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Patriots rookie report: Week 11

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By Kevin Fishbain

Here is a look at how the Patriots' first-year players performed in the team's Week 11 win over the Chiefs.

OT Nate Solder (first round, 17th overall) — Solder was very involved in the Pats' offense, playing a big role as an extra blocker lined up at tight end. According to ESPN Boston, Solder was in on 20 snaps and often in the game when the Patriots were moving the ball.

RB Shane Vereen (2, 56) — Vereen saw his first significant playing time on offense in just his fourth game of the season. He received his first touch on offense and rushed for 39 yards on eight carries on the Patriots' final drive, including a 19-yarder and a four-yard touchdown run. Vereen gave Patriots fans hope for the future as some had already written him off as a bust.

RB Stevan Ridley (3, 73) — With Vereen taking the workload in garbage time, Ridley was on the bench. He did not have an offensive snap but did appear in the game on special teams.

S Sterling Moore (undrafted) — Moore got his second straight start and made a big hit that led to a Kyle Arrington interception. Moore finished the game with two tackles.

OT Marcus Cannon (5, 138) — The best story of the night was Cannon, who was activated off the non-football injury list last Tuesday. Cannon, who is in full remission from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, was not only active but played right tackle in the fourth quarter of Monday night's win. The cancer survivor had first-round grades before his diagnosis and should be a part of the O-line rotation for the future.

NotesQB Ryan Mallett (3, 74) and LB Jeff Tarpinian (undrafted) were inactive. ... LS Danny Aiken (undrafted) recorded a special-teams tackle.

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