|Offense||6th||87.8 (30th)||286.7 (5th)|
|Defense||9th||98.8 (8th)||240.7 (16th)|
|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|
|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|
|53||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|
|39||Jackson, Steven||RB||6-2||240||7/22/1983||12||Oregon State|
|34||Johnson, Leonard||SS||5-10||202||3/30/1990||4||Iowa 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|
|70||Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily||NT||6-1||330||8/24/1988||4||Kent 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|
|66||Stork, Bryan||C||6-4||310||11/15/1990||2||Florida State|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||328||7/21/1991||3||Texas Tech|
|52||Watson, Dekoda||LB||6-2||245||3/3/1988||6||Florida State|
|29||Blount, LeGarrette (IR)||RB||6-0||250||12/5/1986||6||Oregon|
|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|
|99||Easley, Dominique (IR)||DT||6-2||285||2/24/1992||2||Florida|
|98||Flowers, Trey (IR)||DE||6-2||265||8/16/1993||R||Arkansas|
|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|
|52||Martin, Eric (IR)||OLB||6-2||250||7/21/1991||3||Nebraska|
|51||Mayo, Jerod (IR)||MLB||6-1||250||2/23/1986||8||Tennessee|
|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|
|Carter, DeAndre||WR||5-8||188||4/10/1993||R||Sacramento State|
|Melvin, Rashaan||CB||6-2||193||10/2/1989||3||Northern Illinois|
|Worton, J.J.||WR||6-2||212||1/7/1992||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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chandler, who has been working through a knee issue, has played one, zero, four and 14 snaps over the last four games, and as long as star TE Rob Gronkowski remains healthy, Chandler is not a strong option in fantasy lineups. Signed with the Patriots through the 2016 season, Chandler finishes up the current regular season campaign with 23 catches for 259 yards and four TDs in 15 games.
With LeGarrette Blount (hip) uncertain for Week 15, there's some chance Ball will be promoted to the active roster. Still, the former second-round pick has been consistently unimpressive during his time in the NFL, and he'd likely just provide depth behind Brandon Bolden and former college teammate James White.
Tampa Bay decided to go with first-year punter Jacob Schum over the veteran Koenen. The rest of the Bucs' cuts include guard Josh Allen, WR Robert Herron and corner Leonard Johnson. Defensive tackle Akeem Spence was placed on the PUP list.
Gronkowski struggled to stay healthy for a fourth consecutive year, as he missed one game in 2015 due to a minor knee strain. Additionally, a back issue afflicted him in both playoff tilts, but the touchdown machine still struck three total times against the Chiefs and Broncos. After a third 1,000-yard and fifth double-digit touchdown campaign in six professional seasons, he'll enter draft season as the clear-cut No. 1 tight end.
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.
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 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.
Just a week after racking up 10 catches for 100 yards versus the Chiefs, Edelman was held in check in Sunday's AFC championship game as the Broncos made a concerted effort to limit his effectiveness. Despite seeing plenty of targets as the Patritos tried to come back late in the game, Edelman was simply too well-covered to make any impact plays. Edelman was limited to just nine games in the 2015 regular season because of a foot injury, and he will look to bounce back in 2016.
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.
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.
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.
Devin McCourty and Chung -- who are both under contract for 2016 -- served as the team's starters at the safety position, with McCourty working "in the center field-type role" and Chung "often playing in the box and offering quality run support," per Reiss. In the process, Chung carved out a degree of IDP relevance, recording 85 tackles and a forced fumble over 15 games for the team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Heading into the season, Butler was presented with the challenge of replacing Darrelle Revis and he more than held own, en route to a Pro Bowl nod. In 16 games this season, Butler recorded 67 tackles and two picksm and as the 2016 campaign approaches, he'll remain entrenched as the Patriots' starting left cornerback.
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.
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.
Jones, who recorded four tackles, a sack and a forced fumble before exiting last Saturday's win over the Chiefs in the fourth quarter, will give it a go Sunday, as will linebacker Jamie Collins, with the duo's combined presence of vital importance to the New England defense's chances of containing the Broncos offense on Sunday.
The Patriots' backfield endured hits during the season, as Dion Lewis (knee) preceded Blount's placement on injured reserve on Dec. 16. Despite missing the final three games of the regular season, Blount was far and away the team's leading rusher, totaling 165 carries for 703 yards (4.3 YPC) and six touchdowns. The Patriots must make a call on the unrestricted free agent in the coming months, but if he sticks around, he'll likely serve as the No. 1 back until Lewis has recovered from a torn ACL, barring other additions to the roster.
Fellow wideouts Julian Edelman (80), Keshawn Martin (59) and Danny Amendola (55) all saw more snaps than LaFell did on Sunday, and at this stage the 29-year-old's role in the Patriots' offense next season lacks clarity, given the probability that the team will make some changes this offseason at the wideout position. LaFell, who did not catch a pass Sunday, finished up the 2015 campaign with 37 catches for 515 yards in 11 games.
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.
Jackson, who carried four times for eight yards with a TD in the game, is slated to become a free agent this offseason, and at this stage it's unclear how much interest the Patriots will have in retaining the 32-year-old Jackson, who logged 21 carries for 50 yards and a TD for the team in two regular season contests in 2015.
As the 2015 season approached, Garoppolo was penciled in as the Patriots' early-season starter, thanks to starter Tom Brady's NFL-imposed four-game suspension, but once that ruling was overturned, Garoppolo reverted to his duties as the team's No. 2 QB. While that kept the 24-year-old in a reserve role, coach Bill Belichick noted after the completion of the regular season that Garoppolo has made "great strides" this year in various areas of his game. "We see it on a daily basis," Belichick added. In advance of the postseason, Brady is nursing an ankle injury, but it's not an issue that is expected to sideline him for any game action.
The release of wide receiver Chris Harper opened a roster spot for Watson, who will mainly fill in as linebacker depth for New England. However, it will probably take a few injuries before he gains any Fantasy value in IDP formats.
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.
Up against a ferocious Broncos defense, Brady wasn't able to establish a rhythm until the fourth quarter, when he led a furious comeback attempt that fell one two-point conversion short of tying the game. The ageless Brady enjoyed another fine season, throwing 36 touchdowns and just seven interceptions, which represents the second-fewest of his storied career. Brady clearly intends to play again in 2016, when the Patriots will once again be among the favorites to come out of the AFC.
The Patriots' 2014 first-round draft pick, Easley was enjoying an impressive season as an interior pass-rusher, despite starting just one of his 11 games. He's unlikely to be replaced by any one player, but Akiem Hicks is the most obvious candidate to take on some of his snaps.
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.
After leading the team in carries in Week 15, Iosefa saw limited snaps Sunday against the Jets, with Steven Jackson having joined the team's backfield mix. Iosefa's RB/FB versatility could result in him being claimed on waivers, but if that doesn't happen, he could well resurface on the Patriots' practice squad.
Amendola, who caught five of eight targets for 39 yards in the game, finished up the regular season with 65 catches for 648 yards and three TDs in 14 games. The 30-year-old wideout -- who saw added work in the Patriots' offense this past season thanks to Julian Edelman's injury woes -- is under contract with the team for the next two seasons, but given that his base salary goes up to $5 million in 2016, Amendola's status with the team bears watching this offseason.
For the second time in a three-year span, Mayo required surgery on a pectoral, which is yet another in a line of injury concerns for the eight-year pro. No matter, the middle linebacker logged a full regular season slate for the first time since 2012, accruing 47 tackles (35 solo) and one sack. Assuming he recovers fully, he'll likely serve in a situational role again next season after logging 36 percent of the defensive snaps in 2015.
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.
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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