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1976 New England Patriots

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11-3-0, AFC East Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 8.6, Offense: 6.5, Defense: 2.2, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 376 points (26.9/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 236 points (16.9/g), 11th.
 Differential of 140 points (10.0/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 10.5-3.5.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (11-3-0)

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: Bryant College (Smithfield, Rhode Island)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Grogan 23 1 14 145 for 302, 1,903 yards, 18 td, 20 int, & 60 rushes for 397 yards and 12 td New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
RB Andy Johnson 24 2 13 169 rushes for 699 yards, 6 td, & 29 catches for 343 yards and 4 td New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
FB Sam Cunningham 26 3 11 172 rushes for 824 yards, 3 td, & 27 catches for 299 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Darryl Stingley 25 3 13 17 catches for 370 yards, 4 td, & 8 rushes for 45 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
WR Randy Vataha 28 5 8 11 catches for 192 yards, 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
TE Russ Francis* 23 1 12 26 catches for 367 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 12 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
LT Leon Gray* 25 3 14 1 fumble recovered Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
LG John Hannah*+ 25 3 14 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Bill Lenkaitis 30 8 14 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
RG Sam Adams 28 4 14
RT Bob McKay 29 6 14 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1970
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tony McGee 27 5 13 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
NT Ray Hamilton 25 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
RDE Julius Adams 28 5 14 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
LOLB Steve Zabel 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
LILB Steve Nelson 25 2 10 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
RILB Sam Hunt 25 2 12 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
ROLB Steve King 25 3 7
LCB Bob Howard 32 9 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
RCB Mike Haynes* 23 Rook 14 8 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
SS Prentice McCray 25 2 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
FS Tim Fox 23 Rook 13 3 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K John Smith 27 2 0 15 of 25 field goals & 42 of 46 extra points
P Mike Patrick 24 1 0 67 punts for a 40.1 average, 0 blocked
PR Mike Haynes* 23 Rook 14 45 punt returns for a 13.5 average and 2 td New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
KR Jess Phillips 29 8 0 14 kick returns for a 28.4 average and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 84th pick / 1968

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Julius Adams 28 RDE 14 14 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 5 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 28 RG 14 14 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 4 8
59 Pete Barnes 31 rolb 13 7 239 6-1 Southern 8/31/1945 9 4 Houston Oilers / 6th / 136th pick / 1967
27 Doug Beaudoin 22 9 0 193 6-1 Minnesota 5/15/1954 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 9th / 243rd pick / 1976
64 Richard Bishop 26 14 0 275 6-1 Louisville 3/23/1950 Rook 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
21 Joe Blahak 26 2 0 187 5-9 Nebraska 8/29/1950 3 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 183rd pick / 1973
88 Marlin Briscoe 31 wr 14 5 178 5-11 Nebraska-Omaha 9/10/1945 8 2 Denver Broncos / 14th / 357th pick / 1968
58 Pete Brock 22 14 0 267 6-5 Colorado 7/14/1954 Rook 4 New England Patriots / 1st / 12th pick / 1976
82 Steve Burks 23 wr 8 1 211 6-5 Arkansas St. 8/6/1953 1 0 New England Patriots / 4th / 91st pick / 1975
44 Don Calhoun 24 rb 14 3 206 6-0 Kansas St. 4/29/1952 2 8 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
21 Allen Carter 24 1 0 208 5-11 USC 12/12/1952 1 0 New England Patriots / 4th / 86th pick / 1975
87 Al Chandler 26 te 14 3 233 6-2 Oklahoma 11/18/1950 3 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1973
22 Dick Conn 25 db 13 1 185 6-0 Georgia 1/9/1951 2 1
39 Sam Cunningham 26 FB 11 11 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 3 13 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
83 Ricky Feacher 22 3 0 174 5-10 Miss. Valley St. 2/11/1954 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 10th / 270th pick / 1976
38 Ike Forte 22 rb 10 1 203 6-0 Arkansas 3/8/1954 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 2nd / 35th pick / 1976
48 Tim Fox 23 FS 13 13 186 5-11 Ohio St. 11/1/1953 Rook 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
81 Russ Francis* 23 TE 13 12 240 6-6 Oregon 4/3/1953 1 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
29 Willie Germany 28 10 0 192 6-0 Morgan St. 5/9/1948 4 2 Washington Redskins / 7th / 166th pick / 1971
70 Leon Gray* 25 LT 14 14 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 3 10 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
14 Steve Grogan 23 QB 14 14 210 6-4 Kansas St. 7/24/1953 1 14 New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
71 Ray Hamilton 25 NT 14 14 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 3 8 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah*+ 25 LG 14 14 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 3 15 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
40 Mike Haynes* 23 PR 14 14 192 6-2 Arizona St. 7/1/1953 Rook 14 New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
24 Bob Howard 32 LCB 14 14 174 6-2 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo,San Diego St. 11/19/1944 9 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
50 Sam Hunt 25 RILB 14 12 248 6-1 S.F. Austin 8/6/1951 2 7 New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
32 Andy Johnson 24 RB 14 13 204 6-0 Georgia 10/18/1952 2 13 New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
52 Steve King 25 ROLB 11 7 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 3 4
67 Bill Lenkaitis 30 C 14 14 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 8 8 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
72 Mel Lunsford 26 de 14 1 256 6-3 Central State (OH) 6/13/1950 3 2 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
34 Prentice McCray 25 SS 14 14 188 6-1 Arizona St. 3/1/1951 2 7 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
78 Tony McGee 27 LDE 14 13 250 6-4 Wyoming,Bishop 1/18/1949 5 6 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
66 Bob McKay 29 RT 14 14 260 6-5 Texas 12/27/1947 6 8 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1970
75 Arthur Moore 25 4 0 253 6-5 Tulsa 4/4/1951 3 3 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 149th pick / 1973
57 Steve Nelson 25 LILB 10 10 230 6-2 Augsburg,North Dakota St. 4/26/1951 2 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
77 Tom Neville 33 14 0 260 6-4 Mississippi St. 8/12/1943 11 4 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
17 Tom Owen 24 2 0 195 6-1 Wichita St. 9/1/1952 2 0 San Francisco 49ers / 13th / 322nd pick / 1974
2 Mike Patrick 24 P 14 0 209 6-0 Mississippi St. 9/6/1952 1 3
35 Jess Phillips 29 KR 13 0 210 6-1 Michigan St. 2/28/1947 8 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 84th pick / 1968
53 Jim Romaniszyn 25 lb 11 2 224 6-2 Edinboro 9/17/1951 3 2 Cleveland Browns / 13th / 334th pick / 1973
25 John Sanders 26 2 0 175 6-1 South Dakota 1/11/1950 2 2
1 John Smith 27 K 14 0 186 6-0 King Alfred's (England),South (England) 12/30/1949 2 4
84 Darryl Stingley 25 WR 13 13 194 6-0 Purdue 9/18/1951 3 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
63 Fred Sturt 25 14 0 255 6-4 Bowling Green 1/6/1951 2 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
51 Donnie Thomas 23 lb 3 1 245 6-2 Indiana 3/12/1953 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 11th / 298th pick / 1976
60 David Tipton 23 8 0 255 6-1 West. Illinois 12/10/1953 1 3
18 Randy Vataha 28 WR 12 8 176 5-10 Stanford 12/4/1948 5 3 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 418th pick / 1971
90 George Webster 31 lb 13 3 220 6-4 Michigan St. 11/25/1945 9 3 Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1967
54 Steve Zabel 28 LOLB 14 14 235 6-4 Oklahoma 3/20/1948 6 8 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
Team Total 25.8 14 222.1 6-1.8 3.2