Coming into the league a big knock on Darnold was his decision making. Recently Darnold has used his athleticism to extend plays and make good decisions. Of course, the difference between a good decision and a bad decision is the result. Assuming the Patriots play until the whistle and make tackles in the open field, extending plays may not be a good decision.
If the Patriots need to punt, I’m pretty confident in both the coverage unit and Allen’s ability in using the sideline as needed. Of course, not needing to punt and risk injuries is also a great option.
My real concern with special teams this week is if Edelman is returning punts. While he seems to have a lot of drops in the passing game, his decision making with punt returns has been awful this year. Last week’s boneheaded decision to block a guy after calling for the fair catch, was just the icing on the cake.