Re: Carolina @ PATRIOTS Game Thread!
posted at 8/22/2014 5:04 PM EDT
In response to TripleOG's comment:
Anyone wanna take a stab on if Gronk plays or not? Hooman? Is he ready yet? Starters dont play much week 4 so how are these guys gonna get in work?
I want to see more of White. the line play hasnt been great when he is in. I would like to see him in the passing game. Heard lots of raving about his hands but hasnt done much in preseason to date.
I also want to see more of J.Thomas and S.Gary and I hope M.Butler gets a rest. He has proven himself to date.
Want to see the front seven play together and what kind of formations they use. Anxious to see more Brady to Lafell. I think he can be dynamic for us. He has surprised me with his route running for a bigger guy. I think he has a big year.
Also want to see if Dobson is healthy enough to give it a go. He is way behind and so will they try to catch him up?
Who will start at tailback... Is Easley gonna play? I am very anxious to see what he can do.
Here's Reiss' take on who is unlikely to play:
OT Sebastian Vollmer -- Starting right tackle has missed the entire week of practice, all but ensuring he won't play tonight. The Boston Globe reported that it's a foot injury and not considered serious.
TE Michael Hoomanawanui -- Just returned to practice this week after getting hurt on the fourth day of training camp, but hasn't been taking a full workload, so he'll need a little more time.
TE Rob Gronkowski -- He's graduated to 11-on-11 drills, but he's not expected to play tonight.
C Bryan Stork -- Rookie who has been out of practice since July 29 has been inching closer to a return to action, but hadn't returned to full-team work by the start of the week.
DL Dominique Easley -- First-round draft choice graduated to 11-on-11 drills this week, which is a sign of progress, but he's not yet taking a full workload.
DL Chris Jones -- Not practicing yet after getting his lower leg rolled up on in the preseason opener against Washington.
DL Sealver Siliga -- Hasn't practiced since injuring his left hand Aug. 5 in a joint practice with Washington, as the hand remains in a cast/protective brace.
LB Cameron Gordon -- Undrafted free-agent has been out since the sixth practice of camp with an undisclosed ailment.
WR Aaron Dobson -- Just started taking some limited reps in 11-on-11 work this week, which is a sign of progress, but he seems to still need some more time before he's ready for a game.
OTHERS TO CONSIDER: LB Jerod Mayo, DL Jerel Worthy, DL Ben Bass, WR Jeremy Gallon, LB James Morris, CB Alfonzo Dennard, S Kanorris Davis, LB Ja'Gared Davis, LB James Anderson