By Sterling Pingree, Sports Chowdah
Here’s everything you need to know about the Patriots following their second preseason win, this one over the Titans.
–Chase Winovich is going to be a star in New England. Not for the reason that he would be in most cities, namely that mane of flowing blonde hair but in Foxborough he’s going to become beloved for his motor. In Nashville Saturday night, Winovich showed the substance behind the flash by constantly harassing quarterbacks and running sideline to sideline making tackles. Scott Zolak compared him to Tedy Bruschi, we should be so fortunate.
–Jakobi Meyers looks like more than just a camp mirage, behind him we haven’t gotten to see much from other receivers. Dontrelle Inman has looked good in flashes late in games, but besides two catches from N’Keal Harry vs Detroit, Meyers is the only pass catcher to get any attention this summer. What a difference a week makes though, before the Detroit game there was a lot of worry about Brady not having enough targets and now Pats’ fans have visions of 4 receiver sets made up of Edelman, Meyers, Harry and Gordon dancing in their heads.
– Through two games, I don’t think Braxton Berrios is going to make this team. The slot machine from The U was tabbed the next Welker/Edelman/Amendola, but after spending his rookie year on the practice squad, Berrios has had zero impact outside of a couple of decent punt returns. The only way he makes the team this season is as a return man, because I can’t imagine Edelman returning punts too much longer. Outside of that, I’m not sure how they can keep in the organization unless they can sneak him onto the practice squad.
– I’m not worried about Stephen Gostkowski, you’re worried about Stephen Gostkowski! (But I’m a little worried about Stephen Gostkowski too, but only to make you feel better.)
– Damien Harris is a man. The Bama running back put the lumber on the Titans and looking at his build you can see why the Patriots used such a high pick on him, regardless of the depth they have in the backfield. Harris is a different type of back, essentially what Mike Gillislee was projected to be two years ago: a punisher with speed. Michel, White, Burkhead and Harris running behind what should be a very good offensive line will go a long way with a 42-year old quarterback.
–Jarrett Stidham continues to open eyes. He got away with two throws tonight that could have proved disastrous, but he maintained his poise. Poise is the key word, because Stidham carries himself like a leader. With under 3 minutes to go, in a 5 point game and facing 3rd and long Stidham was flushed from the pocket, made an aware change of course, ultimately picking up the first down to clinch. Now I know this is preseason, but it’s still good to see a kid compete and make plays in different ways.