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1981 New England Patriots

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2-14-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -3.7, Offense: -0.6, Defense: -3.1, SoS: -0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 322 points (20.1/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 370 points (23.1/g), 22nd.
 Differential of -48 points (-3.0/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 6.7-9.3.

Coach: Ron Erhardt (2-14-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Ringo
 Defensive Coordinator: Fritz Shurmur

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 Matt Cavanaugh 25 2 8 115 for 219, 1,633 yards, 5 td, 13 int, & 17 rushes for 92 yards and 3 td New England Patriots / 2nd / 50th pick / 1978
RB Tony Collins 22 Rook 11 204 rushes for 873 yards, 7 td, & 26 catches for 232 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 2nd / 47th pick / 1981
FB Sam Cunningham 31 8 8 86 rushes for 269 yards, 4 td, & 12 catches for 92 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Harold Jackson 35 13 15 39 catches for 669 yards, 0 td, & 2 rushes for -14 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 323rd pick / 1968
WR Stanley Morgan 26 4 13 44 catches for 1,029 yards, 6 td, & 2 rushes for 21 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
TE Don Hasselbeck 26 4 14 46 catches for 808 yards, 6 td New England Patriots / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1977
LT Dwight Wheeler 26 3 11 New England Patriots / 4th / 102nd pick / 1978
LG John Hannah*+ 30 8 16 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Pete Brock 27 5 16 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 12th pick / 1976
RG Bob Cryder 25 3 15 New England Patriots / 1st / 18th pick / 1978
RT Shelby Jordan 29 6 16 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tony McGee 32 10 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
NT Richard Bishop 31 5 16 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
RDE Julius Adams 33 10 16 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
LOLB Mike Hawkins 26 3 15 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 7th / 188th pick / 1978
LILB Steve Nelson 30 7 12 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
RILB Bill Matthews 25 2 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 129th pick / 1978
ROLB Rod Shoate 28 6 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
LCB Raymond Clayborn 26 4 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977
RCB Mike Haynes 28 5 6 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
SS Rick Sanford 24 2 14 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1979
FS Tim Fox 28 5 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K John Smith 32 7 0 15 of 24 field goals & 37 of 39 extra points
P Rich Camarillo 22 Rook 0 47 punts for a 41.7 average, 0 blocked
PR Stanley Morgan 26 4 13 15 punt returns for a 7.7 average and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
KR Tony Collins 22 Rook 11 39 kick returns for a 19.8 average and 0 td New England Patriots / 2nd / 47th pick / 1981

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Julius Adams 33 RDE 16 16 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 10 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
64 Richard Bishop 31 NT 16 16 275 6-1 Louisville 3/23/1950 5 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
55 Don Blackmon 23 16 0 235 6-3 Tulsa 3/14/1958 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 4th / 102nd pick / 1981
58 Pete Brock 27 C 16 16 267 6-5 Colorado 7/14/1954 5 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 12th pick / 1976
63 Mark Buben 24 de 16 4 260 6-3 Tufts 3/23/1957 2 3
44 Don Calhoun 29 fb 14 7 206 6-0 Kansas St. 4/29/1952 7 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
3 Rich Camarillo 22 P 9 0 202 5-11 Washington 11/29/1959 Rook 2
12 Matt Cavanaugh 25 QB 16 8 212 6-2 Pittsburgh 10/27/1956 2 5 New England Patriots / 2nd / 50th pick / 1978
65 Steve Clark 22 7 0 258 6-5 Kansas St. 10/29/1959 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 5th / 130th pick / 1981
26 Raymond Clayborn 26 LCB 16 16 186 6-0 Texas 1/2/1955 4 8 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977
33 Tony Collins 22 KR 16 11 208 5-11 East Carolina 5/27/1959 Rook 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 47th pick / 1981
75 Bob Cryder 25 RG 15 15 275 6-4 Alabama 9/7/1956 3 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 18th pick / 1978
39 Sam Cunningham 31 FB 11 8 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 8 2 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
87 Lin Dawson 22 te 15 3 240 6-3 North Carolina St. 6/24/1959 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 8th / 212th pick / 1981
47 Paul Dombroski 25 6 0 185 6-0 Hawaii,Linfield 8/8/1956 1 0
23 Kevin Donnalley 23 1 0 177 5-11 North Dakota St. 1/17/1958 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 171st pick / 1981
43 Vagas Ferguson 24 rb 13 5 204 6-1 Notre Dame 3/6/1957 1 2 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1980
48 Tim Fox 28 FS 16 16 186 5-11 Ohio St. 11/1/1953 5 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
51 Bob Golic 24 RILB 16 9 264 6-2 Notre Dame 10/26/1957 2 5 New England Patriots / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1979
14 Steve Grogan 28 qb 8 7 210 6-4 Kansas St. 7/24/1953 6 6 New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
71 Ray Hamilton 30 15 0 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 8 1 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah*+ 30 LG 16 16 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 8 14 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
7 Ken Hartley 24 2 0 200 6-2 Catawba 4/28/1957 Rook 0
80 Don Hasselbeck 26 TE 14 14 245 6-7 Colorado 4/1/1955 4 6 New England Patriots / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1977
59 Mike Hawkins 26 LOLB 15 15 235 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 11/29/1955 3 7 New England Patriots / 7th / 188th pick / 1978
40 Mike Haynes 28 RCB 8 6 192 6-2 Arizona St. 7/1/1953 5 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
76 Brian Holloway 22 lt 16 5 284 6-7 Stanford 7/25/1959 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 19th pick / 1981
6 Mike Hubach 23 5 0 185 5-10 Kansas 1/26/1958 1 0 New England Patriots / 11th / 293rd pick / 1980
23 Horace Ivory 27 1 0 197 6-0 Oklahoma 8/8/1954 4 0 New England Patriots / 2nd / 44th pick / 1977
29 Harold Jackson 35 WR 16 15 175 5-10 Jackson St. 1/6/1946 13 5 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 323rd pick / 1968
38 Roland James 23 rcb 16 6 191 6-2 Tennessee 2/18/1958 1 4 New England Patriots / 1st / 14th pick / 1980
32 Andy Johnson 29 16 0 204 6-0 Georgia 10/18/1952 7 4 New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
74 Shelby Jordan 29 RT 16 16 260 6-7 Washington (MO) 1/23/1952 6 7 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
52 Steve King 30 lb 16 1 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 8 1
66 John Lee 28 de 4 4 255 6-2 Nebraska 2/17/1953 5 2 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 351st pick / 1976
22 Keith Lee 24 rcb 15 6 192 5-11 Colorado St. 12/22/1957 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 129th pick / 1980
67 Bill Lenkaitis 35 12 0 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 13 1 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
53 Bill Matthews 25 RILB 16 9 235 6-2 South Dakota St. 3/12/1956 2 5 New England Patriots / 5th / 129th pick / 1978
78 Tony McGee 32 LDE 16 9 250 6-4 Wyoming,Bishop 1/18/1949 10 5 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
86 Stanley Morgan 26 PR 13 13 181 5-11 Tennessee 2/17/1955 4 8 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
57 Steve Nelson 30 LILB 12 12 230 6-2 Augsburg,North Dakota St. 4/26/1951 7 5 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
17 Tom Owen 29 qb 2 1 195 6-1 Wichita St. 9/1/1952 7 1 San Francisco 49ers / 13th / 322nd pick / 1974
88 Carlos Pennywell 25 wr 5 2 180 6-2 Grambling St. 3/18/1956 3 0 New England Patriots / 3rd / 77th pick / 1978
77 Garry Puetz 29 g 15 1 263 6-3 Valparaiso 3/14/1952 8 2 New York Jets / 12th / 300th pick / 1973
25 Rick Sanford 24 SS 16 14 192 6-1 South Carolina 1/9/1957 2 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1979
56 Rod Shoate 28 ROLB 16 16 214 6-1 Oklahoma 4/26/1953 6 8 New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
1 John Smith 32 K 16 0 186 6-0 King Alfred's (England),South (England) 12/30/1949 7 3
30 Mosi Tatupu 26 rb 16 1 227 6-0 USC 4/26/1955 3 2 New England Patriots / 8th / 215th pick / 1978
82 Ken Toler 22 16 0 195 6-2 Mississippi 4/9/1959 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 7th / 185th pick / 1981
83 Don Westbrook 28 wr 12 1 185 5-10 Nebraska 11/1/1953 4 1 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 131st pick / 1975
62 Dwight Wheeler 26 LT 16 11 269 6-3 Tennessee St. 1/13/1955 3 6 New England Patriots / 4th / 102nd pick / 1978
47 Darrell Wilson 23 1 0 180 5-11 Connecticut 7/28/1958 Rook 0
54 John Zamberlin 25 lb 16 1 230 6-2 Pacific Lutheran 2/13/1956 2 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 135th pick / 1979
Team Total 26.7 16 222.1 6-1.7 4.1