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October 21, 2013

Hector Longo's Two-Minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Chandler Jones -- If Calvin Johnson is the “Megatron” of receivers, this guy is the “Sideswipe” of all defensive lineman. (Non Transformers fans look it up, he is a brash warrior, who transforms into a red Lamborghini.) Jones is the only Lamborghini level defender this team has and he showed it yesterday in an eight-tackle, two-sack, one forced fumble afternoon. If Jones brings it at “Sideswipe” levels every down, this defense just might be OK.

2. Devin McCourty -- The one guy in the secondary who didn’t collapse without Aqib Talib in the lineup. Made a huge swat on a potential Jeff Cumberland TD catch. Nice job on the deep balls, which were totally eliminated by his work in center field. Finished with five solo tackles and a pass breakup.

3. Stevan Ridley -- Got 11 carries for 50 yards. Why he was ignored in the overtime possession is a question Monday for Josh McDaniels.

4. Chris Jones (defense) -- The rookie was immense in a breakout game. Five solo tackles, five assists and a pair of sacks in the fill-in role for Tommy Kelly. He’s all we should be talking about today. Wait a minute, he is (see No Shows). D’oh!

NO SHOWS

1. Chris Jones (special teams) -- Yes, your 15-yarder on the missed field goal for “pushing” was the decisive blow in the game, a game the Patriots shouldn’t have lost.

2. Jamie Collins -- Is he the Zach Sudfeld of this defense? All we heard about was this athletic freak of nature and his ability to make big plays in the preseason. At this point, the Patriots will take “any” plays from the second-round draft pick. Two solo tackles in his first career start.

3. Kyle Arrington -- Too often, you looked up and he was getting beat against the likes of David Nelson and Jeremy Kerley. He’s the poster child for a sad day in the secondary.

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