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1974 New England Patriots

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7-7-0, Finished 3rd in AFC East Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.8, Offense: 6.6, Defense: -1.8, SoS: 0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 348 points (24.9/g), 2nd of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 289 points (20.6/g), 20th.
 Differential of 59 points (4.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (7-7-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: University of Massachusetts (Amherst, Massachusetts)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Plunkett 27 3 14 173 for 352, 2,457 yards, 19 td, 22 int, & 30 rushes for 161 yards and 2 td New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1971
RB Mack Herron 26 1 14 231 rushes for 824 yards, 7 td, & 38 catches for 474 yards and 5 td Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970
FB Sam Cunningham 24 1 10 166 rushes for 811 yards, 9 td, & 22 catches for 214 yards and 2 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Reggie Rucker 27 4 10 27 catches for 436 yards, 4 td
WR Randy Vataha 26 3 9 25 catches for 561 yards, 3 td, & 3 rushes for 21 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
TE Bob Windsor 32 7 7 12 catches for 127 yards, 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 26th pick / 1966
LT Leon Gray 23 1 14 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
LG John Hannah 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Bill Lenkaitis 28 6 14 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
RG Sam Adams 26 2 13
RT Tom Neville 31 9 14 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mel Lunsford 24 1 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
NT Ray Hamilton 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
RDE Julius Adams 26 3 14 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
LOLB George Webster 29 7 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
LILB Steve Nelson 23 Rook 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
RILB Sam Hunt 23 Rook 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
ROLB Steve King 23 1 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
LCB John Sanders 24 Rook 10 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RCB Ron Bolton 24 2 14 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
SS Jack Mildren 25 2 10 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 46th pick / 1972
FS Prentice McCray 23 Rook 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K John Smith 25 Rook 0 16 of 22 field goals & 42 of 43 extra points
P Bruce Barnes 23 1 0 45 punts for a 35.6 average, 0 blocked New England Patriots / 12th / 290th pick / 1973
PR Mack Herron 26 1 14 35 punt returns for a 14.8 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970
KR Mack Herron 26 1 14 28 kick returns for a 22.5 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
80 Bob Adams 28 te 13 7 225 6-2 Pacific 8/15/1946 5 4
85 Julius Adams 26 LDE 14 14 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 3 5 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 26 RG 14 13 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 2 8
31 Josh Ashton 25 12 0 205 6-1 Tulsa 8/24/1949 2 1 New England Patriots / 9th / 209th pick / 1971
3 Bruce Barnes 23 P 9 0 215 5-11 UCLA 6/21/1951 1 1 New England Patriots / 12th / 290th pick / 1973
59 Rodrigo Barnes 24 5 0 215 6-1 Rice 2/10/1950 1 2 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 176th pick / 1973
27 Ron Bolton 24 RCB 14 14 180 6-2 Norfolk St. 4/16/1950 2 7 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
51 Kent Carter 24 2 0 235 6-3 USC 5/25/1950 Rook 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 17th / 422nd pick / 1972
10 Dave Chapple 27 5 0 184 6-0 California-Santa Barbara 3/30/1947 3 1 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 250th pick / 1969
54 Gail Clark 23 8 0 226 6-2 Michigan St. 4/14/1951 1 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 102nd pick / 1973
39 Sam Cunningham 24 FB 10 10 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 1 11 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
51 Maury Damkroger 22 11 0 230 6-2 Nebraska 1/8/1952 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 7th / 178th pick / 1974
68 Bill DuLac 23 g 13 1 250 6-4 East. Michigan 1/15/1951 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 167th pick / 1973
58 Doug Dumler 24 14 0 243 6-3 Nebraska 12/15/1950 1 4 New England Patriots / 5th / 108th pick / 1973
22 Sandy Durko 26 db 11 4 185 6-1 USC 8/29/1948 4 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 6th / 137th pick / 1970
55 Will Foster 26 12 0 230 6-2 East. Michigan 10/2/1948 1 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 7th / 170th pick / 1972
64 Allen Gallaher 24 14 0 250 6-3 USC 11/30/1950 Rook 4 New England Patriots / 4th / 82nd pick / 1973
59 Bob Geddes 28 lilb 9 5 240 6-2 UCLA 4/22/1946 2 3 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 360th pick / 1970
38 Noe Gonzalez 23 2 0 210 6-1 Texas St. 2/5/1951 Rook 0 Oakland Raiders / 12th / 305th pick / 1974
15 Neil Graff 24 14 0 205 6-3 Wisconsin 1/12/1950 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 16th / 414th pick / 1972
70 Leon Gray 23 LT 14 14 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 1 9 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
71 Ray Hamilton 23 NT 14 14 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 1 6 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah 23 LG 14 14 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 1 9 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
74 Craig Hanneman 25 9 0 240 6-3 Oregon St. 7/1/1949 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 138th pick / 1971
42 Mack Herron 26 KR 14 14 170 5-5 Kansas St. 7/24/1948 1 15 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970
82 Eddie Hinton 27 wr 9 1 200 6-0 Oklahoma 6/26/1947 5 1 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 25th pick / 1969
50 Sam Hunt 23 RILB 14 14 248 6-1 S.F. Austin 8/6/1951 Rook 6 New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
30 Ed Jenkins 24 3 0 210 6-2 Holy Cross 8/31/1950 2 0 Miami Dolphins / 11th / 285th pick / 1972
32 Andy Johnson 22 rb 14 3 204 6-0 Georgia 10/18/1952 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
52 Steve King 23 ROLB 14 14 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 1 5
67 Bill Lenkaitis 28 C 14 14 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 6 9 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
72 Mel Lunsford 24 LDE 13 13 256 6-3 Central State (OH) 6/13/1950 1 5 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
88 Al Marshall 23 4 0 190 6-2 Boise St. 1/7/1951 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 10th / 244th pick / 1973
47 Jim Massey 26 1 0 198 5-11 Linfield 4/24/1948 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 251st pick / 1972
34 Prentice McCray 23 FS 14 14 188 6-1 Arizona St. 3/1/1951 Rook 6 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
40 Dave McCurry 23 2 0 187 6-1 Iowa St. 2/23/1951 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 130th pick / 1973
78 Tony McGee 25 de 14 1 250 6-4 Wyoming,Bishop 1/18/1949 3 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
45 Jack Mildren 25 SS 14 10 200 6-1 Oklahoma 10/10/1949 2 5 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 46th pick / 1972
75 Arthur Moore 23 11 0 253 6-5 Tulsa 4/4/1951 1 2 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 149th pick / 1973
56 Jon Morris 32 3 0 254 6-4 Holy Cross 4/5/1942 10 3 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
57 Steve Nelson 23 LILB 11 9 230 6-2 Augsburg,North Dakota St. 4/26/1951 Rook 4 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
77 Tom Neville 31 RT 14 14 260 6-4 Mississippi St. 8/12/1943 9 9 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
37 Willie Osley 23 db 10 4 195 6-0 Illinois 4/10/1951 Rook 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 10th / 251st pick / 1973
16 Jim Plunkett 27 QB 14 14 220 6-3 Stanford 12/5/1947 3 14 New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1971
41 Ken Pope 23 4 0 200 5-11 Oklahoma 12/28/1951 Rook 2 Oakland Raiders / 9th / 227th pick / 1974
33 Reggie Rucker 27 WR 10 10 195 6-2 Boston Univ. 9/21/1947 4 7
25 John Sanders 24 LCB 14 10 175 6-1 South Dakota 1/11/1950 Rook 6
87 Steve Schubert 23 wr 8 3 185 5-10 Massachusetts 3/15/1951 Rook 0
11 Dick Shiner 32 1 0 201 6-0 Maryland 7/18/1942 10 0 Washington Redskins / 7th / 87th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 20th / 155th pick / 1964
65 Donnell Smith 25 9 0 245 6-4 Southern 5/25/1949 3 3 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 116th pick / 1971
1 John Smith 25 K 14 0 186 6-0 King Alfred's (England),South (England) 12/30/1949 Rook 5
84 Darryl Stingley 23 wr 5 2 194 6-0 Purdue 9/18/1951 1 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
81 Joe Sweet 26 4 0 196 6-2 Tennessee St. 7/5/1948 2 0 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 435th pick / 1971
53 John Tanner 29 lb 13 2 241 6-4 Tennessee Tech 3/8/1945 3 2 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 221st pick / 1971
36 John Tarver 25 rb 14 4 227 6-3 Colorado 1/1/1949 2 2 New England Patriots / 7th / 166th pick / 1972
18 Randy Vataha 26 WR 12 9 176 5-10 Stanford 12/4/1948 3 9 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
90 George Webster 29 LOLB 14 12 220 6-4 Michigan St. 11/25/1945 7 5 Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
23 Joe Wilson 24 12 0 210 5-10 Holy Cross 8/11/1950 1 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 8th / 199th pick / 1973
86 Bob Windsor 32 TE 7 7 220 6-4 Kentucky 12/19/1942 7 2 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 26th pick / 1966
Team Total 25.1 14 219.6 6-1.7 2.1