Analysis from the Patriots’ inactive players and how it could impact others on the roster:
A couple of quick notes on who is active: RB LaMont Jordan suits up for the first time since Oct. 5; rookie TE Tyson DeVree gets the nod as the No. 2 option over David Thomas; OLB Rosevelt Colvin and ILB Junior Seau are both active.
With Ty Warren (groin) out, the Patriots are without their starting left defensive end. Mike Wright started in that spot last week and struggled at times. Seventh-year man Jarvis Green is another option. Le Kevin Smith, a third-year player out of Nebraska, gets bumped up the depth chart again.
With TE David Thomas out, the Patriots shake up their No. 2 spot at the position with rookie TE Tyson DeVree making his NFL debut. Benjamin Watson is the other tight end dressed, as it’s been standard to see the Patriots going with just two tight ends for games this season.
With OT Wesley Britt and C/G Billy Yates out, the Patriots enter with their top seven offensive linemen. Mark LeVoir is the top backup at tackle, with Russ Hochstein the backup at all three interior spots. Hochstein adds value as a backup snapper in the kicking game.
With OLBs Pierre Woods (jaw) and Vince Redd (ankle) out, the Patriots lose their fill-in starter for Adalius Thomas in Woods, as well as depth in the form of Redd. Rookie Gary Guyton is one option to fill in. Rosevelt Colvin could play there, too.
With WR Kelley Washington (thigh) out, the Patriots are without a No. 5 option at receiver as well as a top special teams player. The No. 5 option at receiver will likely be rookie Matthew Slater, while the Patriots will use a variety of players to fill the void on special teams.
With Matt Gutierrez as the third quarterback, the Patriots continue to go with rookie Kevin O’Connell as their No. 2 option. O’Connell has been the No. 2 for 12 straight games.