Posted by Andy Benoit
Patriots free safety Brandon Meriweather went to the Pro Bowl last season. Through two games this season, he’s been coming off the bench. Meriweather started in Week 1, but only because the Patriots opened the game in their nickel defense. Against the Jets, the starting safeties were James Sanders and Patrick Chung.
So, young Pro Bowl safety a year ago now playing a second-string role? There should be plenty of drama to figure out, right? Not really.
“I haven’t been myself in practice,” Meriweather said in an interview Monday with WEEI. “Coaches wanted to show me that just because I wasn’t, that I still have to come and play. Basically, it’s all my fault that I’m not on the field as much.”
If that’s not refreshing, how about that he even elaborated on the issues in practice? “I was trying a lot of things in camp just to see if they worked,” Meriweather said. “And they weren’t. Instead of me stopping trying them and doing exactly what I was coached, I kept trying them.”
Tip of the hat for the honesty and maturity. In fact, double tip given this is the same guy who entered the league marred – fairly or unfairly – by character red flags (you may recall the University of Miami-Florida International University brawl in 2006, in which Meriweather was stomping on players in the pile).
Meriweather is a talented safety. He has superb range and is willing to lay a lick when approaching a ballcarrier from space. He’s been a good soldier throughout his NFL career and gradually improved in each of his first three seasons in the NFL. He’ll bounce back.
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