As the offense showed up and hung 36 points against a bad New Orlean’s defense, it was usual names like; Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski leading the way to a comfortable win on the road.
But after allowing 42 points on opening night against the Chiefs at home in week one, many people were expecting a shoot out, with the Saints matching the Patriots score-for-score. That was not to be however thanks to fourth round rookie Deatrich Wise being a disruptive force all afternoon, in a 36-20 win.
Wise who took a back seat to fellow Patriots rookie, Derek Rivers in the draft, as Rivers was the first player taking in the third round (83rd overall). Unfortunately the hype and all the rookie expectations was cut short as Rivers went down with a torn ACL injury on August 16th and was placed on IR.
On Sunday the fourth rounder Wise had his best game to date (just two games in) with an increase in playing time. Deatrich played in 28 snaps (11 more than week 1) and finished with two tackles, one sack and five QB hits. Despite his success throughout the game against the Saints, Wise humbly referenced there being plenty to improve upon and grow in the Patriot defense.
“I’m still learning. I’m a rookie,” said Wise. “So I obviously have a lot to learn about the game, about the playbook, and about this whole thing.”
Deatrich Wise in his junior year had 10.5 sacks when healthy. That number dropped to just 5.5 last year due to hand and shoulder injuries, which caused him to slide down to the fourth round. Two games in and he has matched that with two sacks. At this rate and with a role plausibly looking to grow in this defense, Wise could get back or closer to the former sack total.
With a front seven facing its fair share of problems and injuries, the Patriots could use someone to step up opposite of Trey Flowers (another Arkansas defensive lineman) and Hightower, who is expected to be bouncing between linebacker and defensive end.
Crediting his teammates for his early success after the game, Wise isn’t about to get complacent and is focused on getting even better.
“There’s still room to grow,” Wise said. “I’m still learning every day. Malcom [Brown], Trey, [Lawrence] Guy, always telling me things I need to work on daily. I’m really behind right now.”
Tom Brady – Joined Warren Moon as the only QB’s at the age of 40 or older in NFL history to throw for 400 yards and three touchdowns.
– All three of his touchdowns came in the opening quarter, the first time in his career Brady has thrown for three touchdowns in the first quarter.
Rob Gronkowski – With 116 yards Gronk moved into a second-place tie with Kellen Winslow for most 100-yard-receiving games by a tight end. Sitting on top of that list is Tony Gonzalez, with 31.