Highest graded Patriots from Week 1 of NFL preseason

It's hard to imagine a better start to the preseason than what the Patriots experienced in their first matchup with the Lions Thursday night. A 31-3 victory, no major injuries as of yet, and plenty of experience to develop potential future building blocks. 

As you can imagine, a game like that produces some high grades from places like Pro Football Focus. Here's a look at their highest graded offensive players for the Patriots in Week 1 of preseason.

1. BRIAN HOYER: 88.3

Hoyer had a very efficient performance against the Lions. He wasn't in for long, but he completed 12 of his 14 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. A good sign for the Pats quarterback depth going into Tom Brady's age-42 season.


Stidham impressed in his first game at the professional level, completing 14-of-24 throws for 179 yards and one touchdown. Phil Perry goes deeper into Stidham's performance against the Lions here


Bolden was featured heavily early on in this game, finishing with 12 carries for 41 yards and two receptions for 19 yards. Bolden has mostly been utilized as a special-teamer in his Patriots career, but maybe he's in line for more of a role on offense. 


Inman only caught two passes for 23 yards, but he must have done something right to earn a higher grade than Maurice Harris and Jakobi Meyers. 


LaCosse exited the game with an injury, but not before he caught two balls for 37 yards. He must've been solid in the run game to earn a grade this high, which is a good sign for a Patriots team trying to replace an elite blocking tight end in Rob Gronkowski. 

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Highest graded Patriots from Week 1 of NFL preseason originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston