We made it, Pats family! Game day is here again, and I can already feel the excitement. When the Patriots and Jaguars kick off at 4:25 on Sunday afternoon, it will be a rematch of last season’s AFC title game. We’re going to find out today if the Jaguars learned anything from that game. In the meantime, let’s zero in on five players to watch in today’s tilt.
LaAdrian Waddle: Let’s just get the not so sexy position out of the way first shall we? I know it’s a fairly obvious pick right out of the chute, but what can I say – sometimes you just have to roll with it. With Marcus Cannon out with a calf injury, the spotlight shines on Waddle to keep that right side in check, and give Brady time to survey the field for passing options. How Waddle does in this game will go a long way in determining how the Patriots offense can run.
Chris Hogan: I would like to know where was he last week. I know he was on the field, but it sure didn’t feel that way did it? The Patriots have to get him going in this game, period. I don’t know why, but I have a feeling we probably won’t. I know some of you might be thinking “why is he listed as a player to watch?” The answer to that is rather simple in my opinion. If the corners are paying attention to him someone else can be doing damage. I hope I’m completely wrong and he goes off. I don’t mind taking one for the team.
Jacob Hollister: I don’t know how you feel about him, but I am thrilled he’s playing in this game. The 6ft 4 inch tight end from Wyoming is a big body with excellent hands. The idea of him lining up with Gronkowski gives Brady dual targets he can use at his disposal, so go ahead Ramsey – follow Gronk everywhere. Watch Brady do his thing, and he is good for at least 1 TD today. Go ahead and @ me if you want. Hollister is a very underrated player in my opinion.
Trey Flowers: The Patriots need another good game from Flowers today. I feel that he is the best edge guy on the team. I am hoping he performs better in this one compared to last season’s AFC game, because he was non-existent. I have a feeling he’s going to go out there and do his thing. If they keep Bortles from escaping the pocket, advantage Patriots. I won’t say Flowers records a sack in this game, but he’ll do his job on the field like he normally does.
James White: Here is a player who Brady and company can rely on. The pass catching back is a weapon out of the backfield, who will be a safety valve if the Jaguars front causes havoc. Look for this to be a classic Patriots game of using their backs out of the backfield to their advantage. After all the Patriots have a long line of pass catching RBs don’t they? I think he’s going to have himself a day, plus one TD and close to 7 catches at least.
Can’t wait for kickoff! Who do you see performing well today?
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