On Sunday, with the Patriots leading NY 30-7 and the Jets offense showing few signs of life - their touchdown came on a recovered muffed punt - New England put backup quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the game halfway through the fourth quarter for his first National Football League action.
"And we're pushing each other to do it rather than the coaches pushing us week by week". Still, the guy takes huge hits every Sunday and just keeps on ticking like a Swiss watch. Last season, New England ranked second-best in the metric.
The 31-year-old veteran in the backfield signed a two-year extension with the AFC East franchise back before the 2018 season.
The Patriots were also limited in the run game without running back James White.
Williams wound up with three tackles, but he had none in the first half and just one through three quarters - despite playing more than two-thirds of the defensive snaps. Vander Laan joined the Indianapolis Colts practice squad on November 3, 2017, and signed with the Indianapolis 53-man roster on November 25.
A former undrafted free agent, Develin has been a staple of New England's offense and special teams since joining the team in 2012.
"He was not on our radar".
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Here's a guy right now that's a one-read guy, and then he's going to improvise. "He has no idea what we're doing ". The Cleveland Browns are now 1-2 after a loss to the Los Angeles Rams , 20-13, in a Sunday-night thriller.
"I think Josh has had a consistent year for us", Belichick said, as transcribed by WEEI.
Belichick said after some research and consultation with Butch Jones, who coached Johnson at Tennessee, Jones recommended him to Belichick. Stidham was originally third on the QB depth chart behind Brady and Brian Hoyer, but he later beat out Hoyer for the backup job, leading to Hoyer's release at the end of August.
There doesn't seem to be any doubt that Brady will play on Sunday when the Patriots take on the Buffalo Bills in NY. While it is uncommon to hear the six-time Super Bowl champion talk about aging, it's typical to see him listed on the injury report in some fashion.
Sunday marked the first game in the Belichick era that the Patriots have held an opponent to fewer than 70 pass yards and fewer than 40 rush yards.
When the Patriots got the football again after the kickoff, Brady returned to the game with 6:23 to play.
"They need to be ready". Meyers said he knows the playbook from each different receiver spot and is prepared to fill in at any of them.
NEXT STEPS - The Patriots stay in the division for a third consecutive week. They will be tested for the first time this year against a rejuvenated Bills team.