2021 Schedule

2021 Schedule
8-4, 1st in AFC East
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie kicker Quinn Nordin went unclaimed on waivers, and the expectation is that he will now sign with the Patriots practice squad. Veteran Nick Folk has arguably been the AFC's best kicker this season, giving the Patriots reliability and clutch performance, but Nordin adds insurance as Folk manages a left knee injury. Potentially losing Nordin on waivers after spending time developing him over the spring/training camp would have been a blow to the team.

Why Dianna Russini is calling Patriots-Bills the game of the year (1:28)
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Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

QB Mac Jones was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month, and CB J.C. Jackson was named NFL Defensive Player of the Month, the league announced Thursday. Jones is the first Patriots rookie to receive such an honor since DL Chandler Jones in September of the 2012 season. Meanwhile, it is the first NFL honor for Jackson and the first for a Patriots defender since 2019 when Stephon Gilmore (October) and DB Devin McCourty (September) won the award.

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Hour 2: Josh Allen or Mac Jones?

Buster Olney joins to give us more on the MLB lockout. Jakobi Meyers joins the show to talk about Mac Jones' development and the Pats up coming game vs. the Bills. Plus, the guys play Take Your Pick with the QB matchups in Week 13.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie kicker Quinn Nordin, who was designated to return from injured reserve on Monday, has been waived by the team. Nordin is likely to land on the practice squad should he clear waivers. The Michigan alum caught the attention of the Patriots' coaching staff in training camp and preseason with a strong leg, while also battling some inconsistency. He made the initial 53-man roster, but veteran Nick Folk always seemed to be the team's top plan, and Nordin later landed on IR.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Safety Kyle Dugger, the Patriots' leading tackler, has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. Dugger missed practice and his potential absence for Monday's road game against the Bills would be significant. The Patriots rely on their "big nickel" package with three safeties as much as any team in NFL, with Devin McCourty (92.4% playing time), Dugger (81.3%) and Adrian Phillips (80.5%).

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

LB Jamie Collins, who was placed on injured reserve Nov. 13 due to his ankle, returned to practice on Wednesday. Collins now has 21 days to practice without counting on the 53-man roster, but the team can activate him any time before that. The Patriots have an extra practice this week with their Monday night road game against the Bills (ESPN, 8:15 p.m. ET).

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4dAlaina Getzenberg

Bills remove Lotulelei, Brown from COVID-19 list

The Bills have removed starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and rookie right tackle Spencer Brown from the COVID-19 list, giving Buffalo back two starters heading into a significant AFC East matchup against the New England Patriots.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

RB Devine Ozigbo, who played in college at Nebraska and has been with the Saints and Jaguars after going undrafted in 2019, has been signed to the practice squad. He adds depth with J.J. Taylor on reserve/COVID list.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots have placed reserve RB J.J. Taylor (pictured) on the reserve/COVID list on Monday. Taylor was inactive for Sunday's win over the Titans. Meanwhile, rookie kicker Quinn Nordin has been designated to return from injured reserve. This starts his 21-day clock to practice without counting on the active roster. Veteran kicker Nick Folk, who has been solid all season, has been limited in practice due to a left knee injury.

Team Stats

Passing Yards240.014th
Rushing Yards115.312th
Points For28.07th
Points Against15.81st