New England Patriots

Aug 12, 2021; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots cornerback Joejuan Williams (33) runs the ball after intercepting a pass against the Washington Football Team during the second half at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday night’s preseason opener was our first chance to see the Patriots in live game action. It was also the first chance to truly evaluate one of the deepest preseason roster the team has had in recent memory.

Which players currently on the roster bubble did the most to help their case against Washington? And who may have set themselves back? Here’s a quick check on some of the players currently on the fringe of the 53-man roster.

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