Patriots stock up, stock down following Week 3 loss to Saints: Mac Jones' deep ball woes, Bourne impresses

The New England Patriots was up to 1-2 on the season after losing to the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium, 28-13. It was a rough revealing for Bill Belichick’s group as they had three-straight three-and-outs to start the video game and had different errors that either avoided New England from putting points on the board or assisted the Saints contribute to their lead. With that in mind, there are lots of things that require remedying as the Patriots progress if they wish to stay competitive the remainder of the method. 

Below, we’ll highlight which gamers on New England’s lineup have their stock relocating the best instructions coming out of Week 3 and who’ll be searching for a bounce-back efficiency when they host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 4. 

Bourne was a brilliant area in Sunday’s loss as the receiver kipped down his finest efficiency as a Patriot considering that signing with the group this offseason. He captured 6 of his 8 targets in the loss for a game-high 96 backyards and a goal. 

Bourne’s goal grab was perhaps the emphasize of the afternoon. On a first-and-10 toss at the Saints’ 22-yard line with 9:30 left in the video game, Mac Jones was nearly immediately under pressure and lobbed a toss to the best sideline for Bourne. The receiver had the ability to jump over his protector, protect the catch and reach over the objective line for ball game. 

I dove a bit deeper into the Patriots tight end concerns right away following this video game and for great factor. Both Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry didn’t put their finest foot forward in the losing effort for New England on Sunday. Over a two-drive series, Henry was required an incorrect start on what was going to be a fourth-and-1 effort that required the Patriots to choose a basket rather of expecting a goal. On the really next offending ownership at the start of the 3rd quarter, Smith had a toss from Jones struck him in the hands, idea in the air, and into the arms of Saints protective back Malcolm Jenkins, who returned it for a goal. 

The 2 likewise integrated for 6 receptions for 40 backyards, which isn’t precisely measuring up to the significant price the group paid to land them in complimentary firm this offseason. 

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While the majority of the offense was stagnant throughout the afternoon, Meyers was another crucial outlet for Jones, specifically with James White knocked out of the video game due to a hip injury. Meyers was targeted a team-high 14 times and captured 9 for 94 backyards. All of those marks were a season-best for Meyers, who’ll likely see a lot more work out of the slot moving forward. 

Stock down: Offensive line

Protecting Mac Jones continues to be a significant concern with the Patriots. Against the Saints, Pro Football Focus keeps in mind that he was pressed 18 times and sacked two times on the day, which mostly added to his 3 turnovers. Specifically, the right deal with area has actually been an Achilles heel for New England with starter Trent Brown (calf) hurt. In his location, Justin Herron began at best deal with and permitted 6 pressures. Center David Andrews likewise didn’t have his finest proving, permitting 5 pressures and 2 quarterback hits. 

There were definitely holes in the Patriots defense on Sunday — a blown protection versus Alvin Kamara on his goal catch, for instance — however Matt Judon continues to be among the complimentary representative additions that are really settling. He had a team-high 2.5 sacks on the day and 3 overall takes on versus New Orleans and has actually been a visible figure whenever he’s on the field, consistently entering the challenger’s backfield. 

Stock down: Mac Jones’ deep ball

The absence of deep shots taken by Mac Jones through his very first 2 video games was a story heading into Week 3. Well, the Patriots novice quarterback did begin to chuck it deep versus New Orleans and the outcomes weren’t precisely breathtaking. According to PFF, Jones finished simply among his 11 deep tosses (20+ backyards down the field) for 27 backyards and an interception. When Jones was tossing 10 backyards or less down the field, he was 24 of 28 for 169 backyards. Jones’ deep ball will likely come alive with time, however if he’s pushed into a circumstance where he requires to toss deep to keep the group competitive at this phase in his advancement, you can most likely anticipate the outcomes New England got on Sunday. 



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