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New England Patriots Links 8/08/14 - Preseason Week 1 Highlights O-Line Uncertainty

Daily News and Links for 8/08/14

Ryan Mallett takes advantage of being upright and attempts to make a play
Ryan Mallett takes advantage of being upright and attempts to make a play
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  • Jeff Howe says the first preseason game was neither a showcase for Ryan Mallett or the defense.
  • Mike Reiss cautions against reading too much into a preseason game, but his top takeaway from last night was that the O-line was a disappointment.
  • Christopher Price tells us what we learned Thursday night: Ryan Mallett uneven; Kanorris Davis and Roy Finch made their case on special teams.
  • Zuri Berry gives us five takeaways from the preseason opener, with an eye on QB Jimmy Garoppolo and his wingman Brian Tyms.
  • Christopher Price says he guesses the only question now is figuring out who presents Jimmy Garoppolo for induction in Canton.
  • Karen Guregian notes Brandon Browner got burned early ... by a flag for the league's point of emphasis against illegal contact.
  • Karen Guregian points out that along with Jimmy Garoppolo, one of the lone bright spots during last night's loss was WR Brian Tyms.
  • Tom E. Curran lauds the performance of Brian Tyms, and likes him even better after learning his background story.
  • Mike Reiss tells the tale of two backup QBs for the Patriots, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo.
  • Mike Reiss picks his Ups and Downs for the Patriots last night.
  • Erik Frenz posts his Pats-'Skins Stock Report: Ryan Mallett struggles, Malcolm Butler shines.
  • Phil Perry watches Jimmy Garoppolo's performance and wonders where that came from.
  • Mike Reiss serves up some leftover thoughts from the loss: Patirots were taking a long look at various O-line combinations; Wilfork playing the first series marked an important step for his return; Stephen Houston was benched after losing a fumble; More.
  • Chad Finn thinks the question of whether the Patriots are overhyped is stupid. Only the season will tell the truth.
  • Mike Petraglia breaks down an ugly night for the Pats in preseason. (4.16 min. video)
  • Jeff Howe Patriots Notebook: Tommy Kelly was happy to get back to playing football, with Vince Wilfork alongside, to shake the rust off; Kanorris Davis showcased the hustle that helped earn him a roster spot last season; Brian Tyms made a fantastic TD catch, ruled incomplete and unchallenged by Belichick, plus the lone score of the night; Chris Jones was rolled up on by a teammate, injuring his ankle; Rob Gronkowski will practice next week at Gillette.
  • Mike Reiss notes Bill Belichick should find plenty of teaching points from the game.