Patriots Quick Hits: Final Week 2 Notes
K. Rhodes defense R. Moss (AP Photo)
K. Rhodes defense R. Moss (AP Photo)

Posted Sep 24, 2009


A quick look back at individual performances in Week 2. Though New England fell 16-9 to the Jets, there were some positives.

How They Did

--QB Tom Brady completed just 23 of 47 attempts in the Week 2 loss to the Jets. The last time Brady completed less than 50 percent of his passes in a game was a Dec. 3, 2007, meeting with Baltimore and its Rex Ryan-led defense.

--RB Fred Taylor's 17 attempts for 71 yards and a touchdown leads New England's committee backfield approach that's been an afterthought through two weeks. Taylor, at 4.2 yards per carry, is the only New England runner averaging more than 3.4 yards.

--TE Benjamin Watson followed up his two touchdown effort against the Bills with just three receptions for 23 yards in the loss to the Jets. Through two weeks Watson is surprisingly the only Patriot to catch a touchdown pass.

--WR Randy Moss is New England's leading receiver through two weeks with 16 catches for 165 yards, but he was held to just four for 24 against the Jets and is barely averaging 10 yards a reception.

--WR Wes Welker missed his first game as a Patriot and first game due to injury of his NFL career when he sat out Sunday's loss to the Jets with a knee injury.

--DB Kyle Arrington was added to the New England practice squad Sept. 21. The 5-10, 196-pound former rookie free agent out of Hofstra played for the Bucs on opening weekend before getting waived Sept. 14. To make room for Arrington on the practice squad the Patriots released CB DeAngelo Willingham.

--S Brandon McGowan earned his first start in a Patriots uniform against the Jets, taking James Sanders' spot in the lineup. Sanders, a starter for the last few years in New England saw action in sub packages throughout the day. McGowan finished with five tackles.

--DE Ty Warren tallied his first sack of the season when he brought down Mark Sanchez for a 9-yard loss in the fourth-quarter.

--DE Mike Wright made a big play on the first defensive snap for the Patriots on Sunday with a strip-sack of Mark Sanchez that turned into a 17-yard loss.

--WR Julian Edelman had an impressive stat line in his debut against the Jets with eight catches for 98 yards. But things could have been much more impressive, as Tom Brady targeted the rookie 16 times on the afternoon and the former college quarterback struggled at times getting lined up properly in New England's up-tempo, no-huddle attack.


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