ATLANTA – There were no surprises on the Pats inactives list, which includes Stephen Anderson, James Ferentz, Obi Melifonwu, Ufomba Kamalu, Keionta Davis, Derek Rivers and Duke Dawson. Deatrich Wise, who finished second on the team with 4.5 sacks, is active for the first time this postseason. Wise, bothered by an ankle, told Pats Maven Thursday that he felt ready to go.
The Pats also should be better against the run with the return of Danny Shelton who was inactive against the Chiefs in the AFC Championship Game. Derek Rivers and Obi Melifonwu were active against Kansas City. In essence, Shelton and Wise will take the spots of Rivers and Melifonwu who were active in the AFC Championship Game.
Duke Dawson was not active for a single game this year and Obi Melifonwu was only active for several games. Both players are more for the future than for the present.