|Offense||1st||92.5 (23rd)||331.2 (1st)|
|Defense||12th||112.8 (20th)||229.8 (11th)|
|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||G||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|
|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|
|66||Stork, Bryan||C||6-4||310||11/15/1990||2||Florida State|
|74||Thornton, Khyri||DT||6-3||315||11/21/1989||2||Southern Mississippi|
|62||Wendell, Ryan||G||6-2||300||3/4/1986||7||Fresno State|
|82||Boyce, Josh (IR)||WR||5-11||205||5/6/1991||2||Texas Christian|
|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|
|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|
|28||Roberts, Darryl (IR)||CB||6-0||190||11/26/1990||R||Marshall|
|84||Tyms, Brian (IR)||WR||6-3||204||2/21/1989||3||Florida A&M|
|Clausell, Blaine||T||6-7||315||1/31/1992||R||Mississippi State|
|44||Cleveland, Asante||TE||6-5||260||3/21/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|Dixon, Brandon||DB||5-11||203||4/26/1990||2||Northwest Missouri State|
|40||Fleming, Darius||LB||6-2||250||7/19/1989||4||Notre Dame|
|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 was a force before his departure, racking up for tackles and a sack in less than a quarter. If he fails to return, his status will be one to watch as Week 6 preparation commences Wednesday.
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 a quiet Week 1 in which he was limited to four extra points, Gostkowski has racked up 31 points over his last two games. With the Patriots heading into their bye, Fantasy owners will need to organize a Week 4 fill-in.
Lewis was a force throughout, continually making defenders miss, and had perhaps the play of the game on his 10-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. On the play, Lewis made a one-handed catch, juked a defender, ducked under another, and then powered his way over the goal line. He might have had a short touchdown late in the second quarter, as it looked like he was going to get the ball at the one-yard line after his 13-yard run, but the Cowboys called a timeout. After the pause in action, Lewis was not on the field, and Tom Brady scored on a QB sneak. No matter, it was another productive game for Lewis, who continues to be heavily involved. He and the Patriots will take on the Colts in Indianapolis next week.
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 six catches for 49 yards and a Week 1 touchdown to his credit though the Patriots' first three games, Chandler remains an option only in the deepest of fantasy formats, that is as long as fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski remains healthy.
Gronkowski was shadowed for most of the game by the athletic Byron Jones, and the rookie DB did a good job early, holding him to one catch for six yards. It was a little different in the second half, however, as Gronkowski made some nice grabs, including a 33-yard catch in the third quarter. Unfortunately, he didn't see any looks around the goal line, but it was still a solid game for the All-Pro tight end. Next week, he and the Pats will play at Indianapolis, which allowed him to score in both meetings last season.
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.
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.
The Patriots need help at the cornerback position and rumors have been swirling about McCourty potentially leaving his current role and helping out at corner.
"[I'm] not really excited about that chatter. Hopefully that's not what happens," McCourty said. "We got a lot of guys working hard at the cornerback position and hopefully they'll get it done. I feel like I found a home at safety and that's where I would definitely like to stay."
McCourty recorded 68 tackles, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 16 games last season.
Edelman was having somewhat of a quiet game, until he slipped free for a 59-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter. On the play, Edelman showed off his signature elusiveness, making several defenders miss. Sunday's game marked the first time this season in which Edelman saw less than 10 targets, but Tom Brady attempted just 27 passes. There will be a lot of extra motivation for the Pats next week at Indianapolis, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Tom Brady air it out early and often, providing lots of opportunities for Edelman.
Between the three, they total seven carries for 14 yards. Quarterback Tom Brady had the only rushing touchdown for the Patriots.
New England did not give a handoff to a running back in the second half.
Vereen had four catches for 39 yards and Bolden one catch for 11.
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.
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.
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.
While Slater was able to practice Monday, he has not been cleared for full-contact practice and was wearing a red non-contact jersey.
"Not fun," he said after practice. "Red means stop. It's not something that I'm used to doing, but the medical staff knows what's best for me, so you just have to listen to the doctor's orders and take it one day at a time."
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.
The Patriots generally remain in a four-man front. But Sheard is claiming an appreciation for the Browns for developing his versatility.
"Throughout the course of the years, I learned three different defenses," Sheard told NESN. "I learned how to drop back. It made me diverse and able to do a number of different things. I think the three defensive coordinators definitely helped me. I think it prepared me to be a coach some day. We'll see how that goes."
Sheard's sack totals decreased every year until the last one with the Browns. It peaked at 8.5 as a rookie before dropping to seven and 5.5 the next two seasons.
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.
Harper was active for the Patriots' season opener, but the team decided to go in a different direction. It's not yet clear who will replace Harper on the roster, but the Patriots figure to at least consider promoting Kenbrell Thompkins from the practice squad.
Butler was late to a team practice during OTAs due to a flight being delayed due to inclement weather. The team responded by preventing him from practicing. But OTA sessions are considered voluntary by the NFL, which raises issues about the team's handling of the situation.
Butler, who declined to speak on the benching at the time, is not involved in the complaint process.
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.
Collins was all over the field again for a stingy Patriots' defense that held the Jaguars to just 17 points. After three games, the third-year pass rusher owns 22 tackles, 3 1/2 sacks and two forced fumbles.
Collins is a hybrid linebacker that plays in different spots throughout the game, and he's been a very solid play as an IDP up to this point. The Patriots will have a bye next week before a Week 5 matchup against the Cowboys.
Jones battled a hip problem last season and was reportedly rehabbing at Gillette Stadium after getting the injury surgically repaired.
Jones responded by posting a video on Instagram showing him walking without the aid of crutches and the message, "Don't believe everything you read."
Lewis got the large majority of snaps, but Blount made his presence felt with a couple of nice runs, including a 34-yard scamper at one point. Lewis finished with just six carries for 34 yards, but was once again productive as a pass catcher, hauling in 8-of-11 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown. After receiving just two carries in Week 2, Blount has been more a factor in the last two games, averaging 76 yards on the ground with three touchdowns. Next week, the Pats will travel to Indianapolis, which has been average against the run this season.
Of course, LaFell remains on the PUP list, but the report notes that he can play as soon as Week 7. His recovery is on schedule, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.
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 remains behind Dion Lewis in the Patriots' change-of-pace back pecking order, but in Week 3 at least, he overtook Travaris Cadet (who was inactive) on that front. For now, however, White's fantasy utility appears tied to the health of Lewis, who is seemingly entrenched as Shane Vereen's replacement.
Brady was under a lot of pressure in the first half, taking four sacks, but turned it on over the final 30 minutes, tossing touchdown passes to Dion Lewis and Julian Edelman. He took a wicked shot in the back from Greg Hardy on the TD pass to Edelman, but did not miss any snaps. Expect Brady to be fired up next week at Indianapolis, after last season's playoff win against the Colts that caused so much controversy in the offseason.
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.
Cleveland appeared in six games as a rookie in 2014. He did not record a catch.
Devey, who was an undrafted free agent in 2013, appeared in seven games last season for New England. He made four starts.
It could have been a much bigger game for Amendola, who had two long receptions wiped out by penalty. Aaron Dobson was a healthy scratch Sunday, so it appears as though Amendola is locked in as New England's starting wideout opposite Julian Edelman, at least until Brandon LaFell (foot) is activated from the team's PUP list, which could happen as early as Week 7. Next week, the Patriots will play at Indianapolis.
"Jerod's made progress day by day; nobody works harder than Jerod does," coach Bill Belichick said Monday, per ESPN.com. "We've asked him to do a little more, either by volume/the amount of work he does, or we've increased the intensity of it in the two-and-a-half weeks we've been in training camp, and I think he's handled all those well."
The others include long snapper Danny Aiken (finger), cornerback Kyle Arrington (hamstring), running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder), cornerback Brandon Browner (groin), linebacker Jamie Collins, offensive lineman Dan Connolly (knee), wide receiver Julian Edelman (thigh, concussion), offensive lineman Cameron Fleming (ankle), linebacker Dont'a Hightower (shoulder), defensive end Chandler Jones (hip), wide receiver Brandon LaFell (shoulder), defensive end Rob Ninkovich (heel), running back Shane Vereen (ankle), offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer and linebacker Chris White (ankle).
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