Not to take the preseason too seriously, but the Patriots have gotten off to a great start with a 47 – 12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Studs of the Game:

  • Stevan Ridley
    • Ridley rushed for 2 touchdowns and 64 yards in a great performance. I wasn’t to high when we drafted him, but after this game I can’t wait to see more of him. That and he’s going to be a fantasy sleeper for me this year.
  • Dane Fletcher
    • Fletcher looked like a star out there (granted against backups). He had a quarterback hit and two tackles for a loss. As Russ Goldman said, it was the Dane Fletcher show.
  • Brian Hoyer
    • Hoyer showed that he can manage and run the offense effectively. He was 15-of-21 for 171 yards and a touchdown, with a quarterback rating of 111.4 on the night. I’m hoping we can trade Hoyer for picks from a QB hungry team in the future…

Duds of the Game:

  • Patriots Special Teams
    • In back to back plays, the Patriots failed a 2 point conversion (resulted in Zoltan Mesko having to kick the ball out of bounds) and then gave up a nice chunk of yards to Deji Karim who made it to the 18-yard-line before being tackled.  Also, a penalty on Jonathan Wilhite took away a big punt return by Taylor Price.
  • Darius Butler
    • Its not that he struggled, but its that he struggled against backups and 3rd stringers. Butler is placing himself on the bubble with performances like this.
  • The Refs
    • The general consensus on Twitter is that it took too long for the refs to review the two touchdowns. It did slow the game down considerably and I would rather just have coaches challenge the play rather than reviewing the play if its close. Its going to take some time to get used too.

Players who helped themselves:

Other Thoughts:

  • Mark Anderson is a 3rd down pass rusher
  • Fletcher really surprised me… It seems NEPatriotsDraft was right the whole time (last year they were super high on Fletcher)
  • Taylor Price will beat out Brandon Tate
  • Ryan Mallet is the future
  • Could Buddy Farnham unseat Butler?
  • Terrence Wheatley still isn’t good
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