The Patriots have re-signed Gaffney. Gaffney was released by the Patriots on Monday, but he's quickly back in the fold to serve as a depth option in the team's backfield. His chances of making any sort of fantasy impact this season are presumably tied to the health of the likes of LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and perhaps Donald Brown, with James White and Dion Lewis profiling more as pass-catching backs for the team.
The Patriots have released Gaffney. A sixth-round draft pick of the Panthers in the 2014 NFL Draft, Gaffney's NFL career has to date been slowed by injuries. The 6-foot, 220-pounder figures to get a look elsewhere, but the Patriots' re-signing of LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday now solidifies the nucleus of the team's backfield, which also rosters Dion Lewis, Brandon Bolden, Donald Brown and James White.
The Patriots announced Thursday they placed second-year running back Tyler Gaffney on injured reserve. The 24-year-old running back was claimed off waivers from the Panthers in July 2014 after Carolina drafted him in the sixth round that year. Gaffney also missed the 2014 season due to an injury he suffered in training camp.
The Patriots released six players and placed two on injured reserve to get down to the 75-man limit. Released were defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive backs Jemea Thomas and Travis Hawkins, receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.The team put rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.
According to ESPN Boston, the following players are not expected to dress for the Patriots Friday night against Philadelphia: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, safety Tavon Wilson, safety Kanorris Davis, tight end D.J. Williams, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, linebacker Cameron Gordon, linebacker Jerod Mayo, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, linebacker James Anderson, center Bryan Stork, offensive tackle Chris Martin, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ben Bass, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back Tyler Gaffney, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|11||11/20||@San Francisco 49ers||32||22.88|
|12||11/28||@New York Jets||3||13.13|
|13||12/04||Los Angeles Rams||23||18.50|
|16||12/24||New York Jets||3||13.13|
|3 Year Avg||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|