Matthew Judon’s Light Day Could Be Benefit
— Sixth O-lineman Mike Onwenu noticed motion each as a jumbo tight finish and at left guard, the place he changed Ted Karras mid-game. Karras completed the sport at heart, ending starter David Andrews’ ironman streak. Andrews had performed each offensive snap over New England’s first 15 video games.
— This was a lightweight day for lead again Damien Harris, who performed simply 16 offensive snaps and didn’t see the sphere after halftime. The Patriots introduced Harris was coping with a hamstring damage, however with the sport all however determined late within the second quarter, they might afford to relaxation him.
Harris spoke with reporters after the sport and stated he was “good.”
Rookie Rhamondre Stevenson, again after lacking final week’s sport with COVID-19, carried the load within the second half, ending with 107 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Harris additionally scored twice, dashing 9 occasions for 35 yards.
— After spending the complete week on the reserve/COVID-19 checklist, outdoors linebacker Matthew Judon noticed by far his smallest workload of the season on Sunday.
Getting into with a snap price upward of 80%, Judon made solely a short cameo in opposition to the Jaguars, taking part in 10 defensive snaps (19%). He additionally was not used on particular groups for the primary time this season.
It was notable that inside linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley performed 77% of snaps after following the identical COVID timeline — landed on COVID reserve final Monday, activated Saturday — however Judon had appeared like a participant who might use a relaxation. He lacked his typical explosiveness and disruptive functionality in losses to Indianapolis and Buffalo, resulting in hypothesis that often taking part in practically each defensive snap may very well be carrying him down.