With that in mind Team PFW started thinking about some possible candidates for postseason success. Obviously this will be the first taste of playoff football for the rookies, but other players like
Which player is most poised to enjoy a breakout postseason performance?
PFW's Andy Hart says ...
After a very impressive start to his rookie season, the first-round pick slowed over the middle part of the year, at least in part due to an ankle injury. Over the last two weeks of the regular season, though, he showed more of that early season youthful spark as he seemed to get back to full health.
That has me thinking that he could be a force in his first postseason action. With
Jones has the athleticism, attitude and energy to be an impact playmaker for the New England defense in the playoffs. That's exactly what I'm expecting him to be as he continues through what's already been a pretty impressive rookie season. True playmakers make plays at the most important times, and Jones is well on his way to proving himself a real playmaker on the Patriots defense.
PFW's Paul Perillo says ...
All season long the Patriots have been trying to establish a complementary running game to balance out their offense. Now it's time to see the fruits of that labor.
Stevan Ridley proved he can be the lead back for this team and he'll get every opportunity to show he can give the offense another dimension in January. The Patriots will likely stick to their pass-heavy approach early in games before turning things over to Ridley and the ground game to grind the clock. It's an element the team hasn't had in recent years and Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels understand the importance of it.
Ridley will prove to be more valuable in that role and will put up some impressive numbers for the Patriots. I wouldn't be surprised to see him top 100 yards every game, and if that happens, the Patriots will be champs.
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