Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady

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Suh and Co. pleased with pressure on Brady

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
DETROIT - The ferocity of the Lions front-seven Saturday night is exactly what the New England Patriots needed. Tom Brady was under siege in a way that can only cause the Patriots offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, receivers coach Chad O'Shea and offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien to examine closely how to fix a problem that -- when it arises -- usually results in the Patriots getting croaked. We saw this kind of pressure in each of the Patriots last three playoff losses. To get a fresh look now against an excellent front gives those coaches plenty of ammo. The Lions defense was on-point with both coverage and pass rush, said Detroit defensive end Cliff Avril who credited the secondary for making Brady hold the ball longer than desired. "It was also the defensive tackles," Avril added. "Once we made him step up, he didn't have a lot of stepping up room so he tried to slide out a little bit to the ends and we just made the plays. But definitely the defensive backs did their thing."Brady claimed in the postgame that the Patriots were trying to go downfield on the Lions and that's why he got stuck holding a little longer. He was waiting for wideouts to uncover that never did. But the pass rush -- even though Brady tried to absolve his offensive line -- was intense. Asked if Brady was rattled, Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said, "To be honest with you, I didn't pay attention to his emotions. My job is to continue to rattle him and be in his face. When he starts yelling at me like 'leave me alone' that is when I know I have completed my job. He didn't talk too much today. He is a good player and I respect him a lot. Ever since we played against him last Thanksgiving and I had a conversation (with him) after the game, I have a lot more respect for him. He is a great player and he keeps it in house whatever is going wrong with him, if anything."What seemed to be going wrong with him had a lot to do with Suh and Co. on this Saturday night. Tom E. Curran can be reached at tcurran@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Tom on Twitter at http:twitter.comtomecurran

Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

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Patriots address OL depth with Joe Thuney

The selection of Joe Thuney with the 78th overall pick means the Patriots hit a need position at offensive tackle.

Thuney played tackle on right and left side and, while he’s small relative to the Patriots mountainous starting tackles (6-5, 295 pounds), he will likely have a redshirt year to get used to the pro game. That’s what happened with left tackle Nate Solder when he was drafted in 2011 and Matt Light was still manning left tackle.

With Vollmer getting closer to the end, Thuney could conceivably play on the edge but he also has the versatility to play all five offensive line spots. The Patriots don’t need him at all five. They are two deep at center with Bryan Stork and David Andrews, seem set at guard with Tre Jackson, Josh Kline and Shaq Mason.

The depth behind Solder and Vollmer is where the concern is. Marcus Cannon hasn’t developed any consistency and Cameron Fleming is entering his third season but remains nothing to get excited about. L’Adrian Waddle was an in-season pickup the Patriots re-signed but he’s in the same boat as the other two. Keavon Martin and Chris Barker are end of the roster guys.

Thuney’s got a huge brain. He earned his degree in three years and is working on another in international studies with a minor in Spanish. While he’s seen as an aggressive, lunch pail guy with good feet but a little bit of body stiffness and no natural position, he’s got a lot of the traits the Patriots adore in terms of smarts, aggressiveness, versatility and coachability.

2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett

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2016 NFL Draft: Patriots select QB Jacoby Brissett

The New England Patriots selected N.C. State quarterback Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

It sure looks like the Patriots are looking to get support at quarterback incase Tom Brady is suspended.