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Lastly, I just have to mention the devastating jawlines on display between Tom Brady, Danny Amendola, Tebow, and Matt Barkley. It was almost too much for one field. So, you ask. What does this all mean? Probably nothing! It’s preseason! After the first quarter, it’s just an excuse to sit back and bask in the return of America’s obsession.  That is, unless you enjoy the harrowing drama of watching men bite, scratch, and claw for the last three roster spots on any given team. And let’s face it, we all LOVE that. It’s why we watch Hard Knocks every year, without fail, and it’s why NFL preseason games garner higher ratings than playoff games in other sports.  So here are six knee-jerk reactions from last night’s game. 1) The Patriots are now a grind-it-out team The Pats opened up their first offensive drive with six runs, resulting in a touchdown before Tom Brady could throw a pass. After that, they continued to pound the ball on the Philadelphia defense 31 times for 247 yards. LeGarrette Blount led the attack, racking up 101 yards on just 11 carries that included a zig-zagging 51-yard rumble for a score.  The likes of Stevan Ridley, Tim Tebow, Brandon Bolden, and Shane Vereen shouldered the rest of the load, giving the Patriots a startling eight yards per carry.  The question now is whether the Patriots running backs can repeat Friday’s performance against first-team defenses, but with Tom Brady fresh off his 36th birthday, a change in identity could be just what the doctor ordered. 2) Fletcher Cox is kind of good. Friday night didn’t feature the top defensive units for either squad for very long, but that didn’t stop second-year pro Fletcher Cox from standing out. The problem is that it wasn’t always positive, so while Cox flashed some brilliance early, Patriots left tackle, Nate Solder, also flattened him on Stevan Ridley’s 63-yard gash. So welcome to the Fletcher Cox 2013 Roller Coaster. One play he’ll be an All-Pro, and the next he’ll be headed to the practice squad. Knee jerk. 3) Ryan Mallett is dead Before anyone gets too crazy, I’m just kidding. However, he did sustain a head injury late in the second quarter, and didn’t return to the playing field. Now it doesn’t mean much, but the fact that he only completed 50% of his passes might. If Tim Tebow continues to develop in camp, Mallett could be in trouble. 4) It’s Mike Vick’s job to lose The only thing that happened to convince me of this fact is the aforementioned 47-yard bomb he completed for the Eagles’ second possession. The play left Bill Belichick saying “sometimes you’ve just to give credit to the offense.” I’m pretty sure that he wasn’t saying that about Nick Foles. 5) You should pick up all of the rookie Patriots wide receivers as sleepers in your fantasy league. Tom Brady only threw eight passes, but four of those were completions to 25-year-old Cincinnati undrafted free agent Kenbrell Thompkins. Add that to the fact that Aaron Dobson is being compared to Randy Moss, and it’s hard not to get excited about the future of the Patriots’ revamped receiving core. Take a chance on these guys in the late rounds. Or don’t. More for me. 6) The Eagles defense is going to be bottom-five Again, the Eagles’ first team was only on the field for a little while, but in that time they were completely frisked by New England. Philadelphia won’t be playing Tom Brady every week, but early returns show little improvement from the team that gave up over 450 yards of offense a game last season. -Fenton

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