Good list but some of those criticisms seem a little harsh. I haven’t read any criticisms if Strange since the Miami game. He’s been a beast. And Jack Jones’ tackling technique seemed more based on two plays where he was trying to rip the ball out instead of bringing the guy to the ground, maybe because he’d already stripped a ball in that game and was overexcited l. Hard to be anything but elated about him so far.While it is way too early to judge the draft class, the early returns are positive.
1. Cole Strange, G: Starting as a rookie and making some plays. Also making mistakes. But the athleticisim plays in the league and this loks like a rookie learning curve type of situation.
2. Tyquan Thornton, WR: Hasn't played much due to injury, but he impressed in camp and the Pats obviously like him, acitivating him at the first opportunity and dressing him as a 6th WR even though it meant going shorthanded at another position (RB).
3. Marcus Jones, DB/KR: Has already made an impact as a returner and has gotten a few snaps in at DB without doing anything terrible.
4. Jack Jones, CB: Undersized and poor tackling technique, but has that unteachable thing that ballhawk DBs have. Two interceptions already and sometimes looks like the WR on passes in his vicinity.
5. Bailey Zappe, QB: Looks like his floor may be legit NFL backup, which is more than a lot of QBs drafted in middle rounds can say.
6. Sam Roberts, DT: Made the team as a 6th round pick.
No one from the class has outright failed, but the others haven't made any positive impact yet.
This comes on the heels of 2021, when they hit on Jones, Barmore, and Stevenson - with the jury still out on Bledsoe (whom they seem to like) and maybe a couple of others.