Things to Watch: Patriots-Saints
In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Field Yates writes on 13 things to watch for the Patriots in tonight's preseason opener against the Saints.
Some of the areas of focus:
- Depth and reps for starters, including quarterback Tom Brady. Last preseason, Brady suited up for but did not play in the preseason opener.
- The first chance to evaluate the development of backup quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Ryan Mallett since last preseason.
- First-round picks Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower debut.
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Mike Reiss first started covering the Patriots in 1997 with the team's official newspaper, Patriots Football Weekly, before moving on to the MetroWest Daily News in his hometown of Framingham. From 2005 to 2009, he covered the Patriots for The Boston Globe, while also writing on the NFL. He started his popular Patriots blog in 2004. Send any questions or comments for Mike to his mailbag. Follow him on Twitter (@MikeReiss).
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Field Yates begins his contributions to ESPNBoston.com in 2012 after having written for a number of football-related sites around the web. Field began his professional career after college with the Kansas City Chiefs, working in both the scouting and coaching departments of the franchise before redirecting his focus to a career in media. He also interned for four summers in the coaching and scouting departments with the Patriots. Follow him on Twitter (@FieldYates).