New England Patriots linebacker Tracy White missed last week’s game against the Seattle Seahawks and was not spotted in the Pats walkthrough practice; a rare event that signifies the winding down of the practice rigors in the middle of the season. The Pats, by the way, have not held a full pads practice all month. I believe it was Ryan Riddle who brought it up in one of his great pieces on B/R that teams usually wind things down as the season wears on, especially with regards to practices.
In any case, the most noteworthy news is that rookie running back Brandon Bolden is not practicing. The UDFA emerged with a big game against the Buffalo Bills but has been quiet in the two games since, and he may or may not have tweaked a knee injury in the loss against Seattle. Bolden was listed as questionable on the injury report with a knee injury.
That’s a bit concerning going into the Jets game, but the Pats will primarily be passing the ball against the Jets weakened secondary. In addition, Danny Woodhead has been doing an underrated job this season in getting the yards necessary based on down and distance so I feel confident with the RB situation even if Bolden is unable to play.
The Patriots need a better interior pass rush and a DT who can spell Kyle Love and Vince Wilfork, as both have looked worn down later on in games and are primarily run-stoppers but have struggled due to high workloads. Jonathan Fanene was supposed to be that guy, but the Pats could switch that role to Myron Pryor who was on the field during the walk-through and can practice and come off of the PUP. Pryor has upside as a pass rusher, so it will be interesting to see how the Pats handle him going forward.
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