Patriots have two receivers playing the Julio Jones role on scout team

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Stopping Julio Jones is such a high priority for the Patriots’ defense that no one scout team player can handle the workload in practice that the Patriots think the Falcons will give Jones in the game.

As a result, Patriots coach Bill Belichick put two receivers — Michael Floyd and Matthew Slater — in No. 11 jerseys to play as Jones on the scout team.

“That’s such a key guy for us, the routes and all that,” Belichick told pool reporter Jarrett Bell. “We have two guys doing it so we won’t wear one guy out.”

Belichick wants to make sure his defensive backs are getting in the habit of knowing where No. 11 is at all times.

“You’ve got to know where he is on every play,” Belichick said.

There’s no secret about the top priority for the Patriots’ defense: Take Jones away, and make someone else beat them.

73 responses to “Patriots have two receivers playing the Julio Jones role on scout team

  1. Pats are pros at taking the other teams best player out of the game. Would love to see a Falcon win but Pats by 17. I will be watching reruns of the Bachelor by half time and all those groovy guys! GOOOOO REGGGIE and MY RAIDERS!!!!!

  2. The Patriots will limit Jones effectiveness and put Butler on Sanu. The Falcons will have immense trouble scoring in the red zone, which the Patriots will allow them to have field goals from for the most part, because the Pats are going to score over 30 points in this game.

    This game won’t be close if the Patriots get a decent lead early in the game.

  3. Whilst Julio still had a big game last outing, the Pack’s appallingly banged-up (hence very low-ranked) secondary probably flattered/masked any limitation Jones might be suffering from. The Pats highly ranked and healthy secondary are a different proposition. If Butler can contain him to under 100yds without much help, Falcons will face an uphiller.

  4. The entire media focus has been on how to stop the Falcons offense. I think there is a question if the Falcons can stop the Patriots offense. I can’t see that happening. Their d-line is not that strong, and that secondary is very young.

    Everyone knows who Matt Patricia is. Without the aid of google, how many can name the Falcons D coordinator?

  5. Won’t matter. Falcons are going to upset the patriots on Sunday.

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    not bloody likely mate

  6. Just like they did with Bell. Belichick uses two players to make sure the defense understands just how much of a test this will be.

    Win or lose, this guy knows how to prepare.

  7. Falcons have enough weapons for somebody else to beat them. Hopefully they can execute on the big stage. Going to have to be near perfect on Sunday to even have a chance.

  8. Belichick is too smart to try and take Jones away. That won’t be the game plan. you can have 3 guys on Jones and he can still beat you. He’s right. You have to know where he is at all times and make sure everyone on defense knows. But he’ll try and take something away that he can legitimately take away. Like he always does.

  9. I wouldnt be surprised if the game plan is similar to the steelers game plan. Neutralize Brown(Julio), with Malcolm and Devin. Then play Coates (Sanu) and Jesse James/Gabriel man to man. (Logan, Rowe/Chung) Put 7 in the box to keep pressure on Matty Ice, and stop Bell(Freeman) and Williams (Coleman)

  10. Just another innovative way of practicing to find a way of limiting the opponents best receiver.

  11. Don’t expect Julio to have a big night. If the Falcons win, it will because they are able to get things done on the ground, or maybe Sanu or Gabriel become big heroes.

  12. filthymcnasty3 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 9:14 AM
    How is a CB supposed to cover 2 guys?
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    If you’d read the words under the headline (they are called articles.) your question would be answered.

    The headline is designed to capture your attention. The words written below the headline often offer more insight and information (sometimes even factual details) so we “the reader” walk away from the article more informed than we would be had we just glanced at the headline and formed an opinion.

  13. Matthew Slater and Michael Floyd? Lol, yeah ok.

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    Ugh………..

    They have other WRs on the roster or PS.

    Why are people so dumb?

    Also, PS guys running

    Josh Boyce ran the Lockette route for the goal line play leading up to SB 49 and Butler got torched.

    It’s not WHO runs the scout team plays, it’s WHAT the concepts are to get ready.

    Ugh.

    Some of you will never learn.

  14. Gonna come down to Freeman and Coleman for ATL – they have to make big plays, on ground and out of the backfield especially catching balls. And Taylor Gabriel has to go deep. I think Julio is not going to have a lot of opportunities. It’s the old “we know he’s going to take the last shot in bball – so he’s guarded so you have to change your plan”…Belichick won’t let JJ beat them.

  15. The Patriots will limit Jones effectiveness and put Butler on Sanu. The Falcons will have immense trouble scoring in the red zone, which the Patriots will allow them to have field goals from for the most part, because the Pats are going to score over 30 points in this game.

    This game won’t be close if the Patriots get a decent lead early in the game.

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    I agree , but I see Butler on Gabriel to take away the screen game and the slot work. Butler’s lateral movement is far superior to Rowe’s.

    UNless, you’re suggesting, it’s Rowe/McCourty on Jones? Maybe in man, yes, I can see that, in particular inside the 10.

    Jones will get yards like TO did in SB 39, but they will be irrelevant yards.

    NE’s Red ZOne D is the best in the league, while Atlanta’s is the worst.

    If NE does get ahead like vs Pitt, it could be a long, long night for those 4 rookies on D for Atlanta.

  16. atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 8:24 AM
    Pats are nervous, cracking, scared…however you want to describe it.
    Atlanta 36, New England 17

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    Huh? They are looser then they have ever been in a Super Bowl.

    Not saying that’s necessarily a good thing, but they couldn’t be more opposite of scared.

  17. The great unspoken story is how Matty Ice is going to shatter under pressure like the finely tuned choke artist we all know he is. The Packers had at least three clean picks on him that they just flat out dropped. The Patriots will not.

  18. Every patriot fan reading the article: “That is such a great idea. Wow Belichick is a genius!!!”

    Everyone else: “Yeah that’s what all coaches do from middle school on up when facing a real solid player in an athletic position. Pretty much common sense as a coach.”

  19. I see it like this:

    Ryan on Jones w/MCourty when in man. Or, they may think Ryan is a good match up on Gabriel like he was on Eli ROgers for Pitt.

    Why do people act like Sanu is some All Pro WR?

    Pats used to take him out when he was with CIncy, opposite AJ Green, with Hill/Bernard in the backfield. I don’t get the Sanu infatuation. He was overpaid by Dimitrioff.

    Rowe on Sanu and they may shift Harmon at times over the top.

    Chung is likely going to be on his own most of the time on Hooper/their other TE.

  20. I’m not going to try to out-think Belichick, but I’m not reading too much into this. Belichick is going to try to clamp down on the running game, and make Matt Ryan beat them. I’m looking for a big game out of Julio Jones, unless he’s hurt. The Falcons have two RBs that are both great inside and outside. They’re also great receivers on short and long passes. Julio has been in Atlanta for a few years now, but they’ve been more explosive since those two RBs came along. If Atlanta can’t get any pressure on Brady, all this stuff is meaningless anyway.

  21. “Pats are nervous, cracking, scared…however you want to describe it.”

    Only in the fantasy world you live in.

  22. Belichick did such a great job of taking T.O. away in Super Bowl XXXIX.

    Right guys?!

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    Um, yes.

    Absolutely.

    No one has ever seen more meaningless yards for a WR in a SB in the history of a SB.

    Philly scored 10 points until the waning minutes, and lost 20-17.

    If Atlanta scores only 17, ATL will lose, obviously.

    I have it at 45-17, Pats over ATL.

    If NE gets up early on a zone D with 4 rookies on it, watch out.

    Could get really ugly. Like TB vs Oak in Feb 2003 kind of ugly.

  23. If Belichick is publicly highlighting how the defense is working hard on stopping Jones, then the real emphasis will be on stopping the two RB’s. Keep Atlanta in 2nd/3rd and long all game.

  24. streetyson says:
    Feb 3, 2017 8:05 AM
    Whilst Julio still had a big game last outing, the Pack’s appallingly banged-up (hence very low-ranked) secondary probably flattered/masked any limitation Jones might be suffering from. The Pats highly ranked and healthy secondary are a different proposition. If Butler can contain him to under 100yds without much help, Falcons will face an uphiller.
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    Butler is going to need help if he’s covering Jones. Any CB put on Jones is going to need help. If Jones is left one on one outside of the redzone, it’ll be a blow out the Falcons way. I’m not taking anything away from Butler, but he doesn’t even have the body type (5’11” 190lbs) to take Jones away man to man one on one. Only person I’ve seen at that size that could cover Jones is Brent Grimes during practice years ago but then Grimes had a 40″ vertical.

  25. If Belichick is publicly highlighting how the defense is working hard on stopping Jones, then the real emphasis will be on stopping the two RB’s. Keep Atlanta in 2nd/3rd and long all game.

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    Correct.

    At the end of the day, NE’s D is deep, experienced and versatile, so even though a tough task, they have the horses.

    This isn’t GBs defense or Seattle’s defense fading away.

  26. tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:05 AM
    I see it like this:

    Ryan on Jones w/MCourty when in man. Or, they may think Ryan is a good match up on Gabriel like he was on Eli ROgers for Pitt.

    Why do people act like Sanu is some All Pro WR?

    Pats used to take him out when he was with CIncy, opposite AJ Green, with Hill/Bernard in the backfield. I don’t get the Sanu infatuation. He was overpaid by Dimitrioff.

    Rowe on Sanu and they may shift Harmon at times over the top.

    Chung is likely going to be on his own most of the time on Hooper/their other TE.
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    I guess you feel pretty comfortable with Freeman/Coleman vs the patriots LBs man to man because I’m sure they do.

  27. tylawspick6 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:19 AM
    Belichick did such a great job of taking T.O. away in Super Bowl XXXIX.

    Right guys?!

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    Um, yes.

    Absolutely.

    No one has ever seen more meaningless yards for a WR in a SB in the history of a SB.

    Philly scored 10 points until the waning minutes, and lost 20-17.

    If Atlanta scores only 17, ATL will lose, obviously.

    I have it at 45-17, Pats over ATL.

    If NE gets up early on a zone D with 4 rookies on it, watch out.

    Could get really ugly. Like TB vs Oak in Feb 2003 kind of ugly.

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    The Falcons scored 40 or more points against teams 5 times during the regular season. Scored 44 points on Green Bay in the playoff’s and scored 36 points with the ball on the 2 yard line and could have scored if we wanted to again putting the Falcons over 40 points.

    So 7 games this year the Falcons have scored over 40 points and somehow New England is going to hold them to 17?

    New England has only scored more than 40 points twice this year, against the sorry Bills and Jets and you think they’re going to score more than they ever have all year?

    The only way that happens is if somehow Belichick did actually get a copy of the game plan. That’s absurd in itself but the only way the score would go down like that.

  28. It’s going to be amazing to see the patriots lose on sunday – their obnoxious fans deserve an epic loss.

  29. feelnsavage says:
    Feb 3, 2017 8:42 AM

    as a panther fan…. off with Matt Ryan head!!
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    Even without his head, I bet Ryan would go after a fumble….. in the Super Bowl!!!

  30. Every patriot fan reading the article: “That is such a great idea. Wow Belichick is a genius!!!”

    Everyone else: “Yeah that’s what all coaches do from middle school on up when facing a real solid player in an athletic position. Pretty much common sense as a coach.”
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    What a sage response. I see a future best seller coming out, titled something like, “How I repeatedly debunked the best GM and HC in NFL history.” Won’t cost much to produce. 200 empty pages filled with hot air, I suspect.

  31. jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:05 AM
    Every patriot fan reading the article: “That is such a great idea. Wow Belichick is a genius!!!”

    Everyone else: “Yeah that’s what all coaches do from middle school on up when facing a real solid player in an athletic position. Pretty much common sense as a coach.”

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    Then why is your team somehow incapable of doing it? What time are the Dolphins playing this weekend Chippy?

  32. “Even without his head, I bet Ryan would go after a fumble….. in the Super Bowl!!!”

    Lol you win the thread.

  33. I think this is misinformation. I think those two WRs are decoying for Freeman and Coleman in practice. Belicheck is more worried about them. They are dangerous if they start catching passes and getting YAC.

  34. This is going to be like the old Brady vs Manning match-ups where no one can stop anyone. Except Ryan is not Manning. Pats will do everything to stop the run, and keep Atlanta’s receivers in front of them… making Ryan execute. I have no idea how ATL is going to stop Brady. They won’t.

  35. The Patriots will dominate time of possession and win going away in the second half/4th qtr. The story of the game will be the Patriots defense.

    FEAR THE BEARD…

  36. This way they can practice how they will hold and interfere with him on every play instead of just most plays.

  37. Funny how there isn’t much talk about the Falcons D holding off Brady and friends. So it’s pretty much accepted that the Pats are going to toss up 30+ pts, and leave it to their defense to keep Atlanta off the field?

    Any ever look up Brady’s stats vs a Zone D? Yeah.. it’s not pretty for the defense.

  38. nhpats says:
    Feb 3, 2017 11:47 AM
    jchipwood says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:05 AM
    Every patriot fan reading the article: “That is such a great idea. Wow Belichick is a genius!!!”

    Everyone else: “Yeah that’s what all coaches do from middle school on up when facing a real solid player in an athletic position. Pretty much common sense as a coach.”

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    Then why is your team somehow incapable of doing it? What time are the Dolphins playing this weekend Chippy?
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    My team is incapable of putting a #11 on 2 different wide receivers and have them practice against the defense? Is this what your asking? Good one.

  39. It’s going to be amazing to see the patriots lose on sunday – their obnoxious fans deserve an epic loss.

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    Yes, a commissioner hired to make up “scandals” and cheat our team, distract our team before Super Bowls, isn’t enough, right?

    You people have serious mental issues.

  40. You can’t give the Pats two weeks two prepare. They gonna shut down Julio with looks and schemes the Falcons ain’t never seen before.

  41. atldirtybird1 says:
    Feb 3, 2017 11:04 AM

    So 7 games this year the Falcons have scored over 40 points and somehow New England is going to hold them to 17?
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    Remember when the 18-0 Pats were a million point favorites and only scored 14?

    Or when the 2013 Broncos had the highest scoring offense of all time and only scored 8 in the Superbowl?

    Pepperidge farm remembers.

  42. atlatlatl says:
    Feb 3, 2017 8:24 AM
    Pats are nervous, cracking, scared…however you want to describe it.

    Atlanta 36, New England 17

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    Ok–did the Atlanta defense suddenly morph into Seattle’s or Denver’s when no one was looking?

    New England will have at least 17 by halftime.

  43. ikeclanton says:
    Feb 3, 2017 8:04 AM
    The Patriots will limit Jones effectiveness and put Butler on Sanu. The Falcons will have immense trouble scoring in the red zone, which the Patriots will allow them to have field goals from for the most part, because the Pats are going to score over 30 points in this game.

    This game won’t be close if the Patriots get a decent lead early in the game.

    In their past 6 Super Bowls with Brady & Belichick, NE have gone over 30 points once. The point totals read (chronologically): 20, 32, 24, 14, 17, 28.
    Most likely, Belichick will shorten the game & that typically reduces the game score.

  44. superpatriotsfan says:
    Feb 3, 2017 10:07 AM

    They learned his routes from the playbook they stole and photocopied for 30 min.
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    Anyone who watched television in the 1970’s probably saw stolen play books of a rival schools team used as plot devices. Those television shows were made for children. Unfortunately some individuals who watched those shows will forever imagine that NFL playbooks are secret.

    In 1947 free agency was introduced to the NFL. That means that ever since 1947 players have moved from team to team. That means that the coaches at the new team can ask the new players questions about the former team’s plays. Sometimes coaches and assistants also switch teams. They would bring even more information than the players.

    Then consider that every team in the NFL also gets film from every other team’s games. Which means that teams get to see all the plays that the other 31 teams have ever run. It also means that teams can have their own analysts diagram those plays while watching film. They can then ask questions to free agents to answer any unknown questions. The accumulation of all that information would be enough for teams to write their own playbooks for every other team in the league.

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