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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st92.5 (23rd)331.2 (1st)
Defense12th112.8 (20th)229.8 (11th)
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6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19903Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19857Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/1992RGeorgia
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19866Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19904Mississippi
58Bostic, Jon OLB6-12455/5/19913Florida
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197716Michigan
97Branch, Alan DT6-635012/29/19849Michigan
25Brown, Tarell CB5-111901/6/19858Texas
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/1994RTexas
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19902West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus G6-53355/6/19885Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-22454/16/1992RNavy
88Chandler, Scott TE6-72607/23/19858Iowa
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19877Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111853/27/1993RTennessee
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19893Southern Mississippi
17Dobson, Aaron WR6-32057/23/19913Marshall
99Easley, Dominique DT6-22852/24/19922Florida
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19884Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19867Kent State
52Fletcher, Dane LB6-22459/14/19866Montana State
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/1993RArkansas
55Freeny, Jonathan LB6-22556/15/19894Rutgers
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19912Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198410Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo OLB6-32656/4/1992ROklahoma
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19896Arizona
30Harmon, Duron CB6-12051/24/19913Rutgers
72Hicks, Akiem DE6-532411/16/19894Regina (Canada)
54Hightower, Dont'a OLB6-32653/12/19904Alabama
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/1992RFlorida State
70Johnson, Rufus LB6-52808/28/19901Tarleton State
94Jones, Chris DT6-12957/12/19903Bowling Green State
95Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19904Syracuse
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/1993RAuburn
67Kline, Josh G6-330012/29/19893Kent State
19LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19866Louisiana State
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19904Pittsburgh
82Martin, Keshawn WR5-111943/15/19904Michigan State
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/1993RGeorgia Tech
51Mayo, Jerod MLB6-12502/23/19868Tennessee
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19876Rutgers
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/198410Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/1993RStanford
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19913Rutgers
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32605/10/19895Pittsburgh
96Siliga, Sealver DT6-23254/26/19904Utah
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19858UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19885Colorado
66Stork, Bryan C6-431011/15/19902Florida State
74Thornton, Khyri DT6-331511/21/19892Southern Mississippi
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83257/10/19847Houston
62Wendell, Ryan G6-23003/4/19867Fresno State
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19922Wisconsin
85Williams, Michael TE6-63049/8/19902Alabama
27Wilson, Tavon SS6-02153/19/19904Illinois
Injured Players
82Boyce, Josh (IR) WR5-112055/6/19912Texas Christian
 Derby, A.J. (IR) TE6-42559/20/1991RArkansas
46Develin, James (IR) FB6-32557/23/19883Brown
31Gaffney, Tyler (IR) RB6-02204/20/19912Stanford
13Gibson, Brandon (IR) WR6-02108/13/19876Washington State
72Hughes, Kevin (IR) T6-43158/6/19883Southeastern Louisiana
28Roberts, Darryl (IR) CB6-019011/26/1990RMarshall
84Tyms, Brian (IR) WR6-32042/21/19893Florida A&M
Practice Squad
 Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
 Clausell, Blaine T6-73151/31/1992RMississippi State
44Cleveland, Asante TE6-52603/21/19922Miami (Fla.)
 Dixon, Brandon DB5-112034/26/19902Northwest Missouri State
40Fleming, Darius LB6-22507/19/19894Notre Dame
71Fleming, Cameron G6-63209/3/19922Stanford
 Harper, Chris WR5-1118512/7/1993RCalifornia
 Hill, Austin WR6-32127/17/1991RArizona
 Martin, Eric OLB6-22507/21/19913Nebraska
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4316.26-3296.925.82138
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Position Listing
Ryan Wendell
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.

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
Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower is questionable to return to Sunday's game at Dallas due to a rib injury.

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.

Rib - Left Week 5 at Dallas
Michael Williams
The Patriots have acquired tackle Michael Williams from the Lions in exchange for a future draft pick, according to NFL.com. 

Williams is expected to be among the reserve options for the back end of their offensive line in the 2015 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.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Jon Bostic
Bears linebacker Jon Bostic (ankle) was dealt to the Patriots on Monday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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.

Stephen Gostkowski
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski made all three of his field-goal attempts en route to a 15-point effort in Sunday's 51-17 win over the Jaguars.

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.

Tarell Brown
The Patriots reached a contract agreement with cornerback Tarell Brown on Thursday, a source told ESPN.

Brown is an eight-year veteran with 11 interceptions in his career. He totaled 55 tackles with no interceptions in 14 games last season for the Raiders.

Dion Lewis
Patriots running back Dion Lewis ran for 34 yards on six carries and caught 8 of 11 targets for 59 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-6 win at Dallas. He was on the field for 43 offensive snaps, compared to 17 for LeGarrette Blount, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Tyler Gaffney
The Patriots announced Thursday they placed second-year running back Tyler Gaffney on injured reserve.

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.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Scott Chandler
Patriots tight end Scott Chandler, who was on the field for 32 of 81 snaps on offense in Sunday's 51-17 win over the Jaguars, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, caught both of his targets in the game, for 25 yards.

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.

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.

Rob Gronkowski
Patriots tight end Gronkowski caught 4 of 5 targets for 67 yards in Sunday's 30-6 win at Dallas.

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.

Jordan Richards
No Updates
Sealver Siliga
Patriots defensive tackle Sealver Siliga is still in a walking boot after undergoing surgery last season, per ESPN.

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.

Nate Ebner
The Patriots have ruled Cameron Fleming (ankle, finger) and Chandler Jones (hip) out for Sunday's game against Detroit, according to New England's final injury report released Friday.

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.

Darius Fleming
The Patriots promoted linebacker Darius Fleming from the practice squad to its 53-man roster, reports NESN.com. Fleming has yet to appear in an NFL regular season game.
Josh Boyce
Devin McCourty
Patriots' Devin McCourty is making a name for himself as an elite safety. He wants to stay elite and stay a safety, per csnne.com.

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.

Julian Edelman
Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman caught four passes on five targets for 120 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-6 win at Dallas.

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.

Brandon Bolden
Patriots running backs Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and LeGarrette Blount were unable to get going in New England's 35-31 win over the Ravens Saturday.

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.

Kevin Hughes
The Patriots waived two injured players on Monday, putting the team four players below the 90-man roster limit, per NESN.

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.

Keshawn Martin
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson is inactive for the Sunday game against Dallas.

With Dobson scratched, it looks like Keshawn Martin will serve as the third wideout.

Khyri Thornton
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.

A.J. Derby
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Patrick Chung
The Patriots have locked up running back Brandon Bolden and starting safety Patrick Chung to contract extensions on Friday, ESPN reports.

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.

David Andrews
No Updates
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.
Brandon Gibson
The Patriots are reportedly signing free agent wide receiver Brandon Gibson to a one-year deal, worth $825,000, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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.

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Akiem Hicks
The Saints have traded defensive end Akiem Hicks to the Patriots in exchange for Michael Hoomanawanui, according to the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

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.

Matthew Slater
Patriots wide receiver Matthew Slater was removed the Physically Unable to Perform list on Monday, reports ESPN.com.

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."

Chris Jones
The Patriots will be at nearly full strength for Sunday’s Super Bowl as the following players have been listed as probable: Tom Brady (ankle), Dont’a Hightower (shoulder), Chris Jones (elbow), Akeem Ayers (knee), Darrelle Revis (non-injury-related) and Sealver Siliga (foot).

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.

Calf - PUP. Out until at least early November
Jabaal Sheard
Patriots newcomer Jabaal Sheard will have a stable position at defensive end, which could prove beneficial to his career. He is coming from a Cleveland team that used three different defensive coordinators during his time there and utilized him both as a defensive end in a 4-3 and outside linebacker in a 3-4.

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.

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
No Updates
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.

Eric Martin
The Patriots elevated running back LeGarette Blount to the active roster and cut linebacker Eric Martin on Saturday, according to ESPN.com.

Alan Branch
The Patriots have reportedly re-signed defensive tackle Alan Branch to a two-year deal worth a maximum of $6.6 million, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.

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.

Josh Kline
Patriots rookie starting center Bryan Stork is not practicing Wednesday, reports MassLive.com. 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.

Chris Harper
The Patriots released WR Chris Harper on Tuesday, Jeff Howe of The Boston Herald reports.

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.

Malcolm Butler
The NFLPA filed a formal complaint Thursday over the punishment of Patriots safety Malcolm Butler during team OTAs, per the Boston Globe

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. 

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
No Updates
Jamie Collins
Patriots linebacker Jamie Collins recorded five tackles (four solo), along with a sack and a forced fumble in Sunday's Week 3 matchup against the Jaguars.

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.

Geneo Grissom
No Updates
Chandler Jones
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones denied a report by ESPN that he was on crutches after offseason surgery. 

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." 

LeGarrette Blount
Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount had 13 carries for 74 yards in Sunday's 30-6 win at Dallas. He was on the field for 17 offensive snaps, compared to 43 for Dion Lewis, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Brandon LaFell
Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell (foot) was spotted on the field working out with a few teammates prior to the Week 5 clash against the Cowboys, the Boston Herald reports.

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.

Foot - PUP. Out until at least early November
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. 

Shaq Mason
No Updates
James Develin
The Patriots re-signed fullback James Develin, an exclusive rights free agent, to a one-year $660,000 contract, reports the Boston Herald. Develin is a solid blocker who played in every game last season, starting four.

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Leg - IR. Out for 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.

Tre Jackson
No Updates
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.

Knee, shoulder - Missed Week 5 at Dallas
Dane Fletcher
The trend of bringing back familiar faces has apparently continued for the Patriots with the signing to a one-year deal of linebacker Dane Fletcher, according to NFL.com.

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.

Knee - PUP. Out until at least early November
Blaine Clausell
No Updates
Tavon Wilson
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.

Jimmy Garoppolo
If Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is suspended at the start of the season in the Deflategate scandal, one of the more interesting storylines would be the play of Jimmy Garoppolo.

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."

Austin Hill
The Jets reached a contract agreement with wide receiver Austin Hill on Tuesday, the team announced. Hill was an undrafted free agent.

To make room for Hill on the roster, the Jets parted ways with kicker Andrew Furney.

James White
Patriots running back James White, who was on the field for 17 of 81 snaps on offense in Sunday's 51-17 win over the Jaguars, per ESPN's Mike Reiss, carried twice for eight yards and caught all four of his targets for 26 yards in the game.

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.

Tom Brady
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady completed 20 of 27 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 30-6 win at Dallas. He also scored on a one-yard touchdown.

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.

Dominique Easley
Patriots defensive tackle Dominique Easley (hip) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

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.

Logan Ryan
Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan turned in a solid performance as he came down with a pair of interceptions during Sunday’s game against the Ravens in Week 16.

Ryan picked off Joe Flacco in the opening and third quarters, respectively. He finished the game with one tackle and three defended passes in a 41-7 victory. He surpassed Aqib Talib for the most interceptions (five) on the team. He also leads all NFL rookies in interceptions this season.
Asante Cleveland
The 49ers traded tight end Asante Cleveland to the Patriots on Tuesday in exchange for offensive lineman Jordan Devey.

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.

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
Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola caught 2 of 3 targets for six yards in Sunday's 30-6 win at Dallas.

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.

Brandon Dixon
Buccaneers running backs Doug Martin (ankle) and Charles Sims (ankle) headline the Week 9 inactives for Sunday in Cleveland. Also injured and out are linebacker Brandon Magee (knee) and tackle Anthony Collins (foot).

The healthy scratches are cornerback Brandon Dixon and guard Kadeem Edwards.

Jerod Mayo
Although he sat out the preseason opener against the Packers, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo hasn't missed a practice since camp opened in his return from a torn patellar tendon.

"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."

Aaron Dobson
Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson is inactive for the Sunday game against Dallas.

With Dobson scratched, it looks like Keshawn Martin will serve as the third wideout.

Brian Tyms
The Patriots re-signed receiver Brian Tyms after declining to tender him as a restricted free agent, according to the NFL transaction wire. Tyms, 26, played in 11 games last year, catching five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
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
The Patriots listed 18 players on its final injury report for Week 17 against Buffalo. Quarterback Tom Brady (ankle) was the only player on the report listed as probable, while running back Jonas Gray (ankle) and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) were ruled out. The rest were deemed questionable.

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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