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1997 New England Patriots

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.3, Offense: 2.3, Defense: 3.0, SoS: 0.3, avg is 0.0.

Scored 369 points (23.1/g), 8th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 289 points (18.1/g), 8th.
 Differential of 80 points (5.0/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.3-5.7.

Coach: Pete Carroll (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Larry Kennan
 Defensive Coordinator: Steve Sidwell
 Other Notable Asst.: Jeff Davidson (Tight Ends)

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* 25 4 16 314 for 522, 3,706 yards, 28 td, 15 int, & 28 rushes for 55 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1993
RB Curtis Martin 24 2 13 274 rushes for 1,160 yards, 4 td, & 41 catches for 296 yards and 1 td New England Patriots / 3rd / 74th pick / 1995
FB Keith Byars 34 11 8 11 rushes for 24 yards, 0 td, & 20 catches for 189 yards and 3 td Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 10th pick / 1986
WR Terry Glenn 23 1 9 27 catches for 431 yards, 2 td New England Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1996
WR Shawn Jefferson 28 6 14 54 catches for 841 yards, 2 td Houston Oilers / 9th / 240th pick / 1991
TE Ben Coates* 28 6 16 66 catches for 737 yards, 8 td New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1991
LT Bruce Armstrong* 32 10 16 New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1987
LG Max Lane 26 3 16 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 6th / 168th pick / 1994
C Dave Wohlabaugh 25 2 14 New England Patriots / 4th / 112th pick / 1995
RG Todd Rucci 27 4 16 New England Patriots / 2nd / 51st pick / 1993
RT Zefross Moss 31 8 15
 Defensive Starters
LDE Chris Sullivan 24 1 10 New England Patriots / 4th / 119th pick / 1996
LDT Mark Wheeler 27 5 14 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 59th pick / 1992
RDT Henry Thomas 32 10 16 7.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1987
RDE Willie McGinest 26 3 11 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1994
LLB Chris Slade* 26 4 16 9.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 31st pick / 1993
MLB Ted Johnson 25 2 16 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 57th pick / 1995
RLB Todd Collins 27 5 15 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 3rd / 64th pick / 1992
LCB Ty Law 23 2 16 0.5 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1995
RCB Jimmy Hitchcock 27 2 15 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 3rd / 88th pick / 1995
SS Lawyer Milloy 24 1 16 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 36th pick / 1996
FS Willie Clay 27 5 16 0.0 sacks, 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 8th / 221st pick / 1992
 Special Teams Starters
K Adam Vinatieri 25 1 0 25 of 29 field goals & 40 of 40 extra points
P Tom Tupa 31 9 0 78 punts for a 45.8 average, 1 blocked Phoenix Cardinals / 3rd / 68th pick / 1988
PR Dave Meggett 31 8 2 45 punt returns for a 10.4 average and 0 td New York Giants / 5th / 132nd pick / 1989
KR Dave Meggett 31 8 2 33 kick returns for a 24.7 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* 32 LT 16 16 295 6-4 Louisville 9/7/1965 10 11 New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1987
86 Mike Bartrum 27 9 0 245 6-4 Marshall 6/23/1970 4 0
11 Drew Bledsoe* 25 QB 16 16 238 6-5 Washington St. 2/14/1972 4 14 New England Patriots / 1st / 1st pick / 1993
82 Vincent Brisby 26 wr 16 4 190 6-3 La-Monroe 1/25/1971 4 3 New England Patriots / 2nd / 56th pick / 1993
80 Troy Brown 26 wr 16 6 196 5-10 Marshall 7/2/1971 4 6 New England Patriots / 8th / 198th pick / 1993
54 Tedy Bruschi 24 lb 16 1 247 6-1 Arizona 6/9/1973 1 2 New England Patriots / 3rd / 86th pick / 1996
41 Keith Byars 34 FB 16 8 245 6-1 Ohio St. 10/14/1963 11 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 10th pick / 1986
26 Chris Canty 21 db 16 1 185 5-9 Kansas St. 3/30/1976 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 1st / 29th pick / 1997
42 Chris Carter 23 16 0 201 6-1 Texas 9/27/1974 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 3rd / 89th pick / 1997
32 Willie Clay 27 FS 16 16 193 5-10 Georgia Tech 9/5/1970 5 8 Detroit Lions / 8th / 221st pick / 1992
87 Ben Coates* 28 TE 16 16 245 6-5 Livingstone 8/16/1969 6 8 New England Patriots / 5th / 124th pick / 1991
59 Todd Collins 27 RLB 15 15 248 6-2 Georgia,Tennessee,Carson-Newman 5/27/1970 5 7 New England Patriots / 3rd / 64th pick / 1992
92 Ferric Collons 28 lde 5 5 290 6-7 California 12/4/1969 2 3
99 Vernon Crawford 23 16 0 245 6-4 Florida St. 6/25/1974 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 5th / 159th pick / 1997
29 Derrick Cullors 25 rb 15 1 195 6-0 TCU,Murray St. 12/26/1972 Rook 2
61 Damon Denson 22 1 0 305 6-4 Michigan 2/8/1975 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 4th / 97th pick / 1997
90 Chad Eaton 25 dt 16 1 303 6-5 Washington St. 4/6/1972 1 2 Arizona Cardinals / 7th / 241st pick / 1995
66 Ed Ellis 22 1 0 325 6-5 Buffalo 10/13/1975 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 4th / 125th pick / 1997
17 Tony Gaiter 23 1 0 169 5-8 Miami (FL) 7/15/1974 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 6th / 192nd pick / 1997
33 Sam Gash 28 fb 16 5 242 6-0 Penn St. 3/7/1969 5 2 New England Patriots / 8th / 205th pick / 1992
67 Mike Gisler 28 c 16 2 295 6-4 Houston 8/26/1969 4 2 New Orleans Saints / 11th / 303rd pick / 1992
88 Terry Glenn 23 WR 9 9 195 5-11 Ohio St. 7/23/1974 1 5 New England Patriots / 1st / 7th pick / 1996
35 Marrio Grier 26 16 0 229 5-10 Clemson,Tenn-Chattanooga 12/5/1971 1 1 New England Patriots / 6th / 195th pick / 1996
31 Jimmy Hitchcock 27 RCB 15 15 190 5-10 North Carolina 11/9/1970 2 7 New England Patriots / 3rd / 88th pick / 1995
63 Heath Irwin 24 g 16 1 300 6-4 Colorado 6/27/1973 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 4th / 101st pick / 1996
21 Steve Israel 28 5 0 194 5-11 Pittsburgh 3/16/1969 5 0 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 30th pick / 1992
84 Shawn Jefferson 28 WR 16 14 185 5-11 Central Florida 2/22/1969 6 9 Houston Oilers / 9th / 240th pick / 1991
83 Dietrich Jells 25 11 0 186 5-10 Pittsburgh 4/11/1972 1 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 176th pick / 1996
52 Ted Johnson 25 MLB 16 16 253 6-4 Colorado 12/4/1972 2 8 New England Patriots / 2nd / 57th pick / 1995
96 Mike Jones 28 lde 16 7 290 6-4 North Carolina St. 8/25/1969 6 6 Phoenix Cardinals / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1991
68 Max Lane 26 LG 16 16 315 6-6 Navy 2/22/1971 3 9 New England Patriots / 6th / 168th pick / 1994
24 Ty Law 23 LCB 16 16 200 5-11 Michigan 2/10/1974 2 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 23rd pick / 1995
38 Steve Lofton 29 4 0 180 5-9 Texas A&M 11/26/1968 6 0
28 Curtis Martin 24 RB 13 13 210 5-11 Pittsburgh 5/1/1973 2 13 New England Patriots / 3rd / 74th pick / 1995
55 Willie McGinest 26 RDE 11 11 270 6-5 USC 12/11/1971 3 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1994
27 Michael McGruder 33 3 0 185 5-11 Kent St. 5/6/1964 8 0
22 Dave Meggett 31 KR 16 2 190 5-7 Morgan St.,Towson St. 4/30/1966 8 3 New York Giants / 5th / 132nd pick / 1989
36 Lawyer Milloy 24 SS 16 16 210 6-0 Washington 11/14/1973 1 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 36th pick / 1996
98 Brandon Mitchell 22 12 0 290 6-3 Texas A&M 6/19/1975 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 2nd / 59th pick / 1997
58 Marty Moore 26 16 0 244 6-1 Kentucky 3/19/1971 3 2 New England Patriots / 7th / 222nd pick / 1994
77 Zefross Moss 31 RT 15 15 325 6-6 Alabama St. 8/17/1966 8 8
85 Lovett Purnell 25 te 16 2 245 6-3 West Virginia 4/7/1972 1 1 New England Patriots / 7th / 216th pick / 1996
60 Scott Rehberg 24 6 0 325 6-8 Central Michigan 11/17/1973 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 7th / 230th pick / 1997
71 Todd Rucci 27 RG 16 16 296 6-5 Penn St. 7/14/1970 4 9 New England Patriots / 2nd / 51st pick / 1993
51 Bernard Russ 24 2 0 238 6-1 West Virginia 11/4/1973 Rook 0
23 Sedrick Shaw 24 1 0 214 6-0 Iowa 11/16/1973 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 3rd / 61st pick / 1997
53 Chris Slade* 26 LLB 16 16 245 6-5 Virginia 1/30/1971 4 12 New England Patriots / 2nd / 31st pick / 1993
74 Chris Sullivan 24 LDE 16 10 279 6-4 Boston Col. 3/14/1973 1 5 New England Patriots / 4th / 119th pick / 1996
95 Henry Thomas 32 RDT 16 16 277 6-2 LSU 1/12/1965 10 8 Minnesota Vikings / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1987
19 Tom Tupa 31 P 16 0 225 6-4 Ohio St. 2/6/1966 9 3 Phoenix Cardinals / 3rd / 68th pick / 1988
75 Danny Villa 33 7 0 304 6-5 Arizona St. 9/21/1964 10 1 New England Patriots / 5th / 113th pick / 1987
4 Adam Vinatieri 25 K 16 0 202 6-0 South Dakota St. 12/28/1972 1 4
97 Mark Wheeler 27 LDT 14 14 285 6-3 Texas A&M 4/1/1970 5 6 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 3rd / 59th pick / 1992
25 Larry Whigham* 25 16 0 205 6-2 La-Monroe 6/23/1972 3 4 Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 110th pick / 1994
64 Dave Wohlabaugh 25 C 14 14 296 6-3 Syracuse 4/13/1972 2 7 New England Patriots / 4th / 112th pick / 1995
72 Devin Wyman 24 6 0 290 6-7 Kentucky St. 8/29/1973 1 0 New England Patriots / 6th / 206th pick / 1996
16 Scott Zolak 30 4 0 230 6-5 Maryland 12/13/1967 5 0 New England Patriots / 4th / 84th pick / 1991
Team Total 26.3 16 243.8 6-2.0 3.3