"In the Patriots' base 4-3 defense, Mayo has mostly played the weak side, with
"Meanwhile, Hightower is the top choice to lead the huddle on early downs (he did so Sunday after Mayo left with his injury), but because he sometimes doesn't play in sub packages, the Patriots might consider other possibilities for that role."
Erik Frenz of the Boston Globe gives his scouting report on the New York Jets as the Patriots get set to face "Gang Green" in East Rutherford on Sunday.
He calls Jets TE Jeff Cumberland the team's biggest X-factor.
"Smith has looked to Cumberland in some big spots, including on this touchdown pass against the Falcons," notes Frenz. "It was a great throw by Smith to put it on the back shoulder in the one spot where only Cumberland could get it, but the tight end gets props for going up over the linebacker to make the catch above his head. We all know about the Patriots struggles defending tight ends, so Cumberland's name could pop up once or twice in a key moment."
Today marks the first day that both players are eligible to return to practice.
"Armstead would fill a more immediate need due to the lack of depth at defensive tackle, and the Patriots intended on him being the top backup as they prepared for the season," adds Howe. "He was spotted working out last week on an adjacent practice field."
Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reports that the Patriots brought in receivers Jordan Shipley, LaQuan Williams, and Devon Wylie for tryouts on Tuesday.
Tight end Brandon Barden also received a tryout.
"The Patriots have yet to say anything about the status of receiver
Doug Kyed of NESN.com writes that the play of Patriots safety
The versatile defensive back played both safety and cornerback following
"Before Jimmy Graham, who Talib and the rest of the Patriots held catchless, got injured, the Patriots slid Devin McCourty down from safety to play cornerback," writes Kyed. "New England inserted rookie