Commentary

Midseason Patriots report card

Updated: October 31, 2012, 1:19 PM ET
By Mike Rodak | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick talked about the Patriots taking the bye week to do some self-reflection.

We're doing some reflection ourselves on the 5-3 Patriots at the halfway point of the season. Check out our player-by-player report card and grade each player and coach below (click on a player's name for his first-half stats).

Quarterback

T. Brady

Rodak: Just a few hiccups. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    50%
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    47%
  •  
    3%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 8,871)

Running backs

S. Ridley

Rodak: Higher if avoids fumbles. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    84%
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    16%
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    0%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 8,249)

D. Woodhead

Rodak: Some Kevin Faulk-like games. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    17%
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    68%
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    14%
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    1%
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    0%

(Total votes: 8,057)

S. Vereen

Rodak: He is on the upswing. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    4%
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    53%
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    40%
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    2%
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    1%

(Total votes: 7,927)

B. Bolden

Rodak: Promising before injury. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    23%
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    63%
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    12%
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    1%
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    1%

(Total votes: 7,756)

Wide receivers

W. Welker

Rodak: Slow start well behind him. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    86%
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    13%
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    0%
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    0%
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    1%

(Total votes: 7,803)

B. Lloyd

Rodak: Not consistent; flashes skill. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    7%
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    57%
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    34%
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    2%
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    0%

(Total votes: 7,819)

D. Branch

Rodak: Veteran doing his job. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    3%
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    41%
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    48%
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    8%
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    0%

(Total votes: 7,707)

J. Edelman

Rodak: Injury derailed his first half. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    4%
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    51%
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    40%
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    4%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 7,463)

Tight ends

R. Gronkowski

Rodak: Regaining his 2011 form. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    86%
  •  
    14%
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    0%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 7,473)

A. Hernandez

Rodak: Ankle injury is the story. Grade: Inc.

Your grade?

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    19%
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    50%
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    25%
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    3%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 6,963)

D. Fells

Rodak: Some penalty troubles lately. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    1%
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    27%
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    59%
  •  
    10%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 6,786)

Offensive linemen

N. Solder

Rodak: Preseason woes long since passed. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    57%
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    39%
  •  
    3%
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    0%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 5,749)

L. Mankins

Rodak: Showing toughness despite injuries. Grade: A

Your grade?

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    60%
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    33%
  •  
    7%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    -1%

(Total votes: 5,732)

R. Wendell

Rodak: Admirably filling Koppen's shoes. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    67%
  •  
    31%
  •  
    2%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 5,563)

D. Connolly

Rodak: Who needs Brian Waters? Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    50%
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    47%
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    3%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 5,304)

S. Vollmer

Rodak: A force when healthy. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    75%
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    23%
  •  
    2%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 5,348)

D. Thomas

Rodak: Has done a solid job as fill-in. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    27%
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    64%
  •  
    8%
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    0%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 5,237)

Defensive linemen

R. Ninkovich

Rodak: Among MVPs of defense. Grade: A+

Your grade?

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    87%
  •  
    12%
  •  
    1%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 5,881)

V. Wilfork

Rodak: Vince is his same old self. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    94%
  •  
    5%
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    0%
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    0%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 5,820)

K. Love

Rodak: Building another solid season. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    28%
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    66%
  •  
    6%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 5,482)

C. Jones

Rodak: On way to Defensive ROY. Grade: A+

Your grade?

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    93%
  •  
    6%
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    0%
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    0%
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    1%

(Total votes: 6,003)

J. Cunningham

Rodak: Bounce-back third season. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    17%
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    74%
  •  
    8%
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    0%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 5,495)

Linebackers

D. Hightower

Rodak: Impressive but some kinks. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    53%
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    43%
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    4%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 5,604)

B. Spikes

Rodak: Aggressive game-changing ball hawk. Grade: A

Your grade?

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    85%
  •  
    14%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    0%
  •  
    0%

(Total votes: 5,632)

J. Mayo

Rodak: Solid in his fifth season. Grade: A-

Your grade?

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    81%
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    18%
  •  
    1%
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    0%
  •  
    0%

(Total votes: 5,547)

Defensive backs (cornerbacks and safeties)

D. McCourty

Rodak: Healthy but still inconsistent. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    3%
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    35%
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    44%
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    13%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 5,814)

K. Arrington

Rodak: Holds job despite struggles. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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    1%
  •  
    5%
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    46%
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    35%
  •  
    13%

(Total votes: 5,772)

A. Dennard

Rodak: Slow start but climbing ladder. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    7%
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    53%
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    33%
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    5%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 5,609)

S. Moore

Rodak: Needs to settle into role. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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    1%
  •  
    8%
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    55%
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    27%
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    9%

(Total votes: 5,249)

M. Cole

Rodak: Has done what has been asked. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    3%
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    45%
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    41%
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    8%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 5,190)

P. Chung

Rodak: Letdown in contract year. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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    1%
  •  
    8%
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    53%
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    29%
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    9%

(Total votes: 5,472)

S. Gregory

Rodak: Some promise before injury. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    1%
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    34%
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    49%
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    11%
  •  
    5%

(Total votes: 5,192)

T. Wilson

Rodak: Rookie thrust into big role. Grade: C+

Your grade?

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    4%
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    42%
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    43%
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    8%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 5,289)

Specialists

Gostkowski, K

Rodak: Mixed success with big kicks. Grade: B

Your grade?

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    8%
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    64%
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    23%
  •  
    3%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 5,364)

Z. Mesko, P

Rodak: Dependable on the whole. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    62%
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    35%
  •  
    3%
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    0%
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    0%

(Total votes: 5,190)

D. Aiken, LS

Rodak: No press is good press. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    59%
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    37%
  •  
    3%
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    0%
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    1%

(Total votes: 4,889)

M. Slater, ST

Rodak: Still the top special teamer. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    59%
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    37%
  •  
    3%
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    0%
  •  
    1%

(Total votes: 4,984)

Coaching staff

B. Belichick, HC

Rodak: His team, his three losses. Grade: B-

Your grade?

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    17%
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    64%
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    16%
  •  
    1%
  •  
    2%

(Total votes: 5,617)

McDaniels, OC

Rodak: Settling into his old groove. Grade: B+

Your grade?

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    13%
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    52%
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    27%
  •  
    5%
  •  
    3%

(Total votes: 5,551)

Patricia, DC

Rodak: Secondary woes overshadow run D. Grade: C+

Your grade?

  •  
    2%
  •  
    19%
  •  
    48%
  •  
    23%
  •  
    8%

(Total votes: 5,521)


Mike Rodak

ESPN Buffalo Bills reporter

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