Here’s a look at how various ex-Patriots performed in Week 2:
Malcolm Butler, Tennessee Titans
The 28-year-old cornerback played every defensive snap for the Titans in the team’s 20-17 win over the Texans. Tennessee contained Houston’s offense, though Mike Vrabel’s defense still allowed 437 totals yards, including 310 through the air.
Butler performed relatively well with the notable exception of yielding a fourth-quarter touchdown to Will Fuller.
LeGarrette Blount, Detroit Lions
The running back was frustrated toward the end of a game against San Francisco. After 49ers linebacker Elijah Lee made a legal hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, Blount — standing on the sideline — took exception to the play.
Blount pushed Lee over and was ejected from the game. The 31-year-old finished with 38 yards rushing and one catch for a loss of 3 yards as the Lions lost, 30-27.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers
On the winning side of the Detroit-San Francisco contest was former Tom Brady backup Jimmy Garoppolo. It was the 49ers’ first victory of the 2018 season.
Having struggled a week ago against a talented Vikings’ defense, the San Francisco offense looked better in Week 2. Despite enduring six sacks, Garoppolo threw for two touchdowns and helped the 49ers stay a step ahead of Patricia’s Lions.
A would-be Lions interception was called back because of a defensive hold by Quandre Diggs. That said, Garoppolo made a quality saving tackle on the return of the interception-that-wasn’t.
Mike Vrabel: The former Patriots linebacker recorded the first win of his NFL head coaching career.
Logan Ryan: Butler isn’t the only former Patriots cornerback playing for the Titans. Ryan recorded a sack in the win over the Texans.
Jordan Richards: Traded to the Falcons in late August, Richards was thrown into the Atlanta lineup due to injuries. He played on 79 percent of the defensive snaps and 54 percent of special teams plays, recording three tackles in the Falcons’ 31-24 win over the Panthers.
A.J. Derby: The Patriots’ 2015 6th-round pick is now with the Dolphins. And in the second quarter of Miami’s win over the Jets, Derby caught a touchdown pass from Ryan Tannehill.