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Patriots name 10 practice players of the week following divisional round win over the Texans

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New England handed out its weekly practice honors.

Following each victory, the New England Patriots coaching staff honors those players who have played a key role in preparing for the defeated opponent. The last two weeks, the team was working on the Houston Texans and according to the Patriots, a season-high 10 players have earned themselves "practice player of the week" honors.

According to a tweet by the Patriots’ official account, they are as follows:

OG Chris Barker

LB Trevor Bates

QB Jacoby Brissett

RB D.J. Foster

RB Tyler Gaffney

FB Glenn Gronkowski

DT Darius Kilgo

LB Barkevious Mingo

SS Jordan Richards

WR DeAndrew White

Nine of the 10 men listed above have been named practice player of the week before (for the entire list, scroll down). Defensive tackle Darius Kilgo, who joined the Patriots in late November, is the lone player to earn the honor for the first time.

Of the 10 players pointed out by the coaching staff, four are on the active 53-man roster: Jacoby Brissett, D.J. Foster, Barkevious Mingo and Jordan Richards. The other six are all part of New England’s practice squad, which shows how important of a role those not on the regular roster play when it comes to preparing for an opponent.

With the AFC Championship Game coming up, they will once again have a busy of practice week ahead.


Week 1: RB D.J. Foster, DB Brandon King, DB Jordan Richards, DB Vinnie Sunseri
Week 2: QB Jacoby Brissett, LB Elandon Roberts, DT Woodrow Hamilton
Week 3: TE AJ Derby
Week 5: OG Chris Barker, RB D.J. Foster, TE AJ Derby, DB Eric Rowe, DL Geneo Grissom, DB Vinnie Sunseri
Week 6: ED Trey Flowers, DT Anthony Johnson, RB Bishop Sankey, WR DeAndrew White
Week 7: DT Malcom Brown, RB Tyler Gaffney, OG Ted Karras, DB Brandon King, DB Jordan Richards, and WR DeAndrew White
Week 8: S Nate Ebner, OT Cameron Fleming, RB D.J. Foster, ED Geneo Grissom, CB Cyrus Jones, WR Devin Lucien, LB Trevor Reilly, S Jordan Richards, and WR DeAndrew White
Week 11: LB Trevor Bates, RB D.J. Foster, DE Geneo Grissom, TE Matt Lengel, LB Trevor Reilly, WR DeAndrew White
Week 12: CB Justin Coleman, RB D.J. Foster, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, CB Jonathan Jones, OG Ted Karras, DT Woodrow Hamilton, LB Trevor Reilly, and LB Kyle Van Noy
Week 13: CB Justin Coleman, OG Chase Farris, RB D.J. Foster, ED Geneo Grissom, FB Glenn Gronkowski, CB Cyrus Jones, and LB Barkevious Mingo
Week 14: S Nate Ebner, RB D.J. Foster, ED Geneo Grissom, OG Ted Karras, DB Brandon King, TE Matt Lengel, OT LaAdrian Waddle
Week 15: ED Geneo Grissom, FB Glenn Gronkowski, LB Barkevious Mingo, SS Jordan Richards, OT LaAdrian Waddle, and WR DeAndrew White
Week 16: LB Trevor Bates, OT Cameron Fleming, RB D.J. Foster, RB Tyler Gaffney, CB Jonathan Jones, DB Brandon King, and TE Matt Lengel
Week 17: QB Jacoby Brissett, DT Malcom Brown, RB D.J. Foster, DE Geneo Grissom, FB Glenn Gronkowski, TE Matt Lengel, LB Elandon Roberts, OT LaAdrian Waddle