Right here’s the lone Patriot who made ESPN’s record of the top-100 NFL gamers

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Unsurprisingly, the group’s contribution to the record got here from New England’s protection.

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Matthew Judon through the Patriots-Texans preseason sport. AP Photograph/Greg M. Cooper

The Pink Sox misplaced to the Dodgers 7-4 on Sunday. Mookie Betts closed out his notable return to Fenway Park by smashing his thirty fifth dwelling run of the yr.

Boston is now 4.5 video games again of the Astros and Rangers for the ultimate American League wild-card spot.

Matthew Judon makes ESPN’s record: Whereas it’s removed from complete, ESPN’s newest rating — an inventory of the very best gamers within the NFL heading into the upcoming season — showcases a possible roster challenge for the Patriots.

A number of groups had a number of gamers named (the 49ers led the way in which with eight), however the Patriots had only one participant named.

Cross rusher Matthew Judon was New England’s sole consultant, coming in at 96th general.

“Judon is the group’s finest pass-rusher, and has additionally improved as an edge-setter in opposition to the run — a key for any exterior linebacker within the Patriots’ system,” wrote ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss. “The engine that makes the Patriots’ protection go, teammates additionally feed off his power.”

Because the record identified, Judon’s totals from 2022 have been traditionally spectacular. The 31-year-old tallied 15.5 sacks, probably the most since Andre Tippett’s legendary 1985 season (during which he recorded 16.5).

Just one group — the Cardinals — didn’t have a participant represented on the record, although the Patriots’ lack of presence past Judon is both indicative of an underrated roster, or a group that would face matchup issues in 2023.

Trivia: There are solely seven gamers in baseball historical past who’ve totaled no less than 3,000 profession hits and 500 profession dwelling runs. Are you able to identify them?

(Reply on the backside).

Trace: Their initials are: HA, MC, WM, EM, RP, AP, AR

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