Dislike: Logan Ryan’s coverage
Ryan embodied the struggle of the Patriots’ defense on Sunday. He couldn’t stick with Robert Woods, who paced the Bills with 89 yards on seven receptions. This writer lost track of how many times Woods snagged a slant pass for a first down right in front of Ryan.
As a byproduct of his struggles in coverage, Ryan led the Patriots with 17 combined tackles. That may pop out on the stat sheet, but in actuality, you do not want your No. 2 cornerback racking up the most tackles out of your entire defense, as it means the ball is getting to the second level far too often.
So while it is good that Ryan made those tackles, it’s not good that he was letting receivers get open so frequently in the first place. Additionally, it’s not good that Ryan was forced to tackle McCoy on repeated occasions.
Alright, time to put Week 4 behind us. After all, the Patriots are 3-1 with Brady back with the team, and that’s not so bad given the circumstances handed to them thanks to the league office’s boneheaded leadership this offseason. We’re on to Cleveland.