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:
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.
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.