Starring in a series of 2015 Verizon commercials lamenting his status as a career backup.

Jayson Tatum, the 3rd overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, is going to be in the rotation for a team expected to contend this season. Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty
It was noteworthy that Tatum was one of Boston’s first subs during the team’s exhibition opener on Monday night, checking in alongside Smart early in the first quarter. Tatum is likely to find immediate minutes playing multiple positions on the wing.

Less than a minute into his first preseason shift, Tatum got a wide-open look from in front of the Boston bench, where teammates rose in unison as he went up with his shot. Tatum missed badly, but got another look from the corner later in the quarter, only to find back rim. The nerves were obvious.

Carson Palmer playing in a one-dimensional offense is starting to take a toll on his 37-year-old body with all those hits taken behind shoddy protection. How much will the trade for Adrian Peterson help? We’re about to find out. It’s also a head-scratcher as to why their pass defense has been so bad with all the talent they have on the back end.

Jacoby Brissett has been a blessing in plain sight with his confident throwing and running. The offense has plenty of pop with him to make up for not being able to stop much on the other side of the ball.

Am I going to tweak things? Absolutely. I’m going to make the employee cafeteria better. I’m going to make the players’ lounge better. I’m going to try to make the entertainment better out on the floor. But I’m not going to sit here and evaluate talent. That’s just not what I do. I know what I know, and I know what I don’t know. And I’ve got really good people.

“I’m not going to sit here and evaluate talent. That’s just not what I do. I know what I know, and I know what I don’t know. And I’ve got really good people.”ravens_131