Thursday, September 11, 2014

Patriots Players to Keep Your Eye On

Here is my list of Patriots players I have my eye on right now..

  • Sealver Siliga - The Patriots are going to need to give Vince Wilfork more muscle upfront if they want to effectively stop the run. Joe Vellano is a backup at best and either Siliga or Chris Jones should be starting instead. Jones was inactive for week one against the Dolphins but Siliga had a pretty good game and stepped up for the Patriots last year on run defense. I'm thinking he'll be getting the start this week over Vellano. It goes without saying but without one of Siliga or Jones stepping up big this year the Patriots could be in a lot more trouble then we hope for on Run D.

  • Rob Ninkovich - It was recently reported that Ninkovich got nicked up in Miami. This could indeed be the reason he saw so much less time. However it's hard to ignore the playing time and improvement Dont'a Hightower showed on Sunday. One has to wonder if this is going to be a sign of things to come this season or if this was indeed just due to injuries. 

  • Tim Wright - Given the OL's struggles the Patriots need to see some value on their trade and soon. It seems like forever ago since the Patriots had an effective tight end attack. If this offense can get production from Wright, Rob Gronkowski, Julien Edelman, Brandon Lafell and the offensive line corrects itself suddenly the trade looks pretty damn good and the Patriots would then have a formidable air attack again. 

  • Brandon LaFell - I'm not as worried as Lafell as others seem to be. Normally with Tom Brady and his receivers you have it or you don't. Not only did the two have a good Training Camp together, but they looked pretty damn good  in week 3 of the preseason. He has never proven himself to be an elite receiver but the Patriots just need him to be another solid option, not a superstar.

No comments:

Post a Comment