Patriots

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.

Cardinals CB Peterson 'desperately' wants trade; hello, Patriots?

arizona-cardinals-patrick-peterson-102218.jpg
AP Photo

Cardinals CB Peterson 'desperately' wants trade; hello, Patriots?

Arizona Cardinals All-Pro cornerback Patrick Peterson "desperately" wants a trade. The Patriots, whose defensive struggles have been well-chronicled this season, last week cleared a little cap room perhaps to facilitate a trade before the Oct. 30 deadline.

See where we're going here? 

Pairing Peterson with Stephon Gilmore would give New England one of the best corner tandems in the NFL. Peterson, 28, a Pro Bowl selection every year since coming into the NFL in 2011, has 23 career interceptions - third among active corners. He's in the middle of a five-year, $70 million contract and despite the Pats cap move last week, they'd need to clear a little more space for him.

Another issue is Steve Wilks, coach of the 1-6 Cardinals, who told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Monday, "We're not trading Patrick. That's out of the question."

There's about a week to convince the Cards otherwise. The Patriots are usually active at the deadline, including the notable acquisition of another top corner, Aqib Talib in 2012. 

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE


 

Finding sweet spot for White's workload a challenge for Patriots

Finding sweet spot for White's workload a challenge for Patriots

FOXBORO -- On a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Bill Belichick detailed the conundrum he and his offensive coaches may face moving forward in terms of how they utilize one of their most valuable assets.

With Sony Michel hurt -- his knee injury is a is not as serious as first thought, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport -- how much can the Patriots heap onto James White's plate?

The pass-catching maven is on pace for 103 receptions in 2018, which would be an NFL record for running backs. White played 45 snaps and had a career-high 11 carries in Sunday's victory over the Bears to go along with eight catches for 57 yards and two scores.

"We just have to take it week by week and see how it goes," Belichick said, "see what type of game plan we would want to evolve into, and then who's available on our side and how we'd want to distribute that. 

"It would just really depend week to week, the answers to those questions. They'd probably be a little different week to week too. We'll just have to see how all that plays out."

The reason the answers to those questions are difficult is because White has been steady regardless of his role this season. It's a pass-happy offense and therefore his usage will remain consistent. But if there are depth issues at the position and the Patriots don't have a true between-the-tackles runner they trust, then White could end up with a share of that workload as well -- as he did on Sunday when he was used heavily in the fourth quarter to help bleed the clock. 

"We have a ton of confidence in James," Belichick said. "He does everything well for us . . . We don't want to overload him, but at the same time, he's certainly capable of doing a significant amount for our football team in a lot of different ways. 

"We'll try to find a way for him to be productive without putting it all on his shoulders. That's a little bit of a week-to-week thing too. Some weeks might be a little bit different than others."

Week 7 was a busy week for White. Week 8, Monday night in Buffalo, could be as well if Michel has to miss time. When asked about Michel's availability moving forward, Belichick didn't reveal much. 

"We'll put that out in the injury report Wednesday," Belichick said, "when we know a little more."

Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Celtics easily on your device.

NBC SPORTS BOSTON SCHEDULE