Top performers from the Patriots 37-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in week 2 of the preseason:
Patriots offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, the 23rd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, tore his Achilles in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles and will miss the entire 2018 NFL season.
Was that a football game or a baseball game? What it was was absolute insanity. In a season where we've seen just about everything from the Red Sox, this first game in the series against Baltimore might have been the wackiest game yet. I was at the Pawtucket Red Sox game in Indianapolis rooting on the Sox AAA team last night and watching the big league club on my phone at the same time. While the minor league game was a more typical baseball game that Pawtucket won 3-2, the parent club's game had so many wild swings and so much back and forth that I could barely keep up. It certainly wasn't what I was expecting against a bottom feeder like Baltimore, especially with the way Nathan Eovaldi had been pitching lately.
The Patriots Wide Receivers are Much Worse than You Think: The Troubling Truth About the Most Important Position in the Patriots Offense
After trading Brandin Cooks and letting Danny Amendola walk in free agency, the Patriots receiving core looked bad. Four months later, it looks even worse. In those months, Julian Edelman was suspended 4 games for violating the league’s PED policy, reports have surfaced that the Patriots are shopping Malcolm Mitchell (and may release him), and Jordan Matthews was reportedly released and then instead placed on injured reserve, ending his season.
The Patriots have signed veteran wide receiver Eric Decker to a one-year contract per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Decker has played 8 seasons in the NFL with the Broncos, Jets, and Titans. He comes to the Patriots after a solid campaign with the Titans where he was able to haul in 54 catches on 83 targets and 1 touchdown.
In February of 2014, it looked like the Seahawks were set up to be the NFL’s next great dynasty. They had just held the Denver Broncos, a team that some were calling the greatest offense of all time, to 8 points in Super Bowl 48. The Broncos offense hadn’t been held below 20 points all season to that point and their quarterback, Peyton Manning, broke the NFL record for touchdown passes in a season with 55. The Seahawks defense was not only good, it was legendary.
Who was the last elite quarterback in the AFC East not named Tom Brady? Was it Chad Pennington? That one year when Ryan Fitzpatrick was half decent on the Bills? The one year Brett Favre spent with the Jets before crushing Packers fan’s hearts by going to the Vikings? It’s hard to say any of those players were truly among the elite at their position at the time. Tom Brady has unquestionably been the best quarterback in the AFC East for almost 2 decades, but what’s even more amazing is how big of a gap there’s been between Tom Brady and the 2nd best quarterback in the division.
Madden Gives Last Season's Cover Athlete and MVP Tom Brady Lower Rating Than Aaron Rodgers Who Missed Most of Last Season with Broken Collarbone
Player ratings in any video game have become a staple of the offseason in all sports in recent years. In a lot of ways, it's just another ranking system for players in their league's and with many player in the league often playing these video games in their free time, it quickly becomes a topic of conversation. Hassan Whiteside of the Miami Heat once famously said in a postgame interview after a breakout game, “I’m just trying to get my 2k rating up”. With Madden and the NFL players there's always a lot of problems. Most players will complain about their ratings, usually their speed, and it's hard to convince any player who's not a 99 that their rating is accurate.