How quickly did Garoppolo get rid of the ball vs. Saints?

How quickly did Garoppolo get rid of the ball vs. Saints?

How quickly did quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo get rid of the football in the Patriots' preseason win over the New Orleans Saints? An average of 2.17 seconds (sacks including in process). Here's the play-by-play breakdown:

2.5 - Complete to Martellus Bennett. Right flat.
2.67 - Sacked. Pressure off Nate Solder.
1.94 - Go route to Bennett. Inc
2.41 - Incomplete to DeAndre Carter. Outside the numbers. Slightly behind Carter.
2.08 - Bennett on shallow cross.
1.74 - Incomplete to James Develin. Pressure appears to come across Marcus Cannon's face.
2.82 - Wait on Bennett to sit in zone. Complete.
1.66 - immediate pressure...eventually sacked. David Andrews pulled off double late.
2.62 - Incomplete to James White. Left flat. White stops running.
1.33 - Complete to Aaron Dobson outside numbers. left side.
1.70 - Screen to White. Big gain.
1.61 - Dobson between the linebackers. 
1.07 - Wide screen to Carter
2.37 - Seed to Malcom Mitchell. Mitchell runs short of the sticks. Complete.
2.30 - Fourth down play. Pressure at 2.30. Runs for first down.
2.90 - Looks safeties off. Comes to backside. Complete to Mitchell. 24 yards.
2.06 - Play action. Safety blitz. Incomplete. Had to chuck it to avoid sack
5.13 - Leaves pocket/feels pressure at 2.66. Poor decision and throw. Incomplete to Mitchell
1.21 - Mitchell in left flat. 
1.86 - Mitchell right side. Outside the numbers.
1.66 - Incomplete to White in end zone. White has hands on the ball.

Patriots-Jaguars practice participation/injury report: Brady sits out


Patriots-Jaguars practice participation/injury report: Brady sits out

FOXBORO -- Tom Brady's hand injury is significant enough that he was held out of Thursday's practice, according to the Patriots.

Whether that means he was at risk of exacerbating the injury by playing, or whether he needed more time to receive treatment (or both) is not clear. Brady was present for the stretching portion of practice on Thursday, which reporters were permitted to watch, but the team must have held him out of action following that period.

Brady last missed a practice on Dec. 27 as the Patriots prepared for the regular-season finale against the Jets. He was scheduled to speak with reporters on Thursday afternoon following practice, but the Patriots announced that they had pushed back his media availability to Friday. 

The Patriots will hold their final practice of the week on Friday before taking on the Jaguars in the AFC title game Sunday. 

Thursday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Jaguars game:


QB Tom Brady (right hand)
OT LaAdrian Waddle (knee)

DL Alan Branch (knee)
RB Rex Burkhead (knee)
RB Mike Gillislee (knee)


FS Tashaun Gipson (foot)

SS Barry Church (shoulder)
RB Leonard Fournette (ankle)
DT Malik Jackson (ankle)

QB Blake Bortles (right wrist)
OL Patrick Omameh (illness)
LB Paul Posluszny (abdomen)

Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'


Adam Butler to Jalen Ramsey: 'Be humble or be humbled'

FOXBORO -- The Patriots are well aware of Jalen Ramsey's Super Bowl prediction, and they're not about to take the same approach to the AFC title game buildup. 

"If you're going to make a statement like that," Patriots rookie defensive tackle Adam Butler said on Wednesday, "you better be able to back it up . . . It's a bold statement to make. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out. But like I said, be humble or be humbled. That's all I can really say about that."

As that quote made the rounds, Ramsey tweeted an emphatic "WHO!???" Didn't seem to be a coincidence.

What Ramsey said, though, is part of who the Jaguars are. They're young. They're confident. They're not afraid to talk. 

"I ain't got too much to say, but y'all make sure you bring that same energy out here next week and the week after," Ramsey said in Jacksonville following his team's plane ride back from Pittsburgh on Saturday. "We're going to the Super Bowl and we're going to win that [expletive]."

Outside of Butler, the comments have garnered little in the way of public commentary from Patriots players. 

"I mean, obviously, that's his game," Patriots cornerback Eric Rowe said of Ramsey. "He's a confident dude . . . Obviously, they're happy to go to the championship game, but, you know, that mindset of thinking ahead of yourself, I don't think it's a good idea . . ."

"We saw what happened to the Steelers. But on our end, obviously, we're not thinking ahead to the [Super Bowl] because we have to get past [the Jaguars]. So, we heard it, but we're not too focused on it because we have to focus on doing our job for the game."