PatriotsFinal: Patriots earn 27-16 comeback in preseason opener

Live updates from the Patriots-Redskins preseason opener

Ralph Webb scores a Patriots touchdown in preseason.
Ralph Webb scores a Patriots touchdown in preseason against Washington. –AP Photo/Charles Krupa

The Patriots open the 2018 preseason by welcoming Washington to Gillette Stadium. It’s the first opportunity for fans to see the team play against an opponent, and undoubtedly provides a chance for rookies and young players to shine.

Follow the latest reports and updates from Gillette Stadium as the Patriots face the Redskins:

(Preseason) comeback complete (10:40 p.m.)

After falling behind 17-0 in the first half, the Patriots rallied to a 26-17 preseason win over Washington:

Starting off the preseason with a W.

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 10, 2018

A fumble, a stumble, but an eventual touchdown nonetheless (10:27 p.m.)

Geneo Grissom recovered a fumble and nearly ran it back for a touchdown, but was tackled at the one-yard line after Patriots defensive back Ryan Lewis failed to take note of the looming Washington tackler.

Go, Geneo, Go!

The scoop and (almost) score.

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 10, 2018


Ultimately, it was a moot point, as Webb scored his second touchdown of the night (and added a second two-point conversion) to give the Patriots a 26-17 lead late in the fourth quarter.

The Danny Etling era has begun (10:14 p.m.)

Patriots seventh round pick Danny Etling, a quarterback from LSU, has entered the game:

Danny Etling in the game! 7:41 left to go 4Q

— Ben Volin (@BenVolin) August 10, 2018

Rookie running back spearheads the comeback (10:06 p.m.)

Going 90 yards in 16 plays (taking 8:05 off the clock), the Patriots took the lead on a touchdown and two-point conversion.

Undrafted running back Ralph Webb led the charge, rushing for 31 yards on the drive, including the eight-yard touchdown. He also caught the two-point conversion to give the Patriots an 18-17 lead in the fourth quarter:

“Patriots…aren’t playing for overtime.” @TurnUpWebb gives the #Patriots the lead.

— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 10, 2018

Patriots offense puts together an epic drive (9:35 p.m.)

After being held without a touchdown in the first half, the Patriots drove 84 yards on a remarkable 19 plays to cut the score to 17-10. Jeremy Hill scored on a one-yard run:

19 plays, 84 yards in 10:16. That’s one way to start the second half. #Patriots down 17-10 now.

— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) August 10, 2018

Bill Belichick was not happy with the first half (9:22 p.m.)

After going down 17-0 and finishing the first half with only a field goal, Bill Belichick was predictably unhappy with the Patriots’ early preseason performance in a short interview:

📹 CLASSIC Bill Belichick halftime interview with

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) August 10, 2018

Jordan Richards receiving medical attention after blindside block (9:02 p.m.)

After getting hit with a blindside block, safety Jordan Richards exited the game, heading to the medical tent:

With Jordan Richards in the medical tent, Eddie Pleasant is in at safety for the Patriots.

— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) August 10, 2018

Washington got downfield on a big play from Cam Sims

Allow @Silkysims17 to introduce himself.

— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 10, 2018

A Patriots rookie defensive back making a good impression (8:36 p.m.)

Though he’s battled injury issues, rookie cornerback Keion Crossen has impressed in training camp. In the preseason opener, Crossen made a pass breakup on a third down against Washington in the second quarter, drawing plaudits:

When Keion Crossen has been on the field during camp, he’s made plays. Has dealt with some minor stuff that’s limited him. Pass breakup there on third down a bright moment for the Patriots ‘D’ thus far.

— Phil Perry (@PhilAPerry) August 10, 2018


Here are a few things to know about Crossen, who the Patriots selected with the 243rd pick (in the seventh round) in the 2018 draft.

Patriots offense struggles in the first quarter (8:24 p.m.)

The Patriots played the first team defense for much of the first quarter, but there were a few noticeable absentees:

A little interesting we haven’t seen Duke Dawson or Jason McCourty on defense yet.

— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) August 10, 2018

And with Tom Brady enjoying a night off, the offense struggled to find an early gear:

Pats offense has totaled 20 yards on 11 plays.

— Kevin Duffy (@KevinRDuffy) August 10, 2018

Washington’s opening score from Byron Marshall:

6 plays.

50 yards.

Byron Marshall to the house.

— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 10, 2018

Brian Hoyer gets the start for the Patriots, with Julian Edelman in the lineup (7:44 p.m.)

Tom Brady will have the night off in the Patriots’ preseason opener, with backup Brian Hoyer taking the field for the team’s opening offensive series. Elsewhere, Julian Edelman gets to start after missing the entire 2017 season due to injury.

Patriots starting offense:

LT: Trent Brown

LG: Joe Thuney

C: David Andrews

RG: Shaq Mason

RT: LaAdrian Waddle

WR: Julian Edelman

WR: Phillip Dorsett

TE: Dwayne Allen

FB: James Develin

RB: Mike Gillislee

QB: Brian Hoyer

— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 9, 2018

Julian Edelman, back from an ACL injury, showed his trademark sprint out of the tunnel (7:29 p.m.)

Julian Edelman is hyped. Hasn’t done this spring since preseason last year.

— Henry McKenna (@McKennAnalysis) August 9, 2018

Tom Brady warmed up before the game throwing to newly signed receiver Eric Decker (7:15 p.m.)

📹 Tom Brady to @EricDecker87 in warmups#Patriots preseason opener on #WBZ at 7:30pm

— Joe Giza (@JoeGiza) August 9, 2018

Here’s a list of Patriots who are not on the field ahead of kickoff (6:59 p.m.)

Not seeing:

Matthew Slater

Sony Michel

Jonathan Jones

Rex Burkhead

Harvey Langi

Marcus Cannon

Brian Schwenke

Jason King

Kenny Britt

Trey Flowers

— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) August 9, 2018

Tom Brady reportedly getting added incentives to his contract, not likely to play in preseason opener (1:35 p.m.)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is reportedly getting $5 million in added performance-based incentives to his contract, according to an ESPN report.

And while Brady isn’t expected to play tonight, he is in the building:

Tom Brady arriving for tonight’s game looking socks-y.

— David Wade (@davidwade) August 9, 2018

Patriots rookies finally get real numbers (11 a.m.)

Having not given the rookies real jersey numbers through the entirety of offseason activities and the first few weeks of training camp, the Patriots finally have a normal looking roster. Here’s what number each rookie will wear in the preseason opener:

New (rookie) numbers, who dis?


— New England Patriots (@Patriots) August 9, 2018

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