Ups and downs for the Patriots

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. -- At an initial glance, a look at which players are "up" and which players are at the opposite end of the spectrum in the New England Patriots' season-opening loss to the Dolphins:


Jamie Collins -- Linebacker forced a fumble and had competitive coverage in the end zone when the Patriots needed a fourth-quarter stop.

Julian Edelman -- Receiver had a nice start to build off his career year in 2013, as he had six catches in the first half and remains Tom Brady's top target.

Logan Ryan -- Defensive back delivered a big hit in the second quarter that led to a fumble recovered by the Patriots.

Shane Vereen -- The four-year veteran played the majority of the snaps at running back in the game and proved to be effective in the red zone.


Danny Amendola -- Slot receiver was hardly heard from in the game.

Michael Hoomanawanui -- Tight end is given the tough assignment of blocking Cameron Wake and couldn't create enough of an impediment to prevent a third-quarter strip-sack, and later was called for holding on a Stevan Ridley run.

Chandler Jones -- Quiet day for the right defensive end in the pass-rush department and he was penalized twice for hits on quarterback Ryan Tannehill in the second half.

Brandon LaFell -- Receiver was penalized for offside on kickoff coverage early in the third quarter and then pass interference in the fourth quarter.

Offensive line -- While things started on a positive note, the revamped unit of left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Marcus Cannon, center Dan Connolly, right guard Jordan Devey and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer -- with center Ryan Wendell rotating in at times in place of Devey (kicking Connolly to right guard) -- couldn't hold up in the second half.

Punt team -- Early blocked punt and a low snap from Danny Aiken contributed to the Patriots getting off to a slow start.

Run defense -- Too many holes up the middle, where the Patriots were supposed to be more stout with the return of Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo.