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The Patriots used their first exhibition outing on Thursday night to evaluate the new faces on their roster with most of their starters watching from the sideline after being given the night off. After struggling to find productive contributors via the draft in recent years, the top two picks of the Patriots' 2022 rookie class seem poised to end that streak. Left guard Cole Strange and receiver Tyquan Thornton had solid debuts during New England’s 23-21 loss to the New York Giants, a positive sign for an offense that is still evolving after former offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels’ offseason departure.

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New England Patriots wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey, below, arrives in the end zone for a touchdown as New York Giants cornerback Zyon Gilbert (38) defends during the second half of a preseason NFL football game, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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New York Giants safety Trenton Thompson (39) brings down New England Patriots wide receiver Lil'Jordan Humphrey (83) during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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New England Patriots wide receiver Tre Nixon (82) makes a catch as New York Giants cornerback Zyon Gilbert (38) defends during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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New England Patriots wide receiver Tre Nixon (82) makes a catch as New York Giants cornerback Zyon Gilbert (38) defends during the second half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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New England Patriots wide receiver Tyquan Thornton (11) celebrates his touchdown, in front of New York Giants cornerback Aaron Robinson (33) during first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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New York Giants cornerback Aaron Robinson (33) brings down New England Patriots wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

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New England Patriots running back James White has announced his retirement after eight seasons. The 30-year-old White spent his entire career with the Patriots and won three Super Bowls. He's best remembered for scoring the game-winning touchdown in New England's historic comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl 51. White set Super Bowl records for points scored in a game with 20 and receptions with 14 as the Patriots rallied from a 28-3 deficit to win 34-28 in overtime on Feb. 5, 2017. It was the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. White was a reliable receiver out of the backfield. His 2021 season was cut short by a dislocated hip.

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FILE - New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, left, running back James White, center, and defensive back Eric Rowe (25) laugh with a Super Bowl trophy during a rally Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017, in Boston, to celebrate Sunday's 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. James White said Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, he is retiring from the NFL. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

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FILE - New England Patriots' James White celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game against the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017, in Houston. White, who set Super Bowl records and scored the game-winning touchdown in the New England Patriots’ historic comeback win over Atlanta in Super Bowl 51, said Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, he is retiring from the NFL. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)