The New England Patriots may not have a real offensive coordinator, however they definitely have a true gunslinger in Bailey Zappe, who almost engineered a comeback victory in Thursday’s preseason loss to the New York Giants.
With lower than 5 minutes left within the sport and the Patriots down by six, the rookie quarterback stood within the line of fireplace from incoming blitzers and heaved up a smooth landing go to receiver Lil’Jordan Humphrey.
It was certainly one of many throws Zappe put within the air with full religion in his receivers to go up and get it. There wasn’t an iota of hesitance proven by the fourth-round select of Western Kentucky.
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Sadly for the Patriots, the protection wilted ultimately by giving up a 69-yard drive that ended with a 24-yard area aim kick by Graham Gano that iced the sport.
There have been positively some positives to remove for the Patriots, together with the linebacker velocity they have been in a position to showcase on protection. Mack Wilson, who got here to the workforce in a commerce with the Cleveland Browns for Chase Winovich, was always flying across the area and placing himself in place to make performs.
Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings discovered their manner into the offensive backfield typically as nicely. Granted, it could be good to see the workforce really end with extra sacks, despite the fact that they have been in a position to generate a variety of strain early. Uche got here away with the lone sack on the night time.
The Patriots’ younger receivers additionally stepped up within the sport. Rookie wideout Tyquan Thornton flashed a few of that ridiculous velocity we’ve seen in coaching camp, and Tre Nixon had a powerful second half after dropping a large open go within the first half that will have led to a third-down conversion.
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However this was Kristian Wilkerson’s sport.
The third-year receiver was arguably the workforce’s finest offensive performer on an evening the place he hauled in eight receptions for 99 yards.
The excellent news is the Patriots gained’t have lengthy to replicate on the loss. It’s on to the Carolina Panthers subsequent week for a few deliberate joint practices and the second preseason sport on August 19.