Now that preseason games and ample training camp practices have provided a meaningful amount of tape to evaluate, our evaluations of players should become more precise. One-off flashes are no longer intriguing, as the increased sample size has allowed players to build a portfolio of impressive (or discouraging) play.
After resting most of their starters against Washington, the New England Patriots got an invaluable extended look at the middle class and back end of their roster. While statistical measures are still meaningless, the 60 minutes of game film provided an important extended look at individual development.
Most of the players on this list are not expected to contribute significantly to the 2014 Patriots, but that does not mean they are irrelevant. New England has never hesitated to lean on internal depth when attrition hits. By distinguishing themselves during preseason, certain fringe roster hopefuls can earn the coaching staff's trust in the fall, if needed.
With three more preseason games and joint practices with the Philadelphia Eagles this week, the evaluation process is far from finished. But entering the third week of camp, let's take a look at the players who have seen their stocks shift noticeably in recent days, for better or worse.