The preseason is all about hype. Each game I will recap who had the best performances and how they could make an impact on the Patriots 2019 season. Here is the article from game one of the preseason:
Rising Patriots: Preseason Week One
DE/LB Chase Winovich 5 TKL, 1 Sack, 2 TFL
Chase Winovich was all Scott Zolak could talk about Saturday night. Winovich dominated the Titans offensive line and found a way to make an impact on just about every play. He was given a ton of snaps and made the most of his opportunities. Chase has done a phenomenal job to showcase his high motor that has been talked about since the draft process began. He was relentless on his pass rushes and made multiple tackles downfield in the run game. Overall a fantastic showing for the third-round rookie.
QB Jarrett Stidham 14/19, 193 yards, 1 TD
Jarrett Stidham was able to build on a stellar week one outing despite having bad field position all game. Stidham was not given much opportunity to shine in his earlier drives, as the offense could not get out of their own redzone. Once his teammates were able to give him some help, Stidham shined once again. Jarrett lead the Patriots down the field for a 99-yard drive that ended in a 23-yard touchdown pass to WR Damoun Patterson. Stidham ended the night on a 7/7 streak and was able to get key first-downs with his legs throughout the game (3 carries, 18 yards).
RB Damien Harris 14 carries, 80 yards
Damien Harris got his first taste of preseason football and ran away with it. Harris was given a decent workload which he showed he can handle. The Alabama product ran for 5.7 yards per carry and showed the ability to catch the ball – something he did well in college. Harris reeled in all four of his targets for 23 yards. His night was highlighted by a 20-yard run that almost resulted in a touchdown.
WR Jakobi Meyers 6/6, 82 yards
Meyers picked up where he left off last week with another impressive performance. The news of Josh Gordon’s reinstatement is not going to help Meyers chances of making the roster, but he could still do so if he continues to play like he has been. Meyers biggest strength seems to be his ability to find the soft spot in the zone and consistently make the catch.
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