Quick-hit thoughts after 1st quarter

October, 9, 2011
10/09/11
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Quick-hit thoughts after the first quarter of the Patriots’ game against the Jets (New England leads 7-0):

1. The Patriots had some early trouble running the ball, with two straight runs after a Wes Welker 11-yard catch on their first offensive play. But they stuck with it on the second drive, with BenJarvus Green-Ellis and his hard-charging style rewarding them for persistence. Attitude-type stuff from the offense against the Jets' lighter defensive look.

2. Looked like strong blocking from the big guys up front, including tight end Rob Gronkowski.

3. Jets coach Rex Ryan wasn’t kidding when he said he was going back to ground and pound. The Jets ran a lot of two-back and two-TE packages, which had the Patriots in their base defense. The Patriots are holding their ground, and were aided by a drop by fullback John Conner on third down of the second drive.

4. Wes Welker is handing punt returns with Julian Edelman out.

5. We take a closer look at the Welker vs. Darrelle Revis matchup, which will be updated throughout the game (link here).

6. Interesting role today for Albert Haynesworth. He is playing solely in sub packages at this point as an interior rusher. Just two snaps in the first quarter.

7. For the second straight week, the Patriots are using offensive tackle Thomas Welch as an extra blocker. In doing so, they are changing the look at times, making right tackle Nate Solder an eligible receiver.

8. Looks like the Patriots are trying some different things on offense, specific to the tight ends, and there has been some confusion.

9. Chad Ochocinco continues to work as the third receiver. Nine snaps for him (including penalties) in the first quarter.

10. On the injury front, veteran end Shaun Ellis limped off on the Jets' third drive and was replaced by Jermaine Cunningham. He has not returned.

11. On defense, the Patriots started Kyle Arrington at cornerback. Leigh Bodden comes on in the nickel.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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