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5 Takeaways From New England Patriots’ Preseason Week 3 Win

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5 Takeaways From The Patriots' Preseason Week 3 Win

Shane Vereen New England Patriots preseason
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The third preseason game gives hungry football fans a product that closely resembles a regular season contest. The New England Patriots surely didn’t disappoint, looking very good last night in a 30-7 route of the Carolina Panthers. Here are five thoughts from the Patriots’ win.

5. Shane Vereen Will Be Integral Part of Offense

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5. Shane Vereen Will Be Integral Part of Offense

Shane Vereen New England Patriots preseason
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The Patriots indicated that they have big plans for Vereen in 2014. Vereen flashed dependable hands, breakaway speed and finishing ability while posting 75 total yards and two touchdowns. It’s clear that the Pats want to give Vereen the ball in space on a regular basis in 2014.

4. Coverage Sacks Thanks to Revitalized Secondary

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4. Coverage Sacks Thanks to Revitalized Secondary

Darrelle Revis New England Patriots preseason
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The offseason addition of Darrelle Revis looks to be paying dividends already. Revis, along, with fellow corners Malcolm Butler and Alfonzo Dennard and safety Devin McCourty completely locked down the Panthers’ receivers on several plays in the first half, giving pass rushers Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich more time to pressure the quarterback.

3. Stephen Gostkowski Looks Sharp

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3. Stephen Gostkowski Looks Sharp

Stephen Gostkowski New England Patriots preseason
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The ninth-year veteran silenced any doubters on Friday night, drilling all three field goals he attempted, including a 60-yard dart at the end of the first half. That kick had enough juice on it for a 61-yarder.

2. Chandler Jones Primed for Big Year

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2. Chandler Jones Primed for Big Year

Chandler Jones New England Patriots preseason
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Two sacks and numerous contributions on run defense last night was just another day at the office for Chandler Jones. The third-year pro has to be considered a top-ten pass rusher entering the regular season—15 sacks should be a season goal for Jones.

1. Backup QB Situation Remains a Mystery

Jimmy Garoppolo New England Patriots preseason
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1. Backup QB Situation Remains a Mystery

Jimmy Garoppolo New England Patriots preseason
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While Garoppolo continued to impress in his third stint of NFL action, Mallett was the one plugged into surprise fill-in duty in the first quarter. There’s no clear indication as to which passer will be holding the clipboard in Week 1, but if the Pats do cut a quarterback, it will be Mallett.