Video: How the Patriots are simulating Russell Wilson in practice
By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Patriots are preparing for one of the toughest tests they’ll get all season with Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. For a player like this, they need to get creative.
It’s difficult to simulate a QB with the combined throwing and running ability of Wilson, but the Pats are giving it a go with a pair of new additions to the roster. Undrafted rookie cornerback Myles Bryant, whom the team promoted to the main roster on Wednesday, was seen practicing as Wilson in the backfield during the media availability portion of practice on Thursday.
They did the same with former Bengals quarterback Jake Dolegala, who signed with the practice squad this week. Watch below for a series of videos from reporters in attendance in Foxboro.
This isn’t the first time the Patriots used a smaller, shifty defensive back to simulate a mobile QB. They did it in 2018, when they used Keion Crossen in a similar practice role to get ready for Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans.
According to multiple reports, the Patriots had full attendance at practice on Thursday. They had no absences listed on Wednesday’s injury report, either. Five players were limited: DT Adam Butler (shoulder), LB Brandon Copeland (knee), WR Julian Edelman (knee), WR N’Keal Harry (shoulder), and CB Jonathan Jones (foot).
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