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Patriots name 6 practice players of the week following AFC Championship win over the Steelers

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For the ninth straight week, the team handed out its practice honors.

After each New England Patriots victory, the coaching staff awards players on the active roster or practice squad by naming them "practice player of the week". Following the Patriots’ 34-16 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game, the team announced last week’s selections today.

The following six players received the honors:

LB Trevor Bates

RB Tyler Gaffney

OG Ted Karras

RB Dion Lewis

DT Vincent Valentine

RB James White

What stands out on the list is the number of running backs. Given that the Steelers have one of the best backs in the NFL on their team – Le’Veon Bell – all three seemingly played an important role in preparing the Patriots defense for their matchup.

Lewis, Valentine and White are first-time recipients of the honor, while Bates, Gaffney and Karras have each been named practice players of the week three times before.


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
AFC divisional playoffs: 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