October 1, 2023


“If we disrupt him … I believe we’ll have an excellent day.”

Adrian Phillips broke down how the Patriots must assault Philadelphia’s explosive offense. (Winslow Townson/AP Photographs for Panini)

The New England Patriots’ protection has a tall job forward of it, opening the season towards the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Philadelphia had one of many NFL’s most dynamic offenses a season in the past.

Franchise quarterback Jalen Hurts performed an enormous half in that, and unsurprisingly he has been a significant speaking level for the Patriots main as much as week one. Invoice Belichick heaped reward onto Hurts, calling him “arguably the very best participant within the league.”

In an interview with Steve Burton, Patriots security Adrian Phillips talked about matching up towards Philadelphia’s offense. As soon as once more, Hurts was on the forefront of the dialog.

“All of it begins with Hurts, it’s a must to disrupt him,” Phillips stated. “If we disrupt him, get him off the spot, and don’t let him have an effect on the sport along with his legs, then I believe we’ll have an excellent day.”

Hurts was top-of-the-line dual-threat quarterbacks within the NFL final season. He handed for 3,700 yards and threw 22 touchdowns with simply six interceptions. On prime of that, Hurts added 760 extra yards and 13 extra touchdowns on the bottom.

The weapons round Hurts make the Eagles’ offense much more tough to cease. A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith are of their second season as a receiving duo, Dallas Goedert returns at tight finish. Philadelphia additionally added working again D’Andre Swift in free company.

The Patriots might want to deliver their greatest to decelerate Hurts and the Eagles. And Adrian Phillips is aware of it.

“He’s a competitor, he performed within the Tremendous Bowl final yr,” Phillips stated of Hurts. “He’s a kind of guys that desires to come back out and show all people mistaken, and he did it final yr. So, he’s going to be seeking to do the identical factor this yr.

“We’ve to hit him within the mouth, we’ve got to get him off his timing, and we’ve got to cease the run recreation.”

The Patriots will likely be with out Jack Jones for the season opener, placing much more strain on Phillips and the New England secondary. On Friday, Belichick expressed happiness with what he’s seen from two different defensive backs this offseason, Myles Bryant and Christian Gonzalez. He known as Gonzalez “even keel” and “constant,” whereas referring to Bryant as “a really reliable participant.”

Each Bryant and Gonzalez will possible play elevated roles in Jones’ absence.

All eyes are on the road-favored Eagles on Sunday, however Phillips is assured within the Patriots protection.

“If we make them one dimensional and don’t enable them to do what they need to have the ability to do, I believe Sunday will finish in good reward,” Phillips stated.