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The Patriots have been battling with injuries they didn’t have to face in 2016.

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1. In 2016, the Patriots finished the season with just three players on the injured reserve: LB Jonathan Freeny (shoulders), TE Rob Gronkowski (back), and TE Greg Scruggs (knee). Two other players were on the PUP list and did not play all season: OG Tre Jackson (knee) and OT Sebastian Vollmer (everything).

This year, the Patriots are in much worse shape. WR Julian Edelman (ACL), CB Cyrus Jones(ACL), EDGE Derek Rivers (ACL), EDGE Caleb Kidder, and TE Matt Lengel were all placed on the injured reserve prior to the start of the season and cannot return this year, while EDGE Shea McClellin, WR Malcolm Mitchell, and DT Vincent Valentine were placed on the injured reserve after week 1 and are eligible to return.

This does not include the non-football injury players in EDGE Keionta Davis, OG Chase Farris, OT Antonio Garcia, and OT Andrew Jelks.

The Patriots are able to bring two players back from the injured reserve this year, so two of McClellin, Mitchell, and Valentine will return based upon team need. My guess would be on the first two.

2. As MassLive’s Kevin Duffy highlighted, the Patriots have made eight draft selections in the first four rounds of the past two drafts. Just two remain on the Patriots active roster in 2016 third round OG Joe Thuney and 2017 EDGE Deatrich Wise.

2016 2nd round CB Cyrus Jones is out for the year with a torn ACL, 2016 third round QB Jacoby Brissett is now with the Indianapolis Colts, and 2016 third round DT Vincent Valentine and 2016 fourth round WR Malcolm Mitchell are on the injured reserve with knee injuries. 2017 third round EDGE Derek Rivers tore his ACL in camp, while 2017 third round OT Tony Garcia wasn’t able to participate due to his limitations.

The Patriots really need to figure out what went wrong with all of these injuries and if they can fix the problem moving forward. It’s hard to blame all of this on the turf.

3. The Herald’s Jeff Howe did a nice job highlighting why Rob Gronkowski wants to play so badly against the Texans. The Patriots and Gronkowski added new incentives into the tight end’s contract and he’s not on pace to reach the highest level at this point in time- and missing any more time could cost him the second-tier of incentives.

Gronkowski has the opportunity to produce in the Patriots offense and it would be fantastic if he could provide the same offense every week that he did against the New Orleans Saints, but he can’t do that from the sideline.

4. RB Dion Lewis and RB James White join Gronkowski as offensive players with playing time incentives, while LB Dont’a Hightower, DT Lawrence Guy, DT Alan Branch, SS Patrick Chung, FS Duron Harmon, and LB David Harris all have playing time incentives on defense. The Patriots aren’t the type of team to sit players for the sake of reducing their annual earnings, but that’s certainly something that the players are thinking about.

Lewis, Branch, and Harris are three players that aren’t seeing the necessary playing time to come close to their incentives because there are better (and younger and cheaper) alternatives on the roster. Hopefully Branch can find his 2015-16 form and regain his role, but Lewis and Harris are unlikely to see the needed time without more injuries.

The other players are on the bubble of reaching their incentives and need to keep playing at a high level to achieve them.

5. The Patriots have intentionally brought players back from injury at a slower rate than their competitors because they would rather them be as close to 100% as possible. New England is able to do that because the Patriots have done such a strong job of building the depth of the roster- and part of building this depth is giving younger players an opportunity to play early in the regular season, as an extension of sorts for the preseason.

Don’t be surprised if a lot of the players that were listed as limited on the injury report this week are eased back on the field to give younger players an opportunity.

6. I spoke with Kenneth Levy of BattleRedBlog.com to see if there were any Texans that the Patriots might be able to acquire in the middle of the season as reinforcements.

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New England’s ex-third-stringer has risen to staring quarterback for the Colts.

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On the day of the NFL’s cutdown deadline and only one year after drafting him in the third round, the New England Patriots traded third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Indianapolis Colts for wide receiver Phillip Dorsett. The trade was a surprising one but hailed as a win-win situation for both teams.

Dorsett would add depth to the Patriots’ depleted receiver depth chart, while Brissett would do the same for the Colts’ quarterback position. Two weeks later, the situation has changed drastically for the 23-year old passer. With Pro Bowler Andrew Luck still dealing with injuries, Scott Tolzien took over as Indianapolis’ starter in week one.

However, Tolzien delivered a forgettable performance and was ultimately replaced by Brissett late in the game. Now, it seems as if he has been replaced at the start of the game as well. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the ex-Patriot will start Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals:

Sources: The #Colts are planning on starting QB Jacoby Brissett on Sunday vs. #AZCardinals. Former starter Scott Tolzien goes to the bench.

After Tolzien completed only 9 of 18 pass attempts for a mere 128 yards and two interceptions – both of which were returned for touchdowns –, the writing was on the wall. Consequently, Brissett now appears to get the next chance to prove himself a capable starting quarterback in the NFL after starting two games during his 2016 rookie year with the Patriots.

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Intro: The Indianapolis Colts on Saturday acquired quarterback Jacoby Brissett in a trade with the New England Patriots. His immediate focus turns to getting ready for Sunday’s game against the Rams.

INDIANAPOLIS — Jacoby Brissett didn’t really have any time to process what had just happened.

One day, he’s traded to the Indianapolis Colts. The next day, he’s meeting new teammates and beginning to dive into the playbook. Then he finds himself taking part in his first practice with his new team, which opens up its season in just six days.

Oh, and he’s the Colts’ new backup quarterback, too.

Talk about a whirlwind weekend.

“It was just off to the next place, and you’re going to have to be ready,” Brissett told reporters with a smile on Monday.

In Indianapolis, Brissett will immediately play a role as the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind Scott Tolzien, who will get the start Sunday in the Colts’ season opener against the Los Angeles Rams.

How do you even begin to prepare yourself for such hefty responsibilities — learning a good chunk of a brand new playbook, all the while being one play away from being inserted into Sunday’s game — in such a short time?

“You just have to continue to learn and grow,” Brissett said. “Definitely just diving into the playbook headfirst and asking questions along (the way) and just being ready to do whatever I have to do. Understand that it’s a process and just take it day-by-day, and when we get to Sunday, we’ll worry about Sunday.”

That’s an approach Brissett said he had to learn while in New England, and it paid dividends almost immediately into his rookie season. After the team learned Brady would be suspended for the first four games of the 2016 season, Garoppolo became the starter at quarterback and Brissett moved into the backup role.

But just two weeks into the season, Garoppolo suffered a shoulder injury in a game against the Miami Dolphins, and there Brissett was, pressed into starting duty. And in his first-career start the next week, his Patriots would shut out the Houston Texans, 27-0; and though his second start wasn’t as successful — New England fell to the Buffalo Bills, 16-0, before Brady’s return the following week — many across the league saw just how much moxy the Patriots had in their then-rookie quarterback.

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Our offseason countdown continues with the Number 5 Most Memorable Moment of the 2016 season.

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Here we are at last. The coveted Top 5. The Creme de la Creme. All places I have never finished in any contest that wasn’t eating related. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this part of my countdown of the Top 20 Most Memorable Patriots Moments of 2016 since February, and I’m incredibly stoked that it’s finally here.

But before we dive in, the list so far:

20. The New England Patriots trade Jamie Collins to Cleveland for a bag of peanuts.
19. LeGarrette Blount runs through the entire Seahawks line on his way to the end zone.
18. A Chris Long strip sack helps to ice the game against the New York Jets.
17. The Patriots defense shuts down Trevor Siemian and the Denver Broncos on the road.
16. LeGarrette Blount owns Byron Maxwell with an epic hurdle.
15. A different kind of Malcolm Go highlights a convincing road win against the San Francisco 49ers.
14. Chris Hogan finds some nice redemption against his old team in the form of a beautiful 53 yard TD.
13. Shea McClellin leaps the line to block a FG against the Baltimore Ravens.
12. LeGarrette Blount sets a franchise record with his 15th rushing TD of the year against the Denver Broncos.
11. Tom Brady hits Chris Hogan for a 79 yard TD to ice the game against the Baltimore Ravens.
10. Rob Gronkowski sets a Patriots All-Time receiving TD record by notching his 69th against the Buffalo Bills.
9. A kickoff return for a TD highlights a historic night for Dion Lewis in the AFC Divisional Round against the Houston Texans.
8. Dont’a Hightower blows up Andy Dalton for a safety to give the Patriots some much-needed momentum against the Cincinnati Bengals.
7. Michael Floyd decapitates Tony Lippett to spring Julian Edelman for a 77 yard touchdown.
6. A Jacoby Brissett naked bootleg highlights a Thursday night shutout of the Houston Texans.

To kick off the Top 5, we go to Week 5, and the return of the Top One.

5. Tom Brady returns from suspension to the tune of 406 yards and 3 TDs in an absolute beatdown of the Cleveland Browns.

Usually, a 1 PM matchup between a perennial AFC Powerhouse and a perennial AFC bottom dweller is about as far as it gets from must-see TV. However, when the New England Patriots traveled to Cleveland on October 9th, 2016 to play the Browns, there were way more eyes on the game than anyone had any business having. It was, after all, Tom Brady’s first game back from his Deflategate suspension. A two year long saga of the utmost absurdity was finally reaching its pitiful conclusion. The world had waited with bated breath for the Pats to stumble, but New England had gone a remarkable 3-1 without Brady under center. Now he was back, healthy, rested, and ready to roll.

Tom Brady was not with his fellow New England Patriots teammates when they visited the White House this week, but the Wolfpack of quarterbacks were still thinking of their Super Bowl MVP.

Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett struck a pose in front of the White House with the five Vince Lombardi Trophies and decided to leave some room for the man who helped win those handful of championships.

Brissett later posted the picture on his Instagram with the caption: “TB, we left room of ya!

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