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Week 3 - 3 up, 3 down


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UP:

1.  Brandin Cooks

Even before his spectacular game winning catch, he was having a great game.  He made big plays, made tough catches, and opened up the offense for everyone else.  Hogan got so wide open on his TD because the safety was petrified of Cooks and slid over to him on the sideline- which allowed Hogan to just run into the vacant zone the safety left open.

2.  Tom Brady

Guy is a monster.   Even with sporadic line play in front of him and two of his best check down options in Gronk/White tasked with staying into prevent Watt from setting a single game record in sacks vs Waddle, he somehow managed to put together a ton of points against a good defense.   Not lost in the noise is a couple times where he held onto the ball a bit longer than he should have and left Solder hanging, or some pretty painful fumbles, one returned for a TD and one leading to a TD, but overall a very good game where he was asked to carry the team.  

3.  Trey Flowers

Another good game from Trey, who quietly has 3 sacks.  Sack count don't tell an accurate story (thought he had a monster game against the Saints even without much box score production), but Flowers was good this game.   Would have to rewatch to check, but it felt like he was solid against the run and consistently making Watson get off his spot.  Could have been better finishing and getting home at times, but guys like Watson are just going to make plays against anyone.

HM:  Shaq Mason, Malcolm Butler, Deatrich Wise, Rob Gronkowski, David Andrews

DOWN:

1.  Joe Thuney

Thought he was brutal in this game, and rewatching some of the game, he is getting targeted and picked on with stunts in pass protection.  A player would bull rush him, and he would consistently get immediately pushed back into Bradys lap.   Against speed moves he was hit or miss, but at least he sometimes was successful. As a run blocker he didn't get much or any push and was consistently stone walled.   

2.  Malcolm Brown

Been a big disappointment so far this year.  Was really hoping he'd take a leap and improve.  He's getting held up by single blockers, not able to shed blocks, and occasionally gets pushed around against the run.   Branch could just as easily be in this spot of down, but he has been more or less benched; Brown has been surpassed by Guy and A. Butler is making his way towards doing that as well.  

3.  Jonathan Jones

After a good game against the Saints, he followed it up with a stinker.   Several times he was clean beat by his man, and in a variety of ways.   With Rowe out and Gilmore in and out, we needed him to give more and he fell flat on his face.   Still a good STs player and emergency depth piece, this was an opportunity for him to really earn playing time and maybe even push Butler out the door but pretty resoundingly failed.

HM:  Devin McCourty, David Harris, Mike Gillislee, Nate Solder, Duron Harmon

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17 minutes ago, Deadpulse said:

I wouldn't harp on McCourty's day. He had that one play where he broke towards Hopkins and the sideline play was open, but that was the gameplan. Aside from that he had a solid day with some key tackles. 

He also gave up the Griffin TD in man coverage.

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5 minutes ago, ChazStandard said:

He also gave up the Griffin TD in man coverage.

Devin had perfect coverage on that play, Watson just made a great play putting it on Griffin's back shoulder away from where the route was going. No one couldve stopped that play but Griffin not adjusting to the ball. 

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2 hours ago, Hunter2_1 said:

Oh, I thought Thuney had a strong game. Rinsed Watt at least twice that I saw.

Considering the talent across from them, I think the OL played well collectively being down a man. Waddle got a ton of help, but the Texans werent teeing off anymore than they typically do. Thats not to say that that isnt a problem for sure, but still this line is formidable. 

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Up:

1. The WR corps. Cooks and Brady are developing chemistry, Amendola was clutch as always, and Hogan continues to get WIDE open.

2. Tom Brady. No description necessary. 

3.  Rob Gronkowski. Lol at the Week 1 narrative of "Gronk doesn't look the same out there". Per usual, he was a beast as both a blocker and WR this week.

Down:

1. Dwayne Allen. Continues to be a non-factor.

2. Nate Solder.

3. David Harris. Why is this guy on the roster at this point?

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Allen may have been a non-factor as receiver so far, but he's blocked well. Even with Edelman and Mitchell hurt, you have Gronk, Hogan, Cooks, White and Amendola ahead of him as targets, and there's only so many catches to go around. Allen is as much there to cover for a possible Gronkowski injury as anything else.

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13 minutes ago, ChazStandard said:

Allen may have been a non-factor as receiver so far, but he's blocked well. Even with Edelman and Mitchell hurt, you have Gronk, Hogan, Cooks, White and Amendola ahead of him as targets, and there's only so many catches to go around. Allen is as much there to cover for a possible Gronkowski injury as anything else.

I think thats the fear. When he has been targeted, The pass seems to be off each time. Brady is on fire right now, so you have to think this is Allen and him not being on the same page. Thrust him into that #1 TE role with injuries at WR and it makes the offense a lot more 1 dimensional. Him being a non-factor as a receiver is fine for now, especially if he continues to block well. However, he is not a fill in if Gronk goes down. I think this might be why they kept Holli on the roster, to help create mismatches in the passing game should Gronk go down with injury. 

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2 hours ago, ChazStandard said:

Allen may have been a non-factor as receiver so far, but he's blocked well. Even with Edelman and Mitchell hurt, you have Gronk, Hogan, Cooks, White and Amendola ahead of him as targets, and there's only so many catches to go around. Allen is as much there to cover for a possible Gronkowski injury as anything else.

 

22 hours ago, Deadpulse said:

I wouldn't harp on McCourty's day. He had that one play where he broke towards Hopkins and the sideline play was open, but that was the gameplan. Aside from that he had a solid day with some key tackles. 

 

21 hours ago, Deadpulse said:

Devin had perfect coverage on that play, Watson just made a great play putting it on Griffin's back shoulder away from where the route was going. No one couldve stopped that play but Griffin not adjusting to the ball. 

He also got juked out of his boots by Watson on a big first down conversion.

21 hours ago, Hunter2_1 said:

Oh, I thought Thuney had a strong game. Rinsed Watt at least twice that I saw.

Another UP: Gronk. 2014 like, and again, smashed Watt backwards a few times. 

Down: linebackers. Sigh.

The only times he was on Watt from what I saw was when he was designated help and blindside hitting him from the side.

There were a lot of plays where he was getting ragdolled.

17 hours ago, Starless said:

Nate Solder was by far the weakest link on the OL yesterday.

 

Ehhh.  He is also the only one who was tasked with consistently not getting help.

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4 minutes ago, Hunter2_1 said:

Think LT should be a draft target for this year. 

It was this past draft.  They just got hurt.

12 minutes ago, Hunter2_1 said:

5 pressures and 2 sacks given up by Nate. Is he becoming an issue?

 

5 minutes ago, iothar said:

He isn't healthy. Hamstring issue I believe? One of the sacks someone cut out his legs from the Pats

His two sacks IIRC:

1.  Gillislee trips Brady
2.  Watt dragged Thuney and himself into Solder which gave Clowney a free run at Bradys blindside.

 

Solder was largely put on an island against elite pass rushers the entire game to protect other players.  If those other players were trusted more, Solder would have gotten more help and would have looked better.  He should have been better, but most of his pressures given up felt like Brady just held it too long.

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