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5 New England Patriots Players Who Stood Out In Preseason Week 2

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New England Patriots Preseason 2014: 5 Players Who Stood Out in Week 2

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After a somewhat disheartening opener to the preseason, the New England Patriots righted the ship on Friday. The 42-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles had its ups and downs, but overall, the Patriots played well. Here are five players who stood out in the second week of preseason.

5. Jonas Gray

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5. Jonas Gray

Jonas Gray New England Patriots preseason
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While he is not a rookie, Gray has yet to take an NFL handoff. At 225 pounds, he’s a bruiser, but also showed some nimble feet and agility against the Eagles, racking up nearly 100 yards on only 12 carries. If he keeps that up, Gray could push out Roy Finch and Brandon Bolden for the last running back spot.

4. Brian Tyms

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4. Brian Tyms

New England Patriots preseason
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Conjuring up memories of Randy Moss, Tyms snared an impressive 17-yard touchdown grab on Friday night. He looks every bit the part of a Moss-type receiver — long, lean and speedy. The odds are still against Tyms making the team, but he appears to bring more to the table than Josh Boyce.

3. James Develin

James Develin New England Patriots preseason
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3. James Develin

James Develin New England Patriots preseason
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Develin is a player that no defensive back wants to see cruising down the field with the ball in his arms. While he won’t break any ankles, Develin will bowl over would-be tacklers as he displayed against the Eagles. He flashed good hands as well, and the Patriots could use him more in the passing game as a tight end.

2. Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler New England Patriots preseason
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2. Malcolm Butler

Malcolm Butler New England Patriots preseason
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Butler picked up right where he left off from last week by forcing and receiving a fumble on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage. As of right now, Butler really looks like he’ll be this year’s undrafted rookie darling from training camp and make the team.

1. Roy Finch

Roy Finch New England Patriots preseason
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1. Roy Finch

Roy Finch New England Patriots preseason
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After having trouble holding onto the ball against the Redskins, Finch was much more effective this week. In addition to scoring a touchdown, he exhibited ability in the passing game as well as the return game. Gray and Bolden are his roadblocks to a roster spot, but if the 5-foot-6 back continues to prove himself as a change-of-pace player and return specialist, he should make the team.

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