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2017 NFL Playoffs: Patriots 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round draft picks inactive vs Texans

The Patriots will rest their rookie receiver.

The New England Patriots and Houston Texans have announced their game day inactives for Saturday’s Divisional Round playoff game.

Patriots Inactives

CB Cyrus Jones

CB Justin Coleman

RB D.J. Foster

QB Jacoby Brissett

OT LaAdrian Waddle

WR Malcolm Mitchell

S Jordan Richards

The Patriots have made their 2016 2nd, 3rd, and 4th round draft picks inactive, along with a gaggle of young players. Mitchell is the only player that would have been a part of the Patriots game plan, but his inactivity means that WR Danny Amendola is back in the lineup. None of these inactives are surprises.

Texans Inactives

S Quintin Demps

LB John Simon

QB Brandon Weeden

LB Max Bullough

OG Josh Walker

WR Wendall Williams

DE Ufomba Kamalu

The Texans will be without starting safety Demps, who was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month in December. Houston will also only have four three active wide receivers, which means the Patriots can expect a heavy dose of two-tight end sets with C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin.