Okay, let’s talk Patriots 1-0 start to the preseason led by Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett and no Tom Brady.
I’am almost a week late to the party so my apologies, but I don’t put much stock into the preseason, especially preseason game one, but it is important for every player trying to secure a spot on the team.
The Patriots defeated the Saints 34-22.
Jimmy Garoppolo, the one knock I’ve always had on him remains the same, he holds on to the ball for too long. He’s like Brock Osweiler, but better mobility. He has great accuracy, nice touch, and a big arm. He’s very mobile too, the guy can run. He showed off all of that last week, so he was a mixture of good and bad moments.
The Patriots starting defense looked good across the board. Jamie Collins, Hightower, Butler, Cyrus Jones, Justin Coleman, Malcom Brown, and Trey Flowers all stood out.
Trey Flowers had the play of the game when he sacked the Saints QB Luke McCown, recovered the fumble and scored.
Tyler Gaffney also stood out in the game along with James White.
Gaffney broke off a 44 yard touchdown run against the Saints to extend the Pats lead to 24-16.
James White had a few big gains in the passing game. He looks even better this year as a pass-catcher, it will be hard for anybody to beat him out for the backup job to Dion Lewis.
Jacoby Brissett was pretty good in his debut. Nothing special, but nothing awful, just real solid and overall exactly what you wanted to see from him. The potential is there.
Malcolm Mitchell was playing really well before he suffered an injury that looked season-ending, but was only a dislocated elbow. He’s already back on the field and that’s great news for the Patriots. Mitchell has so much talent and he will see the field this year.
Cre’von LeBlanc had an outstanding game. The rookie had the most impressive interception I have seen in years. He saved a touchdown by half-way turning back to make a one-handed interception.