Ups and downs for the Patriots

LANDOVER, Md. -- At an initial glance, a look at who's up and who's down for the New England Patriots in their preseason opener against the Washington Redskins:


Ryan Allen -- One of team's best plays of the night came on an Allen punt downed at the 1-yard line in the second quarter.

Malcolm Butler -- Undrafted cornerback from West Alabama is competitive in coverage in the end zone and down the field, showing good ball skills.

Jimmy Garoppolo -- Rookie quarterback comes on in the second half and shows poise to keep plays alive and nice touch on the deep ball.

Brian Tyms -- Second-year receiver plays with great effort and makes plays down the field, connecting with Garoppolo. Might have been robbed of an impressive touchdown catch.


Steve Beauharnais -- Second -year linebacker struggles to tackle at times, and seems a step slow on some plays.

Roy Finch -- Undrafted running back has the ball ripped away from him on a kickoff return and muffs a punt return, as he's too careless from a ball-security standpoint.

Stephen Houston -- Undrafted rookie running back from Indiana loses a fumble in the fourth quarter, which makes an uphill climb for a roster spot that much steeper.

Logan Ryan -- Playing inside and outside, it's a tough night for the second-year cornerback, who is in coverage on a touchdown (slant route) and later beaten on a deep pass up the left sideline.

Nate Solder -- A holding penalty negates a third-down conversion on the first drive, and then he can't hold a block in giving up a sack as Ryan Mallett steps up in the pocket.