By Michael Hurley, CBS dangolka
dangolka (CBS) — The Patriots fell to 1-1 on Sunday night time, however they confirmed some actual progress on the offensive aspect of the ball.
With Cam Newton enjoying simply his second sport with New England, the quarterback helped two of his high targets reached heights that they had by no means reached earlier than.
With a game-high 179 receiving yards, Julian Edelman recorded a brand new profession excessive for a single sport. Contemplating it was Edelman’s 152nd profession sport — common season and postseason mixed, in a profession that features a Tremendous Bowl MVP efficiency — that’s no small feat.
Newton additionally confirmed a number of belief in second-year broad receiver N’Keal Harry, who had one of the best sport of his younger profession with eight receptions for 72 yards. Harry’s earlier single-game highs had been 5 receptions and 39 yards, which he sat final week within the season debut.
Edelman’s profession is well-established at this level, whereas Harry’s may be very a lot nonetheless getting off the bottom. The veteran was impressed with the toughness displayed by Harry, who notably held on to a cross over the center whereas absorbing a shot to the top on a play that led to Quandre Diggs getting ejected.
“He undoubtedly confirmed a number of toughness,” Edelman mentioned of Harry. “He made a number of performs on the market and we’re going to want that from him. He confirmed that he can exit and make performs persistently. Powerful performs, arduous performs — took some bang-bang pictures. I’m so pleased with him for going out and enjoying like that. We’ve all needed him to come back out and play and he’s been getting higher and higher every week. That was an amazing efficiency on him. I don’t know what the longer term will inform. If he retains on working, I believe he’s going to be a very good soccer participant, simply received to maintain on working. He’s grown up quite a bit this 12 months, I really feel, turning into an expert, proudly owning, getting his work in, enjoying a number of positions. He’s doing effectively within the run sport, doing effectively within the cross sport. I’m very pleased with him and the best way he performed.”
As for Edelman, it was moderately unimaginable that regardless of his historic relationship with Tom Brady, he set a brand new profession excessive in receiving yards in simply his second sport with Newton.
The quarterback was requested after the 35-30 loss what it was that made him maintain going again to Edelman.
“It’s Julez,” Newton mentioned. “That’s why.”