Philip Tor | Pats Militia
Finally the 2016 preseason is over!!!!
Get excited Patriots fans because after 4 meaningless games were about to witness another great season of regular season Patriots football. After a heartbreak in the AFC championship leading to the longest offseason in recent memory, we are only ten days away from kickoff. Next Sunday cannot come soon enough, I need football back in my life and I’m sure all of you do too.
The only thing standing between the Patriots and the 2016 season is one more round of cuts to get down to the 53 man roster. Tonight’s game was not totally boring, in fact Pats fans saw some good plays and some interesting developments in regards to roster trimming. We also saw our beloved Quarterback, Tom Brady for the last time until the weeks 5 matchup vs Cleveland.
When you realize this is the last time you will see Tom Brady until Week 5 against the Browns pic.twitter.com/FPetCgwRUm
— Not Wes Welker (@CockyWesWelker) September 1, 2016
We’ll miss you Tommy!
Now to the takeaways. Barkevious Mingo is ready to contribute on this defense. Tonight he had 6 tackles and almost forced one fumble that got overturned because of a penalty by #52 Elandon Roberts. He always seemed to be in and around plays during his snaps. Even if Mingo is consistently an average player, he can help this team fill a void until Ninkovich and Sheard come back from their injuries.
The one thing that bothered me about tonight was the turnovers committed by the first team pats offense. Brady threw an interception (Which wasn’t totally his fault but tried to force a ball into tight coverage), Martellus Bennett fumbled after trying to spin way from a defender, and backup RB D.J Foster fumbled as well. I personally don’t think any of these fumbles were completely outrageous, but 3 turnovers in one half is not good, even if it is a preseason game.
Live look at Bill trying to sleep tonight^^^
Brady’s night turned out alright, he had some good throws and connected on a bunch of plays with tough routes and coverages. The only touchdown of the night came late in the first quarter when Brady went 6-7 for 67 yards and a 7 yard TD to Keshawn Martin.
Tom tossin' TDs!
— NFL (@NFL) September 1, 2016
All in all this game meant absolutely nothing. D.J Foster may have played his way onto the 53 man roster after tonights stellar performance. Foster has 3 carries and 9 catches out of the backfield and was easily the MVP of the game for the Patriots. AJ Derby had another good game with 5 catches, CyrusJones had a great punt return for 34 yards, Elandon Roberts had 9 tackles, and Jordan Richards had a flashy INT on the goal line. With the exception of Jones, all of those guys are fighting for roster spots, and having a good 4th game may have just pushed them through the final round of cuts.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) September 2, 2016
Classiest move a Giants player has ever made right here. Good Looks Odell
Odell giving Brady his signed jersey after today's game as a sign of respect! pic.twitter.com/FNbIOGCdii
— Patriots Militia (@PatsMilitia) September 2, 2016
9 MORE DAYS UNTIL KICKOFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!