Beating a team 31-3 involves some strong play on both sides of the ball, which is exactly what the New England Patriots had in their first preseason game against the Detroit Lions.
PFF released their top 5 grades players on each side of the ball for New England following the preseason opening drubbing of Detroit.
Let's take a look at the grades:
1. Christian Sam (LB) - 81.1
2. Chase Winovich (EDGE) - 74.4
3. Derek Rivers (EDGE) - 73.4
4. JC Jackson (CB) - 71.0
5. Calvin Munson (LB) - 70.5
1. Brian Hoyer (QB) - 88.3
2. Jarrett Stidham (QB) - 84.4
3. Brandon Bolden (RB) - 83.9
4. Jakobi Meyers (WR) - 76.0
5. Cedrick Lang (OT) - 74.4
Having Hoyer, Stidham and Meyers as three of the highest-graded players on the offensive side of the ball is no surprise. The eye test proves that they were some of the more dominant players on the field Thursday night.
Seeing linebackers Christian Sam and Calvin Munson on the list is promising. As if the linebacker position wasn't strong enough with Dont'a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins, Ja'Whaun Bentley and Elandon Roberts, New England now has two additional players at the position who have provided some value for them in the preseason.
It's hard to believe both Sam and Munson will make the 53 man roster. It wouldn't be surprising if one of them was used as a trade piece if they continued to play strong in August.