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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Cardinals running backs coach James Saxon has been charged in Indianapolis with two counts of domestic battery stemming from an alleged incident in May.

One of the counts is a felony that includes domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old.

An attorney listed as representing Saxon did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the case Friday.

Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said Saxon has been placed on administrative leave. Kingsbury added that the team knew about Saxon’s arrest when it happened in May.

“We are aware of the incident and notified the NFL as required,” the Cardinals said in a statement. “The matter is currently under review pursuant to league policies. After consultation with the league office, James has been placed on paid administrative leave. We will have no further comment pending additional proceedings.”

ESPN first reported the arrest.

Saxon is a long-time running backs coach who has been with the Cardinals since 2019. He was the running backs coach for the Miami Dolphins from 2000 to 2019. He played eight years in the NFL from 1988 to 1995.

According to online records, the next step in Saxon’s case is on Aug. 25, when an attorney’s conference is scheduled.

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Many are worried that the New England Patriots offense has struggled in training camp. The unorthodox approach to playcalling and lack of an offensive coordinator has some wondering if this setup is the best situation for Mac Jones.

As the entire Patriots offense tries to get on the same page, the team’s leading receiver for the last two years, Jakobi Meyers, had some interesting and strong words about the transition. Meyers spoke with NFL Network’s Mike Giardi and Scott Pioli, who stressed how important it is for the vets to get their egos in check.

"You’ve got to be really able to throw your egos out the door. We had a conversation about that the other day… just worry about where you’re trying to be now. We understand we did things a certain way before, but it’s not about that anymore.” – Jakobi Meyers #Patriots https://t.co/h5nBWz0jeO

— Mike Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 6, 2022

Here is a transcript of Meyers’ interview captured by NESN’s Zack Cox:

Thought these were interesting comments from Jakobi Meyers to @MikeGiardi and @scottpioli51 on NFL Network.

Acknowledged "change and perfection are kind of a hard mix" with the Patriots implementing a new offense.

"It’s definitely been something to get used to." pic.twitter.com/ozgy67IERW

— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 6, 2022

Is it Time to Panic?

Why is Meyers speaking candidly about some of the issues the Patriots’ offense is having? Because it has been pretty evident to anyone who has had a chance to watch the unit practice through training camp.

Aside from a few bright spots from DeVante Parker, Tyquan Thornton, and high usage of hybrid player Ty Montgomery, the Patriots’ defense has had a clear advantage in the early stages. In a direct quote from Mac Jones, Patriots.com’s Evan Lazar wrote that the team’s offense “has a lot of room to grow,” in one of his early assessments.

ESPN.com’s Mike Reiss commented about a high number of “no-chance plays” coming from the offense. The first inclination is to blame the Patriots’ new offensive play-caller Matt Patricia and those assisting him, such as Joe Judge.

Fox’s First Things First personality Chris Broussard slammed the Patriots’ offense’s chance of succeeding with Patricia leading the way. Broussard tweeted, “not good.”

The Patriots offense in the hands of Matt Patricia? Not good! https://t.co/RLDIXfQoIb

— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) August 2, 2022

There is one potentially positive spin to put on the dominance of the Patriots’ defense in training camp sessions. Perhaps the Pats’ defense is set for a strong season, and New England’s offense is being prepared for the rigors of a long NFL season by a group that will give opponents fits throughout the year.

Ideally, you’d like to see a little more give and take from a team standpoint. If it’s too one-sided in favor of one unit, the indication is that the one that comes out on the losing end more times than not is a bit weak.

We won’t know for sure until the regular season gets underway. For now, we’ll see the first test of sorts on Thursday, August 11, when the Patriots take on the New York Giants in the preseason opener.

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  • Nelson Agholor Likes the New Offense

After a disappointing first year with the Patriots in 2021, per Providence Journal’s Mark Daniels, the new looks have made Agholor feel like he’s “in a position to play faster.”

Agholor had just 37 receptions for 473 yards and 3 TDs in 2021. That production came in the first season after he signed a two-year, $22 million free-agent deal. In 2020 with the Raiders, Agholor had 48 receptions for 896 yards and 8 TDs.

If Agholor could come somewhere close to that production level in 2022, the concerns about the Patriots’ offense would be quieted. Still, Jones and Co. need more than one receiver production if they plan to be a dangerous unit.

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