Ups & downs for Patriots

December, 23, 2012
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- At an initial glance, a look at players whose performance was “up” in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars, and others at the opposite end of the spectrum:

Up
Michael Hoomanawanui -- Tight end assumes No. 2 role for third week in a row and is a factor as a blocker and with a 32-yard reception in first quarter. Also plays smart with a 14-yard catch in the fourth quarter, on third down, to stay in bounds on the final drive as the Patriots worked the clock.

Wes Welker – Receiver delivers as a pass-catcher (10 catches, 88 yards, TD) and rusher (1 carry, 9 yards), proving to be one of the offense’s most reliable players on a day when the attack wasn’t at its best.

Danny Woodhead – Diminutive running back keeps coming up big, with his 14-yard touchdown catch-and-run at the end of the second quarter highlighting another strong day.

Down
Tom Brady – Quarterback underthrows running back Stevan Ridley on a first-quarter interception and has some miscommunications with receiver Brandon Lloyd in the first half on a day when he is under more duress than expected and isn’t at his usual high level.

Aaron Hernandez – Tight end is penalized for illegal motion in the second quarter, negating his own catch, and short-arms another throw in the third quarter.

Pass protection – Brady is under duress often but it isn’t just on the offensive line (e.g. running back Shane Vereen misses block on third-quarter sack).

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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