3 winners and 3 losers from the Patriots’ preseason loss to the Raiders – Pats Pulpit

3 winners and 3 losers from the Patriots' preseason loss to the Raiders - Pats Pulpit

The New England Patriots failed to impress in their pre-season finale against the Las Vegas Raiders. As head coach Bill Belichick said after the 23-6 defeat, the team “did not have a good night in any phase of the game.”

As for specific players, here are the ones that caught our eye on Friday night for better or worse.

Loser: QB Mac Jones. It continues to be a disappointing showing from the starting offensive unit. The heartbeat of that unit is Jones, who may have had the worst interception of his young career Friday night. The frustration seems to keep growing.

Winner: RB Kevin Harris. The 2022 sixth-round pick is fighting for a roster spot and has made his mark by disrupting the Patriot’s best run this preseason. Harris followed James Ferentz and plowed through an arm tackle while nearly scoring from 36 yards out. It was one of the best games New England had with their new look zone scheme all summer. Harris coughed up the ball late in the game, but continued to show off his powerful running style throughout the day.

Winner: CB Jack Jones. After an excited strong spring, Jones finally appears on the field this summer. While his aggressiveness could eventually come back to hurt him, the fourth-round draft pick continued to show his ability to find the football; Jones forced a fumble and had two pass breakups Friday night. He may not need to be trusted right away, but the rookie continues to impress in outside coverage.

Loser: The offensive line. The unit did have some encouraging moments but overall had a rough outing against Las Vegas. The quarterbacks, especially Mac Jones, have been under almost consistent pressure while zone blocking continues to be a big deal in the running game. Add in two holding penalties and you get another disappointing day for the unit.

Winner: DT LaBryan Ray. LaBryan Ray continued to make his case for a roster spot on Friday night. The undrafted free agent bulldozed through former first-round pick Alex Leatherwood on a Daniel Ekuale sack, showing off his powerful hands once again. He was in “game-day territory” the last few weeks of training camp.

Loser: RB Ty Montgomery. Stating the obvious here as Montgomery was drove away with an ankle injury in the first quarter. Montgomery has seemed to establish a consistent role in New England’s offense as of late. The injury could be a big loss, possibly leading to more work for Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson in the pass game. Rookie Pierre Strong Jr. could also earn more playing time in that role.

Other players worth mentioning include Jake Bailey, who had a good night on punts and kicks, as well as Rhamondre Stevenson, who made the most of some inconsistent blocking up front. Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, meanwhile, had a backhand interception, while an apparent miscommunication by Terrance Mitchell and Adrian Phillips led to a long completion in the second quarter.

The Patriots next game will be their season opener in Miami on September 11th.

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