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1977 New England Patriots

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9-5-0, AFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: 2.5, Defense: 1.5, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 278 points (19.9/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 217 points (15.5/g), 9th.
 Differential of 61 points (4.4/g), 8th.  Expected W-L: 9.0-5.0.

Coach: Chuck Fairbanks (9-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ron Erhardt

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 24 2 14 160 for 305, 2,162 yards, 17 td, 21 int, & 61 rushes for 324 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
RB Don Calhoun 25 3 14 198 rushes for 727 yards, 4 td, & 13 catches for 152 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
FB Sam Cunningham 27 4 14 270 rushes for 1,015 yards, 4 td, & 42 catches for 370 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Stanley Morgan 22 Rook 14 21 catches for 443 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 10 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
WR Darryl Stingley 26 4 14 39 catches for 657 yards, 5 td, & 3 rushes for 33 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
TE Russ Francis* 24 2 10 16 catches for 229 yards, 4 td New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
LT Leon Gray 26 4 11 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
LG John Hannah 26 4 11 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Bill Lenkaitis 31 9 14 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
RG Sam Adams 29 5 13 1 fumble recovered
RT Tom Neville 34 12 11 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mel Lunsford 27 4 13 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
NT Ray Hamilton 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
RDE Julius Adams 29 6 14 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
LOLB Steve Zabel 29 7 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
LILB Steve Nelson 26 3 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
RILB Sam Hunt 26 3 13 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
ROLB Pete Barnes 32 10 11 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 6th / 136th pick / 1967
LCB Bob Howard 33 10 12 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
RCB Mike Haynes* 24 1 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
SS Prentice McCray 26 3 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
FS Tim Fox 24 1 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K John Smith 28 3 0 15 of 21 field goals & 33 of 33 extra points
P Mike Patrick 25 2 0 65 punts for a 36.2 average, 3 blocked
PR Mike Haynes* 24 1 14 24 punt returns for a 8.3 average and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
KR Raymond Clayborn 22 Rook 2 28 kick returns for a 31.0 average and 3 td New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Julius Adams 29 RDE 14 14 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 6 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 29 RG 14 13 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 5 7
59 Pete Barnes 32 ROLB 12 11 239 6-1 Southern 8/31/1945 10 6 Houston Oilers / 6th / 136th pick / 1967
27 Doug Beaudoin 23 11 0 193 6-1 Minnesota 5/15/1954 1 3 New England Patriots / 9th / 243rd pick / 1976
64 Richard Bishop 27 12 0 275 6-1 Louisville 3/23/1950 1 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
65 Greg Boyd 25 13 0 274 6-6 San Diego St. 9/15/1952 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 6th / 170th pick / 1976
58 Pete Brock 23 c 14 4 267 6-5 Colorado 7/14/1954 1 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 12th pick / 1976
82 Steve Burks 24 13 0 211 6-5 Arkansas St. 8/6/1953 2 1 New England Patriots / 4th / 91st pick / 1975
44 Don Calhoun 25 RB 14 14 206 6-0 Kansas St. 4/29/1952 3 9 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
87 Al Chandler 27 te 14 3 233 6-2 Oklahoma 11/18/1950 4 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1973
26 Raymond Clayborn 22 KR 14 2 186 6-0 Texas 1/2/1955 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977
22 Dick Conn 26 14 0 185 6-0 Georgia 1/9/1951 3 3
55 Ray Costict 22 lb 14 2 217 6-0 Mississippi St. 3/19/1955 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 11th / 303rd pick / 1977
39 Sam Cunningham 27 FB 14 14 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 4 15 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
38 Ike Forte 23 13 0 203 6-0 Arkansas 3/8/1954 1 3 New England Patriots / 2nd / 35th pick / 1976
48 Tim Fox 24 FS 14 14 186 5-11 Ohio St. 11/1/1953 1 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
81 Russ Francis* 24 TE 10 10 240 6-6 Oregon 4/3/1953 2 4 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
70 Leon Gray 26 LT 11 11 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 4 6 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
14 Steve Grogan 24 QB 14 14 210 6-4 Kansas St. 7/24/1953 2 15 New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
71 Ray Hamilton 26 NT 14 14 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 4 7 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah 26 LG 11 11 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 4 10 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
80 Don Hasselbeck 22 te 14 1 245 6-7 Colorado 4/1/1955 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1977
40 Mike Haynes* 24 PR 14 14 192 6-2 Arizona St. 7/1/1953 1 13 New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
24 Bob Howard 33 LCB 13 12 174 6-2 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo,San Diego St. 11/19/1944 10 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
50 Sam Hunt 26 RILB 13 13 248 6-1 S.F. Austin 8/6/1951 3 7 New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
60 Bob Hyland 32 3 0 255 6-5 Boston Col. 7/21/1945 10 3 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 9th pick / 1967
23 Horace Ivory 23 5 0 197 6-0 Oklahoma 8/8/1954 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 2nd / 44th pick / 1977
74 Shelby Jordan 25 t 10 3 260 6-7 Washington (MO) 1/23/1952 2 3 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
52 Steve King 26 lb 14 4 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 4 3
67 Bill Lenkaitis 31 C 14 14 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 9 8 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
72 Mel Lunsford 27 LDE 13 13 256 6-3 Central State (OH) 6/13/1950 4 6 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
34 Prentice McCray 26 SS 14 14 188 6-1 Arizona St. 3/1/1951 3 7 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
78 Tony McGee 28 de 14 1 250 6-4 Wyoming,Bishop 1/18/1949 6 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
66 Bob McKay 30 t 12 3 260 6-5 Texas 12/27/1947 7 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1970
75 Arthur Moore 26 1 0 253 6-5 Tulsa 4/4/1951 4 2 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 149th pick / 1973
86 Stanley Morgan 22 WR 14 14 181 5-11 Tennessee 2/17/1955 Rook 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
57 Steve Nelson 26 LILB 13 13 230 6-2 Augsburg,North Dakota St. 4/26/1951 3 6 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
77 Tom Neville 34 RT 14 11 260 6-4 Mississippi St. 8/12/1943 12 7 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
2 Mike Patrick 25 P 14 0 209 6-0 Mississippi St. 9/6/1952 2 1
35 Jess Phillips 30 14 0 210 6-1 Michigan St. 2/28/1947 9 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 84th pick / 1968
56 Rod Shoate 24 lb 14 3 214 6-1 Oklahoma 4/26/1953 2 2 New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
1 John Smith 28 K 14 0 186 6-0 King Alfred's (England),South (England) 12/30/1949 3 5
84 Darryl Stingley 26 WR 14 14 194 6-0 Purdue 9/18/1951 4 11 New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1973
63 Fred Sturt 26 14 0 255 6-4 Bowling Green 1/6/1951 3 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
83 Don Westbrook 24 13 0 185 5-10 Nebraska 11/1/1953 Rook 0 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 131st pick / 1975
54 Steve Zabel 29 LOLB 11 10 235 6-4 Oklahoma 3/20/1948 7 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
Team Total 26.2 14 227.5 6-2.3 3.6