After getting a better look at the action, some quick-hit thoughts on the second half of the Patriotsí preseason opener against the Eagles, which was played by the teamís second and third units:
Myron Pryor = good motor. One play that stood out came right after the two-minute warning, when rookie DT Myron Pryor shed a one-on-one block of Eagles RG Paul Fanaika and hurried QB A.J. Feeley into an incomplete pass. Pryor plays with a high motor, and the fact he started the game and was still playing with burst late was a solid reflection on him. The same could be said for rookie DT Ron Brace, who controlled the line on the final third-and-1 stop that set up the final Eaglesí field goal attempt (43 yards), which was missed.
Challenging night for Terrence Wheatley. Second-year CB Terrence Wheatley was victimized in both tackling and coverage. He had been rising last year into a starterís role before injuring his wrist in early November, and now he looks like the fourth or fifth corner.
Offensive line rotation. The second-unit offensive line was LT Sebastian Vollmer, LG Russ Hochstein/Billy Yates, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly and RT Ryan OíCallaghan. Late in the fourth quarter, rookie Rich Ohrnberger took over at LG, Connolly moved to C, and Wesley Britt came in at RT. Look for Ohrnberger to see more time next week. He had a nice block to help spring BenJarvus Green-Ellis on a 17-yard run. Vollmer fanned on his first run-blocking attempt, but later showed he can move a pile. The Patriots couldnít convert a third-and-2, fourth-and-1 and third-and-1 on attempted runs in the second half, which was one of the negatives on the night.
Foundation to build off for Andrew Walter. At times, it looked like the receivers and backup QB Andrew Walter had a disconnect, but considering that Walter just arrived on the scene less than two weeks ago and there were other breakdowns around him (e.g. unblocked blitzer up the middle), he accounted well for himself overall (best throw: 16-yard connection to Terrence Nunn on third-and-2 early in the fourth quarter). His first drive could have ended in a touchdown had the Patriots not run the ball on third-and-9, perhaps to set up a field goal to see how rookie long snapper Jake Ingram would respond.