Give us injury updates on Gronk and Sony Michel. How likely are we to see those guys on Sunday?Few teams in the NFL play their cards as close to the vest as the Patriots [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/corey-davis-jersey]http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/corey-davis-jersey[/url][/b] , especially when it comes to injuries. However, judged by the latest injury reports it appears as if both are realistic options to suit up on Sunday: Gronkowski (ankle/back) and Michel (knee) were both at practice to open the week which is a good sign when it comes to their availability. In my opinion, Michel has a better chance to play considering that New England always try to be as cautious as possible when it comes to Gronkowski [UPDATE: Gronk is likely out]– and with the bye week coming up, they might opt to give him an extra week of rest. The biggest concern, as things stand right now, are two starting offensive linemen: right guard Shaq Mason and left tackle Trent Brown are both on the injury report, and against a defense as good as Tennessee’s would be big losses.2. Is Josh Gordon fully acclimated to the offense at this point? What impact have you seen on the offense as a whole having him out there?I think he’s as acclimated as you can expect him to be after joining the team while the season was already in full swing. Whether that can be classified as “fully” or not needs to be judged by others, but I think the Patriots can certainly be happy with his development so far. His impact certainly can be felt after all: Gordon gives the team a serious talent at the wideout position which a) forces teams to respect the deep and jump ball, b) frees things up elsewhere when it comes to coverage, and c) allows Chris Hogan to play his more natural role as a number three. Furthermore, Gordon gives the team a physical presence against tight man coverage – something it has lacked before.3. What is one weakness the Patriots have on defense that the Titans can attack?Does “not having 11 Trey Flowers and Stephon Gilmores on the field” count? Seriously, though [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/kamalei-correa-jersey]http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/kamalei-correa-jersey[/url][/b] , with the exception of the aforementioned Trey Flowers and Stephon Gilmore, the Patriots’ biggest problem so far this season has been consistency – and the best example of this is when it comes to pressuring the quarterback (even though it worked very well against the Packers on Sunday), covering crossing patterns, and the linebackers being isolated in one-on-one matchups. Attacking the middle of the field with players like Dion Lewis and [looks at injury report] oh... well, attacking the middle of the field with quick crossers against the linebacker corps is one way teams found success against New England this season.4. Tom Brady has to decline eventually, right? Have you seen any signs of that this season?Well... in theory Brady has to decline at one point, but we cannot rule him being a demigod out just yet either. So I’ll play it safe and pass on the first question. The second one, however, I can answer. Despite being 41 years old, Brady has not shown any troubling signs of decline this year. [img]http://www.mynspot.com/public/album_photo/a7/05/05a2_c12f.jpg?c=98cb[/img]
Yes, his statistics are down when compared to his ridiculous three-year stretch from 2015 to 2017 but this mostly stems from early season chemistry issues (and a wide receiver group consisting of Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett) and a few head-scratching decisions. The former appears to be very much fixed right now with Julian Edelman returning and Josh Gordon fitting well into the offense (also: with James White being immensely productive) [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/ryan-succop-jersey]http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/ryan-succop-jersey[/url][/b] , while the latter appears to be getting better as well. Overall, Brady still looks very good from both a physical and mental perspective. 5. Write the headline in Sunday’s Tennessean.Home Schooled: Mike Vrabel loses battle against his former coach. (sorry but that’s just the way I predict it) (also, feel free to use it if in fact my prediction turns out to be true, hehehe) Welcome to “Keeping Up With Marcus Mariota,” where I take a look at Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota’s weekly tape and determine what I saw.Statistically speaking, Mariota had a rough outing in Week 1 at Miami, completed 9 of 16 passes for 103 yards, zero touchdowns and two interceptions. Is the tape as bad as the stats? Let’s find out.Now, it’s important to mention that Mariota’s two interceptions both came after he suffered an elbow injury on a handoff. Before that, he wasn’t playing great, but he wasn’t awful either.gamepass.nfl.comI already mentioned this throw in my recent article on Matt LaFleur, but it’s still spectacular. It’s another one of those plays where Mariota throws with his eyes manipulating a defensive back [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/jonnu-smith-jersey]Authentic Jonnu Smith Jersey[/url][/b] , creating an open window for his receiver in the process. gamepass.nfl.comThis pass would’ve done wonders to Mariota’s perception in this game if it were caught by Taiwan Taylor. The placement on this pass is beautiful and puts the corner covering Taylor out of reach to make a play on the pass. Taylor dives for it, but it’s still an accurate throw, and he bobbles it and can’t hang on, forcing the Titans to settle for a field goal on a wasted opportunity.gamepass.nfl.comOn the other hand, this throw, on a tight end throwback, was a missed touchdown opportunity that was actually on Mariota. Luke Stocker is completely uncovered, but Mariota underthrows the ball, which means he can only pick up a first down. The Titans would later be stopped from scoring any points on the drive. gamepass.nfl.comThis was the play where Mariota injured his elbow. #85 drills him after the handoff, and you can see Mariota calling for a flag, but to no avail.As you probably guessed, Mariota’s next two throws were his last for the long [b][url=http://www.tennesseetitansteamonline.com/kevin-byard-jersey]Womens Kevin Byard Jersey[/url][/b] , delayed day, as they were both interceptions.gamepass.nfl.comgamepass.nfl.comBoth of these interceptions are accuracy related issues. You can tell Mariota isn’t feeling comfortable with his elbow and he lacks the usual precision we’d expect from him. The coaching staff eventually decided to rest Mariota and put Blaine Gabbert in his place.Overall, Mariota wasn’t particularly good, but I wouldn’t say he was bad either, at least before his elbow injury. There are two concerns that need to be addressed: 1) Being comfortable inside the new Matt LaFleur scheme, and 2) Healing his elbow. He’s been limited in practice, so it’ll be a problem if Mariota isn’t 100% against the Texans in the home opener on Sunday.
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