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Ups and downs for the Patriots

8/15/2014

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, a look at who's up and who's down from the New England Patriots' preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles:

Up

Tom Brady/Jimmy Garoppolo/Ryan Mallett -- All three Patriots quarterbacks showed they can operate the offense efficiently, move the ball, and score points. It was a good day for all three quarterbacks.

Malcolm Butler -- Undrafted cornerback started opposite of Darrelle Revis and delivered one of the plays of the day -- a forced fumble in the third quarter that he recovered himself. If Butler keeps playing like this, he could find his way onto the 53-man roster.

James Develin -- Hard-nosed fullback also showed he can be a factor in a tight-end-type role in addition to a lead blocker. Develin finished with two catches for 27 yards, with one 15-yard catch going for a touchdown, as he's worked his way into a key contributor.

Kenbrell Thompkins/Brandon LaFell -- Patriots' No. 3/4 receivers delivered touchdown grabs in impressive fashion -- Thompkins on a back-shoulder fade and LaFell on the back end of the goal-line where his 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame came in handy.

Down

Josh Boyce --Receiver is penalized for the second week in a row (block in the back) as Brian Tyms is making more plays and potentially pressuring him for a roster spot.

Steve Maneri -- While the tight end earned kudos for playing so many snaps after just signing with the team Sunday, a breakdown on his pass route appears to be the reason for Brady's pick-6 to cornerback Cary Williams.

Tyler Ott -- Undrafted snapper who is competing for a job against incumbent Danny Aiken didn't hold his block, which led to a blocked punt.

Penalty flags -- Not fun to watch a game with so many of them.