Patriots SS Meriweather: "I haven't been myself in practice."

Posted Sept. 20, 2010 @ 2:16 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather, who reached the Pro Bowl in 2009 and started all 16 games, did not start again in Week Two against the Jets.

On Boston sports radio WEEI Monday morning, Meriweather was asked why he didn't start. "I haven't been myself in practice," he said.  "Basically it is all my fault that I'm not on the field as much."

Meriweather recorded just one tackle on Sunday and has not been playing in the Patriots' base 3-4 package. Patrick Chung and James Sanders have been the two safeties with Meriweather coming on the field in sub packages.

"I just need to be more consistent. I need to be a lot more consistent," he added.

The way we see it

With a rookie and two second-year players already starting in the secondary, it was a surprise to see Meriweather not on the field as much after a productive 2009. Six-year veteran James Sanders has taken his spot, and some thought Sanders would be traded before the season started. It's a good sign that Meriweather realizes what he needs to do to get back on the field, and the Patriots need him back there. The secondary was miserable against the Jets in their 28-14 Week Two loss.