Quick-hit thoughts: In recent weeks, there has been some concern with left tackle Nate Solder, but that has subsided. He looked solid in a tough matchup against Greg Hardy. If Halapio (6th round, Florida) makes the 53-man roster, it would be more from a redshirt perspective, as his low playing-time total reflects that he's not yet ready to contribute.
Quick-hit thoughts: Bill Belichick inserted Mallett into the game on the third series as a way to prepare him for unexpected situations in the regular season, which from our view reflects Mallett's standing as the current No. 2 option on the depth chart, even as Garoppolo continues to impress. Mallett probably gets the start Thursday against the Giants.
Quick-hit thoughts: The Patriots have nice depth here, especially when considering that Brandon Bolden didn't even play (undisclosed). Gray, the first-year runner from Notre Dame, is catching the eye a bit. Still waiting to see more of a spark in games from White, the fourth-round pick from Wisconsin.
Quick-hit thoughts: Not a real grind-it-out type of day for the running game, so not much to report in this area. McCuller's hands in the passing game impressed as the undrafted free-agent from West Texas A&M is a converted linebacker.
Quick-hit thoughts: The competition has played itself out atop the depth chart, with the playing-time numbers at the top reflecting the 1-4 breakdown. Aaron Dobson should fit somewhere in that group upon his return, pushing Boyce -- who didn't play until there was 1:26 remaining in the third quarter -- further down the depth chart and potentially off the roster. It has been said before, but Edelman has really come into his own, and it's a great credit to the Patriots' scouting and development. Easy to forget Edelman was a college quarterback at Kent State before joining the Patriots in 2009.