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1975 New England Patriots

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3-11-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1975 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.3, Offense: -2.3, Defense: -2.0, SoS: 2.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 258 points (18.4/g), 14th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 358 points (25.6/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -100 points (-7.1/g), 21st.  Expected W-L: 4.4-9.6.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (3-11-0)

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Grogan 22 Rook 7 139 for 274, 1,976 yards, 11 td, 18 int, & 30 rushes for 110 yards and 3 td New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
RB Andy Johnson 23 1 9 117 rushes for 488 yards, 3 td, & 26 catches for 294 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
FB Sam Cunningham 25 2 13 169 rushes for 666 yards, 6 td, & 32 catches for 253 yards and 2 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Darryl Stingley 24 2 14 21 catches for 378 yards, 2 td, & 6 rushes for 39 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
WR Randy Vataha 27 4 14 46 catches for 720 yards, 6 td, & 1 rush for 4 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
TE Russ Francis 22 Rook 11 35 catches for 636 yards, 4 td New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
LT Leon Gray 24 2 14 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
LG John Hannah 24 2 14 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Bill Lenkaitis 29 7 11 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
RG Sam Adams 27 3 13
RT Shelby Jordan 23 Rook 14 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tony McGee 26 4 10 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
NT Ray Hamilton 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
RDE Julius Adams 27 4 8 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
LOLB George Webster 30 8 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
LILB Steve Nelson 24 1 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
RILB Sam Hunt 24 1 13 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
ROLB Steve Zabel 27 5 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
LCB Bob Howard 31 8 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
RCB Ron Bolton 25 3 13 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
SS Prentice McCray 24 1 14 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
FS John Sanders 25 1 14 1 interception, 4 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K John Smith 26 1 0 9 of 17 field goals & 33 of 33 extra points
P Mike Patrick 23 Rook 0 83 punts for a 38.8 average, 0 blocked
PR Darryl Stingley 24 2 14 15 punt returns for a 7.5 average and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
KR Allen Carter 23 Rook 0 32 kick returns for a 27.5 average and 1 td New England Patriots / 4th / 86th pick / 1975

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Julius Adams 27 RDE 9 8 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 4 3 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 27 RG 13 13 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 3 6
33 Bobby Anderson 28 5 0 208 6-0 Colorado 10/11/1947 5 0 Denver Broncos / 1st / 11th pick / 1970
83 Melvin Baker 25 1 0 189 6-0 Texas Southern 8/12/1950 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 208th pick / 1974
55 Rodrigo Barnes 25 1 0 215 6-1 Rice 2/10/1950 2 2 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 176th pick / 1973
27 Ron Bolton 25 RCB 13 13 180 6-2 Norfolk St. 4/16/1950 3 6 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1972
82 Steve Burks 22 13 0 211 6-5 Arkansas St. 8/6/1953 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 4th / 91st pick / 1975
44 Don Calhoun 23 rb 5 1 206 6-0 Kansas St. 4/29/1952 1 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
21 Allen Carter 23 KR 14 0 208 5-11 USC 12/12/1952 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 4th / 86th pick / 1975
22 Dick Conn 24 db 3 0 185 6-0 Georgia 1/9/1951 1 1
62 Steve Corbett 24 14 0 250 6-4 Boston Col. 8/11/1951 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 2nd / 30th pick / 1974
39 Sam Cunningham 25 FB 13 13 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 2 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
76 Peter Cusick 23 13 0 255 6-1 Ohio St. 10/27/1952 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 3rd / 66th pick / 1975
51 Maury Damkroger 23 2 0 230 6-2 Nebraska 1/8/1952 1 2 New England Patriots / 7th / 178th pick / 1974
44 Doug Dressler 27 5 0 228 6-3 Cal State-Chico 8/19/1948 5 0
68 Bill DuLac 24 g 13 1 250 6-4 East. Michigan 1/15/1951 1 1 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 167th pick / 1973
58 Doug Dumler 25 c 14 3 243 6-3 Nebraska 12/15/1950 2 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 108th pick / 1973
81 Russ Francis 22 TE 14 11 240 6-6 Oregon 4/3/1953 Rook 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
59 Bob Geddes 29 lb 13 1 240 6-2 UCLA 4/22/1946 3 1 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 360th pick / 1970
15 Neil Graff 25 qb 11 2 205 6-3 Wisconsin 1/12/1950 1 1 Minnesota Vikings / 16th / 414th pick / 1972
70 Leon Gray 24 LT 14 14 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 2 6 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
14 Steve Grogan 22 QB 13 7 210 6-4 Kansas St. 7/24/1953 Rook 7 New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
71 Ray Hamilton 24 NT 14 14 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 2 6 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah 24 LG 14 14 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 2 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
74 Craig Hanneman 26 de 11 3 240 6-3 Oregon St. 7/1/1949 3 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 138th pick / 1971
42 Mack Herron 27 rb 7 5 170 5-5 Kansas St. 7/24/1948 2 2 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 143rd pick / 1970
24 Bob Howard 31 LCB 14 14 174 6-2 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo,San Diego St. 11/19/1944 8 7 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
50 Sam Hunt 24 RILB 13 13 248 6-1 S.F. Austin 8/6/1951 1 6 New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
64 Martin Imhof 26 de 5 3 255 6-6 San Diego St. 10/9/1949 3 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 84th pick / 1972
32 Andy Johnson 23 RB 14 9 204 6-0 Georgia 10/18/1952 1 6 New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
63 Shelby Jordan 23 RT 14 14 260 6-7 Washington (MO) 1/23/1952 Rook 6 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
29 Durwood Keeton 23 12 0 178 5-11 Oklahoma 8/14/1952 Rook 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 85th pick / 1974
52 Steve King 24 ROLB 14 8 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 2 3
67 Bill Lenkaitis 29 C 11 11 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 7 5 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
72 Mel Lunsford 25 de 4 4 256 6-3 Central State (OH) 6/13/1950 2 2 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
47 Jim Massey 27 db 14 1 198 5-11 Linfield 4/24/1948 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 251st pick / 1972
34 Prentice McCray 24 SS 14 14 188 6-1 Arizona St. 3/1/1951 1 5 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
78 Tony McGee 26 LDE 13 10 250 6-4 Wyoming,Bishop 1/18/1949 4 4 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
31 Leon McQuay 25 13 0 200 5-9 Tampa 3/19/1950 1 1 New York Giants / 5th / 119th pick / 1973
57 Steve Nelson 24 LILB 14 14 230 6-2 Augsburg,North Dakota St. 4/26/1951 1 6 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
2 Mike Patrick 23 P 14 0 209 6-0 Mississippi St. 9/6/1952 Rook 2
72 Jerry Patton 29 dt 3 0 261 6-3 Nebraska 3/27/1946 4 1
16 Jim Plunkett 28 qb 5 5 220 6-3 Stanford 12/5/1947 4 2 New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1971
55 Kevin Reilly 24 lb 4 1 220 6-2 Villanova 4/10/1951 2 1 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 160th pick / 1973
25 John Sanders 25 FS 14 14 175 6-1 South Dakota 1/11/1950 1 7
56 Rod Shoate 22 4 0 214 6-1 Oklahoma 4/26/1953 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
1 John Smith 26 K 14 0 186 6-0 King Alfred's (England),South (England) 12/30/1949 1 3
84 Darryl Stingley 24 PR 14 14 194 6-0 Purdue 9/18/1951 2 4 New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
60 David Tipton 22 4 0 255 6-1 West. Illinois 12/10/1953 Rook 2
18 Randy Vataha 27 WR 14 14 176 5-10 Stanford 12/4/1948 4 6 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
90 George Webster 30 LOLB 10 10 220 6-4 Michigan St. 11/25/1945 8 4 Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
86 Bob Windsor 33 te 14 3 220 6-4 Kentucky 12/19/1942 8 1 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 26th pick / 1966
17 Elmo Wright 26 wr 4 0 190 6-0 Houston 7/3/1949 4 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 16th pick / 1971
54 Steve Zabel 27 ROLB 13 9 235 6-4 Oklahoma 3/20/1948 5 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
Team Total 25.2 14 221.9 6-1.9 2.2