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Former New England Patriots Players in the AFC Playoffs

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Former New England Patriots player, now with the Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney (62) gets set on the line before a play during an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Dec. 10, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Peter Aiken)

The New England Patriots will not be participating in this year’s postseason, courtesy of their 4-13 regular season. The Patriots are not be playing in the playoffs, but many former players will be. Here is a look at 18 former New England players on the AFC playoff teams’ rosters.

No. 1 – Baltimore Ravens (13-4)

WR Nelson Agholor – Finished the season with 35 receptions, 381 yards, and four touchdowns. This is fairly consistent with Agholor’s two seasons with the Patriots (2021-2022).

QB Malik Cunningham – Leaving New England to join Baltimore caused quite a stir, but Cunningham appeared in only one game for the Ravens, recording no offensive stats.

LB Kyle Van Noy – A Super Bowl champ in his two stints with the Patriots, KVN remained a free agent until signing with Baltimore on Sep. 26. He ended up becoming a key player for the Ravens, recording 9.0 sacks in 14 games.

Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

TE/WR Scotty Washington – After signing with the practice squad on Nov. 21, Washington did not appear in any games.

No. 2 – Buffalo Bills (11-6)

RB Damien Harris – Harris had 110 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in six games before suffering a season-ending neck injury.

No. 3 – Kansas City Chiefs (11-6)

OG Joe Thuney – The three-time Super Bowl champion started all 17 games this season. He was named to his second straight Pro Bowl and was voted first team All-Pro.

No. 4 – Houston Texans (10-7)

TE Dalton Keene – Practice squad member appeared in one game this season, his first since 2020.

OG Shaq Mason – Played all 1,131 offensive snaps for the Texans this season.

No. 5 – Clevleand Browns (11-6)

DB Duron Harmon – “The Closer” began the year on the Ravens practice squad, then signed with the Bears before winding up with the Browns. He was active for Cleveland’s final four games, recording 16 tackles, a sack, and an interception.

RB Pierre Strong, Jr. – Was traded before the season for Tyrone Wheatley Jr, who has yet to play for the New England Patriots. Finished with 63 carries for 291 yards (4.6 yards/attempt) and a touchdown.

No. 6 – Miami Dolphins (11-6)

P Jake Bailey – All Pro with the Patriots fell out of favor in New England last season. He punted well for the Dolphins this year, with his best numbers since 2020.

WR Braxton Berrios – One of two players listed that never actually played for the Patriots. He was waived after being a sixth round selection in 2018. He finished this season with 27 receptions, 238 receiving yards, and a touchdown. Berrios served as Miami’s primary return specialist as well.

DL Byron Cowart – Has been on the practice squad all season.

DB Keion Crossen – Was placed on season-ending injured reserved with an undisclosed injury. It was described by the Dolphins GM as a “freak injury” but the nature of it or what caused it is apparently being kept a secret.

OL Chasen Hines – After being part of the New England Patriots final cuts, Hines signed with the Dolphins practice squad. The 2022 sixth round pick has yet to make his NFL debut.

LB Calvin Munson – He began the season with New England before being signed by Miami off of the Patriots practice squad. Munson appeared in five games for the Dolphins, almost exclusively on special teams.

OL Isaiah Wynn – Started at left guard for the Dolphins first five game and played excellent. His 2023 season was cut short by a quadriceps injury.

No. 7 – Pittsburgh Steelers (10-7)

LB Elandon Roberts – Had a monster year with the Dolphins in 2022 (107 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 TFL). Followed it up with another big year in 2023 (101 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 10 TFL).

Photo credit: Jeffrey Beall, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

DB Eric Rowe – Spent the majority of 2023 on the practice squad before being elevated for the final three games of the season. He made the most of the opportunity, registering 29 tackles, an interception, and a forced fumble.

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