So where can Meriweather improve? When I talked with Rodney Harrison a couple weeks ago about this, he wasn't as worried about the big plays like so many other people are.
"It's the stuff he's not being looked at for that's impressed me," Harrison said. "Everyone knew he had big-play ability. That's why Bill took him in the first round. But now, he's not making the big mental error, he's not getting caught looking in the backfield and allowing the tight end to bootleg by him, and that's leading to consistency.
"He needs to be consistent. One thing he has is when he makes a mistake -- missing a big tackle or taking a bad angle -- he's saying, 'I'm OK.' He doesn't harp on things, and that shows his maturation, his confidence in his ability. He's going to be a really, really good player. It's not just one or two games. He's showing he's a leader. Put on the film, and you'll see him making big tackles in key spots. It's not just about the picks."
He was back at practice this morning. And judging by what the Patriots up against, the club needs him to come up big this week.