Five Players That Stood Out In Patriots Preseason Finale

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By Jon Lyons
NEFJ Correspondent

The Patriots concluded the preseason with a 23-7 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Friday night. Here are five players that stood out in New England’s final exhibition contest.

Josh Uche

Uche played early in the first quarter before sitting for the remainder of the game. The most important part of Uche’s night was his play against the run. His ability to rush the passer is well established; if he can continue to hold his own in the run game his snaps will continue to increase, as will his impact.

Calvin Munson

It felt like Munson was everywhere on defense. He had INSERT tackles and an interception on defense. In addition to his special teams ability, Munson looks to have secured himself a spot on the initial 53 roster. Munson finished the night with an interception and 10 tackles including one for a loss.

Bryce Baringer

The rookie punter had five punts for 264 yards, including a 69-yard punt in the first half. He put two inside the 20-yard line as well. New England has suffered through inconsistent punting for two years, Baringer looks like he may solve that problem.

Sam Roberts

Roberts had a tough second preseason game against the Packers, but had a bounce back performance against Tennessee. Roberts was constantly pushing the pocket against the pass and was a force against the run. He had seven tackles, two for a loss, and one sack.

Pierre Strong

Kevin Harris and JJ Taylor got the bulk of the carries early, but Strong made the most of his opportunities in the second half. He finished with eight carries for 31 yards and two catches for 13 yards.