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September 23, 2013

Hector Longo's Two-Minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Jerod Mayo — The captain came to play with a team-high five solo tackles and a sack. Doug Martin threw post-game props his way for taking away the run. Who am I to question Doug Martin?

2. Brandon Bolden — Maybe, he should be asking for more playing time here. Three rushes for 51 yards and five catches for 49 yards more. But the great part of his game is that he didn’t nearly get marooned to Siberia three weeks ago because of fumbles, only to come back and dance and mock the opposition today, a la Stevan Ridley. He runs, hands the ball to the ref and gets back to the huddle.

3. Dobson/Thompkins/Edelman — Danny Amen-who? These receiver trio totally outplayed Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams — who probably combine for six times their salary. Totalled 17 catches for 137 yards. But as Bucs defensive lineman Gerald McCoy noted: “This guy (Tom Brady) has just turned so many receivers into stars in this league.”

NO SHOWS

1. Steve Gregory — To their credit, the Pats have done an awful lot to solve the confusion in their secondary. Right now, Gregory is the only guy showing up on the wrong page. Maybe it’s not a good fit. He’s not a cover-2 deep safety. He wants to be up into the action.

2. Tom Brady — Telling you, against a horrifying effort defensively like that, Tom Brady could/should have been better. You can’t throw the pick in the end zone. And you can’t be sacked three times when you’re missing open receivers. He played OK. Just OK. It was that easy.

3. Ryan Allen — Sorry, I miss Zoltan.

GRADING THE GROUPS

OFFENSE

Line (A) ... When you run for 156 yards of offense and possess the football for over 33 minutes, the offensive line is getting its job done.

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