For different New England Patriots, a bad preseason showing will lead to varying degrees of panic. No one will blink if Tom Brady sails a couple of errant throws, but for a fringe player battling for one of the final roster spots, a series of mistakes could spell doom.
As with any preseason game, the Patriots' 31-22 win over the Philadelphia Eagles comes with a small sample-size caveat. And with three preseason games to go, virtually every player with realistic roster prospects will have a few more opportunities to correct their flaws and prove they can aid New England's Super Bowl aspirations.
Nonetheless, it never hurts to create some positive momentum going into the games that count. Though these players hold disparate degrees of importance to the Patriots' success this season, they all share a common urgency to perform better this Friday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
*Unless otherwise cited, all stats courtesy Pro-Football-Reference.com.