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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th117.0 (7th)269.2 (4th)
Defense8th88.6 (3rd)237.9 (12th)
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6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19904Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19858Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19922Georgia
88Bennett, Martellus TE6-62753/10/19879Texas A&M
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19867Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19905Mississippi
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197717Michigan
97Branch, Alan DE6-635012/29/198410Michigan
7Brissett, Jacoby QB6-423512/11/1992RNorth Carolina State
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19942Texas
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19903West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19886Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19922Navy
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19878Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19932Tennessee
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19884Brown
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19885Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19868Kent State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19923Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19932Arkansas
14Floyd, Michael WR6-222011/27/19895Notre Dame
27Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/1993RArizona State
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19913Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198411Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo OLB6-42656/4/19922Oklahoma
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19914Rutgers
54Hightower, Dont'a MLB6-32653/12/19905Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19884Monmouth (N.J.)
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/19922Florida State
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/1993RAuburn
24Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/1993RAlabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/1993RIllinois
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19932Auburn
82Lengel, Matt TE6-726612/27/19901Eastern Kentucky
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19905Pittsburgh
95Long, Chris DE6-32703/28/19859Virginia
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19932Georgia Tech
58McClellin, Shea OLB6-32508/1/19895Boise State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19877Rutgers
51Mingo, Barkevious LB6-424010/4/19904Louisiana State
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR5-112007/20/1992RGeorgia
50Ninkovich, Rob OLB6-22602/1/198411Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19932Stanford
52Roberts, Elandon OLB5-112354/22/1994RHouston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19922Utah
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19914Rutgers
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32655/10/19896Pittsburgh
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19859UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19886Colorado
62Thuney, Joe G6-430511/19/1992RNorth Carolina State
99Valentine, Vincent NT6-23202/23/1994RNebraska
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32436/19/19903Brigham Young
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19848Houston
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19914Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19923Wisconsin
Injured Players
55Freeny, Jonathan (IR) OLB6-22556/15/19895Rutgers
87Gronkowski, Rob (IR) TE6-62655/14/19897Arizona
83Scruggs, Greg (IR) TE6-32778/17/19904Louisville
85Williams, Michael (IR) TE6-63049/8/19903Alabama
Practice Squad
64Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
 Bates, Trevor LB6-12478/28/1993RMaine
 Farris, Chase G6-42954/8/1993ROhio State
 Gaffney, Tyler RB6-02204/20/19913Stanford
 Gronkowski, Glenn FB6-22343/25/1993RKansas State
 Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-231512/20/1992RMississippi
 Kilgo, Darius DT6-331912/14/19912Maryland
16Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/1993RArizona State
 White, DeAndrew WR6-019210/16/19912Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4316.46-3298.326.32239
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Position Listing
DeAndrew White
White -- who caught one pass for 12 yards -- could potentially start the season as the 49ers' slot receiver after Bruce Ellington (hamstring) went down Friday.

The severity of Ellington's hamstring injury isn't clear at the moment, but he has already developed a reputation for being injury prone. If he isn't able to suit up for Week 1 then White would be the likely fill-in after he stepped in for Ellington -- who was dealing with a different ailment -- last week. He is fairly unproven and the 49ers' passing game has looked uninspiring during the preseason, so he would initially be considered waiver wire fodder even with the elevated role.

Glenn Gronkowski
Gronkowski has been released from the Patriots' practice squad.

Gronkowski has had three separate stints with the Patriots' practice squad, so he may be back with the team in time, but the move frees up a spot for running back D.J. Foster, who went unclaimed after the Patriots waived him.

Nate Solder
Solder (hamstring) is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Solder entered the weekend questionable to play Sunday after missing the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Cardinals, but he's healthy enough at this point to make his season debut. LaAdrian Waddle figures to move back into his typical reserve role with Solder back on the field.

Dont'a Hightower
Hightower (shoulder) will be active for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Hightower was able to participate in practice throughout the week, so he'll ultimately be good to go for the AFC championship game. Expect him to start at middle linebacker per usual as the Pats look to shut down the Steelers' potent offense.

Eric Rowe
Rowe (hamstring) is inactive Monday night against the Ravens.

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.

Michael Williams
Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.

Knee - Out for Super Bowl LI
Kyle Van Noy
Van Noy was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Stephen Gostkowski
Gostkowski made two of his three field goal attempts en route to recording nine points in Week 17's 35-14 win over the Dolphins.

Gostkowski's miss arrived on a 52-yard attempt at the end of the first half of Sunday's tilt. Gostkowski, who turns 33 later this month, finished up the 2016 regular season with 127 points, while making 27 of 32 field goal attempts and nailing 46 of 49 extra points. By his lofty standards, it was a subpar campaign, but heading into the postseason, he's a top level option in fantasy playoff formats, given his steady effort down the stretch and the potential for the Patriots to make a lengthy run.

Jonathan Jones
No Updates
Dion Lewis
Lewis gained 41 yards and scored a touchdown on 13 carries, secured two of seven targets for 23 yards and another score, and totaled 124 yards and a third touchdown on three kickoff returns in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round win over the Texans.

With the Patriots limiting LeGarrette Blount's touches after he missed a pair of practice sessions during the week with an illness, Lewis stepped up and became only the fifth player in team history to tally three touchdowns in a playoff game. He opened the scoring with a 13-yard scoring reception in the first quarter, and added a 98-yard touchdown on the kickoff return following a Nick Novak 33-yard field goal for the Texans. The third-year back capped off his stellar all-purpose performance with a one-yard scoring run early in the fourth after a Patriots' interception, giving New England a commanding 31-16 lead at the time. Lewis easily led in backfield touches and received five more carries than Blount overall, although that workload distribution could be a lot closer or even flipped in the conference championship next Sunday if the former is back at full strength.

Tyler Gaffney
The Patriots have added Gaffney to their practice squad.

With Bishop Sankey having caught on with the Chiefs, Gaffney is now the only running back on the Patriots' practice squad. He's obviously off the fantasy radar for now, but Gaffney would be a candidate for a promotion, and carries with the Patriots, if top power back LeGarrette Blount misses any time down the road.

Chris Barker
The Patriots have announced the re-signing of offensive lineman Chris Barker to the practice squad and the release of defensive end Ben Bass .

Bass played in two games with Dallas in 2012, but none since.

Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski (back) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Gronkowski required surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in his back, prematurely ending his 2016 campaign. He'll finish the season with career-lows across the board consisting of 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns. While fellow tight end Martellus Bennett likely stands to be the primary beneficiary of Gronkowski's absence, wideouts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell could each be in store for an increased market share of the Patriots' passing attack as well.

Back - Injured Reserve
Jordan Richards
Richards (knee) will be active for Saturday's game against the Jets.

Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.

Devin Lucien
No Updates
Chris Long
Long will sign a one-year contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

With Chandler Jones being shipped to the Cardinals, the Patriots needed some additional help on the defensive line, so they've opted to sign Long to a one-year deal. Long spent the first eight years of his career with the Rams and is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he posted 19 tackles and three sacks. He'll have to battle in training camp for the right to see meaningful reps come the regular season opener.

Nate Ebner
Ebner suffered a head injury during Sunday's AFC championship game and will not return.

Ebner is a fixture on special teams but nothing more. He'll look to clear concussion protocol in order to suit up for next month's Super Bowl.

Concussion - Questionable for Super Bowl LI
Devin McCourty
During the 2015 regular season, McCourty was on the field for 84.7 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

McCourty and Patrick Chung -- who both remain under contract heading into 2016 -- served as the Patriots' starting safeties, with Reiss noting that McCourty saw much of his work "in the center field-type role" with Chung "often playing in the box and offering quality run support." In the process, McCourty recorded 64 tackles in 14 games, though his IDP utility was capped by the fact that he recorded just one pick in that span.

Julian Edelman
Edelman hauled in eight of 13 targets for 137 yards in Saturday's 34-16 divisional-round victory over the Texans. He also gained 26 yards on four punt returns.

Edelman notched a six-yard catch on New England's first offensive play, his 69th postseason reception, which tied him with Wes Welker in franchise history. However, he was shut out from that point forward until hauling in a 48-yard bomb from Tom Brady on the Patriots' final possession before halftime. That seemed to reignite their prolific connection, as the future Hall of Fame quarterback proceeded to find Edelman six more times for 83 yards in the second half. Danny Amendola's return to the lineup from a high-ankle sprain did nothing to dilute Edelman's involvement, as his 13 targets were the most he'd seen since Week 11 against the 49ers. The eight-year veteran will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in next Sunday's conference championship showdown against either the Chiefs or Steelers.

Vincent Valentine
Valentine (back) is active for Sunday's tilt with the Bills.

Valentine will take the field for the first time since injuring his back in Week 4's loss to the Bills. The team may exercise some caution when it comes to the defensive tackle's action, in which case starter Malcom Brown is likely to take the bulk of reps.

Brandon Bolden
Bolden (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.

Bolden remains a core special-teamer for the Patriots, but given that he's clearly behind fellow RBs LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and James White in the team's offense, he's off the fantasy radar.

Patrick Chung
Chung signed a three-year extension worth $5.7 million with the Patriots on Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Chung will be locked up through the 2018 season as he has emerged as the Patriots starting strong safety over the past two years. He finished the 2015 campaign with 85 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.

David Andrews
No Updates
Joe Thuney
No Updates
Matt Lengel
Lengel finished the 2016 regular season with two catches for 22 yards and a TD in six games.

The 26-year-old didn't make much of a fantasy splash in 2016, but he did provide the Patriots with needed tight end depth behind Martellus Bennett after Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending injury. The team figures to make some moves at tight end during the upcoming offseason, and with that in mind, it remains to seen if Lengel will be part of the Patriots' plans in 2017.

Barkevious Mingo
The Browns have Browns traded Mingo to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Mingo, who was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the 2013 draft, gives the Patriots another edge- rushing option, something that will come in handy with Chandler Jones no longer around and Rob Ninkovich dealing with a triceps injury.

Duron Harmon
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.
D.J. Foster
Foster finished the 2016 regular season with seven carries for 24 yards and one catch for two yards over the course of three games for the Patriots.

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.

LaAdrian Waddle
The Lions have announced that they have activated two starters - defensive end Jason Jones and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle - off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Wadde has recovered from a partially torn ACL while Jones was dealing with a knee ailment that required surgery.

Greg Scruggs
Scruggs (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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Malcolm Mitchell
Mitchell (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.

The rookie wideout, who last suited up Dec. 24, profiles as a speculative fantasy play Sunday after missing a stretch of game action. Moreover, Mitchell will be competing with Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola for looks in the New England passing game behind Julian Edelman, the team's target-gobbling wideout.

Matthew Slater
Slater finished the 2016 regular season with one carry for five yards and zero catches in 13 games.

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.

Jabaal Sheard
Sheard (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.

Sheard, who was limited in practice throughout the week, will be available to provide depth at defensive end behind Chris Long and Trey Flowers.

Jonathan Freeny
Freeny (shoulder) was placed on IR Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Freeny injured his shoulder last week and was ruled out for Week 6 prior to being shut down for the season. Shea McClellin and Barkevious Mingo will handle the outside linebacker duties in Freeny's absence.

Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
The Patriots agreed to a three-year contract extension with punter Ryan Allen, reports ESPN. Allen is entering his third season with the Patriots.
Cameron Fleming
The Patriots have deemed the following players as inactive for Saturday's divisional round game against the Ravens: Josh Boyce, Jordan Devey, Zach Moore, Steve Maneri, Cameron Fleming, James White and Jonas Gray.

Gray, who 89 carries for 412 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, is dealing with an ankle injury. Gray was listed as probable throughout the week.

The Patriots are 7-point favorites against Baltimore Saturday.

Alan Branch
Branch won his appeal of a four-game suspension for allegedly violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Branch has avoided the suspension and won't be forced to miss any games as a result. He could see additional reps at defensive tackle on Sunday against the Rams depending on Woodrow Hamilton's (illness) health.

Malcolm Butler
Butler (hip) is active for Sunday's game against the Broncos.

Butler was limited throughout the week, but there were never any true concerns that he wouldn't be suiting up in Week 15. He will look to slow down Demaryius Thomas and the Broncos' passing game.

Cyrus Jones
Jones (knee) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

Jones sat out Week 17 but it appears the week off prior to the divisional round was enough for him to get healthy. He's near the bottom of the Patriots' depth chart and likely won't see much action beyond special teams.

Malcom Brown
Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley (hip) did not practice on Wednesday, Doug Kyed of the New England Sports Network reports.

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. 

Brandon King
No Updates
Chase Farris
No Updates
Trevor Bates
No Updates
Geneo Grissom
Grissom was promoted to the Patriots' active roster on Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Grissom was with the Patriots in the preseason and signed to the practice squad after failing to make the opening week roster. He'll be a depth option at defensive end and help out on special teams.

LeGarrette Blount
Blount rushed 16 times for 47 yards and a touchdown, and caught his lone target for eight more in Sunday's 36-17 AFC Championship win over the Steelers.

Blount was a much bigger part of the game plan after playing second-fiddle to James White with only eight touches against the Texans last week. The 30-year-old veteran scored his team's lone rushing touchdown from one yard out in the third quarter for his 19th rushing score in 18 games. Finding running room in the Super Bowl won't be easy against a Falcons defense that hasn't allowed more than 34 yards on the ground to any non-quarterback this postseason.

Woodrow Hamilton
Hamilton was waived by the Patriots on Friday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Michael Floyd
Floyd is inactive for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.

With Malcolm Mitchell back in action, Floyd is the odd man out Sunday, with Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola also in the team's wideout mix against Pittsburgh.

Elandon Roberts
Roberts (hamstring) is questionable to play Monday night against Baltimore.

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.

Marcus Cannon
Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has signed a two-year extension, according to ESPN.

Cannon has battled some injuries this season, but has managed to play in all 13 games. After starting the first three games of the year, Cannon took a backseat, and has been used as a backup. 

Chris Hogan
Hogan (thigh) caught nine of 12 targets for 180 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 36-17 win over the Steelers in the AFC championship game.

Hogan had seven catches for 117 yards and two touchdowns by halftime, showing no limitations after exiting last week's win over the Texans in the third quarter. He's one of many weapons available to the versatile Patriots offense, so it's fair to expect a less prominent role for the 28-year-old wide receiver in the Super Bowl against a Falcons secondary that ranked 11th in yards allowed per passing attempt this season.

Shaq Mason
Mason (hand) is questionable for the Patriots' Week 2 game against Miami.

Mason was limited in each practice this week due to his hand injury. He was active for Week 1 while dealing with the same injury and it wouldn't be surprising to see the depth lineman activated once again since he won't see extended time unless an injury forces him into a larger role.

James Develin
Develin has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Given his limited touches in the team's offense, Develin's fantasy value remains limited. That said, his versatility and blocking are valuable assets to the Patriots, and his healthy return to the mix in 2016 should be a boost to the team's ground game this coming season.

Justin Coleman
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Tre Jackson
Jackson (knee), who opened the season on the PUP list, won't be returning to game action this year, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Jackson will be shut down for good after arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason has led to a lengthy recovery period. The second-year offensive guard will look to return to full health by the time training camp rolls around in 2017.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Trey Flowers
Flowers' 41 snaps (out of a possible) 62 were tops among the Patriots' defensive ends in Week 15's win over the Broncos, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

In the process, Flowers logged two sacks and three tackles. The Patriots' DE rotation in last Sunday's game also included Rob Ninkovich, who logged 35 snaps, Chris Long -- who recorded 33 snaps -- and Jabaal Sheard who was out there for 31. Of that group, Flowers, who has notched a team-high seven sacks (to go along with 35 tackles) offers the most IDP utility these days.

Darius Kilgo
Kilgo was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

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.

Jacoby Brissett
Brissett finished up the 2016 regular season with 34 completions on 55 attempts for 400 yards to go along with 16 carries for 83 yards and TD over the course of three appearances (including two starts) for the Patriots.

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.

Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo finished up the 2016 regular season with 43 completions on 63 attempts for 502 yards to go along with four TDs and zero picks over the course of six appearances for the Patriots.

The 2014 second-rounder had an early-season opportunity to fill in for the suspended Tom Brady cut short due to a shoulder injury, but Garoppolo was nonetheless able to do enough in the time that he was healthy to potentially draw offseason trade interest. Garoppolo is under contract with New England in 2017, but with Brady still entrenched as the team's starter, the Patriots could be tempted to deal Garoppolo if the right offer comes along. Alternatively, they could hold on to him as a valuable insurance policy for Brady, who is set to turn 40 this coming August.

James White
White was on the field for a season-low 12 snaps (out of a possible 69) in Saturday's 34-16 win over the Texans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Meanwhile, Dion Lewis logged 33 snaps and 13 carries, while power back LeGarrette Blount recorded eight rushes on 27 snaps. Though White did not run the ball in Saturday's contest, he did manage to make a splash despite the limited opportunities, by hauling in a 19-yard TD catch. Looking ahead to next week's AFC Championship game, White figures to factor in some in the Patriots' passing attack, but at this stage, he's clearly behind both Lewis and Blount in the team's RB pecking order.

Tom Brady
Brady completed 32 of 42 passes for 384 yards and three touchdowns in Sunday's 36-17 AFC championship game victory over the Steelers.

Brady reached a personal postseason yardage best largely by throwing the ball short and letting his receivers do most of the work after the catch. The veteran's ability to methodically move the ball down the field allowed the Patriots to consistently put themselves in good position on third down en route to 11 conversions on 17 tries against an over-matched Steelers defense. Becoming the first quarterback to win five Super Bowls won't be an easy task against a Falcons team that held the Aaron Rodgers-led Packers scoreless in the first half of the NFC championship game.

Martellus Bennett
Bennett (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.

With fellow TE Rob Gronkowski (back) out for the season, Bennett - who has caught TD passes in three of his last five games -- remains in line to log a heavy workload Sunday as he continues to play through various aches and pains. With that in mind, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport relays that Bennett has been playing with a cracked bone/bone chips in his ankle, issues that are likely to be addressed by an offseason procedure.

Logan Ryan
Ryan registered 17 tackles Sunday against the Bills.

This was as big of a game from the perspective of tackling that a cornerback could imagine. The 17 tackles equaled the total he had notched over the first three games of the season. Currently in his fourth NFL season, he already has seasons with four and five interceptions, so he has some value as an IDP candidate in that category, but the fact that he's posted at least six tackles in three of his first four games seems to indicate he's worth a look in IDP leagues.

Sebastian Vollmer
Vollmer (hip) will be out for the remainder of the season after beginning his 2016 campaign on the PUP list, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Vollmer's lingering hip issue will keep him sidelined and unavailable for the Patriots down the final stretch. Marcus Cannon figures to continue starting at right tackle for the team moving forward, while Vollmer is slated to test free agency next offseason.

Hip - Physically Unable to Perform
Danny Amendola
Amendola (ankle) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.

Amendola is a candidate to split the Patriots' No. 3 wideout reps with the returning Malcolm Mitchell, a reality that caps Amendola's fantasy upside as long as Julian Edelman (who he essentially backs up) and Chris Hogan remain healthy enough to stay on the field.

Ted Karras
No Updates
Shea McClellin
McClellin (concussion) is active for Sunday's Week 7 game against Pittsburgh.

McClellin is playing after being limited in practice all week. He'll start at linebacker alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.

Rob Ninkovich
Ninkovich was on the field for 46 of 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Bengals, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

After seeing 24 snaps in Week 5, Ninkovich saw an increase in playing time in his second game back from a four-game suspension, recording four tackles in the process. Ninkovich is an option in deeper IDP formats, based on the assumption that he'll remain a key cog in the Patriots' D-line rotation going forward.


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