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The Patriots really struggled running the ball in a day that saw few things not go their way. It is not a good day to nitpick the Patriots, but for a team that dominated running the ball last season, the results thus far have been very surprising.
If you haven't heard, the Patriots lost a wide receiver this week. Luckily, Josh Gordon is still Josh Gordon, and while he had inconsistent hands throughout the day, the sideline catch late in the third quarter and the seam through three Jets defenders on the next drive are perfect examples of the talent Gordon is.
Jakobi Meyers played a ton in this one but was rarely targeted. He finished the game with just two reception for 38 yards and some negative marks as a run-blocker.
Jamal Adams intercepted a badly overthrown pass from Patriots' Jarrett Stidham and returned it to the house late in the game. It may have been a gift from Stidham, but Adams made the most of the opportunity.
Rookie linebacker Blake Cashman turned in a strong performance in the run game. He recorded multiple stops and was a big reason why New England struggled to get the ground game going all day.
As mentioned above, Cashman had some solid plays in run defense, but there were still no Jets rookies with standout performances.