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12-4, 1st in AFC East
Kellerman: Patriots made a mistake trading Garoppolo (2:06)
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1dJordan Raanan

Source: Bielema joining Judge's staff with Giants

Bret Bielema, who has spent the past two seasons as an assistant under Patriots coach Bill Belichick following head coaching stints at Arkansas and Wisconsin, is joining the Giants staff under Joe Judge, a source told ESPN.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots will have a void to fill at defensive line coach, as Bret Bielema is departing to join Joe Judge's staff with the Giants, a source confirms to ESPN. Bielema, the former Arkansas and Wisconsin head coach, spent the last two seasons with the Patriots. Director of skill development Joe Kim also worked closely with the d-line, and his continued presence would help in any transition.

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1dMike Reiss

Sources: Edelman had surgery to repair shoulder

Julian Edelman underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for the start of the Patriots' offseason program, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Vinnie Sunseri, who was a graduate assistant for Alabama this past season, is joining the Patriots in a support-staff role, according to AL.com. Sunseri is not a stranger to the Patriots, as he had signed with them in July of 2016 and spent training camp with the team. He later returned briefly on the team's practice squad. Developing young coaches/scouts is critical for teams, and now Sunseri joins the New England pipeline.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

From the "on to 2020" department: Senior Bowl practices begin Tuesday and I'm told one Patriots-specific change from many recent years is that some members of the coaching staff are scheduled to be there. This is one of the trickle-down effects of a rare, early playoff exit.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots finished third in Rick Gosselin's annual special teams rankings. When assessing special teams in the past, Bill Belichick has cited the rankings as a measure he respects. The Patriots have been ranked in the top 10 in 14 of Belichick's 20 seasons.

Stephen A.: Brady should go play for the Titans (2:04)
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3dMike Reiss

Brady 'open-minded' about playing elsewhere

"I'm open-minded about the process," Tom Brady said of his upcoming free agency. "...Whatever the future may bring, I'll embrace it with open arms."

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5dMike Reiss

Pats QB Stidham not focused on Brady's future

Despite being the player likely most affected by Tom Brady's upcoming decision in free agency, backup Jarrett Stidham said he's just focused on getting better.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots CB Jason McCourty said on his "Double Coverage" podcast that he is recovering from offseason groin surgery. McCourty had played 49 snaps against the Eagles on Nov. 17, and then was limited to just eight total snaps over the final seven games.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower, who was voted to his second Pro Bowl this season, will not play in the game (medical). The Bills announced today that LB Tremaine Edmunds is taking Hightower's spot.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

Patriots director of college scouting Monti Ossenfort is scheduled to interview for the open general manager position with the Browns on Friday, a source confirms. Ossenfort just completed his 18th NFL season (15 spent in New England) and this isn't the first time he's been considered for a GM job in recent years, as the Texans previously had requested to interview him. Ossenfort is right behind director of player personnel Nick Caserio in the Patriots' personnel hierarchy.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

The Patriots had Canadian Football League CB Tre Roberson (Calgary) in for a free-agent workout. Roberson, who played quarterback in college at Illinois State, initially had signed with the Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2016. He's been with Calgary the last two seasons.

Mike Reiss ESPN Staff Writer 

In the annual Professional Football Writers of America vote, Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore was named Defensive Player of the Year. Gilmore played in all 16 games, with 6 INTs (two returned for TDs), 20 pass-breakups, and 53 tackles. He is the first cornerback to win the award since Charles Woodson in 2009.

Team Stats

Passing Yards247.68th
Rushing Yards106.418th
Points For26.17th
Points Against14.1