|Offense||4th||117.0 (7th)||269.2 (4th)|
|Defense||8th||88.6 (3rd)||237.9 (12th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||9||Texas Tech|
|38||Bolden, Brandon||RB||5-11||220||1/26/1990||6||Ole Miss|
|7||Brissett, Jacoby||QB||6-4||235||12/11/1992||2||NC State|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||4||West Alabama|
|14||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||4||Oregon State|
|Douglas, Jamil||G||6-4||308||2/28/1992||2||Arizona State|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|27||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||2||Arizona State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||4||Eastern Illinois|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||6||South Carolina|
|Gronkowski, Glenn||FB||6-2||234||3/25/1993||1||Kansas State|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DE||6-4||305||3/17/1990||7||Arizona State|
|Hamilton, Woodrow||DT||6-2||315||12/20/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||5||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|86||Housler, Rob (FA)||TE||6-5||250||3/17/1988||5||Florida Atlantic|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||251||9/24/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|82||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|16||Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||1||Arizona State|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|42||Moore, Kenny||CB||5-9||179||//||R||Valdosta State|
|88||O'Shaughnessy, James||TE||6-4||245||1/14/1992||3||Illinois State|
|95||Rivers, Derek||OLB||6-4||250||5/9/1994||R||Youngstown State|
|83||Scruggs, Greg (FA)||TE||6-3||277||8/17/1990||5||Louisville|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-4||305||11/19/1992||2||NC State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||6/19/1990||4||Brigham Young|
|76||Vollmer, Sebastian (FA)||T||6-8||320||7/10/1984||9||Houston|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||5||Texas Tech|
|85||Williams, Michael (FA)||TE||6-6||304||9/8/1990||4||Alabama|
|Vereen, Corey (IR)||DE||6-2||247||6/15/1995||R||Tennessee|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Gronkowski returns to New England after having four different stints with the Patriots' practice squad. He spent time with the Bills during the last year's preseason, but was released by the team after Week 1 of the regular season. He'll now work to remain on the Patriots' 53-man roster for the foreseeable future.
The Jets initially offered the 27-year-old linebacker a five-year, $62.5 million contract, but it seems they dropped out of the running after getting the results of his physical. Hightower subsequently re-signed with the Patriots -- who surely have a good feel for his injury risk -- on a four-year, $43.5 million contract that includes $19 million guaranteed. He did miss at least three games in each of the last three seasons, though never more than four in a single campaign. His shoulder and knee are the mostly likely causes of the Jets' concern, but neither was a big enough problem to prevent the ever-cautious Patriots from offering Hightower a hefty sum.
Rowe was unable to complete a practice from start to finish this week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 13 against the Rams. In his absence, look for both Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman to see additional snaps at corner.
Williams tore his ACL in a practice session last June and sat behind five tight ends on New England's depth chart prior to his release. While the blocking specialist will now seek an opportunity elsewhere, his departure leaves James O'Shaughnessy, Rob Housler and Matthew Lengel to battle for the Patriots' No. 3 tight end gig this offseason.
Cooks' speed and pass-catching upside are undeniable, but it's still a good sign to see him picking up the complex New England offense well thus far. Given that the team forked over a first-round pick in the deal that landed the wideout, we expect that the Pats have big plans for the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cooks will contend with fellow wideout Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski, among others, for targets, but his field-stretching ability adds an explosive element that the team's passing attack has largely lacked since the departure of Randy Moss.
Van Noy heads to New England as the main backup to Shea McClellin after Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve a little over a week ago. The 26-year-old has logged 23 tackles in seven games this season with the Lions. He could see less snaps this week against the Bills as he learns the playbook and gets accustomed to his new team.
Gostkowski dealt with a two-day stomach illness recently, which forced him to sit out Thursday's practice. Due to the nature of his absence, it doesn't seem like he'll be limited in any way for Sunday's important game.
While the offseason additions of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead might make him expendable, Lewis has a small enough contract that the Patriots presumably intend to keep him around. It isn't yet clear how snaps will be divided between the aforementioned trio and James White, but it at least seems Lewis is healthy enough to compete for a part-time role on offense, after injuring his hamstring during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Gillislee is the best bet to fill a power role similar to LeGarrette Blount's from last season, while Lewis, White and Burkhead all are largely valued for their strong work on passing downs.
Gronkowski is coming off season-ending back surgery, which was his third back operation since 2009, but the All-Pro tight end didn't miss a practice during OTAs, nor was he restricted in what he could do. A full participant through and through, Gronkowski has returned to his usual self, which is a hugely reassuring development for fantasy owners.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
The Patriots selected Lucien in the seventh round of last year's draft but the Arizona State product failed to survive final roster cuts ahead of the season opener. In turn, he spent the season on New England's practice squad and will now slot in as the team's No. 7 wideout entering the offseason.
McCourty, who the Patriots selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL draft, serves as the team's starting free safety and is in line to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the next few seasons, as he is under contract with the franchise through the 2019 campaign.
Edelman, aged 31, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career as he racked up 98 receptions for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games throughout 2016. The defending Super Bowl champs traded for former Saints WR Brandin Cooks this offseason, but Edelman figures to remain a focal point of the Patriots' aerial attack with Tom Brady at the helm. Specific details regarding the structure of the new contract aren't immediately available, but Edelman will be inked in as a Patriot for the next few years.
A late arrival on the injury report this week due to a back concern, Valentine will nonetheless provide depth at defensive tackle behind Alan Branch (back) and Malcom Brown.
Bolden's new contract with the Patriots contains a minimal signing bonus of $50,000. He's stuck around the roster since 2012 due to his contributions on special teams, but the Patriots recently gave a much larger contract to Rex Burkhead -- another running back with a long history of standout play on special teams. Bolden likely will have to compete with D.J. Foster (and perhaps a rookie or two) for the No. 4 running back job behind Burkhead, Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White.
The 29-year-old, who the Patriots drafted 34th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, spent the 2013 season with the Eagles, but since his return to New England in 2014, he's remained a mainstay in the team's secondary. Chung, who serves as the Patriots' starting strong safety, is under contract with the team through the 2018 campaign.
Harmon was the Patriots' top reserve safety behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung in 2016, finishing the season with 29 tackles and two passes defensed, including an interception, while playing in all 16 regular season games. At one point viewed as a major reach when the Patriots tabbed him 91st overall in the 2013 NFL draft, Harmon has solidified his standing in the team's secondary and figures to continue to see his share of snaps in the Patriots' sub defense packages in 2017.
Gilmore was widely viewed as the top cornerback on the open market, so this is a nice scoop for the Patriots, who could lose Logan Ryan in free agency and may now consider moving Malcolm Butler. Gilmore, who the Bills selected 10th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he recorded five picks and 48 tackles in 15 games, en route to earning his first Pro Bowl nod.
Foster, who joined the Patriots prior the season as an undrafted free agent, remains under contract with New England in 2017. While every-down NFL work may not be in the cards for Foster, his RB/WR flexibility could lead to the 23-year-old carving out a complementary role in the team's backfield next season.
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.
It's unclear what, if anything, was ailing the second-year receiver, with the report suggesting that Mitchell's injury history (which includes knee surgeries) played a part in the team's management of his offseason workload. We'll revisit his status once training camp opens up, but there's nothing to suggest that Mitchell won't be ready to go at that time. From a fantasy perspective, his upside in 2017 is hampered by the presence of fellow wideouts Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks, who both figure to gobble up plenty of targets in the Patriots' passing offense. Mitchell thus figures to compete with Chris Hogan for the team's WR3 snaps, with Danny Amendola and Andrew Hawkins in reserve.
Gillislee now enters a backfield already headlined by Dion Lewis (hamstring), James White and Rex Burkhead, effectively ruling out the possibility of LeGarrette Blount returning to the Patriots in the process. Although Buffalo's decision not to match will cost New England a fifth-round pick, Gillislee provides the team with an ascending backfield talent. In 15 games last year as LeSean McCoy's primary backup, Gillislee rushed 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns, while catching nine of 11 targets for 50 yards and another score.
While officially listed as a wideout by the Patriots, Slater has not caught a regular season pass since 2011. The 2008 fifth-rounder -- who remains under contract with New England in 2017 -- maintains his spot on the team with his continuing strong special teams play and leadership presence.
Adding Ealy bolsters the Patriots' depth at defensive end, with Chris Long not returning to the team and Jabaal Sheard a candidate to depart via free agency. In 2016, his third NFL season, the 25-year-old Ealy logged 32 tackles, five sacks and a pick in 16 games for the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was selected 60th overall by Carolina in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wise (6-foot-5, 274 pounds) is a very athletic lineman who functionally might look similar to Trey Flowers, who Wise was formerly teammates with at Arkansas. There's not a lot of linear explosiveness in Wise's game, but his reach, quickness and versatility make him a candidate to earn snaps early on in his Patriots career.
Housler reportedly pulled a hamstring during OTAs. His release leaves only James O'Shaughnessy and Matthew Lengel to square off for the Patriots' No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. However, once Housler returns to full strength, a return to New England isn't out of the question.
Burkhead signed a one-year, $3.15 million contract that includes a $1.1 million signing bonus. In addition to assuring him of a roster spot, the contract suggests the Patriots expect him to contribute on offense. Burkhead was always a strong special teams contributor in Cincinnati, and last season he also demonstrated proficiency as a pass catcher, pass blocker and even as a runner. The Patriots do already have a pair of talented pass-catching backs in the form of Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White, but they may still find a way to get Burkhead some touches.
Hawkins was released by the Browns back in February after spending the past three years in Cleveland. In 2016, he totaled 324 yards and three touchdowns on 33 receptions while playing in all 16 games. With New England, the veteran wideout will likely be competing with Malcolm Mitchell, Matthew Slater, and Devin Street for one of the final wide receiver roster spots.
Freeny landed on injured reserve last October with an unspecified shoulder injury. Now that he's back on the field without any restrictions, look for the sixth-year Rutgers product to compete with Trevor Bates, Elandon Roberts and Harvey Langi for a depth role at linebacker.
Branch is a key asset for the Patriots' strong run defense. His 6-foot-6, 350-pound frame clogs up holes in the middle of the line, and he's a key reason why New England ranked fourth in the NFL with only 88.4 rushing yards allowed per game in 2016. The deal will keep the 32-year-old Branch with the Patriots through the 2018 season.
Douglas is competing with Dallas Thomas for the starting job. Over the last few weeks, he's gone from occasional snaps to a 50/50 split of starting snaps.
"I like the fact that when he’s been in there he doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes,” coach Joe Philbin said, per the Palm Beach Post. “I think he’s grasped the system relatively well. I think his play speed’s been pretty good. He doesn’t seem to hesitate a lot and that’s a good sign for a young guy. ... I really like what I see."
A subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason, Butler was uncertain to report to the Patriots immediately in the offseason. However, with the draft passing by without Butler being dealt elsewhere, it appears that the cornerback is now locked in with the Patriots for at least the 2017 season. Butler and offseason pickup Stephon Gilmore should combine to form one of the league's strongest cornerback tandems.
The Chiefs and Patriots worked out a deal that sent O'Shaughnessy and a sixth-round pick to New England to acquire pick No. 183 at the end of the fifth round. O'Shaugnessy does not offer much as a receiver with eight career catches over his first two seasons, but he should be a serviceable blocking tight end in run-heavy formations. Ultimately, he'll compete with Matt Lengel, Michael Williams and Rob Housler for the third spot on the Patriots' TE depth chart behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but the fact that the team traded for O'Shaughnessy suggests that he'll probably stick.
Easley's absence was due to a hip pointer suffered during Thursday's game against the Steelers and early reports indicate Easley will likely miss 1-2 weeks rehabbing the injury. With Easley most likely missing Sunday's contest against the Bills, 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown could step in and receive more snaps.
As an undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, Hamilton appeared in two games for New England this season. However, his roster spot was needed in order to bring Jacoby Brissett (thumb) back from IR.
Guy has worked his way into a couple productive seasons the last two years with the Ravens. He posted his best campaign in 2015, recording 46 tackles (29 solo) and 4.5 sacks in that season. Entering his seventh season, the 26-year-old will likely reprise that role when the team employs its 3-4 scheme in 2017.
Roberts, a sixth-rounder out of Houston, was a limited participant in practice this week. If he ultimately can't play, look for Barkevious Mingo to slide into the starting lineup.
Released in early June as part of the Jets' offseason purge, the 33-year-old Harris will stay in the AFC East and help his former team's chief rival fill a major need next to Dont'a Hightower in the linebacking corps. Harris had at least 75 tackles in each of his 10 seasons with the Jets, falling shy of the century mark last season (95 in 15 games) for the first time since 2011. His days as a valuable IDP likely are a thing of the past, but he should help the New England run defense while also providing an occasional pass-rushing threat (35.5 career sacks).
Although the offseason addition of Brandin Cooks pushed him down the depth chart, Hogan still figures to have a regular spot on the outside when the Patriots go three-wide, which has been the team's base alignment in recent years. However, Malcolm Mitchell and No. 2 tight end Dwayne Allen could cut into Hogan's snap count, and regular targets will be hard to come by in a passing attack featuring Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Despite turning in a highly efficient 2016 season (11.9 yards per target) and then leading the team in receiving yards (332) during the playoffs, Hogan probably won't see a major uptick from last year's 57 regular-season targets.
Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.
Rivers (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) looks like a steal for the Patriots. He was highly productive at Youngstown State, and his athletic profile strongly implies future success as an NFL pass rusher. He ran a 4.61-second 40 at the Combine, adding a 35-inch vertical, 123-inch broad jump, and 6.94-second three-cone drill. If he receives defensive end classification in IDP leagues, he could emerge as a productive fantasy option surprisingly early in his career.
The Patriots tendered Coleman before the start of free agency last week. Even with Coleman returning to the Patriots, the club's acquisition of Stephon Gilmore complicates his path to seeing regular snaps. Things could change depending whether Malcolm Butler remains with New England, however.
The 2015 fourth-rounder, who logged eight starts this season, now finds himself on the IDP radar after the leading the Patriots in sacks in 2016. The 23-year-old is under contract with New England through 2018, so Flowers will remain a fantasy factor in 2017, in his role as a starting defensive end for the team.
After playing in nine games for the Broncos this season the team opted to waive him prior to Week 12. Kilgo figures to help provide depth on the defensive line for the Patriots. Rookie D.J. Foster was waived to make room in a corresponding roster move.
Brissett did not throw any TD passes or picks during that span, but the 2016 third-rounder did gain some valuable experience when thrust into action when fellow signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo (who had been filling in for the suspended Tom Brady) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. Brissett subsequently missed time after undergoing surgery on his right thumb in October, but was eventually activated off IR by the Patriots in December in order to reprise his depth QB duties.
In securing the services of Allen, the Patriots have signaled that they are poised to part ways with fellow TE Martellus Bennett. Allen, whose blocking ability has earned the praise of coach Bill Belichick, has three years left on the four-year, $29 million contract that he signed with Indy last March. The 27-year-old profiles as a solid all-around tight end, who will provide the Patriots with a complementary option/insurance policy for oft-injured Rob Gronkowski. Allen himself is no stranger to the injury report, having missed a combined 23 games (including 15 in 2013) over the past four seasons, but when healthy, the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder can do some damage in the red zone. Over the course of 57 NFL contests to date, he's hauled in 19 TDs.
With Garoppolo not participating in drills, third-stringer Jacoby Brissett saw added QB reps Tuesday. At this stage, Garoppolo's leg issue doesn't look a big concern and he's entrenched as Tom Brady's top backup in the wake of an offseason filled with speculation that the Patriots may elect to move Garoppolo, who is now in the final year of his rookie contract. An all-in approach for the coming season prevailed, however, and there's also been chatter that the Patriots could find ways (such as an extension or their franchise tag) to keep Garoppolo around beyond 2017.
White has developed into a fairly reliable pass-catching back, corralling 100 of 140 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns over the past two seasons. He capped the latter campaign with the most impactful performance of his three-year career: a Super Bowl record 14 receptions and three total touchdowns in February's comeback victory against the Falcons. The Patriots will be sporting some different bodies out of the backfield in 2017, as Rex Burkhead was locked up in March, Mike Gillislee received an offer sheet from the team Tuesday, and LeGarrette Blount remains on the market. No matter who's getting the rock on a weekly basis, White is expected to serve primarily as a receiver, along with Dion Lewis, who has missed 18 regular-season games combined the last two seasons.
Still playing at an elite level as he approaches his 40th birthday (in August), Brady seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank, though six or seven more years might be a stretch. At some point, he might decide there is nothing left to accomplish, as he's the only quarterback with five Super Bowl victories in NFL history, and he also owns a slew of regular-season records. Brady should have fun this upcoming season, with WR Brandin Cooks providing an element of downfield speed that the offense hasn't had in years.
Vollmer finishes his career as one of the more accomplished offensive lineman in Patriots history. The two-time Super Bowl Champion appeared in 88 career games and started in 80 of them.
Amendola is one of 12 wideouts on the Patriots' current roster, but it's believed only six or seven will make the final 53-man roster in September. There appears to be five "locks" at the position -- Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell and Matthew Slater -- leaving the other seven wideouts competing for a maximum of two spots. While Amendola, who took a pay cut earlier in the offseason, seems to be the most likely option to remain given his time spent with the club, new additions like Andrew Hawkins, Devin Street and Devin Lucien could give the veteran a run for his money. It's clearly way too early to tell what the final verdict will be considering potential injuries and preseason performances, but for the first time in New England, Amendola's status is in question.
McClellin played 34.5% of the defensive snaps last season, and tallied 41 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the Patriots. It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.
Ninkovich, who is set to play in his third Super Bowl on Sunday, missed four games to start the 2016 season after testing positive for a banned substance. Upon his return, the versatile defender re-established a degree of IDP utility in deeper formats and the 33-year-old is slated to stay in the mix in 2017, as Ninkovich is under contract with the Patriots next season.