By Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots fell to 1-1 on Sunday night, but they showed some real progress on the offensive side of the ball.READ MORE: Hurricanes Roll Past Bruins 7-1
With Cam Newton playing just his second game with New England, the quarterback helped two of his top targets reached heights they had never reached before.
With a game-high 179 receiving yards, Julian Edelman recorded a new career high for a single game. Considering it was Edelman’s 152nd career game — regular season and postseason combined, in a career that includes a Super Bowl MVP performance — that’s no small feat.
Newton also showed a lot of trust in second-year wide receiver N’Keal Harry, who had the best game of his young career with eight receptions for 72 yards. Harry’s previous single-game highs were five receptions and 39 yards, which he sat last week in the season debut.READ MORE: Boston Police Subdue Knife-Wielding Man With Bean Bag Round On Mass Ave.
Edelman’s career is well-established at this point, while Harry’s is very much still getting off the ground. The veteran was impressed with the toughness displayed by Harry, who notably held on to a pass over the middle while absorbing a shot to the head on a play that led to Quandre Diggs getting ejected.
“He definitely showed a lot of toughness,” Edelman said of Harry. “He made a lot of plays out there and we are going to need that from him. He showed that he can go out and make plays consistently. Tough plays, hard plays — took some bang-bang shots. I am so proud of him for going out and playing like that. We’ve all wanted him to come out and play and he’s been getting better and better each week. That was a great performance on him. I don’t know what the future will tell. If he keeps on working, I think he’s going to be a really good football player, just got to keep on working. He’s grown up a lot this year, I feel, becoming a professional, owning, getting his work in, playing multiple positions. He’s doing well in the run game, doing well in the pass game. I am very proud of him and the way he played.”
As for Edelman, it was rather incredible that despite his historic relationship with Tom Brady, he set a new career high in receiving yards in just his second game with Newton.
The quarterback was asked after the 35-30 loss what it was that made him keep going back to Edelman.MORE NEWS: Omicron Peak Behind Us: Mass. COVID Cases On Steep Downward Trend
“It’s Julez,” Newton said. “That’s why.”