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 and New England Patriots are few and far between heading into Sunday night’s matchup at Gillette Stadium.No former Patriots will be on the field for the Packers David Andrews Jersey , aside from Patrick Graham, now on the sideline as the defensive run-game coordinator and inside linebackers coach for Green Bay. Just one former Packer, meanwhile, will be on the field for New England.That’d be Lawrence Guy.And unlike Graham, he’ll be wearing pads and a helmet as the 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff gets underway.The last of 10 picks made by Green Bay’s war room in 2011, Guy heard his name called in the seventh round at No. 233 overall. Offensive tackle Derrick Sherrod, wide receiver Randall Cobb, running back Alex Green, cornerback Davon House, tight end D.J. Williams, guard Caleb Schlauderaff, linebackers D.J. Smith and Ricky Elmore, as well as tight end Ryan Taylor all had theirs called by then.But of whom, only Cobb, a second-rounder and eventual Pro Bowler, has gone on to appear in more NFL games than Guy since then.Five other members of the class appeared in fewer than 30 during their careers. Seven in all were off NFL rosters by 2015.That appeared to be the trajectory Guy was heading on.He never played beyond the preseason for the team that drafted him.The 6-foot-4, 315-pound defensive tackle out of Arizona State landed on injured reserve after suffering a concussion in August of his rookie year. He later joined the Indianapolis Colts’ 53-man roster after spending the first month of the 2012 regular season on the Packers’ practice squad.And that’d be it for Guy’s stay in Green Bay. It spanned 537 days.Guy proceeded to the Colts for his first 11 games since entering the league, recording 22 tackles, one sack and one batted pass in the process. He found himself claimed off waivers by the then-San Diego Chargers in 2013 and then by the Baltimore Ravens in 2014, where a rotational role and job security were earned and maintained.That has carried over in Foxborough for Guy, who said on his introductory Patriots conference call that he’d “played down the whole line” and “been around the league a couple of times.”He will now revisit his first NFL team as a member of his fifth.Arriving in New England on a four-year deal worth up to $20 million March 2017, Guy started a career-high 15 games during the first leg of it. He set a new best with 58 tackles and added one sack while logging 582 snaps – eighth-most on the defense and second-most on the line behind Trey Flowers. A $500 Elandon Roberts Jersey ,000 bonus followed.Guy has been in for 51 percent of the downs thus far into 2018.The 28-year-old has started all eight games for the Patriots on a depth chart also featuring Danny Shelton, Malcom Brown and Adam Butler. He ranks eighth on the unit in combined tackles, trailing only linebackers, defensive backs and the aforementioned Flowers.And as for Pro Football Focus’ leaguewide grades for interior defenders, Guy currently holds the seventh spot.“I think Lawrence has done a really good job for us in a lot of ways on and off the field,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during a late-September press conference. “Run, pass, technique, communication. Yeah, he’s been a really valuable player for us.“He’s a hard guy to block and he’s big. He uses his hands well. Again, he’s an instinctive player. He recognizes blocking schemes and play action and things like that. Yeah, he’s done a good job. He works hard and he’s gotten a lot better.”Sunday night will mark the first time that Guy, who has been active for games against 30 of the 32 teams, gets a chance to show those improvements versus Green Bay. Sam Darnold showed he could recover from a careless mistake — a promising trait for any rookie quarterback.What the New York Jets displayed on defense and special teams may have been even more encouraging for Darnold and his teammates.Darnold threw an interception on the very first snap of his NFL career — and it was run back for a Detroit touchdown — but New York's quarterback shouldn't sweat that too much after the Jets stormed back and routed the Lions 48-17 on Monday night. Darnold threw for 198 yards and two touchdowns, and the Jets also scored on defense and special teams."We're going to play better every game, that's our goal," wide receiver Quincy Enunwa said. "Obviously you can't always make it happen, that's going to be what we're striving for. All three phases being successful, scoring on all three phases. When you can do that, you can be a pretty good team."Darnold earned the starting job after the Jets drafted him third overall in this year's draft. His performance alone was cause for excitement Monday, but on this night, New York seemed to have a pretty solid cast around him as well. The Jets intercepted Matthew Stafford four times in a dismal debut for new Lions coach Matt Patricia."Give the Jets credit. They obviously are the ones that played well tonight Shaq Mason Jersey ," Patricia said. "We have to do better, I have to coach better and we have to play better."New York scored 31 unanswered points in the final 9:36 of the third quarter after the Lions had tied it at 17. Darron Lee returned an interception for a touchdown, and Andre Roberts scored on a 78-yard punt return 67 seconds later.What we learned from New York's resounding win:REBOUNDDarnold's start to this game was pretty much the worst-case scenario. On the first play from scrimmage, his ill-advised throw sailed toward the left sideline and was picked off by Quandre Diggs, who returned it 37 yards for a 7-0 lead. That was Darnold's only major error, however. He not only showed he could play well in prime time on the road, he also showed he could handle adversity.The 21-year-old Darnold was the youngest quarterback to start a season opener since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He was also the first quarterback to win his first start by 31 or more points since Tom Brady in 2001, per ESPN Stats & Info.STUCK IN NEUTRALThe Lions were unimpressive in the preseason, but it's always tough to tell how much that really matters. This opener confirmed this team has issues. It was the most lopsided loss for Detroit in an opener since a 45-0 shellacking at Washington in 1991. (Of course, the Lions ended up making the NFC title game that season).Detroit had scored at least 25 points in seven straight season openers, an NFL record. That streak is now over.Perhaps most distressing, the Jets said they had a read on Stafford's signals."We were calling out their plays as he was getting up to the line," Lee said.NO BALANCEDetroit did a lot to try to shore up the running game this offseason, drafting Kerryon Johnson and adding LeGarrette Blount. It was enough of an overhaul that Ameer Abdullah was inactive for the opener.The Lions ended up with 39 yards on 15 carries. Blount ran four times for minus-3 yards. Not a good sign."I know it sounds crazy, but we're a lot better football team than we showed," tackle Taylor Decker said. "I think we all know that and we're all secure and comfortable with that. We'll get better moving forward."X-FACTOR?Maybe it was just poor coverage by Detroit, but Roberts also had a 43-yard punt return in the first quarter in addition to his touchdown.EXPECTATIONSOne victory doesn't make the Jets a Super Bowl team, but the lopsided nature of this one is hard to ignore, and now New York has winnable games the next two weeks against Miami and at Cleveland.Detroit is at San Francisco next weekend.

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