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Mike Giardi: Halftime thoughts

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Mike Giardi: Halftime thoughts

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- Halftime thoughts on the New England Patriots and Miami Dolphins here at Sun Life Stadium, with the Patriots trailing 10-3 . . . 

1) Lot of concern about the Pats offensive game plan from my followers. I'd say it's pretty simple: The Pats are looking to hang around and then hope they can play to win late. But first and foremost, the protection of Tom Brady is critical, and you saw the issues there. On his first real dropback (which came in the second quarter!) he got hit low by a falling Ndamukong Suh. It was ugly. The leg got rolled up and Brady spent plenty of time with the trainers having that right ankle/foot looked at and retaped. Despite the limited game plan, the Pats had a chance to take the lead late, but the usually reliable Stephen Gostkowski missed a field goal and the Fins scored a TD just before the half to take a seven-point edge into the half.

2) Leonard Johnson is having some difficulty in coverage late, getting beat badly by an aging Greg Jennings for 31 yards on the TD-scoring drive by Miami. He also appeared to have screwed up the coverage on the touchdown by DeVante Parker. He's been exposed these last two weeks. The Pats continue to have an issue with their third corner.

3) The Pats are managing the snaps of guys like Danny Amendola and Scott Chandler in this one. Suspect neither would have dressed if the team could have gotten away with it. As it is, a handful of very good players are watching this game back from the confines of Foxboro (or thereabouts).

4) Be hard pressed to recall a time where Brady threw just five times in the first half, but that's the case here. Meanwhile, Steven Jackson has shown some good burst at the snap and has had some moments in the first half. Think he's a positive despite averaging 2.8 per carry.

Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

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Report: Patriots to sign Kenny Britt

According to ESPN’s Field Yates, the Patriots will sign veteran receiver Kenny Britt. 

Britt, who was released by the Browns last week, has seen injuries and off-field issues interfere with a promising career since being chosen 30th overall by the Titans in 2009. He was suspended for four games in 2012, his final season with the Titans, before playing the next season with the Rams. This was his first season with the Browns, but he was released after making 18 catches over nine games. 

Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

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Why did Malcolm Butler retweet this graphic about Jay Cutler carving up the Patriots?

This makes me feel like Felger, so apologies.

Malcolm Butler might not love Bill Belichick the GM, and there’s a chance he’s made some light commentary on Belichick the coach. 

After Monday night’s Patriots loss to the Dolphins, a Pro Football Focus graphic was posted detailing how well Jay Cutler did when the Patriots blitzed him. It was retweeted from Butler’s account. 

Though Butler un-retweeted it by Tuesday morning, the retweet was an interesting act. Twenty blitzes (by how PFF measures blitzes) is a high number. Was Butler just pointing out that Cutler had a good game or suggesting that maybe the Pats shouldn’t have kept blitzing when Cutler was responding to them so well. Might be a shot at Belichick or Matt Patricia. Might be something else. Might have misread "Cutler" for "Butler" and thought he was retweeting a compliment. Reading into social media is a gas.