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Patriots name 6 practice players of the week following 35-14 divisional round win over the Titans

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New England handed out the honor yet again.

NFL: New England Patriots at Pittsburgh Steelers Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The postseason is different from the regular season in many way. One thing, however, does never change and that is the New England Patriots handing out practice player of the week awards after a victory. The recipients are players, who helped the team most during preparations for the upcoming opponent, according to the coaching staff.

Following the Patriots' 35-14 divisional round win over the Tennessee Titans, this week's players look as follows (via the Patriots' Twitter account):

DB David Jones

DT Adam Butler

DB Damarius Travis

QB Brian Hoyer

FB James Develin

WR Kenny Britt

Judged by the list above, New England placed an emphasis on three aspects of the Titans' game: The size and physicality of skill position players on both sides of the football, the battle in the trenches, and the mobility of quarterback Marcus Mariota – embodied in practice by backup quarterback Brian Hoyer.

Hoyer receives his third practice player of the week award for his work, while defensive backs David Jones and Demarius Travis receive their sixth. Defensive tackle Adam Butler, who had a very good performance against the Titans, is named practice player of the week for the second time; Pro Bowl fullback James Develin – likely helping the team prepare for Tennessee's tight ends – and wideout Kenny Britt for the first.


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

Week 15: RB Brandon Bolden, RB Rex Burkhead, RB Mike Gillislee, DB David Jones, OL Ted Karras, RB Dion Lewis, CB Ryan Lewis, RB James White

Week 16: TE Dwayne Allen, TE Will Tye, QB Brian Hoyer, WR Bernard Reedy, DE Deatrich Wise Jr., CB Johnson Bademosi, CB Jomal Wiltz, CB Ryan Lewis

Week 17: WR Chris Hogan, TE Will Tye, OL Cole Croston, OL LaAdrian Waddle, DL Ricky Jean Francois, DB David Jones