I would say a preseason game can show what is to come. It does not show everything, it misses a lot of things, but, in the end, it does show things.
The Pats-Saints game looks like it was a stinker. I had no access to the game; although, next time, B-Dubs may be in order. Only one touchdown was scored and Brees was involved in as much of the game as me. But what does the box score have to say.
Box scores Ups
It looks like all the running backs were running well. The three (Vereen, Ridley, Bolden) of them racked up 127 yards in 27 carries. Since there are around 65 plays for an offense, this could give the Pats a nice balance, but still favor the pass. But I am not implying that the Pats have some sort of three headed monster.
Vereen is clearly the standout and had a solid game all-around. He had 71 yards on 11 carries and 2 catches. If that total can be bumped up to 100 yards, and it definitely can with Brady always in the back field, than he may suffice as a Super Bowl RB.
I think we have saw that Hoyer is still advancing and can be a solid number two. And, if he does not, will still be part of the NFL somewhere else. He is getting better and knows how to control the ball. He also had the game winning, and only, TD.
The defense did not have a TD scored against them and had two turnovers. This is something hard to do, even in a preseason game. And this is especially hard against the Saints. They are not perfect, but definitely better.
Box Score Not So Up
Who is Luke McCown again? Didn’t he loose his starting job in Arizona as a round one draft and then loose his job again in Jacksonville and Houston. So why is this guy throwing for 86 yard and better than fifty percent. In fact, everyone on the Saints threw over five hundred except Brees.
Some of the newly acquired guys did nothing during this game and I do not think it is because they are two valuable. Stallworth and Gaffney caught three total passes. This totaled 19 yard, 18 of those for Gaffney’s. They both came over from Washington, and did nothing.
Finally, Mallett looked average. He threw a pick, kept trying to run and got nowhere, and was under five hundred. In a game like this, I would like to see top performance and some sort of fight to be the number two, but it looks like half an effort.
I did not watch mind you, but the box score says it all.
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Written by Adam Sharp
I have always loved The Pats and I have always loved writing.