position is that we’re a little light in.” … [Read more...] about Patriots to sign tight end Eric Tomlinson, report says
The Patriots do love other teams’ first-round picks. Parker isn’t the type of aquisition who would immediately fly to the top of the Patriots’ receiver depth chart, but he’s an an NFL-caliber receiver whose salary would fit under the Patriots’ cap and whose production could improve with a better situation around him. The Dolphins should certainly be sellers. It’s uncommon to see in-division trades, but Bill Belichick has already made trades with the Jets and the Bills this year, why stop there? It’s not the flashiest, but it’s realistic. … [Read more...] about Who’s going to catch passes for the Patriots?
The versatile veteran with the long blond dreadlocks knifed through the Giants’ protection and blocked Riley Dixon’s punt at the 19-yard line late in the first quarter. The ball sputtered in the air for what seemed like a New York minute before Chase Winovich, the rookie with the long blond hair, snatched it and hustled in from the 6 for the touchdown and a 7-0 lead. … [Read more...] about Patriots eventually put away Giants