Head coach Bill Belichick will give three players a chance to prove their talent. New England is playing against the New York Jets in Week 9, and the Patriots head coach will play with a bunch of new players. Three talented names will make their Patriots debuts Monday night. The Patriots have released the list of inactives for the game vs Jets.
Wide receiver Kristian Wilkerson and linebacker Terez Hall were elevated from the Patriots practice unit Monday. They will make their NFL debut Defensive tackle Carl Davis will get a chance to see some action for the first time since Belichick’s decision to sign him off of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ practice unit.
Here’s the full list of inactives.
QB Brian Hoyer
RB J.J. Taylor (illness)
WR N’Keal Harry (concussion)
TE Dalton Keene (knee)
DT Lawrence Guy (elbow, shoulder, knee)
LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (groin)
CB Stephon Gilmore (knee)
Patriots to replace players on inactive list in game vs Jets
Second-year quarterback Jarrett Stidham is a backup quarterback. Cam Newton is taking his starting position, and hopefully, he won’t make any mistakes during the game. Throwing an interception? Not an option!
Taylor hasn’t seen any action since Week 3. New England left Sony Michel on IR. Damien Harris, Rex Burkhead, and James White will lead the running back unit. This is more than great news for fantasy owners since Harris will probably keep up his role as the team’s bell-cow running back.
Wilkerson is stepping as a replacement for injured players. He stands behind Damiere Byrd, Jakobi Meyers, and Gunner Olszewski.
Ryan Izzo is the only active tight end for the team. Devin Asiasi and Jake Burt ended up on injured reserve. Tight end/outside linebacker Rashod Berry is part of the practice unit. Fullback Jakob Johnson and offensive tackle Korey Cunningham may see some snaps at tight end.
Davis, Byron Cowart, Adam Butler, and Nick Thurman will rotate at defensive tackle during the game. Davis is the biggest defender on the roster, and he may take on a starting role alongside Cowart.
The Patriots are pretty thin at inside linebacker. Hall, Josh Uche, Anfernee Jennings or Cassh Maluia are expected to start next to safety Adrian Phillips.