Patriots preseason: Thuney, Mitchell lead top five rookies so far

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New England Patriots preseason is entering the second week of exhibition games. Put off your Monday morning workload by looking at the five best rookies since Patriots preseason began in late July.

First, let’s take a look at the honorable mentions from Patriots preseason so far.

Kamu Grugier-Hill: Jimmy Garoppolo’s old teammate at Eastern Illinois has flashed promise with that 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame. KGH stands a very good chance to make the final roster as a core special teamer by the end of Patriots preseason.

Elandon Roberts: The other linebacker the Patriots selected in the 2016 NFL Draft, Roberts saw his chances of lasting through Patriots preseason increase after Rob Ninkovich’s injury. Although he’s undersized, Roberts is a workhorse of a linebacker, as evidenced by his FBS-leading 88 solo tackles last season at Houston.

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Ted Karras: Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald noted that Karras and fellow draft pick Joe Thuney (more on him in a few minutes) have brought a much-needed attitude of toughness to the team. Karras has a shot at the final roster, and he will almost certainly be retained on the practice squad.

Jacoby Brissett: While Brissett hasn’t exactly started a quarterback controversy during Patriots preseason, you can just tell that this guy is going to blossom into something. He moves well in the pocket and has a rocket arm that is surprisingly accurate.

Alright, now let’s elaborate on the top five rookies of Patriots preseason so far:

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