Patriots holding nearly twice as many players out of games as rest of league

The Patriots have long been proponents of joint workouts with other teams in training camp. According to Mike Reiss of, the Patriots held 40 of their 90 players out of their preseason opener, far more than the rest of the league. The league average was 14 players per team being held out, with the Steelers (24), Cowboys (21) and Raiders (20) closest to New England.