FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- A few quick-hit thoughts on the Patriots' inactive players today:
One more OL than the norm. The Patriots traditionally like to enter games with seven offensive linemen -- the two reserves back up multiple spots -- but they go with eight today. That is likely tied to the concussion sustained by starting right guard Dan Connolly last Sunday. While Connolly is active, perhaps there is an element of unknown as to how things will unfold for him. Receiver Greg Salas, who is inactive, seemed to be the player most affected by having an extra offensive lineman on the 46-man game-day roster.
Vereen down, so Ridley/Woodhead should lead way. With second-year running back Shane Vereen inactive (foot), Stevan Ridley and Danny Woodhead should assume the bulk of the team's running back snaps. Ridley played 40 of 67 snaps last week, with Woodhead on for just 14 as the team was seldom in the shotgun (13 snaps).
Hoomanawanui again the third TE. With veteran Daniel Fells (shin) still working his way back to full strength, Michael Hoomanawanui is positioned to serve as the team's third tight end. Hoomanawanui was on for 10 of 67 snaps last week as the Patriots had great success with three tight ends on the field (3 TDs).