The New England Patriots are 0-2 on the season after falling to the Miami Dolphins 24-17 on “Sunday Night Football.” Here are eight players we graded “UP” or “DOWN” based on their performance in the game…
UP: WR DeVante Parker
All in all, a strong season debut for Parker. His numbers don’t pop off the stat sheet (six catches, 57 yards), but he passed the eye test as one of Mac Jones’ most reliable pass-catchers in the game. The Patriots lack explosiveness on offense in general, so they’re going to need Parker to keep winning contested situations.
DOWN: WR Demario Douglas
Douglas made two catches and actually looked like the Patriots’ most dynamic offensive player when he touched the ball. Problem is, he couldn’t hold onto it. Douglas’ fumble after a catch-and-run was an early back-breaker for the Pats, who gave up a Dolphins touchdown on the ensuing drive. Douglas didn’t see the field on offense for the rest of the game.