|Offense||4th||117.0 (7th)||269.2 (4th)|
|Defense||8th||88.6 (3rd)||237.9 (12th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||9||Texas Tech|
|29||Blount, LeGarrette (FA)||RB||6-0||250||12/5/1986||8||Oregon|
|7||Brissett, Jacoby||QB||6-4||235||12/11/1992||2||North Carolina State|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||4||West Alabama|
|61||Cannon, Marcus||T||6-5||335||5/6/1988||7||Texas Christian|
|Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||4||Oregon State|
|46||Develin, James (FA)||FB||6-3||255||7/23/1988||5||Brown|
|Douglas, Jamil||G||6-4||308||2/28/1992||2||Arizona State|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|14||Floyd, Michael (FA)||WR||6-2||220||11/27/1989||6||Notre Dame|
|27||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||2||Arizona State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||4||Eastern Illinois|
|Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||6||South Carolina|
|Gronkowski, Glenn||FB||6-2||234||3/25/1993||1||Kansas State|
|Guy, Lawrence||DE||6-4||305||3/17/1990||7||Arizona State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||5||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|Housler, Rob||TE||6-5||250||3/17/1988||5||Florida Atlantic|
|82||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|16||Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||1||Arizona State|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|83||Scruggs, Greg (FA)||TE||6-3||277||8/17/1990||5||Louisville|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-4||305||11/19/1992||2||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||6/19/1990||4||Brigham Young|
|76||Vollmer, Sebastian (FA)||T||6-8||320||7/10/1984||9||Houston|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||5||Texas Tech|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Gronkowski returns to New England after having four different stints with the Patriots' practice squad. He spent time with the Bills during the last year's preseason, but was released by the team after Week 1 of the regular season. He'll now work to remain on the Patriots' 53-man roster for the foreseeable future.
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.
The Jets initially offered the 27-year-old linebacker a five-year, $62.5 million contract, but it seems they dropped out of the running after getting the results of his physical. Hightower subsequently re-signed with the Patriots -- who surely have a good feel for his injury risk -- on a four-year, $43.5 million contract that includes $19 million guaranteed. He did miss at least three games in each of the last three seasons, though never more than four in a single campaign. His shoulder and knee are the mostly likely causes of the Jets' concern, but neither was a big enough problem to prevent the ever-cautious Patriots from offering Hightower a hefty sum.
Rowe was unable to complete a practice from start to finish this week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 13 against the Rams. In his absence, look for both Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman to see additional snaps at corner.
Williams suffered a torn ACL in practice last June and consequently spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. Even when healthy, he's extremely unlikely to achieve fantasy relevance this upcoming season given his nature as an in-line blocking tight end.
Already rumored to be shopping Cooks in exchange for defensive help, the Saints did nothing to quiet the whispers when they signed fellow speedster Ted Ginn on Thursday. While there would be a sizable drop-off from Cooks to Ginn, young wideouts Michael Thomas and Willie Snead make a downgrade at the other receiver spot much more tolerable. Meanwhile, the Patriots spent big to lure CB Stephon Gilmore away from the Bills, hinting at a willingness to part ways with CB Malcolm Butler, the player rumored to be involved in trade talks with the Saints. The Titans may also still be in the mix for Cooks' services, whereas the Eagles are likely set at wide receiver after signing both Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith on Thursday.
Van Noy heads to New England as the main backup to Shea McClellin after Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve a little over a week ago. The 26-year-old has logged 23 tackles in seven games this season with the Lions. He could see less snaps this week against the Bills as he learns the playbook and gets accustomed to his new team.
Gostkowski dealt with a two-day stomach illness recently, which forced him to sit out Thursday's practice. Due to the nature of his absence, it doesn't seem like he'll be limited in any way for Sunday's important game.
Lewis injured his hamstring on the final play of regulation in the Super Bowl and subsequently missed the brief but memorable overtime period. His decision to stick around New England for rehab work suggests the ailment is fairly serious, but he's apparently making progress with more than a month remaining before the start of OTAs. Lewis will have heated competition for snaps and targets in training camp, with Rex Burkhead joining the New England backfield on a one-year, $3 million contract. Super Bowl hero James White will also be firmly in the mix for a key role, and the Patriots may add more competition in the form of a power back -- possibly even re-signing LeGarrette Blount.
Gronkowski is four months removed from having his third back surgery since 2009, but that time off, along with his offseason work with the Patriots' training staff, has the hulking tight end raring to return for the team's offseason program. Gronkowski previously insisted his status for the regular season is under no threat, and him rejoining his teammates for offseason workouts would certainly support that stance. While the fact that he hasn't played 16 games since 2011 should still concern fantasy owners, having Gronkowski fully healthy long before Week 1 would at least provide some reassurance regarding his availability.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
The Patriots selected Lucien in the seventh round of last year's draft but the Arizona State product failed to survive final roster cuts ahead of the season opener. In turn, he spent the season on New England's practice squad and will now slot in as the team's No. 7 wideout entering the offseason.
McCourty, who the Patriots selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL draft, serves as the team's starting free safety and is in line to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the next few seasons, as he is under contract with the franchise through the 2019 campaign.
Edelman's game was a mixed bag, as he was unable to connect with Tom Brady as efficiently as usual and had multiple drops throughout the game. Edelman was also the target on a Brady overthrow with 1:43 remaining in the second quarter and the Patriots trying to secure points before halftime. However, the dynamic veteran still checked in second in targets overall and made one of the most spectacular catches in Super Bowl history on New England's game-tying drive, securing a tipped ball off the leg of the Falcons' Robert Alford and managing to prevent it from hitting the ground before the gained full control of it. The reception put the Patriots in Atlanta territory at the 41-yard line, and James White scored a one-yard touchdown four plays later t set up the game-tying two-point conversion by Danny Amendola. Edelman also made a 15-yard reception down to the Falcons' 25-yard line in the game-winning drive in overtime, capping off a 2016 season in which he tallied a career-best 1,106 receiving yards.
A late arrival on the injury report this week due to a back concern, Valentine will nonetheless provide depth at defensive tackle behind Alan Branch (back) and Malcom Brown.
Bolden's new contract with the Patriots contains a minimal signing bonus of $50,000. He's stuck around the roster since 2012 due to his contributions on special teams, but the Patriots recently gave a much larger contract to Rex Burkhead -- another running back with a long history of standout play on special teams. Bolden likely will have to compete with D.J. Foster (and perhaps a rookie or two) for the No. 4 running back job behind Burkhead, Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White.
The 29-year-old, who the Patriots drafted 34th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, spent the 2013 season with the Eagles, but since his return to New England in 2014, he's remained a mainstay in the team's secondary. Chung, who serves as the Patriots' starting strong safety, is under contract with the team through the 2018 campaign.
Harmon was the Patriots' top reserve safety behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung in 2016, finishing the season with 29 tackles and two passes defensed, including an interception, while playing in all 16 regular season games. At one point viewed as a major reach when the Patriots tabbed him 91st overall in the 2013 NFL draft, Harmon has solidified his standing in the team's secondary and figures to continue to see his share of snaps in the Patriots' sub defense packages in 2017.
Gilmore was widely viewed as the top cornerback on the open market, so this is a nice scoop for the Patriots, who could lose Logan Ryan in free agency and may now consider moving Malcolm Butler. Gilmore, who the Bills selected 10th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he recorded five picks and 48 tackles in 15 games, en route to earning his first Pro Bowl nod.
Foster, who joined the Patriots prior the season as an undrafted free agent, remains under contract with New England in 2017. While every-down NFL work may not be in the cards for Foster, his RB/WR flexibility could lead to the 23-year-old carving out a complementary role in the team's backfield next season.
Scruggs signed with the Patriots two weeks ago and appeared in their last two games prior to injuring his knee. It remains unclear what the specifics of his knee injury are but he'll now have more than enough time to recover. As the last tight end option on the team, his absence won't impact the offense greatly.
With Cooks joining a group that already included Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan, there is a lot standing between Mitchell and a potential second-year breakout. The 2016 fourth-round selection came on strong late in his rookie season, notably capping it off with six catches for 70 yards in the Super Bowl. While Cooks and Edelman are locked in atop the depth chart, Mitchell might get a shot to push Hogan for the No. 3 spot.
Gillislee now enters a backfield already headlined by Dion Lewis (hamstring), James White, and Rex Burkhead, effectively ruling out the possibility of LeGarrette Blount returning to the Patriots in the process. Although Buffalo's decision not to match will cost New England a fifth-round pick, Gillislee provides the team with an ascending backfield talent. In 15 games last year as LeSean McCoy's primary backup, Gillislee rushed 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns, while catching nine of 11 targets for 50 yards and another score.
While officially listed as a wideout by the Patriots, Slater has not caught a regular season pass since 2011. The 2008 fifth-rounder -- who remains under contract with New England in 2017 -- maintains his spot on the team with his continuing strong special teams play and leadership presence.
Adding Ealy bolsters the Patriots' depth at defensive end, with Chris Long not returning to the team and Jabaal Sheard a candidate to depart via free agency. In 2016, his third NFL season, the 25-year-old Ealy logged 32 tackles, five sacks and a pick in 16 games for the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was selected 60th overall by Carolina in the 2014 NFL Draft.
With Martellus Bennett, Matt Lengel and Michael Williams all slated to become free agents this offseason, Housler provides the Patriots' organization with some TE depth behind Rob Gronkowski in advance of the 2017 campaign.
Burkhead signed a one-year, $3.15 million contract that includes a $1.1 million signing bonus. In addition to assuring him of a roster spot, the contract suggests the Patriots expect him to contribute on offense. Burkhead was always a strong special teams contributor in Cincinnati, and last season he also demonstrated proficiency as a pass catcher, pass blocker and even as a runner. The Patriots do already have a pair of talented pass-catching backs in the form of Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White, but they may still find a way to get Burkhead some touches.
Freeny was held out of practice all week due to his shoulder injury, making it unsurprising that he's been ruled out for Sunday's tilt. Shea McClellin (concussion) and Barkevious Mingo figure to see extra reps with Freeny held out.
Branch is a key asset for the Patriots' strong run defense. His 6-foot-6, 350-pound frame clogs up holes in the middle of the line, and he's a key reason why New England ranked fourth in the NFL with only 88.4 rushing yards allowed per game in 2016. The deal will keep the 32-year-old Branch with the Patriots through the 2018 season.
Douglas is competing with Dallas Thomas for the starting job. Over the last few weeks, he's gone from occasional snaps to a 50/50 split of starting snaps.
"I like the fact that when he’s been in there he doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes,” coach Joe Philbin said, per the Palm Beach Post. “I think he’s grasped the system relatively well. I think his play speed’s been pretty good. He doesn’t seem to hesitate a lot and that’s a good sign for a young guy. ... I really like what I see."
Butler was a restricted free agent and visited the Saints last month to discuss terms on a long-term deal. Despite the player and team apparently reaching an agreement, the Pats' trade demands have since cooled New Orleans' interest in completing a transaction. After Butler signed his one-year, $3.91 million tender last week, though, he's now under contract with New England for this season, thus enabling the team to trade him if another club is willing to surrender the assets they're seeking in return. If, as it currently appears, that doesn't come to fruition, the Patriots now have the enviable fall-back plan of trotting out Butler and fellow Pro-Bowler Stephon Gilmore as their starting cornerback duo.
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.
Blount seemingly hoped to reunite with the Patriots, but his former team instead signed both Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. The 30-year-old bowling ball is left in a difficult position, as the few teams still in search of a power runner might be able to fill their need during a draft that has a strong crop of running backs. With Adrian Peterson headed to New Orleans, it's possible Blount feels some added pressure to sign before the start of the draft. The Giants are a sensible fit, likely hoping to boost their backfield without expending an early-round pick to do so. 2016 fifth-rounder Paul Perkins did show lead-back potential down the stretch of his rookie season, but it isn't hard to envision a three-headed backfield in which Blount handles a lot of early-down carries and goal-line work, while Shane Vereen (triceps) most of the obvious passing-down snaps and Perkins does a little bit of everything.
As an undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, Hamilton appeared in two games for New England this season. However, his roster spot was needed in order to bring Jacoby Brissett (thumb) back from IR.
Guy has worked his way into a couple productive seasons the last two years with the Ravens. He posted his best campaign in 2015, recording 46 tackles (29 solo) and 4.5 sacks in that season. Entering his seventh season, the 26-year-old could slot in as a defensive end opposite Trey Flowers or could see time in a defensive tackle rotation as well moving from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme.
Floyd was charged with seven counts, including extreme DUI and failure to obey a policy officer after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car at a Scottsdale, Arizona intersection in December. The receiver was released by the Cardinals immediately after that incident, but later signed with the Patriots for the remainder of the season. Following his sentencing, Floyd will serve 24 days behind bars before spending 96 days on house arrest. He'll also be required to pay a $5,000 fine, perform community service and attend an alcohol abuse class. While discipline from the NFL also potentially awaits, so too does Floyd's unrestricted free agency this offseason.
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.
Although he came up big when it mattered most last season, Hogan likely will enter training camp as the No. 3 wide receiver -- potentially having to compete for snaps against Malcolm Mitchell and/or Danny Amendola. With Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman clearly atop the depth chart and joined by a strong group of pass catchers at running back and tight end, Hogan may be resigned to status as the fourth or fifth option in a potent New England passing game.
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.
Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.
The Patriots tendered Coleman before the start of free agency last week. Even with Coleman returning to the Patriots, the club's acquisition of Stephon Gilmore complicates his path to seeing regular snaps. Things could change depending whether Malcolm Butler remains with New England, however.
The 2015 fourth-rounder, who logged eight starts this season, now finds himself on the IDP radar after the leading the Patriots in sacks in 2016. The 23-year-old is under contract with New England through 2018, so Flowers will remain a fantasy factor in 2017, in his role as a starting defensive end for the team.
After playing in nine games for the Broncos this season the team opted to waive him prior to Week 12. Kilgo figures to help provide depth on the defensive line for the Patriots. Rookie D.J. Foster was waived to make room in a corresponding roster move.
Brissett did not throw any TD passes or picks during that span, but the 2016 third-rounder did gain some valuable experience when thrust into action when fellow signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo (who had been filling in for the suspended Tom Brady) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. Brissett subsequently missed time after undergoing surgery on his right thumb in October, but was eventually activated off IR by the Patriots in December in order to reprise his depth QB duties.
In securing the services of Allen, the Patriots have signaled that they are poised to part ways with fellow TE Martellus Bennett. Allen, whose blocking ability has earned the praise of coach Bill Belichick, has three years left on the four-year, $29 million contract that he signed with Indy last March. The 27-year-old profiles as a solid all-around tight end, who will provide the Patriots with a complementary option/insurance policy for oft-injured Rob Gronkowski. Allen himself is no stranger to the injury report, having missed a combined 23 games (including 15 in 2013) over the past four seasons, but when healthy, the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder can do some damage in the red zone. Over the course of 57 NFL contests to date, he's hauled in 19 TDs.
The Patriots clearly want a lot in return for Garoppolo, who is preparing for the final year of his rookie contract after thriving in his two starts last season. Cleveland has been the most frequently mentioned destination, but Houston might actually be a better fit, with the Texans boasting a playoff-caliber roster that doesn't have many weaknesses besides quarterback. Both teams are expected to select signal-callers in the early rounds of the draft, but one (or both) could make a late push for Garoppolo instead. The Browns have plenty of time to develop a young quarterback, whereas the Texans may be worried about wasting a talented roster because of poor play from Tom Savage and a rookie. While such a concern makes a lot of sense, it probably won't be enough to motivate Houston to meet the Patriots' lofty asking price.
White has developed into a fairly reliable pass-catching back, corralling 100 of 140 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns over the past two season. He capped the latter campaign with the most impactful performance of his three-year career: a Super Bowl record 14 receptions and three total touchdowns in February's comeback victory against the Falcons. The Patriots will be sporting some different bodies out of the backfield in 2017, as Rex Burkhead was locked up in March, Mike Gillislee received an offer sheet from the team Tuesday, and LeGarrette Blount remains on the market. No matter who's getting the rock on a weekly basis, White is expected to serve primarily as a receiver, along with Dion Lewis, who has missed 18 regular season games combined the last two seasons.
Still playing at an elite level as he approaches his 40th birthday (in August), Brady seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank, though six or seven more years might be a stretch. At some point he might decide there is nothing left to accomplish, as he's the only quarterback with five Super Bowl victories in NFL history, and he also owns a slew of regular-season records. Brady should have fun this upcoming season, with WR Brandin Cooks providing an element of downfield speed that the offense hasn't had in years.
Vollmer has been one of the Patriots' best offensive linemen over the course of his eight-year career, starting 80 games over that time frame. However, a hip injury held him out for the entire 2016 season, and the veteran would have been owed $2.25 million in 2017, an amount that didn't seem worth it considering Vollmer's health issues. There are reports that he might retire, but he also might look for work on another NFL roster.
It's not the first time Amendola has restructured his deal to stay with the Patriots and retaining him gives the team valuable depth and experience behind top wideout options Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan. Meanwhile, the emerging Malcolm Mitchell rounds out the core group of the unit, which also includes depth options in Devin Lucien and special teams ace Matthew Slater. Amendola, who turns 32 in November, caught 23 of 29 targets for 243 yards and four TDs in 12 games for New England this past season.
McClellin is playing after being limited in practice all week. He'll start at linebacker alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.
Ninkovich, who is set to play in his third Super Bowl on Sunday, missed four games to start the 2016 season after testing positive for a banned substance. Upon his return, the versatile defender re-established a degree of IDP utility in deeper formats and the 33-year-old is slated to stay in the mix in 2017, as Ninkovich is under contract with the Patriots next season.