The New England Patriots will not play this weekend. This is good news, considering how many players have been injured lately.
At the moment, wide receiver Julian Edelman (knee), safety Devin McCourty (not injury related), guard Shaq Mason (calf), tackle Isaiah Wynn (calf), and defensive lineman Adam Butler (shoulder) are all questionable but they might be ready to play when the Patriots face the Broncos next week.
As far as we know, Bill Belichick was very excited for the upcoming game and going on the field against Denver. When talking about this to reporters, he said:
“Well, they’re very well-coached. Vic [Fangio] really does a great job defensively. They have a good mixture of scheme and do a nice job of adjusting to different offensive strengths. They have some very disruptive players. Vic does a good job of putting them in positions that are harder for the offense to handle them or deal with them. They’re a good situational football team offensively and in the kicking game. They’re a very explosive team. They’ve got a lot of speed. [KJ] Hamler’s fast, [Jerry] Jeudy’s fast, [Noah] Fant’s fast, [Melvin] Gordon’s fast, [Phillip] Lindsay’s fast, some of the quarterbacks are fast. They have a lot of good skill players they can put out there that give you a lot of speed and explosiveness. Certainly, [Tim] Patrick is a tough receiver, a mismatched receiver. So, they’ve got a good left tackle.
“They’re a young team. I mean, they have to be one of the youngest teams in the league. I think [Sam] Martin’s really the only player that’s over 30 on their roster and he’s a punter. So, they have a lot of young players that you can see they’ve gotten better over the first four weeks of the season. They’ve dealt with some injuries and one way or another lost players like everyone has, but you can see the young players getting better and gaining more confidence. The coaching that Vic and Coach [Pat] Shurmur, Coach [Mike] Munchak, those guys – we have a lot of respect for them, Coach [Ed] Donatell. That’s a very experienced staff and you can see that the players are getting well-coached and they’re improving and they’re a young and talented group. So, that’s what I see from Denver.”
We can’t wait for these two teams to actually face each other!