Mayo still on hold
--Linebacker Jerod Mayo hasn't played in two weeks
due to a knee injury. The Patriots are hopeful he will return soon, but
there's no real timetable yet.
"Jerod's definitely getting better," coach Bill
Belichick said. "He works hard as he always does. He got a few days
away from here, so he had a few days of healing and treatment. ... It
will be great to have him out there, whenever that happens."
Room To Improve
--Believe it or not, the Patriots still see room
for improvement offensively. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach
Bill O'Brien is targeting specific areas.
"We definitely did a lot of self-scouting, looking
at different situations -- some of the things that we've been doing
well (we want to continue to do) and we'll try to improve on things we
haven't been doing so well," O'Brien said.
"You know, I just think situationally we've done
OK, and on third down, (one of the) places we can improve is like third
down in red area. ... We'll continue to do the things we're doing well
and improve on the things we're not doing so well."
Kraft Looks At Bottom Line
--Owner Robert Kraft hasn't had much to complain
about with the Patriots' 5-1 start. For now, all is good in Foxboro.
"Think about us in our last game," Kraft said
prior to last week's bye. "I'm still thinking about that Buffalo game
because it's a game I feel we should have won, but you look at the
Dallas game, and you think how good they are, and how we won that game
at the end and the team coming together and Tom (Brady) leading a great
"The bottom line is that here we're going into the
bye and we're 5-1, and you know, it's the eighth time in franchise
history, in our 52 years, that we're 5-1, and I think having this extra
week off at this time is a good thing."
--LB Dane Fletcher is one player worth watching in
practice this week. He's had a thumb problem all year and did not
practice during the bye week. With no injury report filed, it's hard to
say if the rest was precautionary or if another flare-up occurred.
--DL Albert Haynesworth, who has had sporadic
attendance in practice all year, was present during the last day of
practice during the bye week, and he should be ready for this week's
game in Pittsburgh. His role is yet to be determined.
--WR Chad Ochocinco has struggled in his first
season with the Patriots and figures to get less playing time as the
year progresses. Ochocinco has yet to catch a touchdown pass, and he
hasn't made an impact on the offense.
--WR Taylor Price could benefit from Chad
Ochocinco's struggles. The Patriots might soon decide to make a change
in the rotation and give Price an opportunity to be an outside threat
in the second half.
--LT Matt Light played through pain in the final
minutes of New England's win over Dallas two weeks ago, though no one
knows what the injury was. The Patriots likely will keep a close eye on
his status this week.
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