Quick-hit thought: Jones and Ninkovich played for the first time this preseason, starting the game, and then it was a chance to take a long look at Fleming and Bequette. The Patriots' 2012 third-round draft choice, Bequette didn't register on the stat sheet.
Quick-hit thought: The numbers tell the story -- Butler has the coaching staff intrigued to the point that it wants to see more. No defensive player has been on for more snaps than the undrafted free agent from West Alabama over the first two preseason games (113 of 135). The versatility of Logan Ryan showed up, too, as he played corner and safety in this game (he's listed as a safety).
Quick-hit thought: A new look for the defense when Arrington and Ryan are playing safety instead of corner, which was one of the more notable takeaways on defense. Ebner, a core special-teamer, flashed as well. Third-year player Tavon Wilson was among the injured players who didn't suit up and after seeing so many players worked into the mix, it makes one wonder about the security of his roster spot.