Welcome to the Foxboro Infirmary Unit, a place where players drop like flies. 23 players out of practice yesterday; let me repeat that- 23 PLAYERS OUT. This is a bad trend, and yesterday third down back Travaris Cadet, a player that is battling to make the roster, also went down. Let's take a look at the notes and see how the other 67 players look.
- Might as well get this out of the way; here is the injured list- Matthew Slater, Brandon LaFell, Dane Fletcher, Chris White, Ryan Wendell, Chris Jones, Matt Flynn, Caylin Hauptmann, Alan Branch, Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis, Tyler Gaffney, Matthew Wells, Eric Martin, Darius Fleming, Marcus Cannon, Brian Stork, Joe Vellano, Brian Tyms, Scott Chandler, and Malcom Brown. There aren't players low on the depth chart- these are starters and young players that are expected to contribute.
- Saturday was not the best day for the Patriots as they looked sluggish at times and not crisp in the slightest bit. Bill Belichick was not happy and made it clear to the team that the performance needed to improve, regardless of the injuries. Belichick expects everyone on the depth chart to step up, so there are no excuses as far as he's concerned.
- Jake Bequette continues to be up-and-down in the passing game, making great catches and then dropping easy passes. Bequette has a tough task unseating Hoomanawanui for the third tight end spot, so he needs to start making the easy catches in practice.
- Tom Brady may be 38, but he's moving around like he's 28. It is pretty clear that Brady has put a huge focus on his mobility and it has paid off for the team. Brady had a naked bootleg run yesterday that wasn't John Elway in his prime, but it was impressive nonetheless.
- The secondary kept finding themselves in position to makes plays, but they had a case of the drops yesterday.
- Malcolm Butler seems to have the left cornerback position locked down, an area all Patriots fans have been worried about since Darrelle Revis returned to the Jets. The right cornerback position has been a regular rotation of Tarell Brown, Logan Ryan, Bradley Fletcher, and Darryl Roberts. Roberts had another excellent practice yesterday and is going to give the coaches plenty to think about. With the play of Robert McClain, who will most likely man the nickel corner spot, one of the right corners would appear to be the odd-man out, unless they decide to carry seven cornerbacks.
- Rookie wide receiver Chris Harper looked good yesterday in the return game and the regular offense. With all the injuries to the receivers, Harper has a chance to open some eyes, be it within the New England front office or another team.
- Jimmy Garoppolo got more reps than Tom Brady yesterday, but I think that was a case of managing Tom Brady's shoulder more than anything else. The last thing the Patriots want is their all-world quarterback getting dead-arm; just look at Peyton Manning in late 2014.
*No practice on Sunday*
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