Patriots start preseason against Houston Texans, losing 20-9, with strong defense.
Bailey Zappe played first half, struggled with offensive line, limited yardage.
Preseason experiences of young players like Gonzalez and White provide optimism for the team.
Patriots defense dominated, starting with interception by Jalen Mills on Houston's first possession.
2022 non-complementary play resulted in turnovers, losing yards, and Nick Folk's 44-yard field goal.
Defense showed strong start, with Ekuale's sack and Jennings and White delivering quality pressures, allowing recovery by Munson.
Christian Gonzalez and Jack Jones demonstrate playmaking in first NFL action.
Tyquan Thornton made early offensive highlights with a 27-yard catch from Bailey Zappe, showcasing chemistry with Zappe and a four-yard catch.
Bailey Zappe led a makeshift offensive line, resulting in 65 net yards and two first downs, reminiscent of last year's struggles.
Zappe faced pressure and was sacked twice in the first half. Some starting linemen may start in the regular season, with McDermott playing limited snaps.
Patriots defense struggles to contain rookie receiver Dell, leading to a 7-3 lead in the first half, highlighting situational breakdown.
Houston took control, Zappe's second half offense showed life, but the Patriots struggled, with Cunningham leading the team.
Patriots practice against Packers, Titans, improving offense, defense.