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September 9, 2013

Hector Longo's Two-Minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Danny Amendola — Can you just imagine what they pumped into this guy to make his groin pull go away? Hey, this kid was nails in his debut. A guy who has missed 20 games in two seasons, you figured there was a bit of coward in this guy. To the contrary. Gets my vote for AFC Offensive Player of the Week (yes, over Peyton) with 10 tough catches for 104 yards.

2. Shane Vereen — He was C.J. Spiller, running against the Bills. Carried 14 times in relief for 101 yards, netting 7.2 yards a carry. Also caught seven passes for 58 more yards. Can he run inside over the long haul? Probably not. But for now, he’s just what is needed on an offense starved for weapons.

3. Julian Edelman — Enjoy him while you can. If you trust this guy to deliver against real teams, you’re either naive or a huge Pats fan. Great day, maybe his greatest, with 7 catches for 79 yards and two scores.

NO SHOWS

1. Stevan Ridley — He was so ashamed at his performance that in the post game, he kept talking about his “two turnovers” despite the fact one was ruled — incorrectly mind you — down by contact. Ran 9 times for 46 yards before being sent to the bench for good without his supper.

2. Devin McCourty — When a rookie in his first start can look you off at safety when you are playing Cover 2 and in your fourth season, you bite on the fake, you clearly have the football instincts of a carp. That cost the Pats the Robert Woods’ TD catch and a “Brandon Meriweather-esque” angle to the football cost the Pats on Stevie Johnson’s TD catch. The good news is the Pats escaped healthy enough that McCourty didn’t need to move to corner.

3. Ryan Allen — Not a great debut for the rookie punter with three for 39.3 a kick and only 36.0 net.

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