PHILADELPHIA -- Some ups and downs from the Patriots' 31-22 preseason-opening victory over the Eagles:
LeGarrette Blount -- A 51-yard touchdown run, zig-zag style, that is sure to find its way on the highlights. The 6-foot, 250-pound bruiser makes a strong case to stick as a top backup to Stevan Ridley.
Shane Vereen -- Running back with a sensational catch in the back left-hand corner of the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown after he was split out wide in an empty set.
Stephen Gostkowski -- Kicker hits from 34 yards, but misses from 44 and 53.
Ryan Mallett -- Entering his third season, this is his time to show he's capable of elevating to a No. 1 quarterback job. No major momentum built -- 9-of-18 for 97 yards -- as he misses open receiver Josh Boyce on a would-be touchdown.