The Patriots have downgraded TE Aaron Hernandez, OLB Jermaine Cunningham, OL Dan Connolly, DE Brandon Deaderick, DL Mike Wright and DL Myron Pryor to OUT for Sundayâ€™s game in Buffalo. These players will not suit up.
With Hernandez out, the Pats could be using more 3 WR sets. Look for Edelman and Tate to see more action.
Second-year offensive lineman Ryan Wendall and five-year vet Quinn Ojinnaka the candidates to start at right guard.
And with Jermaine Cunningham out, Pats lose starting OLB in 3-4 alignment. Tully Banta-Cain, if healthy, probably steps in. Along with Banta-Cain, Eric Moore will probably see his playing time as well. Setting the edge against shifty runners Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller will be key.