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Patriots name eight practice players of the week following win over the Steelers

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New England handed out the honors yet again.

New England Patriots v Pittsburgh Steelers Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images

After being unable to name practice players of the week last week courtesy of a loss against the Miami Dolphins, the New England Patriots were back to handing out the honors again this week. Overall, the coaching staff picked eight players who played a key role in helping the team prepare for last Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. They are as follows:

RB Brandon Bolden

RB Rex Burkhead

RB Mike Gillislee

DB David Jones

OL Ted Karras

RB Dion Lewis

CB Ryan Lewis

RB James White

Two things stand out when looking at the list above: 1) Seven of the eight players – all except practice squad cornerback Ryan Lewis – were part of the last batch of practice players of the week as well. 2) The entire running back depth chart is present once again, which is not a surprise considering that Pittsburgh has one of the best backs in the NFL on its roster in Le'Veon Bell.


Week 2: DB Nate Ebner, DL Geneo Grissom, TE Jacob Hollister

Week 3: DL Adam Butler, DL Geneo Grissom, WR Cody Hollister, DB Damarius Travis

Week 5: Unknown

Week 6: DL Angelo Blackson, QB Jimmy Garoppolo, DB David Jones, OL Ted Karras, DB Damarius Travis

Week 7: RB Rex Burkhead, LB Marquis Flowers, DL Geneo Grissom, WR Cody Hollister, LB Trevor Reilly, CB Jomal Wiltz

Week 8: TE Dwayne Allen, OL Cole Croston, WR Cody Hollister, TE Jacob Hollister, CB Ryan Lewis, DB Jomal Wiltz

Week 10: DL Geneo Grissom, DL Mike Purcell, DB Damarius Travis, WR Riley McCarron, OL Cameron Fleming

Week 11: RB Brandon Bolden, OL James Ferentz, DL Geneo Grissom, WR Riley McCarron, DB David Jones

Week 12: WR Cody Hollister, QB Brian Hoyer, WR Riley McCarron, LB Trevor Reilly, DB Damarius Travis

Week 13: RB Brandon Bolden, RB Rex Burkhead, RB Mike Gillislee, DB David Jones, OL Ted Karras, DE Eric Lee, RB Dion Lewis, WR Bernard Reedy, DB Damarius Travis, RB James White