Perillo's Points: Returns, O-line, Ryan

Perillo's Points: Returns, O-line, Ryan
September 5, 2013, 9:45 pm
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The Patriots 53-man roster is set for now, but are there questions still to be sorted out before Sunday?

One man sure thinks so.

Paul Perillo of "Patriots Football Weekly" outlined the potential problems the Patriots still have to address as the season begins.

One such issue came on special teams, where the Patriots are lacking an explosive option in the return game.

"I have no idea who's going to return kicks right now. Leon Washington not on the roster at the moment. That leaves a lot of options. I think Josh Boyce is one, he's very fast, obviously the speedy receiver from TCU," Perillo said. "He's done that a lot during camp, he had some chances during preseason, he's an option." 

Boyce doesn't have the job for sure though, LeGarrette Blount has received some action in that area and could be a one-of-a-kind returner is he secures the job. 

"Very interesting to see if they put a running back of that style back deep to return kicks," Perillo said. "But right now who knows?" 

In the trenches, the starters could provide the Patriots a nice boost. Yet, health is never a sure thing in the NFL, and, in fact, injuries will occur every season.

For Perillo that could be an issue for the Patriots among their big men. 

"They're very thin in the back ups both on the offensive and defensive lines, that's where they went [on the waiver wire]," Perillo said. "Makes a little more sense now, Will Svitek battled some injuries, Marcus Cannon battling some injuries, they needed some help there." 

The secondary, as always in recent years, remains a troubling area of concern.

What does Perillo have to say there?

Actually some positive things, mainly regarding a rookie who has come into his own. 

"One of the players I've been impressed with so far is Logan Ryan. The third round pick out of Rutgers really struggled at the start of camp but I thought as the days and weeks progressed, he's got better," Perillo said. "We've seen his versatility, he can play inside, he can play out, reminds me a little bit like Kyle Arrington in that way…he'll come up and play the run…Really a complete corner, I like a lot of different things this guy can do."