In his first move as “consultant” to Jets owner Woody Johnson, Charley Casserly has already started contacting possible replacements for GM John Idzik and coach Rex Ryan,

ESPN’s Adam Schefter checked in with Middays with MFB on Friday to talk about Patriots and NFL news heading into the final Sunday of the regular season. To hear the interview, go to the MFB audio on demand page.

FOXBORO — Running back Jonas Gray was the lone Patriots player not spotted at the start of practice Friday afternoon held on the lower grass field behind Gillette Stadium.

Terry McAulay will work as the referee for Sunday’s Bills-Patriots game at Gillette Stadium, according to FootballZebras.com.

FOXBORO — Although rookie backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has only thrown 10 passes, appearing in mop-up duty in five games, coach Bill Belichick has noticed a steady improvement throughout the course of the season, now heading into Week 17 and the final week of the regular-season.

NBC Sports NFL analyst Rodney Harrison made his weekly Friday appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show to talk about the Patriots’ regular-season finale against the Bills and if the starters should play.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski made this terrific catch earlier in the year against the Bills. Will he play Sunday in the regular-season finale against Buffalo?</p>
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FOXBORO — It’s been a special season for Vince Wilfork.

Wilfork has been dominant on the field, as the nose tackle has 46 tackles and has been incredibly durable. The 33-year-old in his 11th season in the league has played 780 of a possible 1,051 snaps (74 percent), per Pro Football Focus.

FOXBORO — The Patriots rung in Christmas Eve with a full-padded practice on the Gillette Stadium game field in preparation for Sunday’s season finale against the Bills. The Patriots have wrapped up the No. 1 seed in the AFC and will have home field advantage throughout the playoffs.