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October 28, 2013

Hector Longo's Two-minute Drill

BIG SHOWS

1. Logan Ryan — Can’t cover, so the Pats did the right thing, sending him loose on the blitz from the edge. The strip sack of Ryan Tannehill helped set up a key score. Two sacks among his five solos, with one other QB hit.

2. Devin McCourty — Defensive leader at safety. The only guy in the back with a real nose for the football. His tip back into play for Marquice Cole to intercept goes down as one of the great plays of his life. “It was the only play I had,” said McCourty, who defied every defensive tenet.

3. Dont’a Hightower — Five solo tackles and a sack that essentially amounted to three points. The extra six yards from the sack forced Caleb Sturgis’ attempted field goal from 46 yards to drift right just enough to clank off the upright. From 40 yards, that kick was good. From 46, nope.

NO SHOWS

1. Kenbrell Thompkins — The next “Megatron” in these parts played sparingly and didn’t have a catch, with one ball tossed his way.

2. Danny Amendola — Thank goodness, he was cleared to play this week. Tom Brady sent six balls his way, and he caught three for 15 yards.

3. Brandon Bolden — Is he the lead back, the change of pace back or the third-down back? In any of those scenarios, his production was woeful with eight carries for 22 yards and a pair of catches for seven yards.

GRADING THE GROUPS

OFFENSE

Line (B-) ... There seemed to be room to run, especially in the second half. Sebastian Vollmer’s injury brought on Marcus Cannon with little or no dropoff at right tackle. Tom Brady was sacked three times, but there was no real jail break rush on him. They were more of the coverage variety. The O-line delivered a performance good enough to beat a Miami team headed to the bottom of the AFC East.

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