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How will Patriots spend their wild card weekend?

Ryan Hannable
January 04, 2019 - 11:13 am

FOXBORO -- The Patriots have the weekend off and won't return to Gillette Stadium until Monday when they will begin preparations for the AFC divisional round.

While they have a few days off, it is not like a bye week where players go away on vacation. This weekend is all about getting the proper rest necessary for what they hope is a deep playoff run. When speaking this week, several players indicated how they would be spending the weekend, and almost all of them said they be taking in the wild card games like the rest of us.

Here's what a few players had to say.

David Andrews: "I think it’s really important – I like to just take a deep breath. I don’t really like to go anywhere, just kind of relax, stay at home. I’ll definitely watch most of the games, if not all of them – definitely the AFC games. Texans-Colts is Saturday, right? So, that kind of really determines what’s going to happen for us, but you never really leave the game. But, it’s nice just to take a deep breath and really kind of lock in for these – you’ve got a one-week season here, so give it all you got."

Tom Brady: "I think you’re trying to just stay sharp. I think part of staying sharp is getting your body physically to its peak as it possibly can this time of year. I think Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday of no practice is five days that guys don’t have to just be – especially receivers, tight ends, running backs, secondary guys that are running a lot, it’s a good time of year to have it."

James White: "Just got to make the most of it yourself. Like I said, just take care of your bodies, kind of study yourselves, see what you did this season, find things you can work on to get better in this week. You’ve just got to be ready to go, definitely heal your body up for sure, we have a lot of guys that are banged up and just got to take advantage of the week that you have off. At the same time, don’t let it take advantage of you and just got to be ready to go."

Patrick Chung: "I'll probably watch half of it. I'll probably be chilling with my little man. It's time for me to get football off my mind. I'll be back ready to go Monday."

Phillip Dorsett: “I will watch the games because I like football. Obviously, I want to know who we’re going to play, but I’m just going to be watching.”

The Patriots will host their divisional round playoff game Sunday, Jan. 13 at 1:05 p.m.