Friday, August 16, 2013
Ups and downs for Patriots
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, a look at those players whose performance was "up" in the Patriots' preseason game against the Buccaneers, and those at the opposite end of the spectrum:
Up Danny Amendola-- In 20 snaps played, he is targeted seven times and makes six catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. The type of night we grew used to seeing from Wes Welker from 2007-2012.
Tom Brady-- In command for the second week in a row, Brady shows no signs that his injured left knee will be a factor. With all the new faces on offense, the results look similar with him leading the charge.
Logan Ryan -- One week after the rookie cornerback drops a relatively easy interception, he cashes in this week, with a 53-yard pick-6 of Mike Glennon.
Brandon Spikes -- Linebacker is a tone-setter on defense. His steamrolling of Buccaneers running back Doug Martin to register a sack on the Buccaneers first play is impressive. Few players, if any, hit harder.
Zach Sudfeld -- Rookie free-agent tight end snares a two-point conversion from Brady and makes an impressive 22-yard touchdown grab up the seam on a deflected pass from Ryan Mallett.
Down Ryan Allen -- Rookie punter who had been challenging incumbent Zoltan Mesko has a touchback on a plus-50 attempt and then doesn't strike the ball as well as he desires on a 35-yard punt in the third quarter.
Logan Mankins -- Left guard is penalized for a personal foul on the team's first drive, one of the only blemishes for the first-unit offense.
Tim Tebow -- Quarterback doesn't generate positive momentum in the second half and throws an errant high pass that is intercepted.
Tavon Wilson -- Holding penalty in the end zone in the second half gives the Buccaneers a new set of downs.
Kickoff coverage -- Giving up returns of 63 and 40 yards in the first half isn't going to cut it.