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Friday, August 23, 2013
Ups and downs for the Patriots

By Mike Reiss

DETROIT -- At an initial glance, a look at players whose performance was "up" in the Patriots' loss to the Lions, and those at the opposite end of the spectrum:

Up
Rob Ninkovich -- Defensive end was all over the field, finishing with six tackles and a half-sack.

Logan Ryan -- Rookie cornerback is pressed into action with the top sub defense and is competitive, at one point batting a pass away from tight end Tony Scheffler.

First-unit third-down defense -- While not a specific player, the entire unit gets a nod as it holds the Lions to 2-of-9 in the first half, with three stops inside the red zone.

Down
Brandon Bolden/Shane Vereen -- Running backs both lose fumbles in the first half.

Zach Sudfeld -- Rookie free-agent tight end loses a fumble on the team's opening drive, ending what had been a promising march.

Adrian Wilson -- Safety plays linebacker-type role in dime package but seems to be a step behind.