Last weeks game was an
improvement. The Pats still need a ton more improvements on offense. They have to
find more weapons for Brady. Sanu has to especially step it up, with
Edelman bruised and battered, and try to play with one shoulder. Brady
has a bum elbow that looked a little stronger last week.
The good news is that
McDaniels put N'Keal into more situations last week than he has seen all season.
"N’Keal had a good week of practice last week and played a lot of different roles for us yesterday, aligned in a lot of different places in the formation which was a little bit of a change for him, but it was good so that he could do some things that suit him and that fit what we do on
offense," McDaniels said. "I thought he ran hard when he had the ball in his hands, made a few good plays in that regard:
converted a 3rd down, had another 3rd down conversion, had a great catch on the sideline there down the field that was called back because we had the
penalty. But I thought that was a great effort, a great play in a one-on-one type situation."
It is imperative that N'Keal keep showing he can handle the offense mentally, because we know he can
handle it physically.
The more they gave him
to do in that game, the better he looked. "And then certainly made a really good play in the red area keeping the play alive, not getting pushed out of bounds once the play was extended and continuing to work and find space for the quarterback to find him
there," McDaniels continued. "He also blocked pretty well, did some different things in the
run [game]. [He] impacted us in a couple of the screen game plays that we were able to make. He’s just continuing to get better and he works really
hard/ All our guys work really hard, and he certainly wants to help in any way that he can. He’s got a great attitude. Like I said, it all starts with a good week of practice, and we’re going to need to have another good week of practice this week."
So now they have ten or more things they know he can do in the Offense.
Now he has some more
patterns and practices that he can exploit on the field, like on his
touchdown catch. "Yeah, it was really an extended play where he [had
to make the right read]. We had a combination route on the strong side with Julian, Mo
[Sanu] and Ben Watson. And he was on the backside," BB said,
"[He] really ran like a corner pattern, and then protection was great and the play extended a little bit. And so N’Keal did a really good job of not getting shoved out of bounds, out of the back of the end zone, which is what the defensive back was trying to do.
Which is the smart play, obviously, on their part." He has that
physicality that the other Pats WRs can't match.
Now he's adding smarts
and experience each week. "It’s what any good defensive back would try to do, is to knock the receiver
out," BB continued. "And so N’Keal did a really good job of keeping his balance, staying in the field of play, and then just came flat down the end-line and kind of beat [B.W.] Webb back inside on an extended play. So, those red area extended plays and scrambles are something that you always work
on. And this one, really, the work on the practice field, and the technique and the fundamentals of doing things right really paid off, as did the other guys.
"I mean, because everybody,
on the scramble, everybody kind of went in a different direction. So we didn’t run into each other. We created space for N’Keal to come back inside. He found that space, but I think one of the best parts of the play was
N'Keal's awareness and his strength to stay in the field of play and not get shoved out."
Now is the time to start him, and start making him a star.
With Edelman breaking
down in the fast lane, they need a guy to step up. "I think N’Keal did a good job with his opportunity. Last week, he caught the little play behind the line of scrimmage and made a really good play with the ball in his hands,"
McDaniels said. "And then this week, he had a couple chances to run with it. He’s a big guy that can move pretty well and is not easy to tackle and get to the ground. Any opportunities you have to do that with players like that, they’re good because you have a chance to be productive."
He has that flash that you look for in the Draft.
Now he's starting to
show his smarts, instincts, and understanding of the offense. "I would just say that you’ve got to be smart. Those are plays that you can run if they’re well-scouted and you have a specific look in mind that you’re looking for, but you’ve also got to be careful of not overdoing that stuff because, again, it’s similar to the
screen," McDaniel said. "You’re putting all your eggs in one basket, and if the defense over-plays it or plays it well, there’s not other options on the play. It comes down to our execution. I thought our guys did a good job of executing and giving him an opportunity to get started, and then he made a good run. We blocked well on the edge and gave him a chance to get into the defense and get around the corner, and that’s always important on those plays."
He can make plays physically that no other player on offense can
A Citizen! Not a Subject!
is as Fascist does. Beware American. President Fredo is pulling the
cowardly republican Senate closer and closer to the cliff.
I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or
prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech,
or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to
petition the government for a redress of grievances:
1st Amendment to the Constitution is the greatest paragraph ever written
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it! And is proud of it.
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are now saying that letting the Soviet Union's KGB and evil spy master
Putin interfere in our elections. Having foreign powers dig up dirt
against true American Patriots, to interfere in our elections
A series of conspiratorial claims against Ukraine's government and the US embassy in Kiev have now been alleged by President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
Giuliani, a key figure in the impeachment inquiry into the President, tweeted out Thursday evening and into Friday morning several allegations over US aid to Ukraine and supposed stand-down orders directed from the US embassy in Ukraine to the country's police force.
"The Accounts Chamber in Ukraine found an alleged misuse of $5.3B in U.S. funds during the Obama administration while Biden was 'Point Man,'" Giuliani tweeted Thursday night. "Obama embassy urged Ukrainian police NOT to investigate!"
The next morning Giuliani tweeted the same allegations, this time naming former US Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch -- who Giuliani worked to have removed from her post -- and adding a new conspiracy that "much of the $5.3B in US Aid Ukraine reported as misused was given to the embassy's favored NGO's."
Facts First: The $5.3 billion figure comes from multiple countries, not solely from the US, and funds to non-government organizations represents a small percentage of this aid. The Accounting Chamber of Ukraine reported that there was not a proper accounting of the funds and their designated projects, not that the funds were "misused." And there is no evidence to support the accusation that the US embassy "urged Ukrainian police NOT to investigate."
During his trip to Ukraine this week, Giuliani met with Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii Derkach Thursday, who -- days prior -- provided Giuliani with documents on foreign aid to Ukraine. Activists and anti-corruption experts describe Derkach as a politician with suspect political motives. His father was the head of Ukraine's security services under President Leonid Kuchma. The younger Derkach's biography states he attended the Academy of the Ministry of Security of Russia in the early 90s, also known as the academy of the FSB, the successor to the Soviet-era KGB.
In a letter sent Tuesday from Derkach to Giuliani, Derkach -- after flattering Giuliani as a promoter of "justice, freedom and other American values" and a fighter against corruption -- mentioned (and provided copies of) a 2017 report from the Accounting Chamber to draw Giuliani's "attention to the facts of the inefficient use of U.S. taxpayer's funds."
It's here that Derkach points to the $5.3 billion in foreign aid, which he mentions span across 390 projects in Ukraine.
The 2017 report from Ukraine's Accounting Chamber, however, does not state that these funds were misused as Giuliani claims, but rather that there was not a "proper and complete accounting of the projects" due to a lack of solid regulatory framework in the government.
Sergey Fursa, a financial expert in Kiev and analyst for Dragon Capital, told CNN that the category in the report which likely encompasses NGOs represents "only 6 percent of total funding" whereas "70 percent of the funds went towards nuclear power stations security and military support which are large government-controlled programs." Out of the $5.3, the US provided 27 percent, approximately $1.4 billion, according to the report.
Giuliani presented no evidence to support his claim that the US embassy in Ukraine ordered police there not to investigate this theoretical (and unfounded) misuse of US aid. Given that the report does not claim a "misuse" of the $5.3 billion in foreign aid, it doesn't make sense that the US embassy would direct police in Ukraine not to investigate something that never was.
In his tweet, Giuliani noted that "at the time" of these supposed events, "Yovanovitch, witness for the Witchunt, was the [US Ambassador to Ukraine]." This is not the first time Giuliani has gone after Yovanovitch. In her testimony to the House Intelligence Committee during the impeachment inquiry, Yovanovitch said that she became aware of a campaign to get her removed from her post and that it was led by Rudy Giuliani and Yuriy Lutsenko, the former Ukrainian Prosecutor General who was also behind Giuliani's debunked claims against the
One part of this campaign to remove the ambassador was the accusation from Lutsenko that Yovanovitch created a "Do Not Prosecute" list for the Ukrainian government of individuals exempt from investigations into corruption. Yovanovitch testified that Lutsenko later retracted this claim and the State Department called it an "outright fabrication."
CNN's Kylie Atwood contributed to this report.