Evaluating the Patriots passing game, Christian Gonzalez’s performance and more in win over the Jets

Finally, on the breakup that Gonzalez has, he plays again with leverage techniques outside the textbook. This time, he has safety Kyle Dugger in the robber position to take away the in-breaking route, so Gonzalez can sit into the trail technique again to match the vertical release or hitch/curl. When Lazard runs a deep curl, Gonzalez is perfectly positioned to break up the pass.

As soon as next week, the Patriots will face better quarterback play than the Jets. Jets backup Zach Wilson struggled to catch the ball and see the field all day because his eyes were never in the right place or he panicked under pressure. This isn’t to take away too much from the Pats’ defense; He played his part in forcing Wilson to self-destruct with his alien disguises, but the Jets quarterback situation is dire without Rodgers.

Although the quarterback play was poor, the wide receiver talent that Gonzalez faces every week is not, and the Patriots cornerback has had an excellent start to his rookie campaign. Next up, CeeDee Lamb in Dallas.

3. Quick-Hit Film Notes from Patriots-Jets Review

-Let’s make one thing clear: The play design on the deep throw on third down was not an issue. The Pats got a lot of press-men (Cover-1 bandits), where Mack made one-on-one throws against the Patriots receivers on the vertical with the defense funneling for obvious reasons. There were paths on the stick, sometimes open, sometimes so quickly down that it could not be determined whether they would be open, that Mack went up to take a quick shot at the bottom. He is not on BOB.

– Poor game plans continue for the Jets’ offense in the Saleh era. For an offense that requires running the ball, running between the tackles is a death sentence against this Pats defense, and slow-developing wide zone runs off-tackle do not count as true perimeter runs. goes. Do you want to run the ball downfield on Bentley, Godchaux, Guy, Wise, etc.? Why? Plays right into the Pats’ hands every time – get the ball to the perimeter, guys. Drive big DTs and ‘backers sideline-to-sideline. On second thought, keep doing what you’re doing, Jets.

– After a breakout sophomore season, RB Ramondre Stevenson is averaging just 2.9 yards on 46 carries, and his -42 rushing yards above expectation is fourth-worst in the NFL. What I’ve read about Stevenson is that he’s a patient runner who wants to set his blocks and manipulate the second level to run into daylight, much like his idol Le’Veon Bell. However, early entries or failures to reset the line of scrimmage have thrown off his process timing, which is why it seems like he’s constantly dancing in the backfield. Stevenson can be more decisive until his blocking improves, but he’s a player who wants to get a feel for where holes will appear, and he’s unsure where his opportunities will be right now. Zeke was more productive in this game because he was more decisive. It was obvious to everyone watching live.

– As far as WR JuJu Smith-Schuster is concerned, O’Brien is realizing that JuJu is not a jitterbug slot that will win whip/return style routes. Yes, the Pats miss that player on offense, but the vertical seam/fade from the slot paired with a downfield in-breaker are Smith-Schuster’s best routes. He shows more juice/relaxation when they allow him to run his favorite root tree. But executing those routes at a high level takes precise timing with the quarterback. Will it come with Mac? we will see.

– LT Trent Brown was phenomenal with an impressive effort in all areas. Brown went mostly against Jets edge Jermaine Johnson and had a clean sheet, primarily doing one-on-one work on the blindside with 19 true pass-blocking reps (removes screens/play-action). He was also punishing the D-line on double-team blocks in the run game. This was one of the best OT performances for the Pats in recent memory.

– A tough first start at right tackle for Werderien Lowe, who had tough competition with John Franklin-Myers and Bryce Huff. Lowe allowed a team-high eight quarterback pressures (two QB hits, six hurries). He struggled to counter Franklin-Myers’ two-handed swipe/power sequence and was quickly defeated by Huff. Lowe has good arm strength and grip strength, but he is hit or miss at the top of the run, where he either connects with his punches to stop the run or a short corner due to sloppy footwork. Is blown away. Lowe has better functional strength than the Pats’ other options, but he needs to keep moving his legs around the arc. They could live with the rush he pulled around the edge, but being beaten on inside spin by Douglas on a deep ball could cost them six points. As the game progressed, Lowe improved his running game, with some solid duels with Onwenu.

-The other weak link on the offensive line was at left guard. With starting LG Cole Strange pushed out by stud DT Quinnen Williams, the Jets targeted Strange with that matchup, knowing Williams would have the upper hand. Strange allowed three quarterback pressures, was called for holding, and was consistently pushed back on base blocks in the run game. Strange had better awareness to pick up stunts in the pass pro and made a nice block on CJ Mosley on a toss play in space, but anchor/strength remains a real concern – Williams remained dominant.

– Backup guard Antonio Maffei wasn’t much better, rushing and getting punted back on his first snap. Mafi looks unmatched in pass protection due to his foot speed.

– It wasn’t peak Onwenu, but the Pats right guard seemed to find his stride in the second half. Onwenu allowed one QB hit and moved the line of scrimmage a bit more this week. My guess is that he has finished the remaining battle and will continue as usual.

– Although he is the same as a run blocker, the Patriots offense would benefit from more targets for TE Mike Gesicki. He is their third-most dynamic route runner behind Bourne and Pop Douglas, while drawing matchups against safeties rather than corners. Gesicki runs brilliant vertical stems to set up his breaks.

-Speaking of Pop Douglas, there are still route-running details to be sorted out, but the rookie should be their chain-mover in the slot by the end of the season. The Pats need a shift slot to get some third downs late in the game, and Douglas should run those routes.

– This crime actually misses out on getting the net reward. Where is Ty Montgomery? Additionally, the door is open for Parker to be pressured into “X” receiver snaps if Tyquan Thornton returns.

– If you’re still saying Miles Bryant stinks, you weren’t watching the first three acts closely enough or allowing his predecessors to drive that narrative. He has made a great start.

– DL Christian Barmore has been on my “Up” list in two of three games. Barmore recorded a team-high seven QB pressures with one sack and six hurries. He doesn’t have the lightning-quick movements he showed as a rookie, likely due to injuries, but his upper body strength to pressure the pocket is enough to make an impact in pass rush.

– LB Anfernee Jennings played really well, recording three QB pressures and making consistent gains against outside zone/shift blocks from the tight end to force cutbacks in the teeth of the New England defense. Jennings is a solid edge-setter early on.

– Whenever an offense tries to play phone booth against this defense, it will be a good game for Bentley, Tavai and Jabrill Peppers. Those guys love to smash Hulk. When Peppers plays close to the line of scrimmage he is a game-breaker. Takes blocks like a boss.

– Kyle Dugger returned in this game, splitting time at free safety and in the box/slot. He doesn’t have the impressive games he had last season, but that may be because he’s playing more out of depth without DeMack, while Peppers takes more point-of-attack reps.

– Pressure: Barmore (7, sack), Uche (5), Judon (5, two sacks), Bentley (3), Jennings (3), Wise (3), White (2), Guy (2), Roberts ( 1), Daggar (1), Tawai (1). 11 different players with a 47.5% pressure rate!

– Coverage: Gonzalez (7/5/45, PBU), Dugger (5/3/26, PBU), Bentley (4/2/17, PBU), Peppers (4/2/3), Wade (2/1 ) /12), Bryant (2/1/12), Phillips (2/2/38), Jennings (1/1/1), Judon (1/1/3).

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