Patriots cornerback Cyrus Jones’ season is in jeopardy after he left Thursday’s preseason game against the Giants with a knee injury.
Jones, the Patriots’ 2016 second-round draft pick, is scheduled for an MRI Friday morning, but the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the fear is he suffered a serious, potentially season-ending knee injury.
Jones’ right leg buckled as he ran step for step in coverage on a long pass play to Giants receiver Travis Rudolph. He went down in obvious pain and had to be helped off the field.
All eyes were on Mike Gillislee (3 TDs) and Kareem Hunt (246 yards, 2 TDs) during Thursday’s season opener, but it was actually James White whose usage caught my eye. Granted, New England was in the rare position of trailing during the second half, but White dominated the backfield snaps with 39. Gillislee played 21 snaps (only four of which were pass plays), Rex Burkhead played 10 snaps and Dion Lewis was in on six plays. The most surprising number for White was his carry total of 10. That was easily a career high and is over one quarter of his previous career best for a season (39 last year).
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The Patriots seem intent on trying not to tip their play call with personnel (they called pass on 88 percent of White’s snaps last year), and that figures to lead to more carries for White. If he remains in the mix for 100-plus carries and 50-plus receptions, White will post a RB2 season in PPR formats. He’s an RB2 option against the Saints in Week 2.
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Week 1 didn’t go according to plan for the Saints new-look backfield, albeit against one of the league’s top defenses. Rookie Alvin Kamara surprisingly paced the unit in snaps (31), carries (seven) and targets (six). Mark Ingram racked up 11 touches on 26 snaps, but posted a position-best 71 yards from scrimmage. Adrian Peterson started against his old team, but was limited to six carries for 18 yards and went without a catch on one target.