SPECIAL TEAMS- Good old Braxton Berrios is still with the Jets and returning both punts and kickoffs. It would be wise for Jake Bailey to keep the ball away from him. After getting paid this summer, Jake has been awful. Like, is he even the guy wearing number 7 for the Patriots this season or is he using his new found wealth to pay a lookalike to take the field on Sundays for him? I don't know, maybe it's the special teams coach directing him to consistently kick an easily returnable ball. Regardless, Berrios averaged 24.3 yards in his 7 kick returns against the Patriots last year. Seven kickoff returns is wild. In their two games last year, the Patriots scored 79 total points. That's going to result in a lot of kickoffs.
In my opinion, the Patriots need to keep things simple once they get to the line of scrimmage. I feel that part of the reason Mac isn't getting much help from the offensive line is due to the fact that he's trying to get too creative once the ball is under center. That could be the reason for so many pre-snap penalties and the ole blocking that he's experienced at times.