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Friday, August 13, 2010
Patriots-Saints: 3 up, 3 down
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Picking three players/units whose performance is up and three whose performance is down, from the Patriots' 27-24 victory over the Saints in Thursday's preseason opener:
Left guard, filling in the spot previously held by
, delivers a big block while pulling on
' 6-yard touchdown run.
-- Receiver is the star of the day with six catches for 90 yards, and a 40-yard punt return.
-- Rookie inside linebacker starts and plays into the third quarter, holding his own and finishing with a team-high eight tackles.
Cornerback is penalized for illegal contact on fourth down, extending the Saints' 20-play touchdown drive.
Backup kickoff coverage unit --
, BenJarvus Green-Ellis,
were the coverage unit when
returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Backup offensive line --
were constantly operating under pressure while playing behind backup linemen