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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense7th122.7 (6th)260.9 (10th)
Defense14th92.3 (11th)258.7 (20th)
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6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19904Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19858Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19922Georgia
88Bennett, Martellus TE6-62753/10/19879Texas A&M
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19867Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19905Mississippi
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197717Michigan
97Branch, Alan DT6-635012/29/198410Michigan
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19942Texas
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19903West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19886Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19922Navy
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19878Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19932Tennessee
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19894Southern Mississippi
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19884Brown
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19885Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19868Kent State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19923Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19932Arkansas
27Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/1993RArizona State
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19913Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198411Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo OLB6-42656/4/19922Oklahoma
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19897Arizona
74Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/1992RMississippi
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19914Rutgers
54Hightower, Dont'a MLB6-32653/12/19905Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19884Monmouth (N.J.)
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/19922Florida State
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/1993RAuburn
24Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/1993RAlabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/1993RIllinois
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19932Auburn
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19905Pittsburgh
95Long, Chris DE6-32703/28/19859Virginia
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19932Georgia Tech
58McClellin, Shea LB6-32508/1/19895Boise State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19877Rutgers
51Mingo, Barkevious LB6-424010/4/19904Louisiana State
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR5-112007/20/1992RGeorgia
50Ninkovich, Rob OLB6-22602/1/198411Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19932Stanford
52Roberts, Elandon ILB5-112354/22/1994RHouston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19922Utah
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19914Rutgers
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32655/10/19896Pittsburgh
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19859UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19886Colorado
62Thuney, Joe G6-430511/19/1992RNorth Carolina State
99Valentine, Vincent DT6-23202/23/1994RNebraska
 Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32436/19/19903Brigham Young
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19848Houston
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19914Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19923Wisconsin
Injured Players
7Brissett, Jacoby (IR) QB6-423512/11/1992RNorth Carolina State
55Freeny, Jonathan (IR) OLB6-22556/15/19895Rutgers
83Scruggs, Greg (IR) TE6-32778/17/19904Louisville
45Snyder, Kevin (IR) LB6-22457/25/19921Rutgers
85Williams, Michael (IR) TE6-63049/8/19903Alabama
Practice Squad
16Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/1993RArizona State
64Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
96Johnson, Anthony DT6-22951/24/19932Louisiana State
 Gary, Shamiel SAF6-02175/31/19902Oklahoma State
 Gaffney, Tyler RB6-02204/20/19913Stanford
 Gronkowski, Glenn FB6-22343/25/1993RKansas State
 Sankey, Bishop RB5-102099/15/19923Washington
 White, DeAndrew WR6-019210/16/19912Alabama
 Reilly, Trevor LB6-52451/17/19883Utah
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4316.46-3300.726.12239
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Position Listing
DeAndrew White
White -- who caught one pass for 12 yards -- could potentially start the season as the 49ers' slot receiver after Bruce Ellington (hamstring) went down Friday.

The severity of Ellington's hamstring injury isn't clear at the moment, but he has already developed a reputation for being injury prone. If he isn't able to suit up for Week 1 then White would be the likely fill-in after he stepped in for Ellington -- who was dealing with a different ailment -- last week. He is fairly unproven and the 49ers' passing game has looked uninspiring during the preseason, so he would initially be considered waiver wire fodder even with the elevated role.

Glenn Gronkowski
The Patriots have added Gronkowski to their practice squad.

Gronkowski, who was originally signed to the Patriots practice squad on October 1 before being released on October 12, resurfaces with the team, though it would likely take an injury to fellow fullback James Develin for the younger brother of star tight end Rob Gronkowski to land on the team's 53-man roster.

Nate Solder
Solder (hamstring) is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

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.

Dont'a Hightower
Hightower was on the field for 67 of 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Bengals, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

With Jonathan Freeny on IR and Jamie Collins (hip) out Sunday, Hightower was busy, en route to racking up a season-high 13 tackles and 1.5 sacks. If Collins continues to miss time, then Hightower would be worth targeting in IDP leagues.

Eric Rowe
Rowe has been listed as out for the Patriot's Week 2 game against the Dolphins due to an ankle injury.

It's unclear how Rowe suffered the injury but seeing as it was enough to keep him out of practice on Friday it's unsurprising that he won't be playing in Week 2. Since he's little more than a depth corner and special teams player his absence shouldn't impact the team greatly.

Michael Williams
Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.

Knee - Out for Week 8 at Buffalo
Kyle Van Noy
Van Noy was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Stephen Gostkowski
Gostkowski made three of four extra point attempts in Sunday's 27-16 win over the Steelers.

Gostkowski has, by his own admission, not been especially sharp this season, en route making nine of 12 field goal attempts and missing two of 21 PAT through seven weeks. Working in his favor, however, is that he works behind a potent offense and is in no danger of losing his job, but when the Patriots' Week 9 bye rolls around, Gostkowski owners will have to weigh the pros and cons of holding on to him that week, which would require rostering two kickers.

Jonathan Jones
No Updates
Dion Lewis
Lewis (knee/PUP list) did not practice Wednesday, CSN New England reports.

Lewis -- who tore his left ACL last November and is bouncing back from an additional procedure on his knee in August -- is still expected to join his teammates at practice this week, and once that occurs, the Patriots will have a three-week window in which to activate the running back. With New England on bye in Week 9, we'd be surprised if we saw Lewis in game before then, especially with James White handling the team's pass-catching back duties capably.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Tyler Gaffney
The Patriots have added Gaffney to their practice squad, the Boston Herald reports.

Gaffney has had a hard time staying healthy during his pro career, but the Patriots clearly see something in the running back, as he resurfaces with the team after having been released last month with an injury settlement. He gives the Patriots added backfield depth via the practice squad, along with former Titan Bishop Sankey.

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
Gronkowski caught all four of his targets for 93 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-16 win at Pittsburgh.

Coming off back-to-back 100-yard games, Gronkowski was extremely quiet in the first half of Sunday's contest, catching just one pass on one target for 13 yards. However, he saw a lot more action in the second half, including his beautiful third-quarter, 36-yard touchdown grab down the seam. That score gave him 68 touchdowns in his career, tying him with Stanley Morgan for the Patriots' all-time record. Next week, Gronkowski will do battle with the Bills, who held the superstar TE to just one catch for 11 yards in Week 4, although he ran just 13 pass patterns in that contest.

Jordan Richards
No Updates
Devin Lucien
No Updates
Chris Long
Long will sign a one-year contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

With Chandler Jones being shipped to the Cardinals, the Patriots needed some additional help on the defensive line, so they've opted to sign Long to a one-year deal. Long spent the first eight years of his career with the Rams and is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he posted 19 tackles and three sacks. He'll have to battle in training camp for the right to see meaningful reps come the regular season opener.

Trevor Reilly
Jets linebacker Trevor Reilly sustained a head injury during Sunday’s game against the Vikings. The team reported Reilly will not return.
Nate Ebner
Ebner has been selected to the USA Rugby Men's Sevens team that will compete at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, NFL.com reports.

Ebner took a leave of absence from the Patriots in Match and will now remain away from the team while competing for his country in this summer's Olympics. An All-American rugby player at Ohio State and special teams standout in New England, Ebner signed a new contract with the Patriots earlier this year and is expected to rejoin his teammates in training camp after the Olympics.

Anthony Johnson
The Patriots opted to waive Johnson on Monday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

The decision to waive Johnson comes a day after he received his first start of the year. The 23-year-old recorded two tackles in Sunday's win over the Steelers. He is considered a strong candidate to return to the team's practice squad.

Devin McCourty
During the 2015 regular season, McCourty was on the field for 84.7 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Julian Edelman
Edelman (foot) was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice.

Edelman was on the field for 51 of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in Week 7 and with no setbacks having been reported, his limitations Wednesday are presumably maintenance-related in advance of Sunday's game against the Bills.

Foot - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Vincent Valentine
Valentine (back) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Valentine suffered a back injury in Week 4's game and has not yet been able to return to full participation in practice. His absence will thin the Patriots' depth along the defensive line.

Back - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Brandon Bolden
Bolden (knee) was on the field for just three out of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-16 win over the Steelers, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

In his return to action, Bolden did not record a carry or catch, though he was targeted once. Bolden remains a key special-teamer, but his fantasy value is limited as long as both LeGarrette Blount and James White remain healthy.

Knee - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Bishop Sankey
The Patriots signed Sankey to the practice squad Sunday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

A second-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Sankey was usurped in the running back pecking order in Tennessee by Antonio Andrews last season. With the offseason additions of DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry, the writing has been on the wall for Sankey for some time, and he finally failed to make the 53-man roster Friday. Upon joining the Pats, an injury to one of the current active members (LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, and D.J. Foster) could result in Sankey's activation.

Patrick Chung
Chung signed a three-year extension worth $5.7 million with the Patriots on Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

Chung will be locked up through the 2018 season as he has emerged as the Patriots starting strong safety over the past two years. He finished the 2015 campaign with 85 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.

David Andrews
No Updates
Joe Thuney
No Updates
Barkevious Mingo
The Browns have Browns traded Mingo to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Mingo, who was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the 2013 draft, gives the Patriots another edge- rushing option, something that will come in handy with Chandler Jones no longer around and Rob Ninkovich dealing with a triceps injury.

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.
D.J. Foster
Foster is inactive for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

With Dion Lewis still out and Foster inactive, James White is on track to serve as the Patriots' top pass-catching back in Week 7, while LeGarrette Blount is on track to work as the team's power back.

LaAdrian Waddle
The Lions have announced that they have activated two starters - defensive end Jason Jones and right tackle LaAdrian Waddle - off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list.

Wadde has recovered from a partially torn ACL while Jones was dealing with a knee ailment that required surgery.

Greg Scruggs
Scruggs (knee) was placed on IR Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Malcolm Mitchell
Mitchell (hamstring) was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice.

Mitchell, who was on the field for 31 out of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's win over the Steelers, should be fine for this weekend's game against the Bills, but as long as Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman both remain healthy, the rookie's target volume will be sporadic.

Hamstring - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Matthew Slater
Slater (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Though Slater's role in the team's offense remains limited, he continues to be a key cog on special teams for the Patriots.

Jabaal Sheard
Sheard (knee) was not listed on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday.

Sheard has been nursing an MCL sprain since the Patriots' preseason opener Aug. 11. However, the upward trajectory of his participation in recent practices has finally culminated in a full session, suggesting Sheard is nearing full health and fully expected to play in New England's Week 1 bout with the Cardinals.

Jonathan Freeny
Freeny (shoulder) was placed on IR Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Freeny injured his shoulder last week and was ruled out for Week 6 prior to being shut down for the season. Shea McClellin and Barkevious Mingo will handle the outside linebacker duties in Freeny's absence.

Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Shamiel Gary
The Bears announced several minor roster moves on Monday. The team signed safety Shamiel Gary and tight end Jacob Maxwell to their practice squad, according to the team's official website. The team also elevated cornerback Terrance Mitchell to 53-man roster from practice squad and waived linebacker Terrell Manning.
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.

Alan Branch
Branch was reinstated from his team suspension on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

Branch reportedly picked up the suspension for a violation of team rules, although specifics were never released. After nearly a week of being on suspension, the Patriots opted to reinstate him Thursday, which means he should take on his normal role as a key contributor on the defensive line. Branch is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted 35 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.

Kevin Snyder
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Malcolm Butler
Butler (ankle) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Butler was a limited participant in practice throughout the week, but given he avoided any kind of severe ankle injury, he'll be on the field Sunday for the Patriots' defense. He'll be the No. 1 option at corner, with Justin Coleman potentially receiving additional reps if Butler suffers a setback.

Cyrus Jones
The Patriots selected Jones in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 60th overall.

Jones is unlikely to project as a starting outside corner in the NFL at under 5-foot-10, but he should at the least turn into a solid slot corner, and a dynamite punt returner. Jones returned four punts for touchdowns in 2015 alone.

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
Collins (hip) was a limited participant during Wednesday's practice.

Collins was able to play a majority of the Patriots' defensive snaps during Sunday's win over the Steelers, and he should be able to see that same level of activity in Week 8 versus the Bills given he avoids any setbacks throughout the week.

Hip - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Geneo Grissom
Grissom was promoted to the Patriots' active roster on Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Grissom was with the Patriots in the preseason and signed to the practice squad after failing to make the opening week roster. He'll be a depth option at defensive end and help out on special teams.

LeGarrette Blount
Blount had 24 carries for a season-high 127 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-16 win at Pittsburgh. He caught his lone target for seven yards.

Blount's rushing yardage had taken a hit in the previous two games, which coincided with the return of Tom Brady, but that changed Sunday, as the power runner was highly effective, especially in the second half when he ripped of a number of chunk runs. He's been great in all formats, but especially in standard leagues with eight touchdowns on the year. He'll look to score again next week against division rival Buffalo.

Woodrow Hamilton
Hamilton (shoulder) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's contest against the Steelers.

Hamilton was a limited participant in practice all week with a shoulder injury suffered in Week 6, and apparently isn't recovering well enough to suit up against the Steelers. With Hamilton and defensive tackle Vince Valentine out Sunday, the Patriots will be short-handed along their defensive line.

Shoulder - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Elandon Roberts
Ankle - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
No Updates
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. 

Chris Hogan
Hogan, who hauled in both of his targets for 25 yards, was on the field for 32 out of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in Sunday's 27-16 win over the Steelers, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Per the report, after Hogan lost a fumble on the Patriots' first offensive snap, he subsequently wasn't used as regularly in the team's two-receiver sets. With just three catches for 64 yards over his last two games, Hogan profiles as a hit-or-miss fantasy option in an New England offense that has plenty of mouths to feed. In Week 8, however, he get another stab at his former team, the Bills. While Buffalo held Hogan without a catch in Week 4, this time around the wideout's prospects are aided by the fact that Tom Brady is back at QB for the Patriots.

Shaq Mason
Mason (hand) is questionable for the Patriots' Week 2 game against Miami.

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.

James Develin
Develin has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Given his limited touches in the team's offense, Develin's fantasy value remains limited. That said, his versatility and blocking are valuable assets to the Patriots, and his healthy return to the mix in 2016 should be a boost to the team's ground game this coming season.

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
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
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.

Jacoby Brissett
Brissett (thumb) has been placed on IR by the Patriots.

Brissett helped fill in at QB for the Patriots while Tom Brady was serving a four-game suspension to start the season, but now that Brady is back with the team, Brissett is slated to have his troublesome right thumb surgically repaired. Meanwhile, Jimmy Garoppolo (right shoulder) is slated to serve as the team's No. 2 QB while Brissett recovers. While landing on IR is obviously a less than ideal outcome for Brissett in his rookie season, the 2016 third-rounder did unexpectedly see some valuable on-the-job training after Garoppolo was injured in Week 2.

Thumb - Injured Reserve
Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo does not have a designation on Friday's final injury report for Sunday's game against the Steelers.

Garoppolo was limited in Wednesday's practice but was since removed from New England's injury report, putting his right shoulder issue behind him. While the Patriots will certainly welcome having Garoppolo back fully healthy, he'll back up Tom Brady now that the team's quarterback situation has returned to its normal state.

James White
White had two receptions on five targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-16 win at Pittsburgh.

White scored twice last week against Cincinnati, and that trend continued Sunday on a first-quarter touchdown reception. He wasn't needed much in the second half though, as power runner LeGarrette Blount took over on the ground. White has been a PPR asset over the last three games, with 19 catches on 25 targets for 192 yards. The status of Dion Lewis (knee) is still a bit up in the air, so PPR owners should continue to ride White. In Week 8, he'll will square off against the Bills in Buffalo.

Tom Brady
Brady completed 19 of 26 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-16 win at Pittsburgh.

Brady had a strong first half, completing 13 of 18 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown, before it turned into the LeGarrette Blount show in the second half. He did throw a pretty 36-yard touchdown to Rob Gronkowski in the third quarter, but didn't need to do much in general, as the Pats played ball control. The veteran QB has tossed eight touchdowns without an interception in three games since his return to the lineup, looking as smooth as ever. Next up are the Bills, who recorded a road win against the Pats in Week 4, while Brady was serving the final game of his four-game suspension.

Martellus Bennett
Bennett (ankle) was listed as limited at Wednesday's practice.

Bennett was on the field for 30 of the Patriots' 57 snaps on offense in this past Sunday's win over the Steelers, and with no reported setbacks, there's nothing to suggest that his availability for this weekend's game against the Bills is in danger. Supporting that notion is that the team rosters just two tight ends (Bennett and Rob Gronkowski) after trading AJ Derby to the Broncos on Tuesday.

Ankle - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 at Buffalo
Logan Ryan
Ryan registered 17 tackles Sunday against the Bills.

This was as big of a game from the perspective of tackling that a cornerback could imagine. The 17 tackles equaled the total he had notched over the first three games of the season. Currently in his fourth NFL season, he already has seasons with four and five interceptions, so he has some value as an IDP candidate in that category, but the fact that he's posted at least six tackles in three of his first four games seems to indicate he's worth a look in IDP leagues.

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.
Hip - Physically Unable to Perform
Danny Amendola
Amendola logged just 19 offensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Steelers.

It was fifth time in seven games in which Amendola was on the field for fewer than 20 offensive snaps. Chris Hogan has taken hold of the No. 2 receiver spot with rookie Malcolm Mitchell even seeing the field more often than Amendola. The Patriots can get pass-happy at any moment and are the best in the league at doing one thing one week and something completely different the next, but with a quality receiving corps, two dominant tight ends and a collection of backs capable of catching the ball - there aren't enough plays to go around for Amendola to make an impact at this point.

Ted Karras
No Updates
Shea McClellin
McClellin (concussion) is active for Sunday's Week 7 game against Pittsburgh.

McClellin is playing after being limited in practice all week. He'll start at linebacker alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins.

Rob Ninkovich
Ninkovich was on the field for 46 of 68 defensive snaps in Sunday's 35-17 win over the Bengals, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

After seeing 24 snaps in Week 5, Ninkovich saw an increase in playing time in his second game back from a four-game suspension, recording four tackles in the process. Ninkovich is an option in deeper IDP formats, based on the assumption that he'll remain a key cog in the Patriots' D-line rotation going forward.