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.
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.
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.