Patriots-Saints Live Blog: Pats Win Preseason Opener 7-6

August 9, 2012 12:00 AM
Patriots-Saints Live Blog: Pats Win Preseason Opener 7-6
Final Analysis

" For such a low-scoring game, it wasn’t a bad offensive game for the Pats. Shane Vereen led the statistic parade with 64 rushing yards on 11 carries and adding 17 receiving yards on two catches. That, though, was mostly against the Saints’ backups.

Stevan Ridley, who got the start at running back, wasn’t too shabby with 40 yards on eight carries. Brandon Bolden, who got his chance prior to Vereen, chipped in with 23 yards on eight carries.

From a quarterback standpoint, Ryan Mallett showed off his cannon, going 8-for-19 for 89 yards and a pick, though that came when he was hit while throwing. Brian Hoyer finished 8-for-15 for 45 yards. He threw the game’s lone touchdown, a three-yard bullet to Britt Davis.

The big story though will be Chandler Jones. The rookie looked downright monstrous, drawing holding penalties on back-to-back plays, applying pressure on the quarterback and showing great burst and awareness on the end. It’s one preseason game, so you can’t put him in Canton just yet, but the 22-year-old showed a lot of promise for things to come this year "

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