YOUNG DEFENDERS' BRIEF MOMENTS OF COMPETENCY Players often say plays will come in bunches. "It's just not getting done on the field, and we've got to get it corrected soon". "We have to get a lot better". There's no shortcut, no easy way. In the first two weeks, the group allowed 78 points. "They're the ones who deserve it", he said.
The combination has the Patriots sitting at 1-2 to start this season. Cyrus Jones saw work on third downs as a slot defender, manning the second-level spot often taken by Chung defensively.
That's what happened in the loss to the Lions, and it's just bad football. "Did you think it was planned?"
While Golden Tate and running back Theo Riddick share the team lead with 14 catches, Kenny Golladay is emerging at a unsafe weapon for Stafford with 13 receptions for a club-high 203 yards and a score.
Reinforcements are on the way with Josh Gordon, who spent the game on the sideline in sweats, likely to debut next Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and Julian Edelman set to return from suspension the following week. On his fourth play, the Lions ran a flea-flicker that drew a Jackson hold. Brady seemed disappointed in Phillip Dorsett when he was asked about his interception by Darius Slay. The lack of playmaking options for Brady is obvious, and you could nearly feel his frustration with the situation as he flipped his helmet upon making it to the sideline after the pick.
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The offense went three-and-out on their first three drives of the game.
"We're not scoring enough points. It comes down to execution", Brady said. We've got to keep them up.
But are these things correctable? "I'm not going anywhere without Brady". You know, just to be safe.
Gordon was trying to get acclimated to the Patriots offense while battling a hamstring injury this week.