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There are 28 players who recorded snaps for the New England Patriots

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 in the 2018 AFC Championship Game on the active roster for this year’s.That tally does not include the likes of wide receiver Julian Edelman Damien Harris NFL Jersey , offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, linebacker Dont’a Hightower or core special-teamer Nate Ebner, as all resided on injured reserve when New England survived the Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20, at Gillette Stadium to advance to Super Bowl LII.The tally also doesn’t include then-rookie offensive lineman Cole Croston, who checked into the kicking game versus Jacksonville and now is a member of the practice squad.It doesn’t include cornerback Eric Rowe, who was in for 62 percent of New England’s defensive duties that day, either. He was placed on IR this October.“This team is completely different than any team I’ve been on that’s been here in New England,” Edelman, in his 10th campaign, said during his Friday press conference. “We’ve got a lot of young guys. There’s some veterans. I’m sure they have some veterans that have played in important ball games, as well.”Experience won’t be the be-all, end-all as Sunday’s 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff versus the Kansas City Chiefs gets underway. But there remains a long list of Patriots holdovers who’ve been here before as the organization heads to Arrowhead Stadium for its eighth consecutive conference title appearance.Some have seen the field under head coach Bill Belichick for each of the previous seven. Some have missed one January and returned for another. Some have known nothing different since entering the league.“You don’t know if this will happen every year, and it kind of seems crazy because we say it every time we get this opportunity,” safety Devin McCourty, a first-round pick in 2010 who had only his rookie season end in the divisional round, told reporters Wednesday. “But it’s a special thing to be able to play in this game.”“When you’re a young buck, really young, you feel like you’re going to be here for a little,” tight end Rob Gronkowski, a second-rounder from the same draft class, said Thursday. “I would say now, seeing everything, seeing how fast it goes, you know how much work it takes to put in to get to this level. As you get older, you’ve got to put more work into it to get this far, to get to this stage, to get to the championship game.”While there are 28 players on New England’s current 53-man roster who saw snaps in last year’s AFC title game, let’s extrapolate back to when the streak began.From the 2017 AFC title game Damien Harris NFL Draft , there are 25.Tom Brady, James White, James Develin, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Marcus Cannon, Shaq Mason, Joe Thuney, David Andrews, Ted Karras, Malcom Brown, Trey Flowers, Dont’a Hightower, Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts, Jonathan Jones, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner, Brandon King, Matthew Slater, Joe Cardona, Ryan Allen, Stephen GostkowskiFrom the 2016 AFC title game, there are 18.Tom Brady, James White, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski Damien Harris Buffalo Bills Jersey , Marcus Cannon, Shaq Mason, David Andrews, Malcom Brown, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner, Brandon King, Matthew Slater, Joe Cardona, Ryan Allen, Stephen GostkowskiFrom the 2015 AFC title game, there are 13.Tom Brady, James Develin, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Marcus Cannon, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner, Matthew Slater, Ryan Allen, Stephen GostkowskiFrom the 2014 AFC title game, there are 11.Tom Brady, James Develin Youth Drew Bledsoe Jerseys , Julian Edelman, Marcus Cannon, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Duron Harmon, Nate Ebner, Matthew Slater, Ryan Allen, Stephen GostkowskiFrom the 2013 AFC title game, there are eight.Tom Brady, Marcus Cannon, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Nate Ebner, Matthew Slater, Stephen GostkowskiAnd from the 2012 AFC title game, there are a slightly different eight.Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Marcus Cannon, Devin McCourty, Patrick Chung, Matthew Slater, Stephen GostkowskiThe Oakland Raiders hold the NFL’s second-longest stretch of conference championship appearances, reaching the AFC title bout from 1973 through 1978. And with a win in Kansas City, New England would join the 1990-1993 Buffalo Bills and 1971-1973 Miami Dolphins as the lone franchises to appear in at least three consecutive Super Bowls since the era began.For the Patriots, the lone certainty is that more snaps will be accrued Sunday.And by some of the same, familiar names as the seven Januaries prior. As with everything this time of year Drew Bledsoe Jerseys Stitched , take this with a Vince-Wilfork-size grain of salt”Q: How do you get everyone to hate the New England Patriots and the Boston sports scene in general even more than they already do?A: Add more Duke playersOk, that’s probably more of a sure shot for more Haterade in the NBA than in the game we play over here where even joining the Patriots falls somewhere between “SELLOUT!” and “Of course (insert whoever’s name here) did!”, but the point still stands. With this year’s class of quarterbacks not particularly, let’s say, ‘sparking joy’ unless you’re the Arizona Cardinals or John Elway, the odds of some quarterbacks dropping out of the top half of the first round seem like they’re getting better all the time. Which of course means that the odds of everyone around here getting furious if Bill turns in a draft card for any of them instead of going ALL IN are basically 1,000%. That just might be a good week to turn the radio off.(Note: it’s always a good week to turn the radio off.)It’s not any of the QB prospects’ fault, it’s just the way it is if/when you get tabbed to replace the guy who’s been executing Fatality combos on the record books for the past 10 years. Tough sledding.Anyway, that brings us to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora in his NFL Insider Notes (ooooh, an Insider that’s free!) and this little bit about New England *allegedly* liking Daniel Jones the more they think about it:Most of you guys probably watch more college football than I do, so someone will have to fill me in as to whether a “David Cutcliffe pedigree” has been a compliment since like, 2004 or not. Maybe it’s coming back in like Adidas Superstars? You tell me.On the other hand, back to Daniel Jones and JLC’s rumblings, La Canfora’s also having a Red-Sox-esque streak of luck lately, and by luck I mean, well, you’ve seen the Red Sox this year.Which, let’s be fair here – there’s a lot of teams that are .500 against Jeff Fisher, so no shame in that, right?(Get it, because Jeff Fisher has a .500 lifetime win-loss record? Get it? Get it??)On the other other hand, the Patriots did use one of their official visits to bring Daniel Jones in last week, so, there’s that, although for a nice shot/chaser you can take that with a grain of “visits almost never turn into actual Patriots draft picks”.Only six more sleeps till the draft, right?
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