Stairs on either side of the main group were filled with people. The 2015 photo showed the team and its administrative staff, while the 2017 photo did not.
The Patriots provided the Globe with a photo the team had tweeted of the ceremony's rehearsal that did include more than 100 players and staffers.
The Times tweeted an update saying the Pats confirmed that fewer players attended this year, but that the total delegation was about the same.
Thirty-four Patriots players joined their coach and team owner in the visit to the White House to honor them on their victory. "That's the beauty of what they do - they win as a team". He also did not attend in 2015. If tradition holds, Trump will likely get a Patriots jersey with his name on the back of it. He also could not resist making allusions to his campaign. "The Patriots are an incredible organization and this Super Bowl victory was a complete team effort".
According to Patriots spokesman Stacey James, the White House at one point during Wednesday's proceedings chose to seat the team's administrative staff on the South Lawn.
One showed the team visiting in 2015 when Barack Obama was president while the other showed a comparatively dismal turnout when Republican President Donald Trump hosted the team Wednesday.
Mr Campbell did not attribute the comment to a specific sports editor, but the Times's lead sports editor is listed as Jason Stallman.
During the South Lawn ceremony, Trump recounted reading a supportive letter from Belichick on the eve of the election, while Kraft saluted the president as a friend for decades. They said you couldnt do it..
Devin McCourty, Alan Branch, Chris Long, Martellus Bennett and LeGarrette Blount all have been outspoken about the fact that they did not feel as though it was appropriate for them to take part in the festivities because of the man occupying the nation's highest office. The high-profile player - who is married to Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen - said he had "personal family matters" to attend to.
As we learned before the Super Bowl, Tom's mother, Galynn Brady, has been battling cancer over the past year, so many are anxious that the "personal family matter" he skippedWhite House event for has to do with her.
Trump on Thursday will sign a directive asking for a speedy investigation into whether imports of foreign-made steel are hurting USA national security, two administration officials say. The franchise has nine Super Bowl appearances. I don't feel welcome in that house.