The New England Patriots are playing the Buffalo Bills.
The team has just two games left of the regular season. Buffalo is considered a
threat, but the Miami Dolphins won’t really give the Patriots a headache. New
England may play without their top slot cornerback in Saturday’s game against
the Bills. Jonathan Jones missed second straight practice as he recovers from a
groin injury that eliminated him from Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati
Jones also plays safety for New England. He struggled in the past few
weeks, and allowed
touchdown passes in each of the Patriots’ last
three games and four of the last
The cornerback is one of
the team’s top cover players early in
the season, and is considered a top choice
for New England’s efforts to stop Bills
slot receiver Cole Beasley. Jonathan allowed him just two
catches on five targets for 26 yards during the Week 4 game. The 26-year-old has not
missed a contest since
the beginning of the
This is one of Beasley’s most productive seasons. He caught 60 passes for 670 yards and six touchdowns in 14 games. Beasley was able to catch seven passes for a game-high 75 yards against
New England in September. Most of these numbers came against defenders other than Jones.
New England has played without
cornerback Jason McCourty in recent games. The twin has missed three contests and was limited
in another as he recovers from a groin issue. McCourty hasn’t missed a practice despite his injury. Will he play against the Bills?
If Jones and McCourty don’t suit up for the game, second-round draft pick Joejuan Williams likely would be given a larger role behind starters Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson. Williams hasn’t seen some meaningful playing time on defense as a rookie. He stacked just 36 total defensive snaps and sat out seven games as a healthy scratch.
How will the Patriots handle the pressure on Saturday? The Bills are a tough team, but they aren’t the best team in the FL. Head coach Bill Belichick sure has some tricks to use against Buffalo.