New England Patriots

Aug 29, 2021; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New England Patriots tight end Devin Asiasi (86) is tackled by New York Giants linebacker Carter Coughlin (49) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

It wasn’t your typical preseason finale in New York, but plenty of roster questions remain after the Patriots’ win over the Giants Sunday night.

Bill Belichick assembled a deep middle class on his 80-man roster, which has to be trimmed down to 53 by 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Between established veterans, recent draft picks, and free-agent signings, a lot of spots were already sewn up entering Sunday, with precious few remaining that were truly up for grabs.

Who seized their opportunities, and who did not? That’s the big question facing many Patriots players after Sunday. At the same time, there were some good (and not-so-good) performances among those whose roster spots are secure. For the sake of diving deep into the roster, we left the quarterbacks off this list – but you can click here to read more about the performances of Cam Newton and Mac Jones on Sunday.

So, with that in mind, let’s go over the “Ups” and “Downs” from the Patriots’ preseason finale…

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