The New England Patriots nearly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in Thursday’s preseason opener against the New York Giants. But then the jaws clamped down late in the fourth quarter, and the Patriots lost their way.
The Giants engineered a 69-yard game-winning drive that was capped off by a walk-off field goal by kicker Graham Gano, who helped hand the Patriots a 23-21 loss at Gillette Stadium.
There was still uncertainty on the offensive side of the ball with the Patriots trying to decide between Matt Patricia and Joe Judge to handle the play-calling. It wasn’t an absolute disaster on the field, and the Patriots did have multiple players step up to make plays for a unit that has been heavily scrutinized this week.
Here are the winners and losers for Thursday night’s preseason opener.
Winner: Josh Uche
In case you were wondering, Josh Uche can wreck more than just individual drills at training camp practice. The Patriots linebacker was consistently bringing the heat against a Giants offensive line that really struggled handling his explosiveness early on.
With all of the changes on the backend of the defense, the Patriots are going to need the defensive front to keep the heat on opposing quarterbacks. Uche will be a big part of that effort for a younger and faster Patriots defense.
Look at him clean up a missed sack on Daniel Jones after shedding a blocker like a one-pound ankle weight.
Winner: Mack Wilson
Look, up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Mack Wilson flying around around with his helmet on fire and making plays.
Wilson, who was traded from the Cleveland Browns in a straight up swap for Chase Winovich, flashed the closing speed the Patriots desperately needed at linebacker.
There were multiple plays where he looked like he was shot out of a cannon, including a near quarterback sack on Daniel Jones and dropping the hammer on Giants tight end Daniel Bellinger to get the Patriots defense off the field on a third down.
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Author : Patriots Wire
Publish date : 2022-08-12 04:58:50
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