Chris Hogan, 30, can still help the Pats.
If there is one positive to take from the second half it is that Chris Hogan and Tom Brady still have some chemistry. Hogan caught the Pats only two touchdown passes Sunday including the final score of the day - a 29-yard pass from Brady. Hogan, though, prefers to win over any individual accolades.
"That (referring to the two touchdowns) does not matter if we don't get the win," Hogan said
The Pats are treading water until Julian Edelman can return in the fifth game. The Pats need to find a reliable third option after Rob Gronkowski and Edelman. Cordarrelle Patterson once again showed himself to be more of a gadget player than a true receiver in the loss to Jacksonville. Either Hogan or Dorsett will have to emerge. Dorsett had five catches for 44 yards including a 19-yard touchdown catch Sunday. He was, however, unable to haul in one of Tom Brady's deep balls.
Hottest Game in Jaguars and Pats history.
It was 97 degrees at kickoff with a heat index of 107 degrees. The players, many of whom grew up in the south said they were prepared for the heat.
"Both teams had to play in it," Bill Belichick said afterward.
Belichick's players exhibited the same mentality. The Pats practiced in tough heat in training camp in August. It was nothing compared to the heat Sunday.
" It (the heat wasn't a factor). It was hot - they had to play in in it too. It wasn't an excuse. We didn't execute," CB Stephon Gilmore said.
James White gets more involved in the Passing Game
White had seven catches for 73 yards. Last week he had four catches for 37 yards.
"It doesn't matter to me. I just want to execute whatever the coaches call whether the ball comes my way or not - whether I get hand offs or not," White said. "I just want to do whatever I can to help the team win."
RB Sony Michel made his NFL debut Sunday. He had 10 catches for 34 yards. At times it was hard to tell Michel (who wears No. 26) and White (who wears No. 28) apart. Both are of similar size.
Patriots inactive: WR Corey Coleman (Pats had only three active receivers) Sunday, CB Keion Crossen, CB J.C. Jackson OL Marcus Cannon, OL Brian Schwenke, RB Kenjon Barner and DE Brian Schwenke. As mentioned in my column about the defense, DE Trey Flowers and S Patrick Chung left the game in the first half with a concussion. DE Deatrich Wise needed helped walking off the field in the fourth quarter. He appeared fine and in good spirits after the game. Former Pats nemesis Bill Polian was at the game - broadcasting the game for ESPN. Polian joked that reporters never call him to talk about the 3-4 defense because he is a proponent of the 4-3 defense.The Pats are on the road against next Sunday against Detroit Lions next Sunday (8:20 p.m).