On Tuesday’s Felger and Mazz show, Greg Bedard of the Boston Sports Journal, gave his “3 up” and “3 down” from the last six days of Patriots training camp and the preseason, with Mazz chirping in the background.
1. Jalen Mills
2. Anfernee Jennings
3. Carl Davis
1. Yodny Cajuste
2. Myles Bryant
3. Jakobi Meyers
1. Cameron McGrone
2. Ronnie Perkins
3. Isaiah Wynn
1. Shaun Wade
2. Malcolm Butler
3. Kevin Harris
Felger: All right, let’s do this. Three up, three down with Bedard. New open, so it’s also good time to tell you sponsorships are available, highly rated segment is usually from the previous week’s game. But you know, in the preseason we sort of move it around a little bit. So let’s say three up, three down over the last six days or so, since last week’s preseason game. So the preseason game Thursday up through today’s joint practice with the Carolina Panthers. Greg Bedard, who’s trending, who’s your number one stud over that week?
Bedard: Jalen Mills Cornerback. I mean, he’s just been outstanding to me too, just like we talked about before. He’s really taken another step. I think it was Adrian Phillips told reporters today that that Mills wants to be like a top cornerback. He wants to be a number one and can’t argue with what he’s done so far. I think he’s been outstanding and we’ll see if that continues into the season.
Felger: Real quick, I’m glad you said number one corner. I’m glad. Hold that thought. We’re going to circle back to that man who’s your number one star.
Mazz: Okay. I took a page out of the Bedard playbook. I went with Yodny Cajuste. I think this guy is a mountain. Was he this big last year Bedard? And he’s been at right tackle with Wynn out so I thought he looked good the other night in the game now he’s playing I’m starting to wonder Mike Reiss had an item on Sunday about Bill raving about Cajuste and how he’s come along etc., etc., etc.. I’m starting to wonder if Isaiah Wynn is toast, like whether they would consider moving him.
Bedard: Well, he hasn’t been out there. And let me just say this about Cajuste because I did talk about him last week and he’s been great in camp so far. In the game the other night not to get too inside football, but there are a couple of blocks to show his shortcomings where he’s supposed to double team and then get to the second level. And he makes a decision whether the guy’s going the other way or he’s just too far away from him, where he still goes for the double team. And he missed the second level block and it led to like a two yard gain a couple of times. Those are two plays. If he’s going to be a starter in this league, those are the shortcomings he can do. One on one pastor’s drill. He’s been kicking ass all training camp. But when you get into the game and the bullets are flying and guys are going in different directions, can he make the last minute adjustments to be an effective offensive tackle? I think the question is very much unanswered right now.
Felger: Mazz. Don’t encourage him. All right. And any more second level blocking talk, we’re going to go back to the offensive play calling. All right, second star, please.
Bedard: Anfernee Jennings. I think that he’s been out of the secondary sort of edge guys. He’s been by far their best player. He’s making Josh Uche and Ronnie Perkins somewhat irrelevant. He looks like he has grabbed a role on this team. I thought he was great the other night, you know, just a really good player so far.
Mazz: I got to go Miles Bryant as a return man. Like those punts that he took back the other night. I know, against it was the lowest of the low it was the dreg league I get it. But nonetheless and by dregs I mean the bottom of the barrel. But I thought he looked, they need a punt returner. Correct me if I’m wrong, right? No more Gunner.
Felger: Okay, Greg, third quick. Yep.
Bedard: Carl Davis. I’m going to give you a big fatty and because if you want to know what two-gapping is in the scheme, watch what he did the other night. He kicked ass at the point of attack. If Davon Godchaux does more of that and they do it in tandem, they might actually have a chance to stop the run.
Felger: You hear that out there. Watch Carl Davis two gap. Okay. There you go. Get your popcorn ready. Go ahead, Mazz.
Mazz: Jakobi Myers. I heard Phil Perry say something about him. I think that Myers has already turned into a better player than I ever thought. I feel like he’s one of the few reliable things they have on offense.
Felger: Three down. Greg Who’s your number one dud over the last week.
Bedard: Cameron McGrone, the linebacker. He basically redshirted. He did come back towards the end of last year to practice. But yeah, he was a guy that some people talked up in the off season. I think even one of the coaches did say in like, Oh, ah, it was up. The director of player personnel Groh said, oh, it’s almost like, you know, getting a draft pick. Yeah, they drafted him in the fifth round when he was injured, which means he’s more like a second or third round pick if healthy. And he’s come back and he’s really done nothing. He doesn’t doesn’t show any burst. He could be one of those guys who needs another year from the ACL. So not completely right writing him off, but he was awful in the game the other night.
Mazz: Shaun Wade. So for lots of reasons. One, they acquired him from Baltimore last year with the idea of, you know, long term project. It feels to me like other guys have blown by him. And you tell me, was there a worse play in that game the other night than the ball that hit him off the back of the helmet? That thing was right off the back of the squash. He wasn’t even looking for it. I thought he looked like completely clueless.
Felger: Number two dud Greg.
Bedard: Ronnie Perkins, the edge guy. We talked about him earlier. He just hasn’t done anything yet. And he looks like I saw him in the locker room after the game and. He looks like a specimen. He looks big enough, but on the field, he looks really small. And that’s that’s a tough look for an edge rusher.
Mazz: Malcolm Butler, I think there was an outside chance that Butler was going to give them something. The first play I saw on that came against the scrubs again last week. He blew a tackle. He had one later. That was a fumble recovery. Big deal. The ball rolled to him. Butler to me, looks slow. I think he’s done.
Felger: Final dud. Greg.
Bedard: I’ll just say Isaiah Wynn for not being available. I mean, this is it’s pretty commonplace for him in his career so far that he’s unavailable. I will say that he was finally seen on the rehab field today actually running. So that that leads me to believe he’s not that far away. But for a guy who’s basically takes off the off seasons and then shows up and gets hurt all the time, I mean, come on I if on the Patriots I’m taking $0.25 on the dollar trading him and just trying to get back to cap space and moving on to Cajuste or somebody else.
Mazz: Kevin Harris, running back. He might suck. In the little bit that I saw, he just might be awful. What did he touch the ball eight times and gained like five yards or whatever the hell the number was in that game. He had nine rushing yards on six carries and he had minus two on a reception. Like, I don’t see anything special about him at all.