Patriots observations: More running; Lloyd's potential


Patriots observations: More running; Lloyd's potential

Let's make this clear. The Patriots have played one game. And by one game, it's more accurate to say that the players who will actually make the team played less than a quarter of one game.

But there are definitely some observations to be made in that small sample size.

The Patriots will run more.

Gone are the days when the Patriots will try to out-pass everyone and let their fate rest solely on the golden arm of Tom Brady. Instead, it appears the Patriots will try to embrace a more complementary brand of football this year. A solid running game will allow them to run out the clock late in the games, give their defense a rest and control the tempo - all good things.

Brandon Lloyd has the potential to have a special season.

Based on what we've seen in practice, Lloyd and Tom Brady aren't going to have an issue. It's been one connection after the other, and Lloyd has only been working with the Patriot's playbook for a matter of weeks.

Lloyd was only targeted three times in the last night's game against the Saints and his only catch was wiped out by a penalty, but his performance in practice offers reason for optimism.

The 2012 draft class will make plays.

Chandler Jones looked good. Really good. But how about we hold off on his statue in Canton until he's actually played a game that counts? People want that defensive playmaker so badly that they've convinced themselves that they see it already in Jones. Let's pump the brakes. There is no doubt that Jones has tremendous talent but he's still very raw and this was one game. The same goes for Dont'a Hightower, who had a monstrous hit, but still allowed the runner to gain another 4-5 yards after the hit. There's a great foundation and definite potential.

NFL owners release statements on Trump comments


NFL owners release statements on Trump comments

President Donald Trump's comments about NFL players and his tweeted dis-invite of the Warriors led to some prominent athletes to speak out. Now NFL franchises and their owners are weighing in.

At a rally in Alabama on Friday night, Trump said NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the national anthem. And he encouraged NFL fans to walk out of games in protest. 

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ’Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump told the rally. 

He also lamented that football has become less violent.

“They’re ruining the game,” he complained.