Eight teams remain for the 2021 NFL divisional round. Players from the New England Patriots’ past can be found on each.
Some stays spanned days and others spanned decades. Some arrived via waivers and others via drafts, trades and tryouts. Former is relative for most.
But here’s a look back through the former Patriots on active rosters, practice squads and reserve lists entering the weekend’s playoff slate.
LOS ANGELES AT GREEN BAY: SATURDAY, 4:35 P.M. ET
- Troy Hill, cornerback – 53-man roster
- Derek Rivers, defensive end – 53-man roster
- Jared Veldheer, offensive tackle – 53-man roster, Covid-19 reserve
- De’Jon Harris, linebacker – practice squad
The NFC meeting between the No. 6 Rams and No. 1 Packers features one player who had his card filled out by New England. That’d be Rivers in the third round of the 2017 class. His arrival in Los Angeles came off waivers in November. As for Green Bay, Veldheer was added to the roster and to the Covid-19 list after starting January with the Indianapolis Colts. The veteran tackle spent a week of organized team activities with New England before retiring in 2019.
BALTIMORE AT BUFFALO: SATURDAY, 8:15 P.M. ET
- DeAndrew White, wide receiver – injured reserve
- Eric Tomlinson, tight end – 53-man roster
- L.J. Fort, linebacker – 53-man roster
- Jordan Richards, safety – 53-man roster
- Lee Smith, tight end – 53-man roster
- Jordan Devey, guard – 53-man roster
- Corey Bojorquez, punter – 53-man roster
The No. 5 seed in the AFC crosses paths with the No. 2 seed in a matchup that includes six ex-Patriots between the active rosters. On the interior offensive line, Devey was signed from Buffalo’s practice squad leading up to the divisional around after being protected throughout the season. Elsewhere, Richards, Smith and Bojorquez all signed their first NFL contracts with New England. And Smith reeled in a touchdown last month against the organization that drafted him.
CLEVELAND AT KANSAS CITY: SUNDAY, 3:05 P.M. ET
- Colby Gossett, guard – Covid-19 opt-out
- Anthony Fabiano, center – 53-man roster
- Adrian Clayborn, defensive end – 53-man roster
- Charley Hughlett, long snapper – 53-man roster
- Mike Pennel, defensive tackle – 53-man roster
Pennel marks the lone ex-Patriots player in the fold for the top seed in the AFC. And his time in New England concluded after three preseason games in August 2019. Pennel has since registered 53 tackles, one sack and one ring over a pair of campaigns with Kansas City. As for the No. 6 Browns, a Super Bowl LIII champion in Clayborn looms off the edges. He’s posted 3.5 sacks and a forced fumble as part of the Cleveland defense.
TAMPA BAY AT NEW ORLEANS: SUNDAY, 6:40 P.M. ET
- Tom Brady, quarterback – 53-man roster
- Kenjon Barner, running back – injured reserve
- Antonio Brown, wide receiver – 53-man roster
- Rob Gronkowski, tight end – 53-man roster
- Earl Watford, guard – 53-man roster
- Ted Larsen, guard – practice squad
- Jack Cichy, linebacker – 53-man roster
- Austin Carr, wide receiver – practice squad
- Jake Kumerow, wide receiver – practice squad
- Bennie Fowler, wide receiver – injured reserve
- Jason Vander Laan, tight end – Covid-19 opt-out
- Malcom Brown, defensive tackle – 53-man roster
- Ryan Glasgow, defensive tackle – practice squad
- Johnson Bademosi, cornerback – injured reserve
Including scout teams, injured reserve and an opt-out, the No. 5 seed and No. 2 seed in the NFC combine to carry more than a dozen familiar names. And behind center is a 43-year-old for Tampa Bay who tossed 40 touchdowns during the regular season. Gronkowski, acquired in a swap of picks last April, accounted for seven of them from Brady. And on the other end, 2015 Patriots first-rounder Malcom Brown sacked the Bucs quarterback in November.