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Pats Stock Report

Malcolm Butler (Photo By: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

Malcolm Butler
(Photo By: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports)

The Patriots have played in two preseason games and we have gotten an extended look at the backups and the players trying to make the team. We got a little sneak peak into the starters Friday, so let’s give our stock report.

Stock Up:

CB Malcolm Butler: Butler is having one of the best camp and preseason games of any Pats. He earned first string reps after a great game against the Redskins and got the start against the Eagles. He caused two forced fumbles and was excellent in coverage. He’s been so good that even in a crowded secondary, he’s a lock right now to make the roster.

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: After bad practices to start camp, Jimmy G came out against the Redskins and balled out against the 3rd stringers with 3rd stringers, and then Friday night he got action with first stringers and second stringers and balled out again. He’s got great touch on his passes, he’s accurate, and goes through his reads. He’s the backup.

WR Brian Tyms: This guy has been amazing all camp long and has been the best receiver in two preseason games. He has size and great hands with speed to be a real threat for New England. He has the fans behind him all the way and he’s vastly out playing Josh Boyce. Tyms will be suspended for the first four games which actually might help him make the roster because he will not count against the 53 man roster if they keep him. But, regardless, he should make this team.

Stock Down:

QB Ryan Mallett: Mallett had a horrible game against the starters and 2nd stringers of the Redskins. He was demoted to 3rd string against the Eagles and had a good game after a okay practice week. Mallett has a big arm but he throws every pass like a 99mph fast ball. Mallett has a long way to go to be the 2nd QB and for any team to look at him as a starter.

CB Logan Ryan: Great instincts and play maker, but his preseason games have not been strong. He’s a good player just having bad starts in preseason. As long as it stays in preseason and doesn’t spill over to the regular season, I don’t mind.

SS: All the strong safeties. So far, they haven’t been able to stop tight ends over the middle of the field. Just like last year. Duron Harmon had a hold on the position, and I still think he does, but the Pats have been experimenting with that position with Logan Ryan and Kyle Arrington. Patrick Chung has been getting more reps. He looks like the same ole Chung though. He hits hard but misses tackles and can’t cover anybody. This battle will go all season and it will impact if New England can cover the middle of the field.


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