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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Ups & downs for Patriots

By Mike Reiss

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, here's a look at players whose performance stood out in the New England Patriots' preseason finale against the New York Giants, and others at the opposite end of the spectrum:

UP

Josh Boyce: Rookie receiver shows his speed on 40-yard touchdown catch on a nice throw from quarterback Ryan Mallett, as the Patriots also work him into the running game a bit.

Michael Buchanan: Rookie defensive end shows up with a few nice rushes and reaches up to bat down a pass.

Zoltan Mesko/Ryan Allen: Both punters are on top of their games, which highlights what has been a good competition throughout training camp.

DOWN

Aaron Dobson: Rookie receiver doesn't seem to fight hard enough for an underthrown Mallett pass in the end zone that is intercepted and then overturned on replay when it is determined Prince Amukamara didn't stay in bounds.

Josh Kline/interior O-line: Some spotty protection for Tim Tebow in the third quarter.

Leon Washington: Fumbles punt that is recovered by the Giants in the third quarter. Although a 43-yard return in the second quarter is solid.