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Rodney Harrison mentioned ‘scared’ Zach Wilson, why he isn’t counting out 0-2 Patriots

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Harrison stated that it is nonetheless “early,” and that he will not “bury a staff after a few weeks.”

Rhamondre Stevenson and Hunter Henry have a good time a Patriots landing throughout a Week 2 matchup with the Dolphins. AP Photograph/Steven Senne

Rodney Harrison’s tackle the 0-2 Patriots: Regardless of the Patriots opening the season with a pair of defeats, former New England security Rodney Harrison is reserving judgement.

Talking with MassLive’s Karen Guregian on a current episode of the “Eye On Foxborough” podcast, Harrison — now an analyst for NBC Sports activities — defined why he thinks it could be silly for Patriots followers to shortly write off the staff’s probabilities of turning issues round.

“It’s dumb for followers to take a seat there and say that,” he stated. “It’s simply silly. I imply, if you realize something about coach Belichick — you realize each single week, I don’t care what the file is — they’re going to battle and claw.”

Harrison pointed to the opponents the Patriots have performed, observing that each the Eagles and Dolphins are proficient 2-0 groups.

“They’ve giving themselves an opportunity to win towards two good groups again to again,” he added. “Each of those groups needs to be within the playoffs, that they misplaced to. These are good soccer groups.”

“I don’t get it. You bury a staff after a few weeks. I imply, clearly there’s a studying curve,” stated Harrison. “Identical to Christian Gonzalez being a younger participant. There’s a studying curve on protection as nicely. You’re attempting to determine what you’ve got on protection. What do you’ve got on offense? It’s early.”

The excellent news for New England is that the matchup may very well be simpler in Week 3, when the Patriots will face the 1-1 Jets. With Aaron Rodgers out for the season after struggling a torn left Achilles within the opening sport of the season, New York can be beginning backup quarterback Zach Wilson.

With reference to the Jets, Harrison was blunt.

“I don’t assume they’re excellent,” Harrison advised Guregian, rationalizing that he doesn’t assume New York is a playoff staff with out Rodgers and “the hope that he brings.”

Wilson, who will begin on Sunday, at present has two landing passes and 4 interceptions in two video games together with a 54.2 completion proportion.

“It simply appears like this child is scared to demise,” Harrison ventured. “He’s acquired the load of the world on him. He’s enjoying in New York, probably the most scrutinized media market on this planet. And I don’t assume it will get any higher. I believe it simply continues to go till they make a change.”

Trivia: In accordance with Professional Soccer Reference, Rodney Harrison scored 4 touchdowns in his profession. The one one he scored with the Patriots was additionally the one one to come back within the playoffs. Are you able to identify the quarterback he intercepted on the play?

(Reply on the backside).

Trace: The quarterback in query was one in every of 4 picked within the first spherical of the 2004 draft, together with Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, and J.P. Losman.

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