Counting new faces on Patriots

(Editor's note: Updated to reflect addition of TE Dan Gronkowski.)

When looking at the current Patriots 53-man roster, there are 17 players who weren't with the team last year. Such roster turnover is commonplace in the NFL. As noted by Peter King in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on SI.com, the defending champion Packers have 16 new players. For another comparison, the Ravens have 20.

New players for the Patriots in 2011:

QB Ryan Mallett

CB Ras-I Dowling

RB Stevan Ridley

CB Antwaun Molden

RB Shane Vereen

S James Ihedigbo

LS Danny Aiken

OL Brian Waters

LB A.J. Edds

LB Jeff Tarpinian

OL Nate Solder

TE Dan Gronkowski

WR Chad Ochocinco

DL Albert Haynesworth

DE Andre Carter

DE Shaun Ellis

DE Mark Anderson