Quick-hit thought: Devey, a first-year player out of Memphis who spent last season on the practice squad, is getting a long look from the coaching staff, as he has some guard/tackle versatility. Connolly started at center for the second straight week as the competition in the pivot continues to tilt in his direction from a playing-time perspective.
Quick-hit thought: This was a night to see how Garoppolo responded by entering the game earlier, on the third series, and the second-round pick mostly passed the test by finishing out the first half after Brady's two series. One downer was the inability to spark the two-minute offense at the end of the half. Mallett played the entire second half.
Quick-hit thought: The Patriots opened with Thompkins and Edelman as their top two receivers, which meant Amendola played only in three- and four-receiver packages on the first two drives, hence his lower snap total.
Quick-hit thought: Ridley didn't play again after his second-quarter fumble (which might have been overturned if challenged). That might have been more about workload than a message from the coaching staff, and we'll be interested to hear Bill Belichick's comments on that later today. Ridley and White were the primary backs in the first half.
Quick-hit thought: Maneri was asked to do a lot for a player who just signed Sunday, and there was the inevitable breakdown that led to Cary Williams' pick-six when the depth of Maneri's route was off. But overall, Maneri was part of helping the running game generate positive momentum.