3 up, 3 down: Winners and losers from the Patriots’ past week

James White against Jalen Ramsey.
James White faces Jalen Ramsey in the Patriots-Jaguars matchup in Week 2. –AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack

Coming off a Week 1 win over the Texans, the Patriots headed to Jacksonville for a tougher test against the Jaguars. Obviously, things didn’t go as planned for Bill Belichick’s team.

Tom Brady, though he managed well under a difficult Jaguars pass rush, was unable to lead a comeback, and the Patriots lost, 31-20.

Here’s a look at those who saw their stock rise, and a few who saw it fall.

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Kyle Van Noy: The Patriots linebacker tied for the team lead in tackles against the Jaguars, and also made an interception. Only Devin McCourty and Stephon Gilmore played more snaps.

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James White: Though there’s been a lack of stability both at receiver and running back for the Patriots due to injuries and underachievement, White has been a pillar of stability. In two games, he’s caught a touchdown and been Brady’s most sought-after target.

Chris Hogan: Whatever the role Josh Gordon may-or-may-not play in New England, Hogan is likely to remain a go-to for Brady. Of his three catches against the Jaguars, two were for touchdowns. The lack of depth at receiver probably means that even the eventual return of Julian Edelman will still leave Hogan with an important role.

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Rob Gronkowski: After the buildup to the game following Jalen Ramsey’s comments, the matchup proved anticlimactic. While Ramsey did cover Gronkowski on certain plays, the Jaguars neutralized the Patriots tight end mostly by double-covering him, especially – as Tom Brady noted – on third down. Gronkowski finished with just two catches for 15 yards.

Corey Coleman: Before the former first-round pick could even get settled in New England after being signed a week before, he was cut. This was merely a continuation of an ongoing theme: the carousel of receivers the Patriots have signed and released since the offseason.

The Patriots’ secondary: With the notable exception of Gilmore, the Patriots secondary struggled against the Jaguars. Blake Bortles threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns, including a calamitous breakdown in coverage on Dede Westbrook’s 61-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

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