The Jaguars learned yesterday that they have a long way to go when it comes to competing for a playoff spot as they were whooped in Foxboro, 51-17. The Patriots do an excellent job of not taking anyone for granted, and that continued yesterday. As with every game, there were some players that played excellent and some that struggled. Let's take a look at the Studs and Duds for Week Three.
Tom Brady- Brady continues to light up the NFL, this week finishing 33-42 for 358 yards and two touchdowns. Brady threw his 400th career touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, the fourth quarterback in the history of the NFL to hit that milestone. Over the first three games, Brady is 96-133 for 1,112 yards and nine touchdowns. His passer rating is 119.6 and his completion percentage is 72.2, incredible numbers for any quarterback, but especially awesome for a 38-year old. Brady doesn't even have all his weapons yet; Brandon LaFell will return after he is removed from the PUP list.
Rob Gronkowski- Gronk didn't get into the end zone this week, which is a rarity, but he did finish with four catches for 101 yards. Over the first three games, Gronkowski has 16 catches for 308 yards and four touchdowns. Not only is Gronkowski the best tight end in the game, he has also become maybe the best passing game weapon in the NFL. Not only is he a great pass-catching tight end, he is also one of the best blockers in the league, which was clear on the Dion Lewis touchdown run.
LeGarrette Blount- Blount finally got into a groove Sunday, finishing the day with 18 carries for 78 yards and three touchdowns. Blount did most of his damage in the second half, ripping off multiple long runs that put the Patriots in position to score on every drive. When Blount gets more than 15 carries, he typically does damage and wears defenses down. He is surprisingly quick, just another thing defenders have to deal with when trying to corral him. As the weather continues to get colder, Blount's role is going to continue to grow.
Jamie Collins- Collins finished the day with five total tackles, four solo, and he also had a sack. Collins was all over the field and continues to improve, which is scary when you consider how good he is playing right now. Collins has 15 solo tackles, seven assisted tackles, 3.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles. Collins has become the disruptive force New England envisioned when they drafted him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. In hindsight, Collins should have been a top-ten pick.
Jabaal Sheard- The excellent free agent pickup has turned into a Godsend for the Patriots defense, allowing New England to beef up their pass rush when the secondary absolutely needed the support of the front seven. Sheard is doing a better job of defending the run over the last two weeks, which is important if they want to keep him on the field with Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich.
Logan Ryan- Ryan finished the day with four solo tackles, but after earning a rare start, he was scorched regularly by the Jaguars, a bad sign for a team that is looking for depth at cornerback. Ryan has regressed since last year, which has to be concerning for the Patriots coaching staff and front office. Ryan will most likely be moved back to the nickel corner after the bye week with Tarell Brown taking his starting position back.
Aaron Dobson- A week removed from seven catch, 87 yard performance versus the Bills, Dobson went missing again, only being targetted three times in the big win over the Jags. Dobson is consistently inconsistent, not a good trait to have on a Bill Belichick coached team. He needs to bounce back against Dallas.
Jerod Mayo- Mayo has started two of the first three games, but he's only totaled three solo tackles and two assists. After missing basically two full seasons, Mayo has yet to return to form, and although Bill Belichick will never admit it, one of the main reasons the Jon Bostic trade was made because Jerod Mayo could be done.
Duron Harmon- Harmon has good moments, but he also has many braincramps. One of those braincramps came Sunday when Harmon had over the top help responsibility on Allen Hurns but he blew the coverage, resulting in a 59-yard touchdown. With the amount of safeties on the roster, Harmon needs to play better or he'll be inactive.
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