Last week, it was Nelson Agholor who had a breakout performance for the New England Patriots. This week, it was DeVante Parker. After recording just one reception through his first two games in New England, Parker had five receptions for 156 yards in Sunday’s 37-26 loss to the Ravens.
The Patriots fell to 1-2 on the season following a 37-26 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. While the loss puts New England in an early season hole, its biggest loss on Sunday came when quarterback Mac Jones went down with an apparent left leg injury.
The Patriots lost their home opener to the Ravens on Sunday, and they may have lost their quarterback for the foreseeable future. After throwing an interception that sealed Baltimore's win, Mac Jones limped to the sideline and was unable to put any weight on his left leg.
A team once the pinnacle of success over the past 20 years now finds itself in a world of uncertainty after disappointing back-to-back seasons. The New England Patriots have put their faith in 24-year-old quarterback Mac Jones, who came off a promising rookie season.
When the Patriots made the move to acquire DeVante Parker this offseason, the goal was likely to get an upgrade from N’Keal Harry and give Mac Jones someone a little more productive and reliable in the offense.
All the news on Mac Jones is positive entering Week 2. Jones suffered a back injury in his New England Patriots’ Week 1 loss to the Miami Dolphins. There were questions early in the week about whether he would be able to play in Week 2.
New England quarterback Mac Jones was on the field Wednesday as the Patriots reported perfect attendance at practice. Jones told reporters Monday that he did not expect a back issue to keep him out of Sunday's game at Pittsburgh.
The Steelers gave up the most rushing yards in the league last season (2,483). Without linebacker T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh's defensive front won't be at full force, so expect a high dose of the ground game Sunday from the Patriots.