How former Patriots performed around the NFL this week

Dion Lewis had a bright start in Tennessee, while Malcolm Butler was up and down.

Dion Lewis of the Titans against Kiko Alonso of the Dolphins.
Dion Lewis stiff-arms Kiko Alonso during the Titans-Dolphins game on Sunday. –AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

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The Patriots got off to a winning start in the 2018 season on Sunday. Meanwhile, former Patriots across the league got their own seasons underway.

Here’s a look at how various ex-Patriots played.

Dion Lewis, Tennessee Titans

The coaching debut of another former Patriot, Mike Vrabel, also saw 2017 New England running back Dion Lewis begin anew with the Titans. In a bizarre game which set a record for length due to multiple lightning delays, the Dolphins came away with a 27-20 win.

Lewis totaled 110 yards rushing and receiving, also notching a touchdown. He highlighted the day with an impressive run, displaying both agility and strength.


Malcolm Butler, Tennessee Titans

Another player to leave the Patriots for the Titans was cornerback Malcolm Butler. Benched by Bill Belichick during the Super Bowl, Butler started for Vrabel. In the third quarter, he made a big play with a goal line interception.

Yet in the fourth quarter, Dolphins receiver Kenny Stills got the better of Butler, and burned him for a 75-yard touchdown.

Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers

Tom Brady’s former backup began his first full season as a starting quarterback in difficult circumstances. Without his starting running back and (quickly) minus the services of a top receiver, Garoppolo was tasked with winning on the road against the Minnesota Vikings.

Equipped with what experts presume will be one of the league’s best defenses, the Vikings forced Garoppolo into a series of mistakes. He finished 15 of 33 for 261 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions, suffering the first loss of his career (24-16).

Garoppolo’s lone highlight of the day came on a nice scramble and throw to find Dante Pettis for a touchdown.

Other notables

Danny Amendola: Caught four passes for 26 yards on six targets in the Dolphins’ win over the Titans.

Corey Bojorquez: Cut by the Patriots at the end of preseason, Bojorquez got the start with the Bills. He received ample opportunity as Buffalo’s offense struggled, making eight punts (averaging 49.6 yards per punt). However, amid the rainy conditions, Bojorquez fumbled the snap on one attempted punt on the first possession of the second half, resulting in a turnover on downs.


Chandler Jones: One of the few bright spots for the Cardinals in Arizona’s 24-6 loss to Washington, Jones got on the stat sheet by recording a sack.

Chris Long: Recorded 1.5 sacks and four quarterback hits in the Eagles’ 18-12 win over the Falcons.

Nate Solder: Played every offensive snap for the Giants in a 20-15 loss to the Jaguars.