Strength in numbers for Pats' defensive line

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Strength in numbers for Pats' defensive line

By Tom E. Curran
CSNNE.com Patriots Insider Follow @tomecurran
MIAMI GARDENS - While members of the Dolphins defense were sucking wind Monday night, the space-eaters along the front of the Patriots defensive line seemed, comparatively, fresh as a daisy. The very deep rotation the Patriots employed Monday night allowed them to get the most out of their big men despite the heat in South Florida. "Heat always plays a factor on both sides of the ball," said Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork. "You could just see tonight, our offense with the up-tempo slowed their defense a little bit. With the number of bodies we have here (on the defensive line), a lot of people played today, we kept guys fresh. We havent had that in the past but we have it now and I think we'll use that to our advantage and I think that wasa good thing for us."Newcomeer Albert Haynesworth was sucking wind in the Patriots' final preseason game against the Giants. It was the only one in which Haynesworthplayed. He looked in better condition Mondaynight in his in-and-out appearances. "I played a good bit," Haynesworth pointed out. "I knew we were going to rotate a lot to keep us fresh so, I liked it. I liked it a lot. I liked the rotation to keep us fresh and keep us going. They want you to not be out there half-assed. They want you to go your hardest for how many plays you can. Then when you can't go your hardest, you come out and catch your breath and get back to where you can go your hardest again and go back in. It was a great feel."Aside from Haynesworth and Wilfork, the Patriots also rolled in Myron Pryor and Kyle Love at the defensive tackle spots. Mike Wright started the game but was out by the second quarter and was on the sidelines without his helmet. Wright,who suffered a concussion last year,told me after the game he was "fine" but that the medical staff took his helmet away to prevent him from going backas a "precaution." Shaun Ellis, Andre Carter and Mark Anderson were among those rotating in at ends in the 4-3. "The good thing about it is everybody know what they're doing," said Wilfork. "You don't have anybody out there don't know what the heck they're doing and that's a positive for us. That's one of the things we have working for us this year is that we have a lot of depth and we want to use it. We have a lot of good football players and we're going to continue to use it. It makes it harder for our opponent to game plan for us. If they wear one set out, guess what? We got another set coming in."Asked how having Haynesworth lined up next to him impacted his game, Wilfork replied, "Well, can't double too many people."

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Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

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Patriots re-sign 2016 practice-squad receiver DeAndrew White

The Patriots announced today that they re-signed receiver DeAndrew White to help fill out their 90-man roster. White was a staple on New England's practice squad in 2016, signing on in mid-September and remaining with the club through its Super Bowl run.

Signed as an undrafted free agent out of Alabama in 2015, White made the 49ers roster out of training camp and played in four games, finishing with two catches for 18 yards. The 6-foot, 192-pounder also returned six kicks for 142 yards and returned one punt for 4 yards that year. 

The Patriots are as deep at receiver as they've ever been, it seems. White will slot in on the depth chart behind Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Danny Amendola. The team has a handful of long-shots at the position who could be ultimately competing for a shot to make the practice squad, including second-year player Devin Lucien and undrafted rookies Austin Carr and Cody Hollister.