FOXBORO -- After being benched for all but 16 snaps in the fourth quarter during a Week 16 win over the Jets, Malcom Brown responded with a strong week of practice.
The Patriots announced on Wednesday that Brown was one of eight practice players of the week for Week 17. Joining Brown were rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett, rookie running back DJ Foster, defensive lineman Geneo Grissom, fullback Glenn Gronkowski, tight end Matt Lengel, rookie linebacker Elandon Roberts and offensive tackle LaAdrian Waddle.
Brown did not start in New England's second-to-last game of the regular season against the Jets, giving way to rookie Vincent Valentine, who saw a season-high 41 plays in the victory. Brown also came off the bench against the Dolphins on New Year's Day, but he was effective in 37 plays and out-snapped Valentine (20 plays).
Brissett has been working as the scout-team quarterback since his return off of injured reserve, but his recent contributions have extended beyond the practice field. He was praised by receiver Michael Floyd for helping tutor Floyd in the ways of the Patriots offense, and their work together sees to have paid off. Floyd caught three passes for 36 yards, including one touchdown in Miami. Floyd also made several positive plays as a blocker, and his bone-jarring hit on Dolphins defensive back Tony Lippett stood out as one of the highlights of the afternoon.
Terry Glenn, the Patriots' top draft pick in 1996, died early Monday morning in a one-car accident in Irving, Texas. He was 43.
Bill Belichick coached Glenn as an assistant with the Patriots during Glenn's rookie season. He was later Glenn's head coach in 2000 and 2001. Belichick traded Glenn to the Packers before the 2002 season after a tumultuous run in New England that involved legal trouble, injuries and clashes with the coaching staff.
During a conference call with reporters soon after the news of Glenn's death was published, Belichick remembered Glenn for his natural physical ability and "a good heart."
"I was pretty close with Terry," Belichick said, "and his rookie season was my first year here in '96, and so I had a lot of interaction with him and other people that were involved in his life and his upbringing separate from the Patriots. Terry's a very smart individual. Had a lot of, obviously, a lot of physical skill and talent. Could do a lot of things on the football field very naturally. And I think he was deep down inside a good person with good intentions and, you know, a good heart. Obviously it's very unfortunate. Very unfortunate passing. I mean, it's a sad day. Sad news."
According to reports, Glenn was with his fiancee at the time of the accident. She's being treated at a local hospital for unspecified injuries.
Drew Bledsoe was among the ex-Patriots taking to Twitter to react to Terry Glenn's untimely death on Monday.
Glenn died Monday morning after being involved in a car crash in Texas. The former Patriots wide receiver was 43.
Bledsoe reacted to Glenn's death with a series of tweets speaking highly of who he referred to as favorite receiver:
Troy Brown, Lawyer Milloy, and Scott Zolak shared their sentiments as well.