FOXBORO — According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have extended director of player personnel Nick Caserio’s contract through the end of the 2020 season.

The Patriots made several personnel moves on Saturday night, signing wide receiver Josh Boyce to the 53-man roster from the practice squad and placing cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on injured reserve. In addition, the Patriots signed defensive back Daxton Swanson to the practice squad and released defensive lineman Cam Henderson from the practice squad.

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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