New England Patriots

The New England Patriots are 0-1 to start the 2021 season after a disappointing home loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Despite the defeat, there were some promising performances to pull from the game, particularly on offense. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones had a solid and efficient debut, going 29-of-39 for 281 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions. He helped get the Patriots within striking distance late in the fourth quarter, but a costly fumble by running back Damien Harris ultimately doomed them.

Here are the players (and other things) who are “up” and “down” coming out of the Patriots’ loss to the Dolphins…

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