The New England Patriots topped the New York Giants 28-20 in the final preseason game, and it is not an easy task to pick the player who is most deserving of the “Game Ball”. Undrafted rookie wide receiver Quentin Sims had a fantastic day with two touchdown catches, but another rookie in seventh-round defensive end Michael Buchanan also has a very strong case for that honor. Buchanan was the clear star on the defensive side of the ball with four tackles, a tackle for loss, a pass deflected, 2.5 sacks, and three quarterback hits in total. That’s quite the stat line right there, and it is one that allows Buchanan to be a lock on the 53-man roster. Sims most likely isn’t cracking the roster as a seventh wide receiver, but his big day earns him a spot on the practice squad and our game ball.
Quentin Sims was an intriguing pick-up by the Patriots coming out of Tennessee-Martin, and he was signed along with Perez Ashford following the sudden release of veteran Donald Jones. Sims looked like the better prospect than Ashford, because he had better measurables and college production. Neither player went up against much competition as college athletes (Ashford probably played against better competition), but it was apparent looking at their stat sheets that Sims offered more upside.
Despite showing up well at training camp, Sims wasn’t really talked about as much, and that’s not really a surprise given the amount of attention directed at the “big three” rookie receivers. Quentin Sims had a real coming out party last night with three receptions for 72 yards on four targets and two touchdowns, with the 52-yard play being the highlight (Sims has some bad coverage to thank).