New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th129.1 (10th)255.4 (8th)
Defense22nd134.1 (25th)239.0 (18th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
48Aiken, Danny LS6-42558/28/19884Virginia
6Allen, Ryan P6-22152/28/19902Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119511/2/19856Texas Tech
55Anderson, James LB6-22359/26/19839Virginia Tech
25Arrington, Kyle CB5-101908/12/19866Hofstra
64Barker, Chris G6-23108/3/19902Nevada
58Beauharnais, Steve ILB6-22305/2/19902Rutgers
92Bequette, Jake DE6-52652/21/19893Arkansas
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19903Mississippi
82Boyce, Josh WR5-112055/6/19912Texas Christian
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197715Michigan
39Browner, Brandon CB6-42218/2/19845Oregon State
99Buchanan, Michael DE6-62551/24/19912Illinois
29Butler, Malcolm DB5-111903/2/1990RWest Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19884Texas Christian
68Cave, Braxston C6-33057/29/19891Notre Dame
23Chung, Patrick FS5-112108/19/19876Oregon
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19892Southern Mississippi
63Connolly, Dan G6-43059/2/19829Southeast Missouri State
53Davis, Ja'Gared LB6-02389/11/19901Southern Methodist
36Davis, Kanorris DB5-102071/21/19901Troy
37Dennard, Alfonzo CB5-102009/9/19893Nebraska
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19882Brown
65Devey, Jordan T6-63171/11/19881Memphis
17Dobson, Aaron WR6-32007/23/19912Marshall
74Easley, Dominique DT6-22904/28/1992RFlorida
43Ebner, Nate DB6-021012/14/19883Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19866Kent State
29Finch, Roy RB5-718010/1/1991ROklahoma
44Fleming, Darius LB6-22557/19/19893Notre Dame
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63259/3/1992RStanford
98Forston, Marcus DT6-33059/28/19892Miami (Fla.)
27Gaffney, Tyler RB6-02264/20/1991RStanford
83Gallon, Jeremy WR5-81852/9/1990RMichigan
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/1991REastern Illinois
31Gary, Shamiel DB6-02055/31/1990ROklahoma State
45Gordon, Cameron LB6-32406/5/1991RMichigan
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/19849Memphis
35Gray, Jonas RB5-102256/27/19901Notre Dame
41Green, Justin DB5-111952/26/19911Illinois
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19895Arizona
69Halapio, Jon G6-23206/23/1991RFlorida
30Harmon, Duron SS6-12051/24/19912Rutgers
42Hawkins, Travis DB5-101952/18/1991RDelaware
54Hightower, Dont'a OLB6-32703/12/19903Alabama
47Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42607/4/19885Illinois
36Houston, Stephen RB6-022510/28/1991RIndiana
 Johnson, Derrick WR5-11180//RMaine
94Jones, Chris DT6-13097/12/19902Bowling Green State
88Jones, Justin TE6-82759/25/1991REast Carolina
95Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19903Syracuse
93Kelly, Tommy DT6-631012/27/198011Mississippi State
67Kline, Josh G6-329512/29/19892Kent State
19LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19865Louisiana State
15Mallett, Ryan QB6-62456/5/19884Arkansas
70Mankins, Logan G6-43083/10/198210Fresno State
64Manumaleuna, Eathyn DT6-2305//RBrigham Young
72Martin, Chris T6-53051/4/1990RCentral Florida
51Mayo, Jerod OLB6-12502/23/19867Tennessee
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19875Rutgers
48McCuller, Taylor LB6-224010/31/1989RWest Texas A&M
71Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/1990RConcordia (St. Paul, Minn)
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/19849Purdue
53Ott, Tyler LS6-32552/28/1992RHarvard
24Revis, Darrelle CB5-111987/14/19858Pittsburgh
22Ridley, Stevan RB5-112201/27/19894Louisiana State
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19912Rutgers
96Siliga, Sealver DT6-23254/26/19903Utah
49Skinner, Deontae LB6-225012/18/1990RMississippi State
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02109/9/19857UCLA
90Smith, Will DE6-32827/4/198111Ohio State
77Solder, Nate T6-83204/12/19884Colorado
 Stanford, Cole WR6-22257/22/1991RCal Poly-S.L.O.
66Stork, Bryan C6-431011/15/1990RFlorida State
35Swanson, Dax DB5-111913/21/19911Sam Houston State
21Thomas, Jemea DB5-101954/7/1990RGeorgia Tech
85Thompkins, Kenbrell WR6-11957/29/19882Cincinnati
68Tuipulotu, L.T. DT6-13058/3/1990RUtah
85Tyms, Brian WR6-32042/21/19892Florida A&M
81Van Hooser, Wilson WR6-019512/31/1990RTroy
72Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
34Vereen, Shane RB5-102055/2/19894California
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19846Houston
86Watson, Asa TE6-32408/2/1990RNorth Carolina State
62Wendell, Ryan C6-23003/4/19866Fresno State
59White, Chris LB6-32381/15/19894Mississippi State
28White, James RB5-102062/3/1992RWisconsin
75Wilfork, Vince DT6-232511/4/198111Miami (Fla.)
45Williams, D.J. TE6-22459/10/19884Arkansas
27Wilson, Tavon SS6-02153/19/19903Illinois
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4314.56-3291.725.22136
 
 
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Position Listing
Dan Connolly
News
Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon (shoulder), offensive lineman Dan Connolly (concussion), tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee), wide receiver Matthew Slater (wrist), defensive back Kyle Arrington (groin) and offensive lineman Nate Solder (back) are active for Week 7 at the Jets after appearing on Friday's injury.
Ryan Wendell
News
With the 105th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected center Bryan Stork from Florida State.

Stork blocked for Heisman winner Jameis Winston and received the Rimington Trophy for the top center in college football in 2013. He will likely slide behind Ryan Wendell in the depth chart.
Nate Solder
News
The Patriots have picked up the fifth-year option on tackle Nate Solder's contract, according to a report by CBSSports.com NFL Insider Jason La Canfora Wednesday. Solder has started 44 of his 47 games through three seasons, while missing just one game.  
Dont'a Hightower
News
All six Patriots who were listed as probable for the AFC Championship Game will face the Broncos. Receiver Danny Amendola (groin) and running back Shane Vereen (groin) head the list and are joined by cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder), guard Logan Mankins (ankle) and linebackers Dane Fletcher (groin) and Dont'a Hightower (ankle).
Zach Moore
News
The Patriots have signed seven of their nine draft picks. Under contract are Florida State center Bryan Stork, Florida guard Jon Halapio, Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas, Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Wisconsin running back James White, Concordia defensive end Zach Moore and Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon.

First-round pick Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle out of Florida, and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback from Eastern Illinois, remain unsigned.

Jemea Thomas
News
The Patriots have signed seven of their nine draft picks. Under contract are Florida State center Bryan Stork, Florida guard Jon Halapio, Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas, Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Wisconsin running back James White, Concordia defensive end Zach Moore and Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon.

First-round pick Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle out of Florida, and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback from Eastern Illinois, remain unsigned.

Chris Martin
News
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.

In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Stephen Gostkowski
News
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski converted his only field-goal try, a 47-yarder, in the AFC title game loss at Denver. He added a PAT for a four-point outing.

Having gone 38 of 41 on field goals in the regular season, Gostkowski will enter the final year of his contract in 2014. He's scheduled to earn $2.9 million.

Travis Hawkins
No Updates
L.T. Tuipulotu
No Updates
Tyler Gaffney
News
The Patriots claimed rookie running back Tyler Gaffney off waivers from the Panthers after Carolina "tried to sneak him through waivers and into IR," reports ESPN's Adam Schefter. Gaffney tore his lateral meniscus Friday and is out for the season.
Injury
Knee - Likely out for season
Chris Barker
News
The Patriots listed receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip/concussion), guard Chris Barker, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive end Jake Bequette, defensive back Justin Green, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and tight end D.J. Williams as inactive for the AFC Championship Game at Denver.
Chris White
News
Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington (groin), cornerback Marquice Cole (shin), safety Steve Gregory (finger), cornerback Aqib Talib (hip), linebacker Chris White (back), wide receiver Matthew Slater (wrist) and linebacker Brandon Spikes (knee) were all cleared to play Week 13 at Houston.
Rob Gronkowski
News
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL," reports the Boston Globe. He's "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from [Tom] Brady."

It's another indication Gronk is on track to be ready for the season opener.

Derrick Johnson
No Updates
Ryan Mallett
News
Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett sported a brace on his knee during warmup drills on Wednesday, suggesting that is the reason for him missing offseason workouts. ESPN notes rookie Jimmy Garoppolo took his reps in team drills, struggling with everything from getting the snap to completing passes. 
Sealver Siliga
News
A pair of rookie defensive linemen mad an impact for the Patriots in Week 15, in a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins. Joe Vellano and Sealver Siliga each picked up a sack in the game; Vellano's was the second of his career, while Siliga's was his first.
Alfonzo Dennard
News
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.

In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Injury
Shoulder - PUP. Questionable for start of regular season
James Anderson
News
The Patriots signed veteran linebacker James Anderson and released receiver Mark Harrison. Anderson spent last season with the Bears, recording 102 tackles and four sacks while starting every game.
Stevan Ridley
News
The Patriots and running back Stevan Ridley have yet to start talks on a new contract, reports NFL.com.

Ridley is getting a chance for a fresh start with LeGarrette Blount now in Pittsburgh, but he has to prove himself again after fumbling away the starting job in 2013. The report says if he plays well he could be in line for a long-term contract.

The report adds that "a motivated Ridley is a little lighter and faster this offseason and is focusing on fixing his fumbling woes." 

Nate Ebner
News
The Patriots injury report for Week 5 against the Bengals didn't feature all bad news, despite 14 players being listed. Defensive back Nate Ebner (ankle) was removed from the report altogether, while Kyle Arrington (groin) found himself listed as probable for Sunday's game after getting through a full practice Friday. 
Darius Fleming
News
49ers linebacker Darius Fleming has reportedly torn his ACL in the same knee he hurt last year and will be waived/injured by the team, according to Comcast Sportsnet. He's reportedly being replaced on the roster by linebacker Travis Johnson. 
Ja'Gared Davis
News
Patriots linebacker Ja'Gared Davis has been promoted to the 53 man roster.

Davis has been on and off the team's practice squad throughout the season. The team signed wide receiver Reggie Dunn to take his spot on the practice squad.

Will Smith
News
Cowboys linebacker Will Smith missed Sunday's practice because of groin injury, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. The injury is not expected to keep him sidelined for an extended period of time.

The Cowboys will start preseason Aug. 7 at San Diego.

Jordan Devey
News
The Patriots signed offensive linemen Braxston Cave and R.J. Mattes, tackle Jordan Devey, wideouts Reggie Dunn and Greg Orton, running back Sam McGuffie and linebacker Taylor Reed to reserve/futures contracts. All seven players ended the season on New England's practice squad.
Josh Boyce
News
Patriots second-year receivers Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins are on the roster bubble heading into training camp, with only one spot available, reports the team's website. Thompkins put up far better numbers as a rookie -- 32 catches, 466 yards, 4 TDs -- but he has inconsistent hands and Boyce is more explosive.
Devin McCourty
News
Patriots safety Devin McCourty is a strong candidate for an extension this offseason, but he said it's not on his mind, reports the Boston Herald. McCourty has one year left on his rookie deal.

"I don’t even think about it," McCourty told the paper. "Just go out and play football, and I truly believe the rest will just take care of itself."

Roy Finch
News
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.

In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Julian Edelman
News
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said at the NFL owners meetings Tuesday that he's happy to have receiver Julian Edelman back in New England this season.

"I'm glad we were able to work things out with Julian," Belichick said. "It's been an on-going process, glad it was resolved, good player who is versatile, does a lot of different things for us, works hard. He's tough, and he's developed all the way through our system. He came in not as a receiver, not as a punt returner, he’s developed into being pretty good at both those things, so glad to be able to keep him."

Brandon Bolden
News
The Boston Herald has noticed that Patriots running back Brandon Bolden has had two bad practices to begin training camp. He's fumbled twice and had a bad drop. Fumbles were a part of Bolden's rookie training camp as well. 

It's believed Bolden is in the running for the backup running downs job behind Stevan Ridley in camp, but if he keeps fumbling he could be released. 

Kenbrell Thompkins
News
Patriots coach Bill Belichick likes what he sees from second-year receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.

"Hard working kid; one of our hardest workers," Belichick told the media Friday. "He really tries hard to do everything right. Very attentive, very coachable and he's very hard working."

Thompkins had a solid first day of training camp Thursday when he "caught nearly everything thrown his way." He has the chance to be a starter this year with Aaron Dobson (foot) out for the start of camp.

Cameron Gordon
No Updates
Patrick Chung
News
The Patriots signed safety Patrick Chung, who was released by the Eagles last month. Chung, 26, spent his first four seasons with New England before making 59 tackles in 12 games with Philly last year.
Logan Mankins
News
All six Patriots who were listed as probable for the AFC Championship Game will face the Broncos. Receiver Danny Amendola (groin) and running back Shane Vereen (groin) head the list and are joined by cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee/shoulder), guard Logan Mankins (ankle) and linebackers Dane Fletcher (groin) and Dont'a Hightower (ankle).
Taylor McCuller
No Updates
Duron Harmon
News
Patriots rookie safety Duron Harmon made an interception for the second straight game, returning it 42 yards in the Week 9 win over the Steelers. He added four tackles, giving him eight tackles and three passes defended this season.
Danny Aiken
News
The Patriots have signed long snapper Danny Aiken to a one-year deal, reports ESPN.

The Patriots now have all three specialists under contract for 2014 with Aiken, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen.

Asa Watson
News
Four players are vying to back up Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose surgically repaired knee might not be 100 percent when the season opens, reports the Boston Globe. The paper projects Michael Hoomanawanui to beat out D.J. Williams, Asa Watson and Justin Jones for the No. 2 job.

A five-year vet, Hoomanawanui is a 6-4, 260-pounder who "runs good routes over the middle but does not have the long speed to threaten a defense vertically down the seam," the paper said. He has caught 20 of 26 targets over the past two seasons, with one drop.

Matthew Slater
News
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.

In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Injury
Undisclosed - PUP. Questionable for start of regular season
Deontae Skinner
News
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.

In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Injury
Undisclosed - NFI. Questionable for start of regular season
Chris Jones
News
Patriots defensive lineman Chris Jones had another productive game in Week 8 against the Dolphins, as the rookie continues to step up in Vince Wilfork's absence. Jones had seven tackles -- three solo -- and a sack in a 27-17 win.

Jones now has 4.5 sacks on the season, to go with 25 tackles.

Justin Green
News
The Patriots listed receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip/concussion), guard Chris Barker, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive end Jake Bequette, defensive back Justin Green, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and tight end D.J. Williams as inactive for the AFC Championship Game at Denver.
Dax Swanson
News
The 49ers signed guard Al Netter, offensive tackle Carter Bykowski, receiver Chuck Jacobs, defensive tackle Mike Purcell and cornerback Dax Swanson to reserve/futures contracts, enabling them to participate in the offseason program.
Darrelle Revis
News
Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Thursday he has been impressed with new cornerback Darrelle Revis, reports ESPN.

"He has worked hard. Smart guy. I've been impressed with him," Revis said. "Very professional. Has a good understanding of the game. He's a smart player. He has a real good focus and instinct. He's a smart player scheme-wise, but he knows how to play. He's a very instinctive player. … On a personal level, I never really had a personal relationship with him. So I've enjoyed that part of it."

The Patriots signed Revis from the Bucs this offseason.

D.J. Williams
News
Four players are vying to back up Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose surgically repaired knee might not be 100 percent when the season opens, reports the Boston Globe. The paper projects Michael Hoomanawanui to beat out D.J. Williams, Asa Watson and Justin Jones for the No. 2 job.

A five-year vet, Hoomanawanui is a 6-4, 260-pounder who "runs good routes over the middle but does not have the long speed to threaten a defense vertically down the seam," the paper said. He has caught 20 of 26 targets over the past two seasons, with one drop.

Kyle Arrington
News
Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, who played through a groin injury most of last season, is set to have surgery Friday, reports the team's website. Arrington had 62 tackles, two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles while not missing a game.

He's expected to be ready for training camp.

Shamiel Gary
No Updates
Ryan Allen
News
Patriots punter Ryan Allen, who was questionable with a shoulder injury, is active for the AFC Championship Game at Denver.
Cameron Fleming
News
The Patriots have signed seven of their nine draft picks. Under contract are Florida State center Bryan Stork, Florida guard Jon Halapio, Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas, Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Wisconsin running back James White, Concordia defensive end Zach Moore and Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon.

First-round pick Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle out of Florida, and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback from Eastern Illinois, remain unsigned.

Jeremy Gallon
News
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.

In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Injury
Undisclosed - PUP. Questionable for start of regular season
Josh Kline
News
The New England Patriots have signed offensive lineman Josh Kline to the active 53-man roster Saturday after placing Tommy Kelly on injured reserve, the team's official site reports. 
Michael Hoomanawanui
News
Four players are vying to back up Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose surgically repaired knee might not be 100 percent when the season opens, reports the Boston Globe. The paper projects Michael Hoomanawanui to beat out D.J. Williams, Asa Watson and Justin Jones for the No. 2 job.

A five-year vet, Hoomanawanui is a 6-4, 260-pounder who "runs good routes over the middle but does not have the long speed to threaten a defense vertically down the seam," the paper said. He has caught 20 of 26 targets over the past two seasons, with one drop.

Malcolm Butler
No Updates
Michael Buchanan
News
The Patriots inactive list for Week 15 against the Dolphins does not feature much in the way of surprises. Among the seven players not in uniform Sunday, only Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson were on the injury report, and both had been ruled out the day before.

The remainder of the inactives are healthy scratches: offensive lineman Chris Barker; tight end D.J. Williams ; defensive end Jake Bequette and Michael Buchanan; and linebacker Steve Beauharnais

Braxston Cave
News
The Patriots signed offensive linemen Braxston Cave and R.J. Mattes, tackle Jordan Devey, wideouts Reggie Dunn and Greg Orton, running back Sam McGuffie and linebacker Taylor Reed to reserve/futures contracts. All seven players ended the season on New England's practice squad.
Joe Vellano
News
A pair of rookie defensive linemen mad an impact for the Patriots in Week 15, in a 24-20 loss to the Dolphins. Joe Vellano and Sealver Siliga each picked up a sack in the game; Vellano's was the second of his career, while Siliga's was his first.
Jamie Collins
News
Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins was brought along slowly as a rookie, but is now in position to become "a rare three-down player" in the team's system, reports ESPN.com. Collins had an interception, a sack and six tackles in the playoff win over the Colts following a regular season in which he made 43 tackles and broke up four passes.

Expectations have been raised, the website said, and Collins has "star potential."

Shane Vereen
News
Stevan Ridley led all Patriots running backs in snaps played the last two seasons, but ESPN believes that nothing will be handed to him and he'll have to earn his keep this year. Additionally, ESPN thinks Ridley would not have led the backs in snaps had Shane Vereen stayed healthy for a full season. Vereen played nearly as many snaps as Ridley as it were. 

The belief from ESPN's Mike Reiss is that there will be a tandem situation "if everyone is healthy, with the numbers trending heavier toward Vereen."

Behind Ridley and Vereen are Brandon Bolden and rookie James White. Either one of them could earn decent playing time with a strong training camp and/or turnover issues from Ridley or Vereen. 

 

Steve Beauharnais
News
The Patriots listed receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip/concussion), guard Chris Barker, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive end Jake Bequette, defensive back Justin Green, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and tight end D.J. Williams as inactive for the AFC Championship Game at Denver.
Wilson Van Hooser
No Updates
Justin Jones
News
Four players are vying to back up Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, whose surgically repaired knee might not be 100 percent when the season opens, reports the Boston Globe. The paper projects Michael Hoomanawanui to beat out D.J. Williams, Asa Watson and Justin Jones for the No. 2 job.

A five-year vet, Hoomanawanui is a 6-4, 260-pounder who "runs good routes over the middle but does not have the long speed to threaten a defense vertically down the seam," the paper said. He has caught 20 of 26 targets over the past two seasons, with one drop.

Chandler Jones
News
Patriots defensive lineman Chandler Jones found the end zone for the first time in his career during Sunday's win over the Ravens in Week 16.

Jones recovered a botched snap in the end zone for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with five total tackles (four solo) in a 41-7 victory.
Brandon LaFell
News
Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell is trying to get adjusted to being in New England, reports the Boston Herald.

"Yeah, it's spinning, man," LaFell said. "It's been the craziest two or three months of my life."

The Patriots signed LaFell in March to a three-year, $9 million deal. He spent the previous four seasons with the Panthers. The hope is that he will add a dimension to the offense that is currently lacking with Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Aaron Dobson as the top options.

He's learning the new offense on the go, which has been an adjustment.

"We're throwing in a whole lot of plays every day," LaFell said. "At the same time you're a professional, man. You gotta be able to do it. There's going to be times during the season when we come in on Monday and throw in eight plays, come back in on Thursday and throw in another eight. It's pretty much getting us prepared for the season. The harder it is now, the easier it will be on Sunday."

Marcus Cannon
News
Patriots tackle Marcus Cannon has been given the green light for action Sunday against Buffalo despite an ankle issue that had him deemed probable.
James Develin
News
The Patriots received minor contributions from several role players during Sunday's playoff win over the Colts.

Austin Collie and Michael Hoomanawanui each had one reception. Collie finished with 15 yards on one target while Hoomanawanui finished with 6 yards on one target. In the ground game, James Develin had one carry for no gain in a 43-22 win.
Vince Wilfork
News
Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork, who's coming back from a ruptured Achilles, looked good during the team's first practice and said he's working without restrictions.

"If I had limitations, I wouldn’t be practicing," Wilfork told the Boston Herald. "My job is to help my teammates the best way I can, whatever that may be. The only way for me to help my teammates is to be on the field and be healthy. Right now, I’m on the field and I’m healthy. If anything happens in the future, I can’t predict that. But right now my job is to help this team the best way I can and get better each day and that’s what I’m going to do."

Cole Stanford
No Updates
Tyler Ott
No Updates
Tavon Wilson
News
Patriots defensive backs Tavon Wilson capped off a 41-7 victory over the Ravens in Week 16 with a late-game touchdown -- the first of his career.

Wilson picked off backup Tyrod Taylor and took it back 74 yards for a touchdown. He finished the game with one total tackle and one pass defended in a 41-7 victory.
Brandon Browner
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New Patriots cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner are meshing well with the team's defensive backs, safety Devin McCourty told the Boston Herald. "It seems those two guys are going to fit right in very well," he said.

"Revis and Browner coming in there, we’re excited just because we know what they’re able to do. I think our focus now is being able to put it together as a unit, so right now, we’re just working out. We’re just getting to know each other, hanging out, cracking jokes in the locker room. I think this is one of the more fun times of the season when you’re just getting better as a unit."
Jimmy Garoppolo
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Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett sported a brace on his knee during warmup drills on Wednesday, suggesting that is the reason for him missing offseason workouts. ESPN notes rookie Jimmy Garoppolo took his reps in team drills, struggling with everything from getting the snap to completing passes. 
Jonas Gray
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The Patriots signed running back Jonas Gray to a reserve/futures contract, reports the National Football Post.
James White
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If you weren't already convinced by assistant coaches, onlookers and analysts that James White was a good running back, perhaps Patriots coach Bill Belichick might convince you. Belichick said earlier this week that White was more than just a third down back -- he's a contender to work on rushing downs too. 

"It's been good working with James White. He's a very interesting and versatile player," Belichick was quoted as saying by ESPN while on SiriusXM NFL Radio. "He does a good job in the passing game and in the running game -- both inside and outside. Blitz pickup -- we have a pretty extensive offense for him to learn, but he's working hard at it. We'll just let him go and see how it goes, but I think he has the ability to compete on all three downs, in both the running game and the passing game."

White is fighting to get some playing time alongside passing downs running back Shane Vereen and rushing downs running back Stevan Ridley. White had 1,444 yards on 221 carries with 13 touchdowns at Wisconsin last season. 

It is worth noting that Belichick typically doesn't trust rookie running backs. In fact, not once in Belichick's 19 years as a head coach has a rookie led his team in rushing. The closest came in 2006 when Laurence Maroney totaled 745 rush yards on 175 carries and 194 yards on 22 catches with seven total touchdowns -- second to Corey Dillon. 

Tom Brady
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady relies quite heavily on tight end Rob Gronkowski, reports ESPN. It will help Brady tremendously if Gronkowski plays 16 games coming off last year's torn ACL.

Gronkowski played seven games last season. The report says Brady completed 64.1 percent of his passes in the games Gronkowski played and 57.6 percent in the others.

Brady also targeted Gronkowski 66 times during that period, 17 more than any other Patriot.

Eathyn Manumaleuna
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The Patriots signed former Giants defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna and released defensive lineman Seali'i Epenesa. Epenesa, 22, was signed as a rookie free agent out of UCLA last month.
Stephen Houston
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Jon Halapio
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The Patriots have signed seven of their nine draft picks. Under contract are Florida State center Bryan Stork, Florida guard Jon Halapio, Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas, Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Wisconsin running back James White, Concordia defensive end Zach Moore and Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon.

First-round pick Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle out of Florida, and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback from Eastern Illinois, remain unsigned.

Dominique Easley
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Patriots first-round pick Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle out of Florida, returned to Florida after minicamp to work with a trainer on his ACL rehab. The trainer, Tony Villani, said Easley "was looking real good," according to the Providence Journal.

"You’ve still got a couple months until the season and they’re important, but he’s in the last stages of getting that confidence and pop back so he can do whatever he wants with that knee," Villani told the paper. "I only saw him for a week and he’s been in the Patriots’ hold since being drafted. ... You could definitely see he’s made a lot of progress and he should be ready [for the season]. It’s there for the taking."

Injury
Knee - NFI. Probable for start of regular season
Logan Ryan
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Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan turned in a solid performance as he came down with a pair of interceptions during Sunday’s game against the Ravens in Week 16.

Ryan picked off Joe Flacco in the opening and third quarters, respectively. He finished the game with one tackle and three defended passes in a 41-7 victory. He surpassed Aqib Talib for the most interceptions (five) on the team. He also leads all NFL rookies in interceptions this season.
Sebastian Vollmer
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The Patriots placed tackle Sebastian Vollmer on injured reserve Tuesday. Vollmer reportedly underwent surgery Monday to repair a broken bone in his right leg, which he sustained Sunday against the Dolphins.
Danny Amendola
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Patriots receiver Danny Amendola wants to focus on this season and put 2013 behind him, reports the Boston Globe.

After getting a nice $6 million signing bonus and $10 million guarantee last year, Amendola was pretty much the same player for the Patriots as he had been for the Rams: occasionally great, often banged up. In 12 games, he caught 54 passes for 633 yards and two touchdowns — right in line with his best two other seasons, when he had 666 and 689 receiving yards.

"I don't really even think about it," Amendola said of last season. "I’m totally focused on the future. Really optimistic, and really excited."

Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said Amendola having a year in the system with Tom Brady will help.

"Danny's not dissimilar to the rookies," McDaniels said. "He wasn't here before, and he had an opportunity to get a foundation and a system last year. And now it's his second year, and it will be exciting to see Danny's growth. Any time you're in your second year in a system, you're more comfortable. We're excited to see what he does."

The report says if he doesn’t produce big numbers — think at least 80 catches, 800-plus yards, and a clean bill of health — then Amendola is all but gone after 2014, when he doesn't have as much dead money left on a contract that runs through 2017.

Jake Bequette
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The Patriots listed receiver Kenbrell Thompkins (hip/concussion), guard Chris Barker, linebacker Steve Beauharnais, defensive end Jake Bequette, defensive back Justin Green, defensive tackle Isaac Sopoaga and tight end D.J. Williams as inactive for the AFC Championship Game at Denver.
Marcus Forston
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Patriots defensive tackle Marcus Forston has signed a futures contract with the club.

Forston spent a good part of the year on the team's practice squad, but did get promoted for a couple games. He registered three total tackles in three games.

Jerod Mayo
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Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo, who's coming back from a torn pectoral muscle, suggested he'll return for training camp in July, reports the Boston Herald. He's been working out at Gillette Stadium for a while.

"I don’t know how it will feel when we start going out there doing different things as far as a little bit of contact drills," Mayo said. "Even though there are no pads, you can still fall a certain way, so I’m just going to take it one day at a time and see how it goes."

Mayo is feeling stronger very day. "But once again, I won’t know until I get out there and start really playing the game of football," he said.

Aaron Dobson
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When Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson had surgery March 10 to repair a stress fracture, doctors inserted a permanent screw "to aid the healing process, which speaks to the magnitude of the procedure," reports the Boston Herald.

Dobson didn't even start running until July. He's been doing conditioning work on the side at practice, "but his change-of-direction work hasn't been showcased much out in the open," the paper said.

The Patriots' medical staff wants to make sure Dobson can "handle the rigors of the job" before allowing him to practice, the report said.

Injury
Foot - PUP. Probable for start of regular season
Kanorris Davis
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The Patriots promoted defensive backs Kanorris Davis and Justin Green from the practice squad to fill two open spots on the active roster Saturday, according to ESPN.com.  
Tommy Kelly
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Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to rehab from March foot surgery. Also on the list are defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (knee), cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), special teams standout Matthew Slater and receiver Jeremy Gallon.

In addition, first-round defensive lineman Dominique Easley will start camp on the Non-Football Injury list as he recovers from the torn ACL he suffered at Florida last season. Joining him on that list are running back Roy Finch, linebacker Deontae Skinner and offensive tackle Chris Martin.

Injury
Knee - PUP. Questionable for start of regular season
Brian Tyms
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The Patriots released receiver Greg Orton and signed receivers Brian Tyms and Cole Stanford.
Bryan Stork
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The Patriots have signed seven of their nine draft picks. Under contract are Florida State center Bryan Stork, Florida guard Jon Halapio, Georgia Tech cornerback Jemea Thomas, Stanford offensive tackle Cameron Fleming, Wisconsin running back James White, Concordia defensive end Zach Moore and Michigan receiver Jeremy Gallon.

First-round pick Dominique Easley, a defensive tackle out of Florida, and second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo, a quarterback from Eastern Illinois, remain unsigned.

Rob Ninkovich
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Patriots defensive end Rob Ninkovich, who had eight sacks last season, could have a bigger year thanks to the additions of cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. If the secondary covers receivers longer, Ninkovich can get to the quarterback more often.

"I’m happy to have some of the new guys coming in, and we’ve got the best corner in the league coming in, so that’s always a good thing for a defensive end like myself," Ninkovich told the Boston Herald. "Just give me a little more time, I’ll be happy to use that."

 
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