Charting the Pats' ups and downs

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, the spotlight is shined on five players who have capitalized the most on their opportunity since training camp began and five players who have slipped based on expectations at this point of the preseason:

Capitalizing on opportunity

1. Andre Carter

2. Dane Fletcher

3. Ryan Mallett

4. Stevan Ridley

5. Will Yeatman

Slipping based on pre-training camp expectations

1. Ron Brace

2. Jermaine Cunningham

3. Brandon Meriweather

4. Shane Vereen

5. Mike Wright