New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th87.8 (30th)286.7 (5th)
Defense9th98.8 (8th)240.7 (16th)
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6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19904Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19858Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19922Georgia
64Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
83Bennett, Martellus TE6-62733/10/19879Texas A&M
 Bentley, V'Angelo CB5-1019011/4/1993RIllinois
38Biggers, E.J. DB6-01856/13/19878Western Michigan
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19867Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19905Mississippi
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197717Michigan
97Branch, Alan DT6-635012/29/198410Michigan
 Brissett, Jacoby QB6-323612/11/1992RNorth Carolina State
34Brown, Donald RB5-102074/11/19878Connecticut
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19942Texas
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19903West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19886Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-22454/16/19922Navy
16Carter, DeAndre WR5-81884/10/19931Sacramento State
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19878Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111853/27/19932Tennessee
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19894Southern Mississippi
61Cooper, Jonathan G6-23111/19/19904North Carolina
1Derby, A.J. TE6-42559/20/19912Arkansas
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19884Brown
17Dobson, Aaron WR6-32057/23/19914Marshall
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
 Foster, D.J. WR5-1019311/22/1993RArizona State
55Freeny, Jonathan MLB6-22556/15/19895Rutgers
31Gaffney, Tyler RB6-02204/20/19913Stanford
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19913Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198411Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo OLB6-32656/4/19922Oklahoma
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19897Arizona
 Grugier-Hill, Kamu OLB6-22155/16/1994REastern Illinois
 Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-330012/20/1992RMississippi
86Harbor, Clay TE6-32507/2/19877Missouri State
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19914Rutgers
14Harper, Chris WR5-1118512/7/19931California
54Hightower, Dont'a OLB6-32653/12/19905Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-122010/24/19884Monmouth (N.J.)
53Humber, Ramon LB5-112328/10/19878North Dakota State
47Iosefa, Joey FB6-02456/19/19911Hawaii
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/19922Florida State
76Johnson, Anthony DT6-23171/24/19932Louisiana State
70Johnson, Rufus LB6-52808/28/19902Tarleton State
 Jones, Jonathan CB5-91869/20/1993RAuburn
 Jones, Cyrus CB5-1019711/29/1993RAlabama
 Karras, Ted G6-33073/15/1993RIllinois
73Kearse, Frank DT6-531010/28/19885Alabama A&M
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19932Auburn
67Kline, Josh G6-330012/29/19894Kent State
98Knighton, Terrance DT6-33547/4/19868Temple
78Kuhn, Markus DT6-43035/5/19865North Carolina State
 LeBlanc, Cre'von CB5-91947/25/1994RFlorida Atlantic
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19905Pittsburgh
91Long, Chris DE6-32683/28/19859Virginia
 Lucien, Devin WR6-21956/26/1993RArizona State
82Martin, Keshawn WR5-111943/15/19905Michigan State
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19932Georgia Tech
50McClellin, Shea LB6-32458/1/19895Boise State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19877Rutgers
66Milton, Keavon T6-43246/23/19902Louisiana-Monroe
 Mitchell, Malcolm WR5-111947/20/1992RGeorgia
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/198411Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19932Stanford
28Roberts, Darryl CB6-019011/26/19902Marshall
 Roberts, Elandon ILB6-02354/22/1994RHouston
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19914Rutgers
 Scheu, Steven TE6-52507/7/1992RVanderbilt
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32605/10/19896Pittsburgh
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19859UCLA
45Snyder, Kevin LB6-22387/25/19921Rutgers
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19886Colorado
66Stork, Bryan C6-431011/15/19903Florida State
41Thompson, Cedric DB6-02122/10/19931Minnesota
 Thuney, Joe G6-428711/19/1992RNorth Carolina State
 Valentine, Vincent DT6-33202/23/1994RNebraska
72Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
45Vereen, Brock FS5-112028/17/19922Minnesota
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83257/10/19848Houston
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63287/21/19914Texas Tech
85Washington, Nate WR6-11838/28/198312Tiffin University
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19923Wisconsin
 Williams, Bryce TE6-52602/24/1993REast Carolina
Injured Players
85Williams, Michael (IR) TE6-63049/8/19903Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4314.86-3302.125.72138
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Position Listing
Nate Solder
Patriots left tackle Nate Solder signed a two-year, $20.62 million contract extension, which takes him through the 2017 season, a source told ESPN. 

As part of the agreement, the Patriots can't use the franchise or transition tag on Solder after his deal runs out in 2017.

The Patriots drafted Solder in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has missed only one game in his four-year career and has started 60 of 63 games.

Dont'a Hightower
During the 2015 regular season, Hightower was on the field for 54.2 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

As the report notes, Hightower missed four games this season, and was limited in several others, but when healthy he's a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

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 the season
Darryl Roberts
The Patriots have placed rookie cornerback and seventh round pick Darryl Roberts on season-ending injured reserve, ESPN has reported.

Roberts injured his wrist in the first preseason game. He started that game and was showing promise in training camp.

Cre'von LeBlanc
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Stephen Gostkowski
Gostkowski made one of his two field-goal attempts en route to a four-point effort in Sunday's 20-10 loss to the Dolphins.

Though his 2015 season ended on a statistical downer, overall Gostkowski held up his end of the fantasy bargain, while leading NFL kickers with 151 points, while making 33 of his 36 field goal attempts. He'll remain a solid option in postseason lineups once the Patriots return to action following their first-round bye.

Jonathan Jones
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Markus Kuhn
The Patriots have signed Kuhn.

The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder, who recorded 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 10 games for the Giants last season, adds further depth to a New England defensive line that bid adieu to Akiem Hicks and Sealver Siliga this offseason.

Clay Harbor
The Patriots have signed Harbor, reports.

Harbor gives the Patriots added depth at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, plus he has a degree of fullback versatility to offer the team. In 15 games for the Jags in 2015, Harbor caught 14 passes for 149 yards and a TD, and given the talent ahead of him on the team's depth chart, he'll be off the fantasy radar in the absence of injuries to Gronkowski and/or Bennett.

Dion Lewis
Lewis (knee) participated in Monday's voluntary OTAs, reports.

While Lewis' level of participation was not specified, it was notably his first appearance at practice since undergoing surgery in November to repair a torn ACL. Assuming no setbacks, it would appear as though Lewis has a good shot to be healthy in advance of Week 1, at which time he'd presumably work in tandem with power back LeGarrette Blount. Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden, Donald Brown, James White, Tyler Gaffney and D.J. Foster are in line to jostle for depth slotting in the team's backfield.

Knee - Questionable for start of season
Tyler Gaffney
The Patriots have re-signed Gaffney.

Gaffney was released by the Patriots on Monday, but he's quickly back in the fold to serve as a depth option in the team's backfield. His chances of making any sort of fantasy impact this season are presumably tied to the health of the likes of LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and perhaps Donald Brown, with James White and Dion Lewis profiling more as pass-catching backs for the team.

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.

E.J. Biggers
Biggers signed a one-year, $840,000 contract with the Patriots, the Boston Globe's Ben Volin reports.

With only $25,000 of the contract guaranteed, Biggers will likely have to prove that he's worthy of a roster spot. He has 34 career starts to his name, but he'll merely be competing for a depth role on a New England team that has Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan locked in as the starting cornerbacks.

Ramon Humber
Humber has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, reports.

Humber -- who notched 47 tackles and a sack with the Saints last season -- figures to work in a backup role at linebacker for the Patriots, plus he could also bring added value to the team as a core special-teamer.

Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski (undisclosed) took part in individual drills at Monday's practice, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

Gronkowski has been limited during the early days of minicamp while dealing with an undisclosed injury, though the team has intimated that it's nothing serious. The Pro Bowler worked with the first team Monday and participated in tight end drills with the rest of the position group, so he appears to have moved past whatever mystery ailment he'd been dealing with.

Jordan Richards
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Devin Lucien
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Chris Long
Long will sign a one-year contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of 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 has been selected to the USA Rugby Men's Sevens team that will compete at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, reports.

Ebner took a leave of absence from the Patriots in Match and will now remain away from the team while competing for his country in this summer's Olympics. An All-American rugby player at Ohio State and special teams standout in New England, Ebner signed a new contract with the Patriots earlier this year and is expected to rejoin his teammates in training camp after the Olympics.

Anthony Johnson
The Dolphins have promoted defensive back T.J. Heath from the practice squad to their active roster on Saturday, per the Miami Herald. Heath will take the roster spot vacated by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.
Kamu Grugier-Hill
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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
Though Edelman is progressing in his recovery from a Jones fracture in his left foot, he remains unsure when he'll be full-go on the field, the Boston Herald reports.

That said, per the report, things are "trending in the right direction" for the wideout, who noted Saturday that he's "feeling a day better than yesterday" and "feeling a second better than the last second." At this stage, the expectation is that Edelman will be available when the Patriots play in Week 1, though with QB Tom Brady set to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, Edelman and the rest of the team's receiving corps are on track to catch passes out of the gate from Jimmy Garoppolo.

Foot - Questionable for start of season
Vincent Valentine
The Patriots selected Valentine in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 96th overall.

Valentine is a huge tackle at 6-foot-4, 329 pounds, so New England presumably looks at him as a nose tackle for the most part. He didn't spend much time behind the line of scrimmage in college, totaling just 14 tackles for loss in three years.

Brandon Bolden
Bolden was on the field for 16 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, Bolden carried five times for 12 yards and caught two passes for 29 yards.

The 25-year-old Bolden finished up the 2015 regular season with 63 carries for 207 yards to go along with 19 catches for 180 yards and two TDs in 15 games. Bolden remains under contract with the Patriots in 2016, which puts him on track to reprise his role with the team next season as a versatile depth back, who is also a valuable special teams contributor.

Keshawn Martin
Martin has signed a two-year, $3 million contract extension with the Patriots, reports.

Martin, who finished the 2015 regular season with 24 catches for 269 yards and two TDs in nine games for the Patriots after being acquired in a Sept. 17 trade with the Texans, will thus continue to provide the team with wideout depth next year. Heading into the upcoming offseason, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola will all also be under contract with the Patriots in 2016, which probably puts Martin an injury or a personnel move away from fantasy relevance next season.

A.J. Derby
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Patrick Chung
Chung signed a three-year extension worth $5.7 million with the Patriots on Friday, Kevin Patra of 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.

DeAndre Carter
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Bryce Williams
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David Andrews
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Joe Thuney
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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
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Nate Washington
Washington could be on the Patriots' roster bubble.

At this stage, health permitting, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell top the Patriots' wideout depth chart, with Washington slated to battle for depth slotting with Keshawn Martin, Aaron Dobson and Chris Harper. Whether the quartet ends up battling for just one spot (or more) depends on the team's injury situation, but for now, Washington has yet to gain much traction in the competition, after reportedly seeming to struggle to get on the same page as QB Tom Brady during OTAs and minicamp. When he's on, Washington still has the ability to serve as a deep threat, but the veteran wideout will need to impress in training camp to land a roster spot with New England.

Keavon Milton
The Seahawks have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Super Bowl: B.J. Daniels, Marcus Burley, Patrick Lewis, Keavon Milton, David King, Garry Gilliam and Kevin Norwood, the team announced.

Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.

Donald Brown
The Patriots have signed Brown, reports.

With LeGarrette Blount currently a free agent and Dion Lewis coming off a torn ACL, Brown bolsters the Patriots' backfield depth, joining the likes of James White, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and Joey Iosefa on that front. While the signing of Brown is not a splashy one, the veteran could be a good fit in the New England offense, with ESPN's Eric Williams describing Brown as a "cerebral player" who "excels in blitz pickup."

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.

Malcolm Mitchell
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Matthew Slater
Slater (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Though Slater's role in the team's offense remains limited, he continues to be a key cog on special teams for the Patriots.

Jabaal Sheard
Sheard was on the field for 51.0 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this past season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

A quality free agent signing for the Patriots, Sheard provided capable complementary play this season in tandem with fellow defensive linemen Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones, carving out some deep league utility in the process, while recording 37 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles in 13 contests for the team.

Jonathan Freeny
Linebacker Jonathan Freeny has signed with the Patriots, per ESPN.

Freeny, who wasn't tendered as a restricted free agent with the Dolphins, is entering his fourth season in the NFL. He has recorded 30 total tackles and one sack during the 48 games he has played.

Joe Cardona
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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
The Patriots picked up Branch's $400,000 roster bonus, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

The Patriots' decision to pick up the bonus ensures that Branch will be back with the team next season, and he'll likely still have a key role in the defensive line rotation. He only has 218 tackles and nine sacks in 118 career games, but his massive frame has proven useful against the run.

Josh Kline
Patriots rookie starting center Bryan Stork is not practicing Wednesday, reports He suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the playoff win over Baltimore and did not return.

If Stork can't play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts, right guard Ryan Wendell will start at center with Josh Kline replacing Wendell.

New England is a 6.5-point home favorite.

Kevin Snyder
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Jonathan Cooper
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said guard Jonathan Cooper will move from left guard to right guard, per ESPN.

"It’s no reflection on Coop in terms of disappointment," Keim told reporters at the NFL meetings on Monday.

The Cardinals recently signed former 49ers guard Mike Iupati in free agency, thus moving Cooper to the right side.

Cooper, 25, was a first-round selection by the team in 2014. He started two of the 10 games that he played in last season.

Chris Harper
Harper finished the 2015 regular season with one catch for six yards for the Patriots.

Harper saw just 67 snaps on on offense for the Patriots this past season, but he remains under contract with the team in 2016 and could push for more snaps as a depth wideout for New England next year.

Malcolm Butler
Butler missed the Pro Bowl due to a sprained knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. "There was a play on third down [in the AFC championship game] when I made a tackle or something like that and bent my knee back," Butler said Friday in San Francisco. "It swelled up pretty bad. I didn't feel it during the game because of all the adrenaline pumping. When we got back, it swelled up pretty bad, and the team just decided it was a good thing to sit me out."

Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.

Knee - Probable for start of season
Cyrus Jones
The Patriots selected Jones in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 60th overall.

Jones is unlikely to project as a starting outside corner in the NFL at under 5-foot-10, but he should at the least turn into a solid slot corner, and a dynamite punt returner. Jones returned four punts for touchdowns in 2015 alone.

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
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Joe Vellano
Jamie Collins
Collins (back) is listed as active Sunday's AFC title game against the Broncos.

It remains to be seen how close to 100 percent Collins will be, but the Pro Bowler -- who recorded a fantasy-friendly 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 contests for the Patriots this past season -- will give it a go on Sunday, which represents a big boost to the team's chances of containing Denver's offense this week.

Frank Kearse
The Patriots have signed Kearse, CSN New England reports.

With a total of 43 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 35 games since entering the NFL in 2011, the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder doesn't offer much utility in IDP formats, but the signing of Kearse does bolster the Patriots' defensive line depth.

Steven Scheu
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Geneo Grissom
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LeGarrette Blount
As training camp approaches, ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Blount (hip) "bears watching as it relates to his roster status."

Blount, who didn't practice with his teammates this spring as he bounces back from hip woes, is back with the Patriots on a team-friendly one-year deal, so as long as he is able to re-prove his health in camp, we suspect that he'll have a solid shot to reclaim his role as the team's top "big back." If Blount ends up being slowed at all, or injuries impact the Patriots' backfield depth in general as the summer rolls along, it remains possible that team could elect to add further competition to the mix, thus making Blount's status worth monitoring in the coming weeks.

Hip - Probable for start of season
V'Angelo Bentley
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Woodrow Hamilton
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Elandon Roberts
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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. 

Brock Vereen
The Bears have listed their Week 13 injury report prior to Thursday's game.

Wideout Brandon Marshall has been listed as probable with an ankle injury. He's been limited in practice throughout the week, but should play. Eben Britton, Jordan Mills and Brock Vereen were also listed as probable.

First-round pick Kyle Fuller will come into the contest as a game-time decision. He's questionable due to a knee injury. Both Jeremiah Ratliff and Trevor Scott will be listed as doubtful.

Lance Briggs, Darryl Sharpton, Chris Williams and Brian De La Puente have already been ruled out. 

Chris Hogan
The Bills have elected to not match the three-year, $12 million offer sheet that Hogan signed with the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Hogan, who caught 36 passes for 450 yards and two TDs for the Bills in 2015, adds some needed depth and size (he's a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder) to the Patriots' receiving corps, which recently bid adieu to 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brandon LaFell. The unit is currently headed by Julian Edelman, though given that Danny Amendola is due $5 million in base salary this season, it's unclear how solid his roster spot is. In any case, Hogan looks like a nice fit in the New England offense, with his fantasy prospects in 2016 boosted by the fact that he's destined to see his share of snaps and targets in a Tom Brady-helmed offense.

Shaq Mason
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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.

Rufus Johnson
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.

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.

Cedric Thompson
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Tre Jackson
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Trey Flowers
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.

Jacoby Brissett
The Patriots selected Brissett in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 91st overall.

Brissett (6-foot-4, 231 pounds) is a big and nimble quarterback who has some rawness and accuracy issues to address as a passer, but otherwise has the frame, arm strength and temperament to turn into a viable NFL quarterback. Brissett stands with exceptional poise in the pocket and shakes off attempted tacklers as if they were fleas, showing a rare ability to extend plays. It's not out of the question that he could eventually establish himself as New England's quarterback of the future over Jimmy Garoppolo.

Jimmy Garoppolo
Due to Tom Brady's four-game suspension being enforced by the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals, Garoppolo will likely start the Patriots' first four regular season games.

Garoppolo will become the team's starter, while Jacoby Brissett will become the main backup for the Patriots while Brady is out. The third-year pro will gain some valuable NFL starting experience through Brady's absence. Fantasy-wise, he should be of some degree of early-season value. If Garoppolo performs well, he could become a trade target of a team who needs a starting quarterback later on.

James White
White was on the field for 47 of the Patriots' 83 offensive snaps in Sunday's 20-18 loss to the Broncos in the AFC title game, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In the process, White carried the ball five times for 11 yards, while catching five passes for 45 yards in the contest.

Following the season-ending injury to Dion Lewis, White emerged as the Patriots' primary pass-catching back, en route hauling in 40 passes for 410 yard and four TDs, to go along with 22 carries for 56 yards and two rushing TDs in 14 games. With Lewis on track to return from his torn ACL, White's role with the Patriots in 2016 has yet to be clarified, especially given that LeGarrette Blount is slated to become a free agent and the team is likely to make some personnel changes at the running back position this offseason.

Tom Brady
Brady announced Friday he is no longer proceeding with the legal process regarding his involvement in "Deflategate", ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Brady's request for a second hearing was denied by the Second U.S. District Court of Appeals on Wednesday, leaving the star quarterback with little optimism that his four-game suspension would ever be overturned. Without appealing to the Supreme Court, Brady will be sidelined while Jimmy Garoppolo leads the Patriots' offense for the beginning of the season. Expect Brady to be back on the field when New England takes on the Browns in a Week 5 matchup.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Cleveland
Terrance Knighton
The Patriots and Knighton agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Although New England and his former employer, Washington, were in the mix for his services, Knighton settled on the former, with whom he should settle into a starting role next to Malcom Brown. Contained to 35 percent of the defensive snaps last season, Knighton matched his career low with 29 tackles in 15 games. A similar usage can be expected in the upcoming campaign, but could increase if he avoids weight and endurance concerns, as Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Knighton dealt with in 2015.

Martellus Bennett
The Bears agreed to exchange Bennett for draft picks from the Patriots on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

With the acquisition, the Patriots will trot out a receiving corps led by a two-headed monster at tight end for the first time since the 2012 season. Working in tandem with Rob Gronkowski, Bennett brings sure hands (66% career catch rate) and game-breaking potential (27 receptions of 20-plus yards and 14 touchdowns in three campaigns with the Bears) to the party in New England. In an offense that relies on precise route-running in order for Tom Brady to carve of the opposition, Bennett should prosper in his new climes.

Logan Ryan
During the 2015 regular season, Ryan was on the field for 89.3 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Heading into the season, a big question facing the Patriots was how the team would replace starting cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. The answer ended up being pretty straightforward, as Malcolm Butler (98.8 percent of the team's snaps) and Ryan ended up leading the Patriots defense in playing time. In the process, Ryan racked up 74 tackles and four picks in 16 games, numbers that put New England's starting right cornerback on the IDP radar.

Joey Iosefa
The Patriots have re-signed Iosefa.

Iosefa had been waived when the Patriots needed to make some roster room for thier draft picks and undrafted free agents, but he's back with the team now, where his RB/FB versatility is an assert in terms of providing backfield depth.

Sebastian Vollmer
Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer had to leave Week 2 after suffering a finger injury in the second quarter, reports NESN. His return is questionable.
Danny Amendola
Amendola, who underwent an offseason procedure on his left knee, as well as a procedure to remove bone spurs from his ankle, relayed Tuesday that he feels "really good" at this stage, reports.

The wideout noted that he "had a couple minor procedures done after the season," with an eye toward heading into the upcoming season "feeling as fresh and ready as (he) can." Amendola's latest comments seem to reinforce the notion previously put forth that his injuries were "minor" and "not a long-term" concern. Though he didn't participate in the Patriots spring practices, and his status for the start of training camp is unclear, Amendola's Week 1 availability does not seem to be in danger at this time.

Knee - Probable for start of season
Ted Karras
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Aaron Dobson
Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald suggests that Dobson "was the most productive receiver on the field" during the Patriots' recent minicamp.

Of course, that assessment must be absorbed with the knowledge that key wideouts Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have not been able to practice, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear that a healthy Dobson has made a good impression to date in advance of training camp. With newcomer Chris Hogan and draftee Malcolm Mitchell presumably locked into roles with the Patriots in 2016, Dobson will need to contend with the likes of Keshawn Martin, Nate Washington, Chris Harper, Devin Lucien and DeAndre Carter for slotting on the team's crowded wideout depth chart.

Ankle - Probable for start of season
Shea McClellin
McClellin has reached an agreement with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

McClellin's 81 tackles left him second on the Bears in 2015 despite the fact that he was limited to 12 games by a concussion and a knee injury. It was by far his most successful NFL season as he seemed much better fit for the inside linebacker position than his previous spots on the outside or at defensive end. The Patriots run a 4-3, so it will be interesting to see how he fits into their defense.

Bryan Stork
The Patriots placed center Bryan Stork on short-term injured reserve Wednesday. He can't practice for six weeks and won't be eligible to play in a game until after eight weeks.

To take his spot on the roster, the Patriots signed defensive back Justin Coleman.

Rob Ninkovich
Ninkovich was on the field for 81.4 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps this past season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

As an IDP, Ninkovich's value saw a bit of a dip in 2015, as he saw his tackle total drop to 52 and his sack tally fall to 6.5. Still, the 31-year-old was a key cog on the team's defensive line along with Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard, a role he'll capably reprise in 2016, the final year of his current deal with the Patriots.

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