Ups and downs for the Patriots

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- At an initial glance, without the benefit of film review, at which Patriots players were "up" and which were "down" in the team's game against the Jets:


Danny Amendola -- The wide receiver made his biggest impact of the season in a new role as the primary kickoff returner while also drawing a questionable defensive pass interference penalty to help set up a field goal at the end of the second quarter before fielding an onside kick and making a remarkable touchdown catch.

Chris Jones -- Defensive tackle blocks the final 58-yard field goal attempt at the final gun to preserve the victory.

Don Jones -- Safety showed up on coverage units.

Shane Vereen -- Running back delivered with a diving 49-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game and was a workhorse.

Casey Walker -- First-year defensive tackle registered his first sack, coming in the third quarter.


Brandon Browner -- He was penalized twice in his Patriots debut, although the second defensive holding call looked questionable.

Marcus Cannon -- Coming on as part of a rotation at left tackle late in the third quarter, he gave up a backside pressure as Tom Brady got crunched.

Julian Edelman -- Receiver has a rare drop early in the fourth quarter after he broken free on second down, then followed it up with another on the next drive.

Run defense -- The defensive ends/outside linebackers appeared to lose containment multiple times as runs got the outside, specifically with quarterback Geno Smith, and the Patriots seemed to struggle getting off blocks for most of the night.

Kickoff coverage -- Walter Powell raced 62 yards on a second-quarter kickoff return, as the coverage unit of Kyle Arrington, Brandon Bolden, Deontae Skinner, Chris White, Don Jones, Matthew Slater, Ja'Gared Davis, Logan Ryan, Tavon Wilson, Devin McCourty and Stephen Gostkowski was beaten on the play.