After showing some semblance of a serviceable defense against Tampa Bay last Thursday, cornerback Malcolm Butler knows they can’t revert back to a sub-par performance against the AFC rival jets on Sunday – a game oddly enough for New England, sets the victor on top of the AFC East, usually a given for Bill Belichick and company this far in the season.
“We’ve got to,” Butler said, per the Boston Herald. “It could have been a lot better, but we’re going to take that and build off of it. Keep rolling.”
The Jets’ offense, lead by Josh McCown at QB and receivers Jermaine Kearse and Jeremy Kerley, is pretty different from last year, which poses new challenges for the Pats secondary.
“I’ve just got to play the way I play and defend the best way I can,” Butler added. “(McCown) is just making smart decisions. That’s all it is. Smart, good decisions, good football.
“They’re pretty good. They’ve got Kearse. He can stretch the field. Robby Anderson can do the same, speed guy. Kerley is a good slot receiver. (ArDarius) Stewart, he’s pretty quick. They’ve got a lot of good young talent on their team. If they get going, they can be scary.”
Patriots at Jets, 1PM at MetLife Stadium – CBS