So Talib started strong and started to fade, but he showed enough, especially considering the Patriots won going away, 59-24.
What we know after one game with Talib is that he excels playing closer to the receiver when he can use his size to his advantage.
He’s an outstanding tackler on the outside and is not afraid to take on much larger tight ends high.
Those are two things the Patriots definitely can build on. They’ll need to get Talib to be more fundamentally sound for 60 minutes, and improve his conditioning.
“You go sit down for five or six weeks then come out and have a game in a week, I mean, you’re not going to be your ordinary self,” Talib said. “As I put the pads on, practice, more games, I think I’ll be all right.”
Talib’s debut was probably about average on the whole. But considering he just got here and hadn’t played in six weeks, there’s a lot of promise.
Now it’s up to the Patriots to get him there.
Just having Talib seemed to bring a little bit of stability to the secondary. Once he gets up to speed and the team is able to better identify his strengths and put them to proper use, Talib should be more impactful.
And for starters, that’s a very good sign for the Patriots.