Brian Hoyer led the Patriots on successive touchdown drives in the first half of Thursday’s preseason game against the Jaguars.
Both scores were reviewed, but there weren’t any challenges used.
For those who stayed away from PFT this offseason, there is a new rule this year where a replay assistant from the NFL can ask for any scoring play to be reviewed. (Just like in the final two minutes of a game.)
We know there is confusion regarding the rule because the CBS crew on the game said every scoring play is reviewed regardless. (It’s only when the assistant says it’s necessary.)
Both scores were very close and worth looking at again. Stevan Ridley, New England’s hard-charging rookie running back, ran over Jaguars linebacker Daryl Smith to just get over the goal line on the first touchdown. Ridley made an impressive run to the outside earlier in the drive.
Patriots wideout Taylor Price barely got his feet down with possession of the ball on the second touchdown, an 11-yard score.
Patriots backup quarterback Brian Hoyer has looked very sharp thus far. The Patriots lead 16-9 in the second quarter.