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Friday, September 3, 2010
3 up, 3 down for Patriots

By Mike Rodak

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A look at three players/units whose performance was up, and three players/units whose performance was down in the Patriots' 20-17 loss to the Giants in preseason action:

Up
OLB Rob Ninkovich -- Making a strong case for a roster spot, Ninkovich is disruptive throughout the game. He finishes with seven tackles, including three for a loss, as well as a 5-yard sack and two quarterback hurries.

WR Rod Owens -- Rookie wide receiver makes a play for the practice squad with a 67-yard reception in the third quarter, the team’s longest offensive play of the preseason.

ILB Tyrone McKenzie -- Second-year linebacker rebounds from an up-and-down preseason by playing on two top special teams units and leading the team with 10 tackles.

Down
Taylor Price -- 2010 third-round draft pick sees his most significant action of the preseason but fails to deliver with 4 catches for 33 yards, despite being a frequent target (11 passes) of QB Brian Hoyer.

Mark LeVoir/George Bussey/Quinn Ojinnaka -- Reserve offensive tackles have a rough night in pass protection, as Hoyer is sacked twice and pressured numerous times. Bussey is also flagged for a holding penalty to stall a Patriots drive in the fourth quarter. Hoyer had cuts on his face and stitches on his nose when speaking with reporters after the game.

Jerod Mayo -- For the second time this preseason, Mayo struggles with faster offensive players, being beaten around the edge on two plays early in the first quarter to set up a Giants touchdown.