Slot Receivers Vs Patriots

For slot receivers, it was 11.63. So, over time and based on the play design and the makeup of the receivers, teams could find just that many more yards by throwing to their slot targets. The best slot receivers in the game bring unique and highly valuable traits to the game, and here are the best among them.

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The New England Patriots could have a longer offseason workout program than usual even if they never take the field for practice this spring.

Our Week 13 fantasy WR PPR rankings are missing some key guys despite just two byes, and even more big-name wide receivers are questionable because of injuries and illness. See which sleepers are. The New England Patriots and LA Rams, a rematch of Super Bowl LIII, headlines the Week 14 edition of Thursday Night Football. The Patriots are coming off a vintage performance against the LA Chargers. They made it look easy in a blowout by a score of 45-0.

The NFL and NFL Players Association have agreed that the offseason workout period can extend until June 26. That’s roughly a week or two later than it usually wraps up, especially for the Patriots who typically cut it early.

Training camp is set to start a little bit later than normal, but NFL teams usually get about six weeks between the end of OTAs and minicamp and the start of training camp. If the offseason workout period extends until June 26, then that would leave only be five weeks before training camp is set to begin.

Granted, this year is a little bit different since players usually have to go through weeks of spring practices. But it’s still a shorter break in between NFL activities.

Watch above and read below for this week’s mailbag.

@neteamen22

If we see one of the UDFA WR step up in training camp is Sanu cut for cap space? Or stay with the veteran?

I understand why there are so many questions about Mohamed Sanu getting cut. If the Patriots release him, they’d free up $6.5 million. I just don’t think it’s realistic, and there are other ways to free up cap space.

When the Patriots dealt a second-round pick for Sanu, they were doing so, in part, because he had two years left on his deal, and it’s not like they’re now caught by surprise by his 2020 cap hit. I don’t want to say the Patriots are going to justify the trade by keeping Sanu in 2020, but I also think the investment they made by trading away that second-round pick will play into their decision to ultimately keep him this season.

Basically, the Patriots knew what they were signing up for when they traded for Sanu. And just because he struggled in half of the 2019 season — while dealing with an ankle injury — doesn’t mean the same will happen in 2020. If Sanu winds up being a solid No. 2 or 3 receiver, then he’s worth his $6.5 million salary.

The only way I see him getting cut is if he really struggles in training camp and the preseason and gets significantly outperformed by multiple other players.

@BradMur09285211

Any thoughts on if Sony will be better in a Brady less offense. Can they change there running game looks with stidham being more mobile. I loved Sony at Georgia. Always curious if the Georgia run game differs from Pats.

Unless something dramatic happens this season, then the Patriots will always be a team that uses a combination of zone- and power-rushing schemes.

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With Jarrett Stidham’s mobility, I could potentially see the Patriots’ offense getting more “modern” with run-pass options and zone-read looks. Those could potentially help Michel from an unpredictability standpoint. A healthy fullback, whether that’s Danny Vitale, Jakob Johnson or a tight end-convert, will also help Michel.

As long as Michel can beat out Damien Harris for the lead back job, then I believe he’ll have a bounceback season. I, personally, would like to see what Harris can offer. I think Michel mostly takes what’s given to him. If Harris can do a better job of creating yards on his own, then he could be an upgrade in the backfield.

@Pats62

-Past success the Pats have had with ST players.

-Would it really be a surprise if Byrd and Vitale Breakout?

-Times are changing just hopeful they have success with same type of players.

I guess that depends on what you define as breaking out. I can’t see Vitale having any more than 25 touches, and I think Damiere Byrd might have reached his ceiling last season with 32 catches for 359 yards.

If Vitale and Byrd break out, then ultimately that means that something went wrong. That means that the Patriots’ rookie tight ends and some of their wide receivers with higher upside didn’t perform as expected.

@WifiWolfpack

Was there ever a resolution to the video recording of the Bengals sideline? I thought it was supposed to have been ruled on before the draft, but I don’t remember hearing anything of it.

Nope. It’s a complete joke that the NFL still hasn’t resolved the case.

The NFL was digging as hard as they possibly could to find some wrongdoing by the Patriots’ team. They already know what New England’s TV crew did because the Patriots announced it themselves.

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The fact that we still haven’t seen a conclusion means the NFL hasn’t found anything that we don’t already know.

@NathanK12321

What needs to happen for Will Hastings to make the roster?

He needs to prove that he can be the Patriots’ slot receiver of the future. It’s that simple.

The Patriots have been looking for that guy for years and years and years and haven’t found him yet.

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Jeremy Ebert, T.J. Moe, Josh Boyce, Jeremy Gallon, Austin Carr, Riley McCarron and Braxton Berrios couldn’t be the next Troy Brown, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman or Danny Amendola. Maybe Hastings, Jeff Thomas, Sean Riley, Jakobi Meyers or Gunner Olszewski can. There are some intriguing candidates in there.

Hastings has the advantage of having worked with Stidham, and developing a strong relationship with the QB, at Auburn. That should help him as he tries to earn a roster spot. If the Patriots turn to a player like Meyers or Sanu in the slot, then that means they’ve changed their prototype for that role into a bigger body type.

The Patriots also could utilize more two-tight end sets with third-round picks Dalton Keene and Devin Asiasi now on the roster.

Hastings and Thomas are two really intriguing undrafted free agents, however, and the Patriots need to find that next guy who can get open and beat man coverage on third and 6.

@TheyCallMeIcon

Do you think N’keal Harry breakout this year ? Could he be that number one guy ?

I’m still penciling in Julian Edelman as the Patriots’ No. 1 guy, but Harry certainly has that potential.

Harry will be better this season than he was as a rookie, but that’s also a really, really low bar. I’d be slightly surprised if Harry cracked 1,000 receiving yards. I think something in the 600-to-800 range is more realistic. Doubledown casino free code share.

Let’s go rapid fire.

@ALXJFU

Stidham or Hoyer week 1?

Stidham.

@ShazyFifty

Will Gilmore retire a Patriot?

My guess would be no.

@reddishbarnes

Too early/late in the week for a #MailDoug, @DougKyed?

Danny Vitale had 7 catches and 1 rushing attempt in 15 games last year with the Packers. Assuming he makes the roster, where is the over/under for him this season in New England?

I’m setting the over/under at 18 total touches. That’s how many James Develin had in 2018.

@mojo1566

Biggest wild card for the season? #MailDoug

It has to be Stidham, right? If he’s good, the Patriots are good. If he’s bad, then the Patriots are probably bad.

@tayfieux

If you’re wearing a sweater and begin sweating, do you become the sweater?

You become the sweater in a sweater.

@thisryanjackson

sup?

Enjoying the summer weather.

@CheyenneSulli14

R movie theaters going to open by July 4 ?

Seems unlikely. Drive-ins will be, though!

@gmoney1197

Are Reese’s the best candy? #MailDoug

No, but they’re definitely up there.

I think my favorite candy is a Cadbury Creme Egg or Swedish Fish.

Know what I haven’t had in a while? Sour Patch Kids watermelons. Those are great too.

In three of the Rams’ last four games, Jalen Ramsey was tasked with covering the likes of DK Metcalf, Mike Evans and DeAndre Hopkins. He didn’t exclusively line up across from those three wideouts, but more often than not, Brandon Staley stuck Ramsey on them.

It worked to near-perfection with all three receivers being held under 60 yards, but Ramsey’s role will likely change on Thursday night against the Patriots. Not only are they a run-first offense, but New England also lacks a true No. 1 receiver, which the Seahawks, Bucs and Cardinals certainly do not.

Casual NFL fans probably won’t even recognize most of the wideouts on New England’s depth chart, especially with Julian Edelman sidelined by a knee injury. The group is led by N’Keal Harry, Damiere Byrd and Jakobi Meyers, but none of them are truly game-changers.

That should cause Staley to adjust his plan for Ramsey this week, likely sliding him back into that “star” role he’s referred to multiple times this year.

Essentially, the “star” role is another word for the slot defender. With Ramsey’s versatility, size and speed, he’s a perfect player for that spot – and we saw him play there earlier this season against teams such as the Giants, Washington and in the first game against the 49ers.

It opens the door for Ramsey to do a lot of different things on the field. He can match up in man coverage on the slot receiver, drop back into hook zones and blitz off the edge, all of which he’s capable of doing.

The biggest benefit of playing Ramsey in the star spot is that he remains close to the action, which Staley mentioned in Tuesday’s media session.

“He’s risen to the occasion against the premier players in this league and the way we’ve tried to utilize him is to be where the action is,” Staley said. “I think that him being able to move right to left, outside to inside, has given us a great deal of flexibility. You talked about solar systems, the thing about Jalen is there isn’t any responsibility on the field that he doesn’t have command over.”

Against the Giants, he was matched up against Golden Tate often, but he also blitzed a handful of times and made plays near the line of scrimmage. His best play of that game was on a swing pass to Tate where Ramsey blew up the lead blocker and made a huge hit on the wideout.

When he’s in the slot, Ramsey can also help more in run support. Take a look at this play where he blitzes off the edge and assists on a tackle with Greg Gaines, stuffing the running back behind the line of scrimmage.

That’s not something he can necessarily do when assigned to take away a No. 1 receiver.

Ramsey will certainly be needed in run support on Thursday night against the Patriots. No team in the NFL has run the ball more than New England, and only two teams have rushed for more yards than Bill Belichick’s squad. Cam Newton is a big reason for that, scoring more rushing touchdowns (11) than passing ones (5).

The more often Ramsey can be near the line of scrimmage, either blitzing or simply coming up in run support from the star position. As he’s shown time and time again, Ramsey is more than just a cornerback.

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“It’s a position that kind of combines several different skillsets. You’re a little bit of a corner, you’re a little bit of a safety, a little bit of a linebacker – inside linebacker and outside linebacker because you’re kind of a rusher too,” Staley said back in October. “So, it’s a spot that you have to possess all those qualities of those four positions. You’ve got to be able to process because things happen quickly inside. So, you need a guy that can see and a guy that can think and operate quickly. So, those are things that he does well.”

Thinking quickly, reading a play and reacting suddenly are all things Ramsey does well. They’re also traits needed when facing an offense that utilizes a lot of play-action, read-options and even RPOs.

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There should be no doubt about Ramsey’s role in this game against New England.