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1996 New England Patriots

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.1, Offense: 4.9, Defense: 0.2, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 418 points (26.1/g), 2nd of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 313 points (19.6/g), 14th.
 Differential of 105 points (6.6/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.6-5.4.

Coach: Bill Parcells (11-5-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Perkins
 Defensive Coordinator: Al Groh
 Other Notable Asst.: Romeo Crennel (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Foxboro 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 Drew Bledsoe* 24 3 16 373 for 623, 4,086 yards, 27 td, 15 int, & 24 rushes for 27 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1993
RB Curtis Martin* 23 1 15 316 rushes for 1,152 yards, 14 td, & 46 catches for 333 yards and 3 td New England Patriots / 3rd / 74th pick / 1995
FB Sam Gash 27 4 9 8 rushes for 15 yards, 0 td, & 33 catches for 276 yards and 2 td New England Patriots / 8th / 205th pick / 1992
WR Terry Glenn 22 Rook 15 90 catches for 1,132 yards, 6 td, & 5 rushes for 42 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1996
WR Shawn Jefferson 27 5 15 50 catches for 771 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 6 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 9th / 240th pick / 1991
TE Ben Coates* 27 5 15 62 catches for 682 yards, 9 td New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1991
LT Bruce Armstrong* 31 9 16 New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1987
LG William Roberts 34 12 16 New York Giants / 1st / 27th pick / 1984
C Dave Wohlabaugh 24 1 16 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 4th / 112th pick / 1995
RG Todd Rucci 26 3 12 New England Patriots / 2nd / 51st pick / 1993
RT Max Lane 25 2 16 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 6th / 168th pick / 1994
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mike Jones 27 5 12 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Phoenix Cardinals / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1991
LDT Mark Wheeler 26 4 15 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 59th pick / 1992
RDT Pio Sagapolutele 27 5 10 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 85th pick / 1991
RDE Willie McGinest* 25 2 16 9.5 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1994
LLB Todd Collins 26 4 9 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 3rd / 64th pick / 1992
MLB Ted Johnson 24 1 16 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 57th pick / 1995
RLB Dwayne Sabb 27 4 7 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1992
LCB Ty Law 22 1 12 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1995
RCB Ricky Reynolds 31 9 9 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1987
SS Lawyer Milloy 23 Rook 10 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 36th pick / 1996
FS Willie Clay 26 4 16 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 221st pick / 1992
 Special Teams Starters
K Adam Vinatieri 24 Rook 0 27 of 35 field goals & 39 of 42 extra points
P Tom Tupa 30 8 0 63 punts for a 43.5 average, 0 blocked Phoenix Cardinals / 3rd / 68th pick / 1988
PR Dave Meggett* 30 7 1 52 punt returns for a 11.3 average and 1 td New York Giants / 5th / 132nd pick / 1989
KR Dave Meggett* 30 7 1 34 kick returns for a 23.0 average and 0 td New York Giants / 5th / 132nd pick / 1989

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
78 Bruce Armstrong* 31 LT 16 16 295 6-4 Louisville 9/7/1965 9 14 New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1987
98 Troy Barnett 25 1 0 293 6-5 North Carolina 5/24/1971 2 0
86 Mike Bartrum 26 16 0 245 6-4 Marshall 6/23/1970 3 0
11 Drew Bledsoe* 24 QB 16 16 238 6-5 Washington St. 2/14/1972 3 16 New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1993
82 Vincent Brisby 25 3 0 190 6-3 La-Monroe 1/25/1971 3 0 New England Patriots / 2nd / 56th pick / 1993
30 Corwin Brown 26 14 0 200 6-1 Michigan 4/25/1970 3 1 New England Patriots / 4th / 110th pick / 1993
93 Monty Brown 26 llb 11 7 238 6-0 Ferris St. 4/13/1970 3 3
80 Troy Brown 25 16 0 196 5-10 Marshall 7/2/1971 3 2 New England Patriots / 8th / 198th pick / 1993
54 Tedy Bruschi 23 16 0 247 6-1 Arizona 6/9/1973 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 3rd / 86th pick / 1996
85 John Burke 25 te 11 2 248 6-3 Virginia Tech 9/7/1971 2 0 New England Patriots / 4th / 121st pick / 1994
41 Keith Byars 33 te 10 6 245 6-1 Ohio St. 10/14/1963 10 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 10th pick / 1986
32 Willie Clay 26 FS 16 16 193 5-10 Georgia Tech 9/5/1970 4 7 Detroit Lions / 8th / 221st pick / 1992
87 Ben Coates* 27 TE 16 15 245 6-5 Livingstone 8/16/1969 5 7 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1991
59 Todd Collins 26 LLB 16 9 248 6-2 Georgia,Tennessee,Carson-Newman 5/27/1970 4 5 New England Patriots / 3rd / 64th pick / 1992
92 Ferric Collons 27 lde 15 5 290 6-7 California 12/4/1969 1 3
66 Jeff Dellenbach 33 2 0 290 6-6 Wisconsin 2/14/1963 11 0 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 111th pick / 1985
90 Chad Eaton 24 4 0 303 6-5 Washington St. 4/6/1972 Rook 0 Arizona Cardinals / 7th / 241st pick / 1995
33 Sam Gash 27 FB 14 9 242 6-0 Penn St. 3/7/1969 4 3 New England Patriots / 8th / 205th pick / 1992
67 Mike Gisler 27 14 0 295 6-4 Houston 8/26/1969 3 1 New Orleans Saints / 11th / 303rd pick / 1992
88 Terry Glenn 22 WR 15 15 195 5-11 Ohio St. 7/23/1974 Rook 13 New England Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1996
81 Hason Graham 25 9 0 176 5-10 Georgia 3/21/1971 1 1
35 Marrio Grier 25 16 0 229 5-10 Clemson,Tenn-Chattanooga 12/5/1971 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 6th / 195th pick / 1996
26 Jerome Henderson 27 7 0 193 5-10 Clemson 8/8/1969 5 1 New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1991
31 Jimmy Hitchcock 26 rcb 13 5 190 5-10 North Carolina 11/9/1970 1 3 New England Patriots / 3rd / 88th pick / 1995
84 Shawn Jefferson 27 WR 15 15 185 5-11 Central Florida 2/22/1969 5 9 Houston Oilers / 9th / 240th pick / 1991
83 Dietrich Jells 24 wr 7 1 186 5-10 Pittsburgh 4/11/1972 Rook 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 176th pick / 1996
52 Ted Johnson 24 MLB 16 16 253 6-4 Colorado 12/4/1972 1 9 New England Patriots / 2nd / 57th pick / 1995
96 Mike Jones 27 LDE 16 12 290 6-4 North Carolina St. 8/25/1969 5 9 Phoenix Cardinals / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1991
61 Bob Kratch 30 g 8 4 288 6-3 Iowa 1/6/1966 7 3 New York Giants / 3rd / 64th pick / 1989
68 Max Lane 25 RT 16 16 315 6-6 Navy 2/22/1971 2 9 New England Patriots / 6th / 168th pick / 1994
24 Ty Law 22 LCB 13 12 200 5-11 Michigan 2/10/1974 1 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1995
43 Vernon Lewis 26 7 0 192 5-10 Pittsburgh 10/27/1970 3 0
15 Ray Lucas 24 2 0 214 6-3 Rutgers 8/6/1972 Rook 0
28 Curtis Martin* 23 RB 16 15 210 5-11 Pittsburgh 5/1/1973 1 13 New England Patriots / 3rd / 74th pick / 1995
55 Willie McGinest* 25 RDE 16 16 270 6-5 USC 12/11/1971 2 13 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1994
27 Michael McGruder 32 14 0 185 5-11 Kent St. 5/6/1964 7 1
22 Dave Meggett* 30 KR 16 1 190 5-7 Morgan St.,Towson St. 4/30/1966 7 5 New York Giants / 5th / 132nd pick / 1989
36 Lawyer Milloy 23 SS 16 10 210 6-0 Washington 11/14/1973 Rook 5 New England Patriots / 2nd / 36th pick / 1996
58 Marty Moore 25 16 0 244 6-1 Kentucky 3/19/1971 2 1 New England Patriots / 7th / 222nd pick / 1994
83 Will Moore 26 wr 2 1 184 6-1 Texas Southern 2/21/1970 1 0
48 Lovett Purnell 24 2 0 245 6-3 West Virginia 4/7/1972 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 7th / 216th pick / 1996
23 Terry Ray 27 ss 16 7 205 6-1 Oklahoma 10/12/1969 4 4 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 158th pick / 1992
21 Ricky Reynolds 31 RCB 11 9 190 5-11 Washington St. 1/19/1965 9 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1987
62 David Richards 30 5 0 315 6-5 SMU,UCLA 4/11/1966 8 0 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 98th pick / 1988
76 William Roberts 34 LG 16 16 291 6-5 Ohio St. 8/5/1962 12 9 New York Giants / 1st / 27th pick / 1984
71 Todd Rucci 26 RG 16 12 296 6-5 Penn St. 7/14/1970 3 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 51st pick / 1993
95 Dwayne Sabb 27 RLB 16 7 248 6-4 New Hampshire 10/9/1969 4 4 New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1992
75 Pio Sagapolutele 27 RDT 15 10 297 6-6 San Diego St. 11/28/1969 5 5 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 85th pick / 1991
94 Walter Scott 23 1 0 285 6-3 East Carolina 5/18/1973 Rook 0
53 Chris Slade 25 LLB 16 9 245 6-5 Virginia 1/30/1971 3 6 New England Patriots / 2nd / 31st pick / 1993
45 Otis Smith 31 rcb 11 6 198 5-11 Southern,Missouri 10/22/1965 5 3
74 Chris Sullivan 23 16 0 279 6-4 Boston Col. 3/14/1973 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 4th / 119th pick / 1996
19 Tom Tupa 30 P 16 0 225 6-4 Ohio St. 2/6/1966 8 2 Phoenix Cardinals / 3rd / 68th pick / 1988
4 Adam Vinatieri 24 K 16 0 202 6-0 South Dakota St. 12/28/1972 Rook 2
97 Mark Wheeler 26 LDT 16 15 285 6-3 Texas A&M 4/1/1970 4 8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 59th pick / 1992
25 Larry Whigham 24 db 16 1 205 6-2 La-Monroe 6/23/1972 2 2 Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 110th pick / 1994
64 Dave Wohlabaugh 24 C 16 16 296 6-3 Syracuse 4/13/1972 1 9 New England Patriots / 4th / 112th pick / 1995
72 Devin Wyman 23 dt 9 4 290 6-7 Kentucky St. 8/29/1973 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 6th / 206th pick / 1996
16 Scott Zolak 29 3 0 230 6-5 Maryland 12/13/1967 4 0 New England Patriots / 4th / 84th pick / 1991
Team Total 26.3 16 240.1 6-2.0 3.3