Here is the stock report for the New England Patriots after last night’s game:
The second year man out of Marshall had a good 2014 debut, catching three balls for 59 yards, and a touchdown. Dobson is the Pats’ best outside threat, and it was awesome to finally see him out on the field making plays. If Dobson is healthy, and continues to play like that in the regular season, this Patriots offense may go down as the best in the league this year.
The newest Patriots made a surprisingly long debut yesterday, but it was a positive debut. He was fast, sharp, and made a few nice catches. I think he will fit seamlessly into this offense, and provide another mismatch nightmare for Tom Brady to toy with. Coming into this season, I thought the strength of this team would be its defense, but the offense is making a case to be the stronger unit. It will be fun to monitor who ends up winning this internal battle as the year progresses.
Stork made his Pats debut last night, and from what I can initially gather, it was a successful one for the former Seminole. He didn’t get pushed back into the pocket, he was explosive out of his stance in run defense, and aside from a stumble or two, it was a clean night. He may end up with the starting job a few weeks into the regular season.
I think we have seen the last of Josh Boyce in New England. He is a good player, but there are just too many talented wideouts here in Foxboro for him to make a move up the depth chart. He didn’t play that great yesterday, as he was constantly miscommunicating with Jimmy Garoppolo, and he dropped a few balls as well. There is a chance the Patriots could sneak him into the practice squad, but I doubt it. Hopefully Boyce doesn’t end up in the AFC East, where he would undoubtedly torture New England for years.