New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Patriots defeated the Eagles 31-22. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady on Tampa Bay Buccaneers run defense

The New England Patriots offense shredded the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday night to open the preseason, and it wasn’t just Tom Brady’s surgical precision that led the Patriots to 31 points. The biggest performances on offense for the Pats were at running back, as Stevan Ridley and LeGarrette Blount ripped off big gains, and Blount ended up rushing for over 100 yards. A big reason for Blount’s success and the overall success of the Patriots offense was the struggles of the Eagles defense, as the Eagles continued to miss an insane amount of tackles and take bad angles against the ball-carrier.

The Patriots game on Friday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will give this team a more accurate barometer of how good the running backs are, because the Bucs are much better at tackling and have a better run defense as a whole. I honestly can’t wait to see LeGarrette Blount stick it to his former employer, because Greg Schiano did him wrong in Tampa by basically kicking Blount to the curb.

Tom Brady understands the fact that the Patriots running game will be tested more against the Bucs and noted that the Buccaneers had the NFL’s best run defense last season during an interview with Dennis and Callahan, “We’re going to be challenged this week by Tampa, who finished last year ranked number one stopping the run. “We only had one game, one sample size so to speak, we’re going to see how our run game, our pass game, our tempo, and all those things play out against another team. That’ll give us a little better indication of where we’re at.”

Brady, like most of us, knows that one preseason game barely says anything, while each preseason game after that helps shed more light on the picture, especially when going up against opponents with units of varying skill level. For the Bucs, run defense is a big strength, and we’ll see if Ridley, Blount, and Brandon Bolden can still have plenty of success on the ground against Tampa.

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  • Paul V. Suffriti

    It will be interesting to see how the Pats mix up the offensive plays against a good run defense.

    • Joe Soriano

      Same here, and I want to see how the backup OLs do against a better front seven. You know who impressed me on Friday? R.J. Mattes.

  • Brian Longenecker

    Blount is a fumble prone back with occasional greatness. He will frustrate the Patriots to the max.

    • Joe Soriano

      Blount will have his frustrating moments, but he’s so talented that it’s worth it.

  • bigginfragable

    Schiano didn’t kick him to the curb. He recognized early on that Blount was not the type of runner he wanted for his offense. He had a good year as a rookie, but since then has proven that he is incapable of being a dependable back.
    Watching a “Power Runner” hit a wall of blockers with no vision or power was frustrating for 2 seasons. His inability to get 1 yard on several goal line chances demonstrates that he can find the holes that a truck could pass through and has good speed, but can’t be relied upon to consistently be “That guy”.
    Also the fact that he is not a great pass catcher and a worse blocker means that he will have limited service. He showed you the gold early, but get ready to find out that he’s really just painted lead.

    • Joe Soriano

      Yeah, Blount is a terrible pass-catcher and can’t block, and that’s why the Bucs got Doug Martin; they wanted a legit three-down back. Blount’s role will the Pats should take advantage of his skills as an elusive RB who misses tackles and can be a change-of-pace backup with plenty of talent, and they should also mitigate his weaknesses (inconsistency, fumbles, can’t pass block or catch). Blount hasn’t won the job yet by any means, but I’ve always liked his talent. As a No. 3 back behind Ridley and Vereen, you could do a whole lot worse.

    • NelsonvillianHill

      “He had a good year as a rookie, but since then has proven that he is incapable of being a dependable back. ”
      So the same could be said about martin . . you guys need to quit reading all this trash on yahoo and then repeating it like it was the “the word!” . . we will SEE what legarrette blount does this year for new england and i can BET you that it will be NOTHING like YOU said, bigginfragable? you will feel as foolish as your words sound