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Patriots rookie report: Week Nine

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By PFW staff

Here is a look at how the Patriots' first-year players performed in the team's Week Nine loss to the Giants.

ORT Nate Solder (first round, 17th overall) — With Sebastian Vollmer healthy, Solder played a role as an extra blocker. According to ESPN Boston, he was in on 23 offensive plays. The team used Solder as a blocker instead of Dan Gronkowski, which says a lot about how they feel about Solder, a converted tight end.

RB Stevan Ridley (3, 73) — Ridley had three carries for 10 yards and one catch for two yards. His participation increased a bit compared to the previous week, but he hasn't been able to repeat what he did against Oakland.

LB Jeff Tarpinian (undrafted) — Tarpinian assisted on a special-teams tackle. The linebackers have been marred by injuries, and Tarpinian may have to step up and play some snaps on defense next week.

NotesRB Shane Vereen (2, 56) was active but did not play. ... QB Ryan Mallett (3, 74) was inactive. ... LS Danny Aiken (undrafted) was perfect on snaps.

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