|Offense||2nd||87.2 (29th)||315.1 (1st)|
|Defense||16th||97.0 (10th)||252.6 (18th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||3||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||7||Texas Tech|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||2||West Alabama|
|61||Cannon, Marcus||T||6-5||335||5/6/1988||5||Texas Christian|
|44||Cleveland, Asante||TE||6-5||260||3/21/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|91||Collins, Jamie||OLB||6-3||250||10/20/1989||3||Southern Mississippi|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||4||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||7||Kent State|
|48||Fleming, Darius||LB||6-2||250||7/19/1989||4||Notre Dame|
|52||Fletcher, Dane||LB||6-2||245||9/14/1986||6||Montana State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||2||Eastern Illinois|
|72||Hicks, Akiem||DE||6-5||324||11/16/1989||4||Regina (Canada)|
|63||Jackson, Tre||G||6-4||320||12/14/1992||R||Florida State|
|70||Johnson, Rufus||LB||6-5||280||8/28/1990||1||Tarleton State|
|94||Jones, Chris||DT||6-1||295||7/12/1990||3||Bowling Green State|
|67||Kline, Josh||G||6-3||300||12/29/1989||3||Kent State|
|19||LaFell, Brandon||WR||6-3||210||11/4/1986||6||Louisiana State|
|82||Martin, Keshawn||WR||5-11||194||3/15/1990||4||Michigan State|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||R||Georgia Tech|
|24||Melvin, Rashaan||CB||6-2||193||10/2/1989||3||Northern Illinois|
|66||Stork, Bryan||C||6-4||310||11/15/1990||2||Florida State|
|82||Boyce, Josh (IR)||WR||5-11||205||5/6/1991||2||Texas Christian|
|25||Brown, Tarell (IR)||CB||5-11||190||1/6/1985||8||Texas|
|Derby, A.J. (IR)||TE||6-4||255||9/20/1991||R||Arkansas|
|46||Develin, James (IR)||FB||6-3||255||7/23/1988||3||Brown|
|17||Dobson, Aaron (IR)||WR||6-3||205||7/23/1991||3||Marshall|
|31||Gaffney, Tyler (IR)||RB||6-0||220||4/20/1991||2||Stanford|
|13||Gibson, Brandon (IR)||WR||6-0||210||8/13/1987||6||Washington State|
|72||Hughes, Kevin (IR)||T||6-4||315||8/6/1988||3||Southeastern Louisiana|
|33||Lewis, Dion (IR)||RB||5-8||195||9/27/1990||4||Pittsburgh|
|28||Roberts, Darryl (IR)||CB||6-0||190||11/26/1990||R||Marshall|
|77||Solder, Nate (IR)||T||6-8||325||4/12/1988||5||Colorado|
|84||Tyms, Brian (IR)||WR||6-3||204||2/21/1989||3||Florida A&M|
|62||Wendell, Ryan (IR)||G||6-2||300||3/4/1986||7||Fresno State|
|Wilson, Torrian||G||6-2||310||11/28/1991||R||Central Florida|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
Hightower's injury adds to the Patriots' growing list of absentees, but fortunately his sprained knee isn't expected to keep him sidelined for long. While a more definitive timetable for Hightower's return should surface soon, New England may be without their defensive signal-caller Sunday against the Eagles.
Williams is expected to be among the reserve options for the back end of their offensive line in the 2015 season.
Roberts injured his wrist in the first preseason game. He started that game and was showing promise in training camp.
Bostic missed the first three games of the season due to a high-ankle sprain, but with the Bears going winless in those outings, the organization decided to jettison both Bostic and Jared Allen (to Carolina). In New England, expect Bostic to serve in a reserve role to starting middle linebacker Jerod Mayo.
After Gostkowski extended his team-record streak to 31 straight field goals in the first quarter of the contest, he missed on a 54-yard attempt in the third quarter. Nevertheless, Gostkowski continues to lead NFL kickers in scoring with 105 points through 10 games.
This is a definite blow to the pass defense, as he had spent time as a starter.
Lewis, who played in seven games for the Patriots this season, recording 234 rushing yards on 49 attempts with two TDs, also caught 36 passes for 388 yards, adding two receiving scores in the process. Lewis -- who previously signed a two-year contract extension with the team through the 2017 season -- should be back in time to try to reclaim his "passing back" role in the New England offense next season. In the meantime, the Patriots will turn to James White and Brandon Bolden to serve as change-of-pace options behind LeGarrette Blount, the team's top "big back."
The 24-year-old running back was claimed off waivers from the Panthers in July 2014 after Carolina drafted him in the sixth round that year. Gaffney also missed the 2014 season due to an injury he suffered in training camp.
With their wide receiver group decimated by injuries, the Patriots largely relied on two-tight end formations, despite running the ball just 16 times. Chandler dropped a couple of passes, but he also had an 11-yard touchdown and a few other important catches. If Rob Gronkowski (knee) isn't ready for Week 13 against the Eagles, Chandler could be in line for another heavy workload.
Whether Gronkowski is dealing with a bruised knee, a knee strain, or both, the report suggests that how quickly the tight end returns to the field "will be a pain tolerance issue." While ESPN's Adam Schefter hints at a potential multiple-week absence here, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport indicates that at most, Gronkowski will miss a week. In any case, while the Patriots may not confirm the tight end's Week 13 status until Friday's final injury report is released, it's probably wise for fantasy owners to operate under the assumption that Gronkowski will not be a lineup option this weekend, at a minimum.
Siliga is considered to be one of the top-two options at defensive tackle for the team after the departure of Vince Wilfork. The 24-year-old started five of the seven games he played in 2014. He recorded 32 total tackles and 2.5 sacks last season.
Elam tore his bicep on the first day the team put on pads in camp, so his designation to the injury list is not a surprise.
The 2013 undrafted free agent surprisingly ended up making starts last season as the secondary was decimated by injuries. Melvin, however, made just one appearance this season. It's not a great sign for his NFL future that he was released by a team whose biggest weakness corresponds with his position.
Deemed questionable were Marcus Cannon (hip), Dominique Easley (knee) and Nate Ebner (finger). As expected, Tom Brady (ankle), Julian Edelman (thigh) and Jonas Gray (not injury related) were ruled as probable for Week 12.
McCourty recorded a season-high nine tackles in the game, giving him 29 stops overall in five games to go along with a pick. He now has 16 tackles over his last two games.
Breer notes that the recovery timeframe is a rough one, so while it could theoretically allow Edelman to return during the postseason, it's certainly no guarantee. Danny Amendola is expected to get an increase in offensive snaps with Edelman sidelined, while Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson and Rob Gronkowski could all see more targets as well.
Bolden burnt Broncos linebacker Danny Trevatahan on a wheel route in the fourth quarter, turning it into a 63-yard touchdown after a pair of broken tackles. Despite the impressive stat line, Bolden actually played just 15 snaps, compared to 31 for James White and 27 for LeGarrette Blount, according to Pro Football Focus. Even if he earned himself a bit more playing time, Bolden probably won't get enough work to warrant ownership outside of extremely deep leagues. He'll face the Eagles in Week 13.
Offensive lineman Kevin Hughes was waived/injured after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday's workout. If Hughes isn't claimed by a team on Tuesday, he'll be placed on injured reserve for the Patriots.
Defensive tackle Vince Taylor was waived after a failed physical.
Playing for the first time since Week 6, Martin handled 62 of the 67 offensive snaps, with Chris Harper getting just five, according to Pro Football Focus. Tom Brady mostly avoided the Denver cornerbacks, which allowed New England's tight ends and running backs to combine for 31 of the 42 targets. If Danny Amendola (knee) were to miss another game, Martin would likely see a few more looks in a favorable matchup with the Eagles.
Bolden, a core special teams player, signed a two-year, $3.2 million contract extension through 2016. Chung, who returned to New England after spending the 2013 season with the Eagles, signed a three-year extension through 2017. The deal is worth up to $8.2 million and includes $3.4 million in guarantees, according to the report.
Gibson, who was cut last month by the Dolphins, played in 21 games over two seasons with Miami, with his first year cut short by injury. He totaled 59 catches for 621 yards and four touchdowns.
Jordan, Griffin and Reed were ruled out prior to the contest. Golston and Lauvao were listed as questionable coming into the game.
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.
Hicks, who was a third-round pick in 2012, will bolster the Patriots' defensive line depth, but with just two tackles in two games this season, he's off the fantasy radar.
All except Brady were limited participants in practice Friday. The only question mark is center Bryan Stork, who is questionable with a knee injury and was limited in practice Friday.
The Patriots are currently 1-point favorites against Seattle.
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.
Branch, who was signed by New England in the middle of the 2014 season, appeared in eight games and totaled 13 tackles. In his eight-year career, Branch has totaled 120 tackles with eight sacks.
New England is a 6.5-point home favorite.
The 6-foot-7, 267-pounder displayed some red zone prowess as a rookie with the Lions in 2013, but at this stage, he's merely insurance for the Patriots in the event of an injury to one of the team's currently-rostered tight ends: Rob Gronkowski, Scott Chandler or Michael Williams.
As was fellow starting cornerback Logan Ryan, with Reiss noting that the duo continues to "compete at a high level," while adding that "their growth as a 1-2 combination has been easy to see in recent weeks." Through 10 games to date, Butler -- who recorded three tackles Monday -- has notched 46 tackles and one pick.
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.
With Collins having returned to a limited practice Friday, the linebacker -- who last played in Week 8 -- is presumably targeting a return to action next Sunday against the Eagles.
Per the report, Jones had a chance to rack up a sack Monday, but QB Tyrod Taylor slipped out of the defensive end's grasp, with Jones thus limited to one tackle in the game. Through 10 games overall, Jones has notched 31 tackles and 10.5 sacks.
The Patriots actually held a lead for most of the night, but with their running game unable to contribute early on, Tom Brady put the offense on his shoulders. Although a Week 13 matchup with the Eagles seems to favor New England's passing game, Blount should at least return to getting double-digit carries.
LaFell had a nightmare matchup against Broncos cornerbacks Chris Harris and Aqib Talib, who unsurprisingly got the best of him. The New England wide receivers accounted for just 11 of 42 targets, with the team mostly relying on two-tight end formations. LaFell should fare better in a far easier Week 13 matchup, heading back home to face an ice-cold Eagles defense, with Rob Gronkowski (knee) and Danny Amendola (knee) uncertain to play.
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.
Fletcher played for New England from 2010 to 2013 before hightailing it for one season to Tampa Bay. He played in all 16 games, but started just four and contributed to a career-high 27 tackles.
He would be expected to provide depth along with Brandon Spikes, who has also returned to the Patriots after one year away.
Garroppolo, who was a rookie in 2014, has little game experience. However, Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell says he has confidence in the backup quarterback and says a year learning under Brady should suit him well.
"Jimmy has grown a lot since he first stepped foot up there in Foxborough last year," LaFell said, per ESPN. "He got a little experience during the later part of the season against Buffalo; he showed a little glimpse of what he can do. He’s been having a nice OTAs, a nice offseason with us.
"I feel like studying behind Tom has been great for him. If we have to be without Tom for the first couple games, I’m pretty sure Tom will be in Jimmy’s ear helping him prepare each and every way he can to go out here and lead this team. I think we have a great group of guys around him that will kind of take the pressure off Jimmy so he won’t have to feel like he has to go out there and win the game himself."
White was badly outplayed by Brandon Bolden, who caught all four of his targets for 84 yards and a touchdown, adding another 11 yards on four carries. White still had a comfortable advantage over Bolden in snaps, leading 31 to 15, with LeGarrette Blount handling 27, according to Pro Football Focus. Bolden may have earned himself a bit more work, but White still figures to have a sizable role in Week 13 against the Eagles.
Brady faced a tough defense in the snow, with a depleted offensive line and receiving corps only making things more difficult. Even worse, the Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski (knee) in the fourth quarter, though initial signs suggest the injury isn't too serious, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Brady still did more than enough to keep his owners happy, albeit with a completion percentage under 55 for a second straight week. Even with the continued injury concerns, Brady will be one of the top options at his position for a favorable Week 13 matchup with the plummeting Philadelphia defense.
Easley has some long-term upside as an IDP option, but he'll need to re-establish his health and cement a regular role before meriting lineup consideration. To date, the second-year defensive lineman has recorded 10 tackles in 12 career NFL contests.
As was fellow cornerback Malcolm Butler, with Ryan's team-high nine tackles Monday upping his season total in that category to 50, to go along with four picks in 10 games to date.
Cleveland will bolster the Patriots' depth at tight end in advance of Sunday's game against the Broncos, with Michael Williams having been limited at practice this week with a knee issue.
The team also announced they claimed linebacker Khaseem Greene off waivers. Greene totaled 17 tackles in 10 games for the Bears last season.
As of Friday night, there was still a chance Amendola would make the trip to Denver with the team, but after being evaluated Saturday, the receiver has been ruled out and will remain back in Foxboro. Amendola suffered the knee injury against the Bills on Monday, and he was limited in practice Thursday and Friday after not participating on Wednesday. With Julian Edelman (foot) out and Aaron Dobson, Brian Tyms, Josh Boyce and Brandon Gibson all on IR, the Pats are currently left with only three healthy receivers heading into Sunday: Brandon LaFell, Chris Harper and KeShawn Martin. All three figure to see expanded roles, with tight end Rob Gronkowski likely seeing even more attention than usual from the Denver defense.
He did not record a tackle in the contest and even with Dont'a Hightower sidelined, Mayo's role in the game was limited, with fellow LB Jonathan Freeny (47 snaps) actually absorbing more of Hightower's responsibilities in tandem with Jamie Collins (8- snaps). With just seven tackles in five games to date, Mayo is off the IDP radar these days.
With Dobson headed to IR, Julian Edelman out indefinitely, plus Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin also banged up, we'd expect the Patriots to make a move to add some wideout depth in the coming days.
In the process, he recorded a season-high six tackles and 1.5 sacks. Ninkovich remains a key cog in the Patriots' defensive end rotation along with Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard, though his overall numbers (29 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 10 games to date) limits his fantasy utility to deeper formats.
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