The Patriots are riding high with a 7-1 record, but Tom E. Curran feels they’ve got “a lot of work to do defensively."
New England allowed 25 points to the Bills in Sunday’s victory as Tom Brady and the offense put up 41 points. Curran and Mike Giardi discussed the team’s cornerback play on Postgame Live, with Curran saying they need results from Logan Ryan and Eric Rowe, but that the issue isn’t glaring.
“I’ll say this though: It’s not that dire,” Curran said. “You have a level of play that they’ve gotten from their second corner, so it’s not as if they’re in a position where they’re saying, ‘Oh my god, nobody over here can play.' They’re trying to find the guy who can play the best.”
As he noted in Sunday’s Best and Worst post, Curran found the team’s issues keeping track of how many players to put on the field alarming.
“One of the sloppy things that struck me and I think struck a lot of fans too was the 12 men on the field followed by the 10 men on the field,” Curran said. “There’s a point at which Matt Patricia and his charges have to get together. If they’re not communicating to their players, something’s going to have to give.”
Johnny Manziel said 10 days ago, "I'd go to New England in a heartbeat," when asked about the Patriots as a potential landing spot.
That seemed like wishful thinking at the time, but they're taking a look at him...along with 12 other NFL teams, according to ESPN's Eric Williams.
Tom Brady's current backup Brian Hoyer is, like Manziel, an ex-Cleveland Browns quarterback. Manziel would again be competing with Hoyer for the Pats' No. 2 job should New England take a chance on "Johnny Football", the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner from Texas A&M, who's been out of football the past two years because of substance abuse and emotional problems.
FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman had it at 12 teams watching Manziel work out at the University of San Diego and said the Patriots gave Manziel a weigh-in.
The Patriots have agreed to a one-year deal to retain offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Waddle could potentially take over at left tackle for Nate Solder, who signed with the New York Giants.
Waddle, who, along with another ex-Pats offensive tackle, Cameron Fleming, made a free-agent visit last weekend to the Dallas Cowboys, turns 27 in July and was signed from the Detroit Lions in 2016 and appeared in 12 games last season, starting four.
More to come...