Just some quick thoughts before I forget- THE GOOD - 1. The Pass blocking - It was excellent most of the time, especially against the Buc's first unit, which has some good rushers. I think they only hit Brady once, and it was gentle. Cassell might have been flushed once or twice. 2. Matt Cassell- Didn't show the happy feet we've seen before. Stayed in the pocket got his feet set and threw the ball, and most of time well. 3. Matt Guttierrez - The the F did this kid not get drafted. Not to get carried away but the way he stood in the pocket was VERY impressive. I'm now VERY interested in seeing how this kid progresses into the 2nd game. He made some mistakes, and throws a BAD fade pass, but given his draft status, he was impressive, at least to me. 4. Justin Rogers - when the show pictures of him lining up, I swear he looked like a retard. However when the ball was snapped he made several plays, not just the sack and fumble recovery. The play that impressed me the most was one running play where he set the corner then extended the LOS and assisted on the tackle. He did in one play what the Pats couldn't get out of TBC in 4 years. Its hard to believe that this kid was a DLman in college. 5. Randell Gay - played very solidly especially in run support. 6. Kelley Washington - was this the same guy all the media types left for dead earlier this week. Was this the same guy spotted at practice with his head down, just waiting to be released. He looked strong catching the ball. 7. Kevin Faulk - is there a more under rated Patriot that you can think of. He still "got it". There were several others that played well - others can add to the list, but these six individuals were the ones that first came to mind. THE BAD: 1.Sammy Morris: Looked slow and sluggish. I was waiting for slash, and got smoosh. He looked like Though I did think he looked better as the game went along. I'm willing to give him a pass THIS game. I wonder if the fact the Pats haven't done much live work this camp didn't have an effect, and he would have looked sharper as the game went along. Also the OL wasn't exactly gashing the DL of the Bucs 2. The overall run defense - granted both Warren and Seymour weren't there, but still.... What I didn't see were RBs being snapped back, like you saw the Bucs D do several times over the course of the game. 3. NONE of the rookie punters could drop a ball inside the 20 THE UGLY - Actually the only ugly thing I saw was that ill advised, ill thrown 3rd and 2 pass by Guttierrez at the end of the game. He was doing a good job underneath, and the Pats at that time needed more first downs than they did long plays at that time. The failure to pick up that 1st down, ultimately cost them the game (he said over dramatically) Other inoccuous observations: 1. The Pats 2 back up QBs run SOOOOO much better than the guy who starts. 2. You will see the pass that Brady over threw to a wide open Wes Welker completed many many times this year. 3. Gaffney is quickly cementing a place on this team. Very unspectacular, very solid. 4. Mills looks too small to be more than a flexed out TE or HB, in other words a very specialized player who better find a place on STs 5. I hope Bam finds an NFL team who can find a place for him. This is just the wrong year for him to be on the Pats, but he deserves to be in the NFL. 6. Secretly I think Bill loved that we lost. I can't wait for the cliches to come in his press conference. Thats all for now. I'll leave others to fill in the blanks.