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25-14 snoozefest against Carolina The Carolina Panthers destroyed the New England Patriots 25-14 and it wasn’t even that close. The Patriots didn’t look like they cared Jason McCourty Jerseys 2019 , which is fine since it’s the preseason, but they also didn’t look like they could have executed if they were trying, which is not fine.Here are my quick takeaways after the game.The Patriots defense was awful in the first halfWhen the Patriots starters were on the field, the Panthers gained 77 yards, 58 yards, 7 yards, and 59 yards. The three extended drives resulted in field goals for Carolina. It’s great that they tightened up in the red zone, but the Patriots first team defense spent the first half getting gashed every which way by the Panthers offense. Carolina waltzed their way up the field over the first 10 minutes of the game with four third-down conversions. Then they gained 28 yards on consecutive plays on their second drive. And then they ran the hurry-up to score right before the half. They were able to move however they wanted by running the ball, passing to receivers, or passing to their tight end. Bill Belichick won’t be too happy.The Patriots offense was also awful in the first halfThe Patriots went three-and-out on their first drive, stalled inside the red zone on their second drive and settled for a field goal, and then gained a mere 44 yards on 14 plays before Stephen Gostkowski pushed his field goal attempt wide. That was the Patriots entire first half. Tom Brady was accurate enough White Adrian Clayborn Jerseys , but his receivers weren’t able to get open down the field. Julian Edelman dropped two passes, while Chris Hogan had 1 catch for 10 yards. The tight ends didn’t catch any of their 3 targets. Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill gained a weak 28 yards on 11 carries (15 of those yards came on a single Gillislee carry, meaning they averaged 1.3 yards on their other 10 attempts).It wasn’t their best performance.Phillip Dorsett looked really good!Dorsett was one of the lone bright spots in the first half for the Patriots as he collected all 4 of his targets for 36 yards. Those catches included 16 yards on 1st-and-10 and a 6-yard gain on 4th-and-3. He looked quick with the football in his hands and he was able to contribute on short passes- a sign of development after only really being a deep ball target in 2017.With Julian Edelman suspended for the first four games of the year, Dorsett really has a chance to be the Patriots leading receiver, which is kind of a scary thought- but is closer to reality than anyone could have projected last year.Here are some young players that look to be in the running for playing time:Keionta Davis started on the defensive line opposite of Deatrich Wise Jr. and they’re likely to be the top defensive ends behind Trey Flowers and Adrian Clayborn. Derek Rivers is likely to get a year to prove himself. Ja’Whaun Bentley got some playing time behind Elandon Roberts, but both seem like strong bets to make the roster.Eric Rowe started opposite of Stephon Gilmore and should be the presumed starter.On offense, Dorsett was the only youngster that really made any strong claim. Here are some veterans looking in from the outsideThe Patriots sprinkled in some Eric Decker didn’t play until the second half, and while Cordarrelle Patterson played in the first half with the first team, he was also playing late into the fourth quarter.Jeremy Hill suffered an injury that could hand a roster spot to Mike Gillislee. Hopefully it’s not serious.Offensive linemen Luke Bowanko, Brian Schwenke, and Matt Tobin were all playing in the second half and will have a hard time making the roster.Will Tye did not make the most of his opportunities, getting blown away as a run blocker and not pulling down his target opportunity.Marquis Flowers was playing behind both Roberts and Bentley Adrian Clayborn Jerseys 2019 , which should be slightly concerning since he hasn’t played much this preseason.Jason McCourty was with the second-team cornerbacks opposite of Keion Crossen. Cyrus Jones was the slot receiver. We could be looking at a top five of Gilmore, Rowe, McCourty, Crossen, and either Jonathan Jones or Cyrus Jones. New England brought the veteran linebacker back into the fold." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhitePats Pulpita New England Patriots communityLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpPatriots NewsOpinion and AnalysisContribute!About the SiteTopicsPatriotsOddsShopStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementFiled under:NFL Free AgencyPatriots AnalysisPatriots Free Agency CoverageWhat re-signing linebacker Jamie Collins means for the PatriotsNew,124commentsRead more: Patriots re-sign linebacker Jamie CollinsEDTShareTweetShareShareWhat re-signing linebacker Jamie Collins means for the PatriotsKevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsEarlier today, the New England Patriots brought a familiar face back into the fold: the team reportedly re-signed linebacker Jamie Collins, who started his NFL career as a Patriots second-round draft pick in 2013 and appeared in a combined 57 regular season and playoff games for the club. After two and a half years with the Cleveland Browns, Collins now returns to the team with which he won the Super Bowl in 2014.Let’s find out what adding the 29-year-old means, especially for a Patriots defense that appears to be pretty deep at this point in time.New England has a plan in mind for CollinsDuring his first stint in New England, the Patriots used Collins in various ways to take advantage of his outstanding athletic skills: he rushed the passer, he dropped into coverage against tight ends White Jeremy Hill Jerseys , he aligned on the strong side and the weak side of the formation. It remains to be seen whether or not the Patriots will employ him in similar fashion now, but one thing seems certain: they do have a plan for him in mind and think his presence could improve the defense, or otherwise Collins would not have been brought back.Collins gives the Patriots flexibilityNew England has a versatile group of linebackers under contract: Dont’a Hightower and Kyle Van Noy are jack-of-all-trade options capable of playing on the line and in space, Elandon Roberts improved noticeably as a coverage defender in 2018, and Ja’Whaun Bentley showed promise both against the run and the pass last year. Adding Collins to this group gives the Patriots defense even more flexibility given his own versatility: he adds depth and experience behind top options Hightower and Van Noy, and takes pressure off Bentley coming back from a season-ending biceps injury.Jerod Mayo and the Patriots defense get a familiar face to work withThe Patriots’ new inside linebackers coach knows his team’s latest signing pretty well: Mayo and Collins played alongside each other from 2013 to 2015, which means that the former should have a pretty clear picture of the latter’s strengths and weaknesses — and how to best work with them. In general, Collins is an experienced option after having appeared in 57 games for New England before he was shipped off to Cleveland midway through the 2016 season. He should be able to get up to speed rather quickly given his familiarity with the scheme and its terminology.The salary cap likely won’t be impacted too muchWhen the Browns signed Collins to a four-year, $50 million contract in early 2017, they paid top dollar for one of the NFL’s most intriguing linebackers. Since then, Collins’ status has changed quite a bit: after two inconsistent and injury-riddled years in Cleveland, he spent more than two months on the open market before getting picked up by the Patriots. Needless to say that the team likely did not overpay to get its hands on its former second-round investment once again.Last year’s trade rumors were not unfoundedAhead of last year’s trade deadline Jeremy Hill Jerseys 2019 , The Athletic’s Jeff Howe reported that the Patriots were having internal discussions about potentially re-acquiring Jamie Collins from the Browns. Those talks did obviously not reach a point at which the club felt prompted to pull the trigger. However, today’s news pretty much confirms Howe’s report from last October — and that the Patriots have had their eyes on Collins for quite some time now.The Patriots will need to make a corresponding roster moveAs things stand right now, the Patriots have a full offseason roster: 90 men are under contract with the club, which means that it will need to make a corresponding move once Collins officially gets brought back. There are plenty of candidates to get the axe in favor of the veteran linebacker — from undrafted rookie signings like offensive linemen Tyree St. Louis or Tyler Gauthier to depth linebacker Calvin Munson.Collins is no roster lockWhile Collins is a big-name player, his status on the team will likely be a volatile one: New England is pretty strong at linebacker even without him in the fold, so the one-time Pro Bowler will need to earn his role on the team — especially considering that the Patriots’ financial commitments will likely be limited. Collins certainly has value to the organization in its own eyes, but if he fails to justify the trust put in him by Bill Belichick and company it will not be a surprise to see the club move on from him again.