Preseason Week 1: New Faces to Watch Against the Jaguars 

Philip Tor — Pats Militia

Patriots football is officially back! The defending Super-Bowl Champions will begin their journey for a sixth title tonight in their first exhibition game against the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars. The Patriots have already announced their top offensive weapons of Tom Brady, Brandin Cooks, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Mike Gillislee will not be suiting up for the contest. Despite the absences of these players, it should still be an exciting 60 minutes of football in which Patriots fans will get a look at some of the new talent acquired by the team this offseason.

Deatrich Wise / DL / #91 / Rookie (4th round, 131 overall) 

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This is the kid you will all want to have your eyes on. He has been turning head throughout camp thus far with his lethal size and speed combination. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 271 lbs, it is hard not to watch Wise when he is on the field. When I was at practice last week, Wise was always involved in the play one way or another. With the departure of Jabaal Sheard and the retirement of Rob Nikonvich there is definitely space on the roster for Wise if he continues to impress the way he has. Look for #91 to get a lot of action tonight.

Cyrus Jones / CB / #41 / 2nd Year

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It is make or break time for Cyrus Jones. The Alabama product had a less than stellar year in his rookie campaign after a pair of special teams mishaps landed him on the inactive list for multiple games.  So far this. Camp Jones has shown he is ready to bounce back and contribute on this team. Although the Pats secondary is already stacked, Jones could find work in the punt return game or as the fourth corner. No matter what he will have to prove he can play against the best competition to beat out corners Johnathan Jones and Justin Coleman. Jones will have to play well tonight if he has any chance of sliding into the active roster.

Lawrence Guy / DL / #93 / 7th Year 

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Guy signed with the Patriots after splitting his time with four teams, most recently Baltimore, in his seven year career. Guy has been included in a majority of the Patriots sets thus far through camp, and could be a great piece to factor into the defensive line rotation. It seems as if Guy has already carved out his spot on th final roster, but it will be interesting to see how the Patriots use him situationally tonight.

David Harris / LB / #45 / 11th Year

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David Harris is an interesting player to factor into this Patriots defense. With the New York Jets, Harris was the main man, the signal caller and first string MIKE linebacker for HIS team. Now in New England he will take a backseat to Dont’a Hightower, who has been the leader of this defense for the past three seasons. It will be interesting to see if Harris can adapt to this role and more importantly play in this role. The linebacking core will be deep and crowded. If Harris wants to hop on the Patriots train and ride this thing back to the Super Bowl, then he will have to play for it.

Devin Lucien / WR / #13 / 2nd Year 

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It will take a miracle for Lucien to make this roster with the stacked receiving core of the Patriots. Yet after two weeks of camp, a miracle might be happening. Lucien has been a magent for footballs catching “nearly everything that has been thrown his way” in camp. Like I said with the level of talent on this Patriots roster, it will be tough for Bill to free up a roster spot for him. The good news for Lucien is that if he continues to play well and does get cut, there are 31 teams that could use his help. For Lucien to have the opportunity to play in the NFL he will surely have to make some noise tonight.