The first two weeks of the preseason has been full of storylines for the Patriots. One that has fans the most excited is the unexpected performances from a few players so far during training camp.
There’s a reason to believe they’ll keep it going on Saturday as well. With that in mind, here’s three players we believe will shine in Week 2 of the preseason.
Patriots to Watch vs. Packers
1. Ameer Speed
Ameer Speed has been a standout at camp so far for New England. Touting great size (6-foot-3 and 215 pounds) to go along with impressive wheels, Speed can make plays in a variety of ways.
That includes on special teams, which is an area we all know Bill Belichick loves. Speed used his agility to get down the field and make a tackle in punt coverage last Thursday in the preseason opener, showcasing how well he fits into the gunner role.
Speed also moved between cornerback and safety against the Houston, which indicates some positional flexibility for the defensive back. New England wouldn’t ask the rookie to rotate if the coaching staff didn’t think he was capable of it, again speaking to his strong standing already.
Though Speed isn’t exactly a ballhawking player in coverage, he is a relentless pursuer of anyone who has the football. I think he’ll continue to solidify his case to make the roster against a Packers team that doesn’t boast a ton of playmakers.