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5 New England Patriots Players Who Must Improve In Preseason Week 2

5 Patriots Players Who Must Improve In Preseason Week 2

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The Patriots will play Week 2 of the preseason on Friday night. In that game, many starters will play after not suiting up in Week 1. With that said, there are still players who may not be front-line starters and need to step up their game. Five players in particular must excel for the Patriots in Week 2. Read on to find out who they are.

5. James White

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5. James White

James White
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James White is battling for reps at running back between Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen, among others, this season. In his debut, although it was very brief, he rushed for just nine yards on four carries. He also had a kick return for 19 yards. White didn't play poorly necessarily, but he didn't play particularly great either. If he wants to get the majority of the carries for the Pats this season, he must play a lot better in Week 2.

4. Logan Ryan

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4. Logan Ryan

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Logan Ryan did not do himself any favors in preseason Week 1. He looked overmatched, especially on a TD reception to Redskins WR Aldrick Robinson in which he was caught badly out of position. He is locked in a battle to start at least initially, given Brandon Browner's suspension, opposite Darrelle Revis in Week 1. However, Alfonzo Dennard is still on the team. If Ryan continues to struggle, he could ultimately lose out on that opportunity.

3. Nate Solder

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3. Nate Solder

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Nate Solder is a starter in 2014. However, his future beyond next season for the Patriots is a question mark. He has had a history of concussions and his play has been somewhat inconsistent as a Patriot. While Solder did have his 2015 option picked up in April, next year could very well be his final season in a Patriots uniform. He certainly didn't excel in Week 1, allowing a sack and getting beat consistently by Brian Orakpo. He must improve.

2. Roy Finch

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2. Roy Finch

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Roy Finch already was a longshot for a Pats roster spot before the preseason started. He was behind Ridley, Vereen and possibly Jonas Gray and Brandon Bolden on the depth chart. In Week 1 of the preseason, he may have made things even worse for himself. He fumbled twice, although one was called back on a penalty. He did show flashes in the run game, though, rushing for 15 yards on three carries. He must prove he can hold onto the ball in Week 2.

1. Ryan Mallett

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1. Ryan Mallett

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Ryan Mallett tops this list for obvious reasons. He has been inconsistent in his preseason tenure with the Patriots. Although I am higher on Mallett than most and thought he played OK in preseason Week 1, the stats say otherwise. He completed 5-of-12 passes for 55 yards in the game. He is a free agent after the season, and the Pats can't keep him as a backup as a result. He needs to improve in short order if the Pats want to move him before then.


Will Gellman is a New England Patriots writer for RantSports.com.  Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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