Tyreek Hill vows to ‘dominate’ Patriots, even when they throw double protection at him
The Patriots’ opener was one thing to construct on, nevertheless it doesn’t get simpler Sunday night time in opposition to the Dolphins
The Patriots’ banged-up offensive line nonetheless appears to be on the mend, based on Friday’s harm report.
Whereas New England didn’t rule any gamers out in opposition to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night time, six people have been listed as “questionable”. Deal with Trent Brown (concussion), guards Mike Onwenu (ankle), Sidy Sow (concussion), and Cole Unusual (knee) are nonetheless unsure to swimsuit up within the crew’s first divisional sport of 2023-24.
Nook again Jonathan Jones (ankle), a Thursday addition to the harm report, and receiver DeVante Parker (knee) will even be game-time choices come 8:20 p.m. on Sunday.
David Andrews (hamstring) and Kayshon Boutte (hamstring), who have been each restricted apply members on Wednesday and Thursday, have been faraway from the harm report Friday.
It appears unlikely that Brown and Sow will swimsuit up versus Miami contemplating they’re each newly in concussion protocol. All New England gamers coping with concussions final season didn’t play within the first sport following their prognosis.
Whereas the Patriots’ offensive line allowed simply two sacks versus a robust Eagles line of defense in week one, going into this sport with out Brown and Sow could be an enormous blow. The 2 linemen performed each offensive snap in opposition to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Deal with Calvin Anderson additionally performed all offensive snaps for the Patriots final week and should have his work minimize out for him as soon as once more in opposition to Miami, particularly if Brown and Sow are no-goes. The identical goes for rookie guard Atonio Mafi. He could proceed to take the locations of Onwenu and Unusual for a second consecutive week.
New England acquired two tackles on the finish of August, Vederian Lowe and Tyrone Wheatly Jr. Neither have but to play a snap for the Patriots, however that would change on Sunday if the crew stays with out 4 linemen.
As for J. Jones’s current look on the harm report, the Patriots being with out one in all their beginning cornerbacks in opposition to the Dolphins’ Tyreek Hill would make issues tough for New England’s secondary. The explosive broad receiver torched the Los Angeles Chargers protection for 11 catches, 215 yards, and two touchdowns in week one.
The Patriots’ protection could have saved the Eagles’ weapons at bay final week. Nonetheless, that effort was aided by the presence of a wholesome J. Jones alongside rookie Christian Gonzalez. Hill and Jaylen Waddle are additionally a tall job that may very well be much more tough to deal with with out one in all New England’s beginning corners.
As for the Patriots’ weapons, the crew most likely may have used Parker on the sphere in week one. JuJu Smith-Schuster didn’t play a giant function and dedicated a drop. New England relied closely on rookies Demario Douglas and Kayshon Boutte to help Kendrick Bourne, which isn’t essentially a perfect situation for any crew regardless of the gamers’ week one flashes.
Bourne did rating two touchdowns and tight finish Hunter Henry had one in all his personal. Regardless, a wholesome Parker may assist unfold the wealth and provides Mac Jones extra choices.
Miami is coming off of a win that featured three passing touchdowns and practically 500 yards from quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. This efficiency got here in opposition to a Chargers protection that’s anticipated to be dominant that includes the likes of Khalil Mack, Joey Bosa, J.C. Jackson, Asante Samuel Jr., and Derwin James.
Kickoff for the Patriots and Dolphins is ready for 8:20 p.m. EST on Sunday night time.
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