This was a veteran-versus-rookie match-up, and you couldn't tell which was which just by watching the tape alone.
Bushrod, the veteran, got manhandled by Chandler Jones, the first-rounder out of Syracuse, like Jones had been in the league 10 years and was toying with a rookie. It was a good thing that the "turf monster" got Jones on that attempted sack of Drew Brees because, if not, Jones blew by Bushrod so fast that Brees would've gotten whiplash from the hit.
Thankfully, this is preseason and nothing matters, but hopefully he cleans it up for the season. Brees' blindside is kind of important, maybe.
I had been praising this guy all week, and he goes and has an awful game, especially on special teams. His penalties on special teams extended drives for the Patriots when the Saints had their offense off of the field.
His deficiency versus the run came to the forefront on a few plays. He was getting pushed five-to-seven yards off the ball, and that led to seven- and eight-yard runs. Until he gets better versus the run, Spags might want to keep him in on pure passing downs.
When you are giving the most carries out of the Saints' big four (Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles and Ivory) at running back, you have to cash in on your opportunities. Eight carries for 17 yards won't do the trick. He's running his way onto the trading block with these performances.