Patriots Notebook: Undrafted rookie Myles Bryant continues to stand out in New England secondary

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Let’s be frank here.

You’re not going to find many positives following New England’s likely season-shuttering 24-3 defeat at the hands of the Rams on Thursday night.

Not on a night in which ... *cracks fingers*

  • A one-note offense orchestrated by Cam Newton mustered just 220 net yards.
  • Another listless performance from Newton (9-of-16, 119 yards, INT, 53.9 QBR) banished him to the bench in the fourth quarter.
  • Aaron Donald and the Rams’ defensive line laid siege to New England's big bodies up front — bringing down both Newton and Jarrett Stidham a combined six times. 
  • New England's run defense was gashed by the likes of *fixes glasses* — rookie Cam Akers, who racked up 171 yards off of 29 carries.
  • Jake Bailey was far and away the best player in a Patriots jersey (granted, that's been par for the course this season).
  • The Patriots' 17-season streak of posting 10+ victories was halted.
  • The fabled "Path" back to the playoffs was all but eroded.

No — whether it be the performance out on the field at SoFi Stadium or the consequences that will follow after Thursday's trouncing, there was little put forth that will lessen what is shaping up to be a bitter end for a spirited — but outclassed — 2020 Patriots roster.

But as far as 2021 and beyond is concerned, perhaps a  young — but intriguing — Patriots defense has another yet another contributor worth keeping tabs on, as undrafted cornerback Myles Bryant stood as perhaps the lone silver lining down in L.A.