Undrafted rookie WR Jakobi Myers and rookie QB Jarrett Stidham were among the standouts as the New England Patriots started the preseason schedule with a 31-3 pasting of the Detroit Lions.

Myers, the NC State rookie caught touchdown passes from Brian Hoyer and Stidham. He caught six passes for 69 yards in total.

Other Patriots highlights in include...

> Stidham finished 14-for-24, 179 yards and the TD

> Veteran QB Brian Hoyer played the first quarter and was sharp. 12-for-14, 147 yards and 2 TDs

> First round draft pick N'Keal Harry caught two passes early in the game and then left with an injury

> Rookie RB Nick Brossette carried the ball 22 times for 66 yards and a TD

> DE Derek Rivers, who was born in Augusta, had two sacks and was credited with three tackles. He was a third round draft pick a year ago but suffered a season ending injury in the preseason

> The Pats defense allowed just 93 yards all night

NOTE: Game two of the preseason for the Patriots is next Saturday, August 17th at the Tennessee Titans.