New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th117.0 (7th)269.2 (4th)
Defense8th88.6 (3rd)237.9 (12th)
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
03/16/17TEMichael WilliamsKnee - ACLQUESTIONABLEWilliams (knee) has re-signed with the Patriots, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Williams suffered a torn ACL in practice last June and consequently spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. Even when healthy, he's extremely unlikely to achieve fantasy relevance this upcoming season given his nature as an in-line blocking tight end.

(Updated 03/15/2017)
02/06/17LBJonathan FreenyShoulderQUESTIONABLEFreeny islisted as out for Sunday's game against the Bengals due to a shoulder injury.

Freeny was held out of practice all week due to his shoulder injury, making it unsurprising that he's been ruled out for Sunday's tilt. Shea McClellin (concussion) and Barkevious Mingo figure to see extra reps with Freeny held out.

(Updated 10/14/2016)
02/06/17TERob GronkowskiBackQUESTIONABLEGronkowski, who was placed on IR this past December after undergoing a procedure on his back, relayed that he has "no doubt" that he will be ready for the start of the upcoming regular season, CSN New England reports.

While Gronkowski's optimism on the injury front is encouraging, the tight end's status will still be worth monitoring closely in the coming months due to his lengthy history of back woes (including three surgeries) as well as other assorted ailments. When healthy, Gronkowski -- who turns 28 in May -- is fantasy's top tight end, but following a 2016 campaign in which he only played eight games, logging 25 catches for 540 yards and three TDs in the process, his durability issues will no doubt be a concern for prospective fantasy owners. Meanwhile, fellow tight end Martellus Bennett -- who filled in capably for Gronkowski down the stretch -- is headed toward free agency and is a candidate to sign elsewhere this offseason.

(Updated 02/24/2017)
02/06/17RBDion LewisHamstringQUESTIONABLELewis (hamstring) has been doing rehab work at Gillette Stadium, reports.

Lewis injured his hamstring on the final play of regulation in the Super Bowl and subsequently missed the brief but memorable overtime period. His decision to stick around New England for rehab work suggests the ailment is fairly serious, but he's apparently making progress with more than a month remaining before the start of OTAs. Lewis will have heated competition for snaps and targets in training camp, with Rex Burkhead joining the New England backfield on a one-year, $3 million contract. Super Bowl hero James White will also be firmly in the mix for a key role, and the Patriots may add more competition in the form of a power back -- possibly even re-signing LeGarrette Blount.

(Updated 03/16/2017)
02/06/17DLGreg ScruggsKneeQUESTIONABLEScruggs (knee) was placed on IR Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Scruggs signed with the Patriots two weeks ago and appeared in their last two games prior to injuring his knee. It remains unclear what the specifics of his knee injury are but he'll now have more than enough time to recover. As the last tight end option on the team, his absence won't impact the offense greatly.

(Updated 10/15/2016)

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