Butler, Tyms look good in Pats preseason debut

Butler, Tyms look good in Pats preseason debut
August 8, 2014, 1:30 am
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Tom E. Curran and Mike Giardi were on the scene in Maryland and have their takes on which players showed up, and which ones didn't.

For Curran, it was Brian Tyms, who was easily the team's best wide receiver on Thursday night, connecting with Jimmy Garoppolo on a couple big catches.

Another player who got high marks from Giardi and Curran was Malcolm Butler.

"Played very well in practice and then he brought it to the game and he was out there early on," Curran said. "He had two pass breakups on the first two drives. He had terrific coverage on a Colt McCoy pass that got squeezed in, so I like the way he showed out too."

So who didn't show the right stuff? Curran points to the fact that Ryan Wendell got some late action, which isn't a good sign for his current status on the depth chart.

"Wendell was out there late in the game," Curran said. "He's the incumbent starter at center. Didn't get in until late in the game. That can't be a good sign. I'm sure the Patriots will probably work him i with other people as well, but to have the incumbent in there that late . . . Kyle Arrington too went in later than normal. Logan Ryan started in the slot."

Giardi says Justin Jones didn't step up Thursday night with a big opportunity to do so as the Pats are extremely thin at tight end this week. Logan Ryan didn't have a strong game either, according to Giardi and Curran.