Notebook: Light, Mayo, and Rookies

Matt Light as a tight end; Jerod Mayo having his typical impact; A Patriots linebacker is now the team's fullback?

PLAYER NOTES
  --QB Tom Brady threw for 387 yards against the Bills, capping off the greatest three-game stretch in terms of passing yards in NFL history as he's now thrown for 1,327 yards in three games. The downside is that Brady notched his first four-interception game since November of 2006 against the Colts, and his five interceptions through three games are more than he threw all of last season.

   --RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis ran for just 16 yards on nine carries in Buffalo. He remains New England's leading rusher with 120 yards on 33 attempts through three weeks, but is averaging just 3.6 yards a carry.

   --RB Steven Ridley led the Patriots with 44 yards rushing against the Bills, coming on just seven carries for the rookie. Ridley has nine attempts for 53 yards on the year for a 5.9-yard average that could earn him more opportunities in the coming weeks.   

   --TE Rob Gronkowski, a native of western New York, put on a show for family and friends with seven catches for 109 yards and two scores at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Gronkowski now has an AFC-best five touchdown receptions in three games and seems well on his way to passing the impressive 10 TD catches he put up as a rookie last fall.

   --WR Wes Welker tied a Patriots record with 16 receptions in Buffalo was establishing a new franchise mark with 217 yards to go along with a pair of touchdowns against the Bills. Welker leads New England with 31 catches for 458 yards through three games with four touchdowns.

   --WR Chad Ochocinco had just two catches for 28 yards in Buffalo and had a bad drop on what should have been a sure 41-yard touchdown. In his first three games in New England Ochocinco has just five catches for 87 yards.

   --T Matt Light saw time as an eligible tight end in Sunday's win in Buffalo with the Patriots lacking depth at the position. With Light moving, Logan Mankins moved from left guard to left tackle with reserve Donald Thomas filling in at guard.

   --LB Dane Fletcher has served as New England's short-yardage and goal line fullback over the last two weeks.

   --WR Deion Branch did not catch a pass on Sunday, his first game played as a Patriots without a reception since his rookie season in 2002.

   --CB Kyle Arrington recorded a pair of interceptions against Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills. Arrington is tied for the NFL lead with a career-high three interceptions through three games.

   --CB Devin McCourty is second on New England with 24 tackles through three games, mostly because teams have completed so many passes on the Pro Bowl corner.

   --LB Jerod Mayo leads the Patriots with 25 tackles through three games.


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