In addition to the 15 rookies currently on the 53-man squad, three other players — receiver Danny Amendola, running back LeGarrette Blount, and linebacker Chris White — had never been on a team that advanced to the NFL playoffs.
It’s a new season with more pressure, but the Patriots already have been in their fair share of close, dramatic games this season, going 6-1 in games decided by 3 points or fewer. Might that help prepare those getting ready for their playoff debuts?
“I really think at this point in the season, after 16 regular-season games, that all of our players, even our young ones, should be pretty well acclimated to what NFL football is about,” coach Bill Belichick said during a Tuesday teleconference. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.