Haven't been this interested in the last preseason game in a long time. There are a lot of guys I'll be watching tonight.
More excited for college football, but I'll have this on in the background. There are certainly things to watch for. Dobson. Maybe Worthy makes an impression. Some of the O-Line depth which is now more important than ever. Etc. Etc.
Do we know if Wright is suiting up or not?
so i guess the jist of tonight is if jimmy plays as good as hes been looking we trade mallett. if he has a bad game we hang on to mallett? COMEON JIMMY!
Dobson is playing for a spot on the game day roster. Edleman, Amendola, Thompkins and LaFell are all ahead of him on the depth chart so he's the 5th WR. Slater is another WR that's guaranteed an active spot on the game day roster because of special teams. So Dobson needs to show the ability to bring some particular skill that forces us to keep him active even as just a 5th WR with no special teams contributions. Red zone is probably the most logical area for him to do that so hopefully we get some game action in that spot to get a look at him.
RB wise, I think the spotlight is on Gray and Bolden. I think we'll keep at least one of them to go with Ridley/Vereen/White. Finch is also fighting for a spot but that's probably a separate competition from Gray/Bolden. One of those guys will stick as a backup interior runner for Ridley. Finch is fighting to justify keeping a 5th RB over a player at another position, primarily because of his kick return skills. I like Gray better than Bolden as a runner but Bolden is a great STer which has great value on the backend of the roster. If both Gray and Bolden really impress than maybe there is some validity to the talk of Ridley being gone. I'd be shocked if we cut him but if someone is offering a pick for him then maybe BB bites. He'd have to be sold on Gray and Bolden as runners though.
Per ESPN boston
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The following Patriots are not dressed for tonight’s game against the New York Giants:
RB Brandon Bolden
TE Michael Hoomanawanui
TE Rob Gronkowski
LB Jerod Mayo
LB Dont'a Hightower
OL Chris Martin
DL Dominique Easley
T Sebastian Vollmer
DT Chris Jones
DT Sealver Siliga
Coach Bill Belichick, in his pre-game interview on 98.5 The Sports Hub, said that this will be a game in which many of the team's lesser experienced players will get most of the playing time.
Awesome awesome awesome, Stork is starting
Nice play by Jimmy. Gets the 3rd down
How was that a penalty? Looked like a clean pick by the Giants
Yeah Jimmy got bailed out on that petty call.
It's a penalty because illegal contact calls are up almost 900% this year
But seriously...not a great start from Jimmy and Co.