Friday, August 12, 2011
After further review ... things overlooked
By Mike Reiss
A few things that were overlooked watching live, but stood out after watching the television copy of the Patriots' 47-12 win over the Jaguars in the preseason opener:
1. Defensive end Mark Anderson had four nice rushes early on third down, using his hands well to give tackles Eugene Monroe and Guy Whimper some problems. The Patriots were solid on third down and some of the pressure Anderson brought off the edge was a contributing factor (although Anderson did miss a tackle on an 11-yard Deji Karim run). Rob Ninkovich also brought some heat off the edge on third down.
2. Seventh-round draft choice Malcolm Williams on special teams. Excellent pursuit and tackle on the kickoff following Stevan Ridley's 1-yard touchdown run.
3. On the flip side, poor tackling by several veterans on the Jaguars' 84-yard kickoff return, including Bret Lockett, Brandon Meriweather, Danny Woodhead, Jonathan Wilhite and Tracy White. And then having White respond with a solid solo tackle on the next kickoff.
4. Kevin Faulk on the sidelines. The veteran running back, who is on the active/physically unable to perform list, was like having another coach on the sideline. The Patriots are better for having him around.
5. Taylor Price nicely handled a punt late in the second quarter, calling for a fair catch as Jaguars coverage circled around him. Price has been working on the skill in training camp, with mixed results, and the fair catch showed his progress.
6. Underrated part of Stevan Ridley's night was his work in the passing game, which has been a challenge for him in camp. His 8-yard reception from Brian Hoyer, on third-and-6 on the team's two-minute drive, might have been his best play of the night because he made the initial defender miss to gain extra yardage after the catch. If not that play, it might have been his blitz pickup later on the drive when he came from left to right in front of Hoyer to ace his blocking assignment.