FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rookie working relief Rhamondre Stevenson had two touchdown runs, including a 91-yard accumulate with reliable over a minute to play to assist the Unusual England Patriots beat Washington 22-13 to open the exhibition season for every groups Thursday night.
Quinn Nordin had three field targets for the Patriots, including a 50-yarder. Joejuan Williams had the play of the night for the Unusual England’s protection, selecting off Steven Montez early within the fourth quarter to field up Stevenson’s first TD. Stevenson carried out with 10 carries for 127 yards.
“Basically I believed we made some development, nonetheless we’ve quiet got a prolonged manner to head,” Patriots coach Invoice Belichick said.
Unusual England led 15-7 within the fourth quarter earlier than Montez took Washington on a 15-play, 92-yard force he capped with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Lamar Miller with 1: 25 left.
Montez seemed to total a 2-level conversion pass to Antonio Gandy-Golden. But a booth assessment overturned the name. Stevenson then got free down the sideline on the third play of Unusual England’s ensuing sequence to assign away the sport.
All eyes get been on the quarterback spot for Unusual England, with Cam Newton getting into coaching camp having a gaze to rebound from a disappointing 2020 campaign and cement his speak as the starter after the Patriots extinct a major-round draft earn on Mac Jones.
Belichick has said Newton is his starter. But it with out a doubt was Jones who had the better preseason debut. The rookie carried out 13 of 19 passes for 87 yards in 5 sequence, spreading the ball around with self assurance after he took over for Newton leisurely within the first quarter.
Newton, who shared a field with Washington coach Ron Rivera for the first time since they get been together in Carolina from 2011-2019, performed the outlet two sequence and carried out 4 of 7 for 49 yards.
“(Jones) got right here to me and we talked it out about reliable his expectations,” Newton said. “He needs to be so good and I stare his preparation is frequently pristine and that’s what I love about him. … For him and as of late’s performance he’s reliable going to assist recuperating. And we’re gonna be right here for every other along this whole task and that’s what we’re right here for.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick had a temporary night in his debut for Washington, taking half in reliable two sequence earlier than Rivera went to Taylor Heinicke. Fitzpatrick made the most of his minute work, going 5 of 8 for 58 yards. It included a 22-yard pass to Terry McLaurin on the 2d play of the sport and a 24-yarder to Logan Thomas for the length of Washington’s 2d sequence.
Heinicke was 9 of 15 for 86 yards. Peyton Barber had a 1-yard touchdown bustle within the 2d quarter.
Consequence aside, Rivera was pleased with his team’s first day out of the season.
“I love what we got from our first offensive line. It looks as if Logan is selecting up the assign he left off,” Rivera said. “The working game seemed to click pretty a lot. There get been pretty a couple of issues we’re gonna be feeling honest appropriate about.”
Newton has been the most consistent quarterback in Patriots camp so some distance nonetheless looked indecisive at times as Washington’s protection utilized stress.
He started shaky, going three-and out after misfiring on his first two throws. It included one pass battled away by defensive discontinue Chase Younger after he blew past left fashion out Isaiah Wynn and hit Newton from dead as he released the ball.
After Dustin Hopkins missed a 40-yard field aim, Newton got Unusual England transferring. Given rather more time to operate within the pocket he linked up with Jakobi Meyers on an 11-yarder, found Jonnu Smith on a crossing route for 16 yards, and James White for 17 yards along the sideline.
But the force stalled after a maintaining name on Smith and the Patriots settled for a 35-yard field aim by Nordin. The 2020 starter, Carve Folks, sat out the week of recount for undisclosed reasons.
Jones took over on the Patriots’ third sequence, getting a giant ovation as he trotted onto the sector. He got right here out firing, throwing passes on three of the first four performs. Jones carried out a pleasant 7-yard pass to Kristian Wilkerson on third-and 5, followed by a 13-yard pass to Kendrick Bourne.
Two fast runs by Sony Michel later, Jones lofted a ball into the discontinue zone perfectly over the shoulder of Wilkerson. But Wilkerson couldn’t haul in what would get been a 34-yard touchdown.
The force ended with Nordin’s 50-yard field aim.
Patriots CB Myles Bryant left within the fourth quarter after being shaken up, nonetheless was ready to race off the sector.
Washington hosts the Bengals on Aug. 20.
The Patriots discuss over with the Eagles on Aug. 19.
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