With Wes Welker racking up catches, 11 for 110 yards, and Rob Gronkowski setting NFL records (tied the NFL record for most touchdowns by a tight end in a season, 13), the Pats receiving corps was largely effective against the Colts yesterday. However, some intriguing questions remain:
What’s David Givens doing these days? Last week the Patriots released Taylor Price, their 3rd round pick from the 2010 draft. Patriots fans were longing to see what he can do after seeing flashes of potential in the pre-season. I hoped he would evolve into a tough, big-play receiver that has been missing from the Patriots offense for a while. Now Pats fans will likely have to give up this dream. It’s a bit of head-scratcher but hey, “In Bill We Trust.”
I want to get this off my chest, I have a theory on why Ochocinco has been a non-factor… Early in pre-season on one of his first targets from Brady, he ran a quick slant and got absolutely wollaped. Chad looked a little dazed as he got up. Was he concussed? Who knows… but one has to wonder if that hit has had any lingering effect on him. It looks like he’s changed his helmet a few times, from the classic dome-shaped helmet to the new super-padded helmet.
Chad’s head just isn’t right… and it has nothing to do with his ability to learn the playbook. He just seems uncomfortable and lacking confidence on his routes, unlike in Cincinnati.
Matthew Slater and Julian Edelman
What did Sergio Brown do?
Matthew Slater got the nod at safety despite never playing safety in an NFL game. And he did a heck of a job considering. The same goes for Julian Edelman last week. Both players are wide receivers playing defense in the NFL and making aggressive plays. I am impressed with their tackling ability and presence of mind in coverages. Were they Ronnie Lott and Ty Law out there? No, but you have to wonder how this will play out. Did the Pat’s defense just pick up two additional players? I have to give credit to Belichick on this. He recognizes good football players and gives them an opportunity.