3 winners and 3 losers from the Patriots’ preseason loss to the Raiders


The New England Patriots failed to impress in their preseason final against the Las Vegas Raiders. As head coach Bill Belichick said after the 23-6 loss, “the team didn’t have a good night at any stage of the game.”

As for specific players, here’s who caught our eye on Friday night for better or worse.

Loser: QB Mac Jones. It remains a disappointing display from the starting offensive unit. The heartbeat of that unit is Jones, who had arguably the worst interception of his young career on Friday night. The frustration seems to be growing.

Winner: RB Kevin Harris. The 2022 sixth round roster is battling for a spot on the roster and has made its mark by aborting a Patriot’s best run this preseason. Harris followed James Ferentz and plowed through an arm tackle as he nearly scored from 36 yards out. It was one of the best plays New England has had all summer with its new look zone schedule. Harris did cough up the ball late in the game, but continued to display his powerful running style throughout the day.

Winner: CB Jack Jones. After a hyped strong spring, Jones is finally hitting the field this summer. While his aggressiveness could eventually come back to hurt him, the fourth-round draft pick has continued to demonstrate his ability to find the football; Jones forced a fumble and had two strides Friday night. He may not need to be relied on right away, but the rookie continues to impress beyond the cover.

Loser: The offensive line. The unit had some encouraging moments, but all in all had a rough run against Las Vegas. The quarterbacks, Mac Jones in particular, were under almost constant pressure, while zone blocking remains a major issue in the running game. Add two holding penalties and you get another disappointing day for the unit.

Winner: DT LaBryan Ray. LaBryan Ray continued to argue for a place on the list Friday night. The undrafted free agent bulldozed former first round roster Alex Leatherwood on a Daniel Ekuale sack and showed his powerful hands again. He has been on training camp in play-a-day territory for the past few weeks.

Loser: RB Ty Montgomery. This is clear, as Montgomery was sent off in the first quarter with an ankle injury. Montgomery seemed to play a consistent role in New England offense lately. The injury could be a major loss, potentially leading to more work for Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson in the pass game. Rookie Pierre Strong Jr. could also earn more playing time in that role.

Other players worth mentioning include Jake Bailey, who had a good night on punts and kick-offs, as well as Rhamondre Stevenson who made the most of some inconsistent blocks up front. Rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe, meanwhile, had a back interception, while apparent miscommunication by Terrance Mitchell and Adrian Phillips led to a lengthy second quarter finish.

The Patriots’ next game is their season opener in Miami on September 11.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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