Preseason Week 1: Jaguars 31 Patriots 24 

Philip Tor — Pats Militia 

Even though the Patriots dropped their first contest of 2017, we got a great look at some of the new talent that could be added to the roster for the regular season. Along with the ups their were some downs, especially on the defensive side of the ball. This could have been because nearly every single starter did not take a snap in the game. Instead the Patriots sent out a group of mainly rookies and inexperienced players. To recap I will go through the best and worst performances and game highlights. 

MVP: JIMMY GAROPPOLO 

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Jimmy G picked up right where he left off in week 2 of last season. Garoppolo led the offense up and down the field with the help of Tight End Jacob Hollister (#48 Rookie, Wyoming) and Wide Receiver Austin Carr (#84 Rookie, Northwestern). Hollister hauled in 7 passes for 116 yards on 9 targets, while Carr caught 5 passes for 44 yards and a spectacular touchdown catch from Garoppolo at the end of the second quarter. 

Garoppolo finished with 22 completions on 28 attempts for 235 yards and a pair of touchdown passes. He looked sharp running the second team offense before passing the torch off to Jacoby Brisett in the third quarter. His play once again drove his stock up for potential trades this year or in the off-season (if the Patriots decide to extend his deal). 

BREAKOUT. PLAYER: JACOB HOLLISER

Hollister burst onto the scene with his play last night. His 116 yards and seven catches was a team high, and caught the attention of his fellow teammates an coaches. He showed off his pass catching ability, route-running skill and his explosiveness. 

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Hollister now has a chance of making the final roster if he can continue this level of play. Granted this game came against the second and third team of the Jacksonville Jaguars, but his skills could definitely be of service to Tom Brady and company as a compliment (and insurance) to Rob Gronkowski. There are currently two players in front of Hollister on the depth chart, but if he continues to outplay James O’Shaughnessy and Matt Lengel, he could very well find himself on the final 53-man roster. 

PLAYERS ON THE BUBBLE: CYRUS JONES / DJ FOSTER 

The former second round pick, Cyrus Jones, time in New England may be limited after a poor performance last night against the Jaguars, Jones was beat twice for touchdowns of 40+ yards. 

Jones was outplayed by a lowly Jaguars SECOND TEAM offfense, and failed to impress in the kick return game were he was supposed to get the bulk of the work when he was drafted last season. He was first beat for a 97 yard touchdown by Kelan Cole, and then a 42 yard TD pass to Dede Westbrook. With other options available at Jons’ position, his poor play will likely result in his departure from New England very soon. 

As I said in my game preview, the running back core is the deepest part of the Patriots roster, which will mat hard for any running back not named Lewis, White, Burkhead, Gillislee or Bolden to make the roster. DJ Foster made Bill Belichick’s decision much easer last night. Although Foster scored a touchdown and made a great catch he will likely be cut because of his cot tuned fumbling issues. If you remember last preseason at all, Foster was a favorite to make the roster until he began to show his ball security issues. Foster spent some time on the practice squad last season, and could end up back there if he is cut and clears waivers. 

OTHER NOTES 

Your friendly neighborhood commissioner stopped by Gilette Stadium last night to catch some of the action. He even had the decency to take a picture with a few “Patriots fans” during the game. 

There is no way these guys are legit Patriots fans, probably planted by Roger’s goons. If they are Patriots fans, they shouldn’t be. 

We also got the fan highlight of the year… already. I don’t quite understand what this woman was doing, but she seemed to accomplish her goal so good for her. 

4 weeks until real football is back, keep checking out Pats Milita’s website, instagram, and twitter for the latest Patriots news! 

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