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Patriots downplay opponents calling out offensive plays – Boston Herald


FOXBORO — On Tuesday afternoon, as Bill Belichick publicly confirmed his players’ suspicions that Colts linebacker Shaquille Leonard knew a few of the Patriots’ offensive play-calls in a 26-3 win last weekend, he gave off an air of being almost impressed.

On Wednesday, one of his defensive captains did the same.

“I didn’t see (Belichick’s) comment, but shoutout to those dudes for spotting and picking up on that,” said Pats linebacker Ja’Whaun Bentley.

Leonard and Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley have correctly anticipated multiple offensive plays against the Patriots the past two weeks. Multiple players discussed Leonard’s feat in the locker room post-game Sunday, almost bewildered at how he correctly anticipated screen passes and outside runs.

However, their teammates on the defensive side of the ball indicated Wednesday it’s relatively common across the NFL.

“If you’re a student of the game and you watch film, you’re going to pick up on some things that the offense does,” Pats Adrian Phillips said. “Sometimes you’re right; sometimes you’re wrong. It’s really not a big deal. Everybody across the league does it.”


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