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05.12.2019 03:03
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NFL training campPatriots AnalysisPatriots Training Camp CoveragePatriots training camp competitions to watch: Slot wide receiverNew ,11commentsHow will the roles in the slot be distributed?EDTShare this storyShare this on FacebookShare this on TwitterShareAll sharing optionsShareAll sharing options for:Patriots training camp competitions to watch: Slot wide receiverTwitterFacebookRedditPocketFlipboardEmailPhoto by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty ImagesThe slot wide receiver position as we know it today would not exist without the New England Patriots’ approach to it: with the team moving to a spread offense in 2007, the slot man — in that particular case Wes Welker — saw extensive action as the quarterback’s safety blanket. The spot has been in good hands in New England ever since, going from Welker to Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola.Edelman will again see considerable playing time in the slot in 2019, but he is no pure slot receiver: he only played a little more than half of his snaps from the interior, lining up on the boundary quite regularly as well. This, in turn, creates options for other wide receivers to step in and contribute as guys to rotate into (and possibly out of) the slot in a package-specific way like the aforementioned Amendola.Let’s take a closer look at those fighting for what projects to be at best one spot.The competitorsFirst-round pick N’Keal Harry is the only roster lock on this list, and he will likely be an X-factor when it comes to the slot role in 2019: if the Patriots see that he is capable of moving between the boundary and the interior — something he should be able to work given his quickness and route running abilities — they might opt against keeping a true slot receiver on the 53-man squad.That being said, if one of the other competitors stands out, the team could very well decide to keep another wideout on its roster alongside the projected top four (five if you count the suspended Josh Gordon): Edelman, Harry, Phillip Dorsett and Maurice Harris.The deciding factorsChemistry with Tom Brady: You can be an All-Pro talent but if you fail to get on the same page as the Patriots’ quarterback, you’re going to have a bad time. Brady is a perfectionist and the system which he helped build needs his pass catchers to operate in the same fashion: they have to read coverages properly to make the right decisions on option routes James Develin Jersey , and need to be in the exact location the future Hall of Famer expects them to be. If receivers can’t develop that chemistry and earn Brady’s trust, their tenures in New England will be short.Hands: With all that in mind, being in the right spot against the right coverage is just one deciding factor — actually catching the football is equally important. Braxton Berrios displayed a reliable set of mitts during New England’s organized team activities and minicamp, so he could be an intriguing player to watch in an Amendola-esque role. Dontrelle Inman, on the other hand, did not get a chance to showcase his pass-catching skills: Brady targeted him not once during spring workouts open to the media.Physicality: Given the Patriots’ usage of timing patterns, they will face their fair share of press-man coverage again this season. Wide receivers being able to properly disengage and get past defensive backs is therefore key, so they will have to show the right amount of physicality and technique to win their one-on-one battles whenever they face them. In training camp, the group will get a good trial-run considering the talent of New England’s secondary.Positional versatility: New England puts a premium on versatility, and the wide receiver position is no different — especially when it comes to the current competition for the slot spot. Braxton Berrios, Ryan Davis and Gunners Olszewski, for example, have seen regular practice reps as punt returners during the spring Womens LaAdrian Waddle Jersey , while Dontrelle Inman and Jakobi Meyers have experience lining up all over the offensive formation.Run blocking: While a wide receiver’s job is to get open and catch the football, to quote Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio, the role itself extends beyond that in the team’s offense: wideouts also need to be capable of sustaining blocks in the running game. Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola were excellent in this area, and if one of the competitors for the slot role can distinguish himself with his blocking he will certainly improve his chances of making the team.The predictionWith Harry and Edelman (and to a lesser degree Phillip Dorsett) projected to line up in the slot on a regular basis, a maximum of one spot remains open to compete for — and that is only if the players in question show enough promise to be kept over depth options at other positions. Based on organized team activities and mandatory minicamp, and his ability to perform as a punt returner as well, it appears that Berrios has the best chances of earning it.That being said, he will need to build on a solid spring in order to actually a) stay ahead of his competition, and b) carve out a role on the team as what is likely a fifth wide receiver (or sixth pending Gordon’s return). Is it possible that the team decides against using that many bodies at the position? Certainly, which is why a good performance in training camp and the preseason is imperative for Berrios and company in order to either make the 53-man roster or the practice squad. CINCINNATI (AP) — Andy Dalton thought there might be some changes after two horrid games on offense.He was surprised that they started at the top.A few hours after its 13-9 loss to Houston on Thursday night, Cincinnati fired offensive coordinator Ken Zampese and promoted receivers coach Bill Lazor. Players were off over the weekend, so their first chance to work out with the rearranged coaching staff was Monday afternoon.Dalton said there were some subtle changes. Any notable changes in the game plan won’t be known for a few more days.“When somebody new is in, they have their own twist on things , a different spin on things,” Dalton said. “So there were some things that were exactly the same as we’d done and some things that were a little different.”A lot needs to change for Cincinnati to salvage its season.The Bengals are the first team since the 1939 Eagles to open with a pair of home games and fail to get a touchdown. A loss Sunday at Green Bay (1-1) would leave them 0-3 for the first time since 2008 , when they went 4-11-1.The Bengals have opened a season with three straight losses 13 times in their history, including twice under coach Marvin Lewis. They’ve never finished with a winning record after an 0-3 start. A loss in Green Bay would leave them with long odds in Lewis’ final season on his contract.“No magic, no special things here,” cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick said. “We’ve got to start clicking.”After failing to get a touchdown in 25 possessions to open the season, Dalton figured there might be some changes. He didn’t expect a change in coordinators, however.“At that point, we weren’t thinking anything was going to happen,” he said.Dalton has struggled behind a porous offensive line. He threw four interceptions and lost a fumble during a 20-0 loss to the Ravens, finishing with a passer rating of 28.4 — his second-lowest. Dalton was under steady pressure again Thursday night.Lewis has been one of Dalton’s most outspoken defenders, giving no indication he has even considered using backup AJ McCarron in either of the games. McCarron took over when Dalton broke the thumb on his passing hand in 2015 and led them the rest of the way into the playoffs. He had them in position to win a first-round game against Pittsburgh before Vontaze Burfict’s hit on Antonio Brown helped the Steelers pull it out in the closing seconds.McCarron has heard fans calling for a change.“Listen, I think I’m a great quarterback and I think he’s an unbelievable quarterback Dwayne Allen Jersey ,” McCarron said Monday. “I love him to death. But he’s our quarterback. Stop making it into something else. It’s not into something else. Ride with him. Trust the team. Trust the process. And trust what we are trying to do.”Dalton hasn’t paid attention to suggestions to the calls for a different quarterback.“People can come up with a headline all they want, but all that matters is what’s being said in this organization, on this team, and what happens in this locker room,” Dalton said.Although Lazor hasn’t said how the offense might change, he’s likely to put more emphasis on getting the ball to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. The two were limited in the first two games, and Green complained about it after the loss on Thursday night.Also, Zampese used running backs Giovani Bernard, rookie Joe Mixon and Jeremy Hill interchangeably without success. Lazor has never done a three-back rotation.Most players had never experienced an in-season coaching change comparable to this one.“Anytime you’ve been building a relationship as an offense doing it one way and it changes, it’s always going to be a little tough,” McCarron said. “It’s part of the business we are in. We all have to adapt to sudden changes.”

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