|Offense||6th||87.8 (30th)||286.7 (5th)|
|Defense||9th||98.8 (8th)||240.7 (16th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||4||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||8||Texas Tech|
|83||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||273||3/10/1987||9||Texas A&M|
|38||Biggers, E.J.||DB||6-0||185||6/13/1987||8||Western Michigan|
|Brissett, Jacoby||QB||6-3||236||12/11/1992||R||North Carolina State|
|25||Brown, Tarell (FA)||CB||5-11||190||1/6/1985||9||Texas|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||3||West Alabama|
|61||Cannon, Marcus||T||6-5||335||5/6/1988||6||Texas Christian|
|16||Carter, DeAndre||WR||5-8||188||4/10/1993||1||Sacramento State|
|88||Chandler, Scott (FA)||TE||6-7||260||7/23/1985||9||Iowa|
|91||Collins, Jamie||OLB||6-3||250||10/20/1989||4||Southern Mississippi|
|61||Cooper, Jonathan||G||6-2||311||1/19/1990||4||North Carolina|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||5||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||8||Kent State|
|53||Fleming, Darius (FA)||LB||6-2||250||7/19/1989||5||Notre Dame|
|52||Fletcher, Dane (FA)||LB||6-2||245||9/14/1986||7||Montana State|
|Foster, D.J.||WR||5-10||193||11/22/1993||R||Arizona State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||3||Eastern Illinois|
|13||Gibson, Brandon (FA)||WR||6-0||210||8/13/1987||7||Washington State|
|Grugier-Hill, Kamu||OLB||6-2||215||5/16/1994||R||Eastern Illinois|
|86||Harbor, Clay||TE||6-3||250||7/2/1987||7||Missouri State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||220||10/24/1988||4||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|Hughes, Kevin||T||6-4||315||8/6/1988||3||Southeastern Louisiana|
|53||Humber, Ramon||LB||5-11||232||8/10/1987||8||North Dakota State|
|63||Jackson, Tre||G||6-4||320||12/14/1992||2||Florida State|
|39||Jackson, Steven (FA)||RB||6-2||240||7/22/1983||12||Oregon State|
|76||Johnson, Anthony||DT||6-2||317||1/24/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|70||Johnson, Rufus||LB||6-5||280||8/28/1990||2||Tarleton State|
|73||Kearse, Frank||DT||6-5||310||10/28/1988||5||Alabama A&M|
|70||Kitchen, Ishmaa'ily (FA)||NT||6-1||330||8/24/1988||4||Kent State|
|67||Kline, Josh||G||6-3||300||12/29/1989||4||Kent State|
|78||Kuhn, Markus||DT||6-4||303||5/5/1986||5||North Carolina State|
|LeBlanc, Cre'von||CB||5-9||194||7/25/1994||R||Florida Atlantic|
|Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||195||6/26/1993||R||Arizona State|
|82||Martin, Keshawn||WR||5-11||194||3/15/1990||5||Michigan State|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||2||Georgia Tech|
|51||Mayo, Jerod (FA)||MLB||6-1||250||2/23/1986||9||Tennessee|
|50||McClellin, Shea||LB||6-3||245||8/1/1989||5||Boise State|
|66||Stork, Bryan||C||6-4||310||11/15/1990||3||Florida State|
|Thuney, Joe||G||6-4||287||11/19/1992||R||North Carolina State|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||328||7/21/1991||4||Texas Tech|
|85||Washington, Nate||WR||6-1||183||8/28/1983||12||Tiffin University|
|62||Wendell, Ryan (FA)||G||6-2||300||3/4/1986||8||Fresno State|
|Williams, Bryce||TE||6-5||260||2/24/1993||R||East Carolina|
|85||Williams, Michael (IR)||TE||6-6||304||9/8/1990||3||Alabama|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
As part of the agreement, the Patriots can't use the franchise or transition tag on Solder after his deal runs out in 2017.
The Patriots drafted Solder in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has missed only one game in his four-year career and has started 60 of 63 games.
As the report notes, Hightower missed four games this season, and was limited in several others, but when healthy he's a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks.
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.
Though his 2015 season ended on a statistical downer, overall Gostkowski held up his end of the fantasy bargain, while leading NFL kickers with 151 points, while making 33 of his 36 field goal attempts. He'll remain a solid option in postseason lineups once the Patriots return to action following their first-round bye.
Harbor gives the Patriots added depth at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett, plus he has a degree of fullback versatility to offer the team. In 15 games for the Jags in 2015, Harbor caught 14 passes for 149 yards and a TD, and given the talent ahead of him on the team's depth chart, he'll be off the fantasy radar in the absence of injuries to Gronkowski and/or Bennett.
While Lewis' level of participation was not specified, it was notably his first appearance at practice since undergoing surgery in November to repair a torn ACL. Assuming no setbacks, it would appear as though Lewis has a good shot to be healthy in advance of Week 1, at which time he'd presumably work in tandem with power back LeGarrette Blount. Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden, Donald Brown, James White, Tyler Gaffney and D.J. Foster are in line to jostle for depth slotting in the team's backfield.
Gaffney was released by the Patriots on Monday, but he's quickly back in the fold to serve as a depth option in the team's backfield. His chances of making any sort of fantasy impact this season are presumably tied to the health of the likes of LeGarrette Blount, Brandon Bolden and perhaps Donald Brown, with James White and Dion Lewis profiling more as pass-catching backs for the team.
Chandler, who recorded 23 catches for 259 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games for the Patriots last season, was released this offseason with a "failed physical" designation. Now it has become clear that the knee issue that slowed him at times last season, could be career-ending. In any case, the 30-year-old pass-catcher has already indicated that playing in 2016 is not an option, with the Patriots meanwhile having traded for Martellus Bennett in an attempt to find Rob Gronkowski a suitable complement at the tight end position.
With only $25,000 of the contract guaranteed, Biggers will likely have to prove that he's worthy of a roster spot. He has 34 career starts to his name, but he'll merely be competing for a depth role on a New England team that has Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan locked in as the starting cornerbacks.
Gronkowski has been limited during the early days of minicamp while dealing with an undisclosed injury, though the team has intimated that it's nothing serious. The Pro Bowler worked with the first team Monday and participated in tight end drills with the rest of the position group, so he appears to have moved past whatever mystery ailment he'd been dealing with.
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.
Deemed questionable were Marcus Cannon (hip), Dominique Easley (knee) and Nate Ebner (finger). As expected, Tom Brady (ankle), Julian Edelman (thigh) and Jonas Gray (not injury related) were ruled as probable for Week 12.
McCourty and Patrick Chung -- who both remain under contract heading into 2016 -- served as the Patriots' starting safeties, with Reiss noting that McCourty saw much of his work "in the center field-type role" with Chung "often playing in the box and offering quality run support." In the process, McCourty recorded 64 tackles in 14 games, though his IDP utility was capped by the fact that he recorded just one pick in that span.
Edelman broke his left foot Nov. 15 and missed the rest of the regular season, but he returned for New England's two playoff games, catching 17 passes for 153 yards on a whopping 29 targets. He then had a minor clean-up procedure on his foot during the offseason, and while he was recently spotted wearing a protective boot, the Patriots reportedly aren't too concerned. Assuming he recovers as expected, Edelman could spend a good portion of camp working with Jimmy Garoppolo, who's in line to replace Tom Brady (suspension) for the first four games of the season. Though facing long odds, Brady may file further appeals in an effort to have his suspension overturned or delayed.
Valentine is a huge tackle at 6-foot-4, 329 pounds, so New England presumably looks at him as a nose tackle for the most part. He didn't spend much time behind the line of scrimmage in college, totaling just 14 tackles for loss in three years.
The 25-year-old Bolden finished up the 2015 regular season with 63 carries for 207 yards to go along with 19 catches for 180 yards and two TDs in 15 games. Bolden remains under contract with the Patriots in 2016, which puts him on track to reprise his role with the team next season as a versatile depth back, who is also a valuable special teams contributor.
Offensive lineman Kevin Hughes was waived/injured after suffering a shoulder injury in Saturday's workout. If Hughes isn't claimed by a team on Tuesday, he'll be placed on injured reserve for the Patriots.
Defensive tackle Vince Taylor was waived after a failed physical.
Martin, who finished the 2015 regular season with 24 catches for 269 yards and two TDs in nine games for the Patriots after being acquired in a Sept. 17 trade with the Texans, will thus continue to provide the team with wideout depth next year. Heading into the upcoming offseason, Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola will all also be under contract with the Patriots in 2016, which probably puts Martin an injury or a personnel move away from fantasy relevance next season.
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.
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.
Washington figures to transition well to the Patriots' offense, having played this past season with the Texans, who are coached by former New England offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien. The 6-foot-1, 183-pound wideout, who turns 33 in August, can still present a downfield option at this stage of his career, and with the Patriots looking for an added outside presence at the position, Washington could be a solid complement to the likes of Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and fellow newcomer Chris Hogan. Washington is coming off a 2015 campaign in which he recorded 47 catches for 658 yards and four TDs with the Texans over 14 games.
Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.
The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.
With LeGarrette Blount currently a free agent and Dion Lewis coming off a torn ACL, Brown bolsters the Patriots' backfield depth, joining the likes of James White, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and Joey Iosefa on that front. While the signing of Brown is not a splashy one, the veteran could be a good fit in the New England offense, with ESPN's Eric Williams describing Brown as a "cerebral player" who "excels in blitz pickup."
A quality free agent signing for the Patriots, Sheard provided capable complementary play this season in tandem with fellow defensive linemen Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones, carving out some deep league utility in the process, while recording 37 tackles, eight sacks and four forced fumbles in 13 contests for the team.
Gray, who 89 carries for 412 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, is dealing with an ankle injury. Gray was listed as probable throughout the week.
The Patriots are 7-point favorites against Baltimore Saturday.
The Patriots' decision to pick up the bonus ensures that Branch will be back with the team next season, and he'll likely still have a key role in the defensive line rotation. He only has 218 tackles and nine sacks in 118 career games, but his massive frame has proven useful against the run.
New England is a 6.5-point home favorite.
"It’s no reflection on Coop in terms of disappointment," Keim told reporters at the NFL meetings on Monday.
The Cardinals recently signed former 49ers guard Mike Iupati in free agency, thus moving Cooper to the right side.
Cooper, 25, was a first-round selection by the team in 2014. He started two of the 10 games that he played in last season.
Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.
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.
Easley's absence was due to a hip pointer suffered during Thursday's game against the Steelers and early reports indicate Easley will likely miss 1-2 weeks rehabbing the injury. With Easley most likely missing Sunday's contest against the Bills, 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown could step in and receive more snaps.
It remains to be seen how close to 100 percent Collins will be, but the Pro Bowler -- who recorded a fantasy-friendly 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 contests for the Patriots this past season -- will give it a go on Sunday, which represents a big boost to the team's chances of containing Denver's offense this week.
Blount's status will thus be worth monitoring as training camp approaches, but in the absence of any setbacks with his hip, we'd expect him to move toward the end of reclaiming the Patriots' "big back" role this coming season. Barring any additional moves by the team to address the running back position, Blount's primary competition for the role should come from Joey Iosefa and Tyler Gaffney. Meanwhile, Donald Brown, James White, Brandon Bolden and undrafted rookie DJ Foster figure to jostle for slotting on the team's depth chart, with the only secure spot on that front belonging to Dion Lewis, who will serve as the team's top pass-catching back, provided he fully recovers from the knee injury that ended his 2015 season early.
Wideout Brandon Marshall has been listed as probable with an ankle injury. He's been limited in practice throughout the week, but should play. Eben Britton, Jordan Mills and Brock Vereen were also listed as probable.
Hogan, who caught 36 passes for 450 yards and two TDs for the Bills in 2015, adds some needed depth and size (he's a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder) to the Patriots' receiving corps, which recently bid adieu to 6-foot-3, 210-pound Brandon LaFell. The unit is currently headed by Julian Edelman, though given that Danny Amendola is due $5 million in base salary this season, it's unclear how solid his roster spot is. In any case, Hogan looks like a nice fit in the New England offense, with his fantasy prospects in 2016 boosted by the fact that he's destined to see his share of snaps and targets in a Tom Brady-helmed offense.
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.
Fletcher played for New England from 2010 to 2013 before hightailing it for one season to Tampa Bay. He played in all 16 games, but started just four and contributed to a career-high 27 tackles.
He would be expected to provide depth along with Brandon Spikes, who has also returned to the Patriots after one year away.
Jackson, who carried four times for eight yards with a TD in the game, is slated to become a free agent this offseason, and at this stage it's unclear how much interest the Patriots will have in retaining the 32-year-old Jackson, who logged 21 carries for 50 yards and a TD for the team in two regular season contests in 2015.
Brissett (6-foot-4, 231 pounds) is a big and nimble quarterback who has some rawness and accuracy issues to address as a passer, but otherwise has the frame, arm strength and temperament to turn into a viable NFL quarterback. Brissett stands with exceptional poise in the pocket and shakes off attempted tacklers as if they were fleas, showing a rare ability to extend plays. It's not out of the question that he could eventually establish himself as New England's quarterback of the future over Jimmy Garoppolo.
With Garoppolo the only other QB rostered by the Patriots at this time, look for the team to add QB depth either via free agency or though the upcoming NFL draft. Assuming the latest ruling remains in place, Garoppolo is in a position to game some valuable NFL starting experience out of the gate, in his third season as a pro. In doing so, Garoppolo should maintain a degree of early-season fantasy utility, while leading the New England offense. Moreover, the 24-year-old signal-caller could perhaps establish himself as a player that other teams might target in a trade down the road, given that Brady remains under contract with the Patriots through the 2019 season.
The team did list five players as probable. Cornerbacks Pierre Desir, Joe Haden and Buster Skrine should all be good to go. So will safety Jim Leonhard, linebacker Eric Martin and long-snapper Christian Yount.
Following the season-ending injury to Dion Lewis, White emerged as the Patriots' primary pass-catching back, en route hauling in 40 passes for 410 yard and four TDs, to go along with 22 carries for 56 yards and two rushing TDs in 14 games. With Lewis on track to return from his torn ACL, White's role with the Patriots in 2016 has yet to be clarified, especially given that LeGarrette Blount is slated to become a free agent and the team is likely to make some personnel changes at the running back position this offseason.
Brady and his legal team are still awaiting a decision by the 2nd U.S. District Court of Appeals regarding the possibility of a second hearing, but Goodell continues to stand by his disciplinary actions. As expected the courts will ultimately have the final say in whether or not Brady ends up serving the entire four-game suspension, which could be decided at the Supreme Court level.
Although New England and his former employer, Washington, were in the mix for his services, Knighton settled on the former, with whom he should settle into a starting role next to Malcom Brown. Contained to 35 percent of the defensive snaps last season, Knighton matched his career low with 29 tackles in 15 games. A similar usage can be expected in the upcoming campaign, but could increase if he avoids weight and endurance concerns, as Mike Jones of the Washington Post reported Knighton dealt with in 2015.
With the acquisition, the Patriots will trot out a receiving corps led by a two-headed monster at tight end for the first time since the 2012 season. Working in tandem with Rob Gronkowski, Bennett brings sure hands (66% career catch rate) and game-breaking potential (27 receptions of 20-plus yards and 14 touchdowns in three campaigns with the Bears) to the party in New England. In an offense that relies on precise route-running in order for Tom Brady to carve of the opposition, Bennett should prosper in his new climes.
Heading into the season, a big question facing the Patriots was how the team would replace starting cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. The answer ended up being pretty straightforward, as Malcolm Butler (98.8 percent of the team's snaps) and Ryan ended up leading the Patriots defense in playing time. In the process, Ryan racked up 74 tackles and four picks in 16 games, numbers that put New England's starting right cornerback on the IDP radar.
The report also encouragingly notes that Amendola's rehab "has been on a positive track and he's already moving well." While the wideout's on-field activities figure to be limited as training camp approaches, the ESPN report offers an optimistic angle which suggests that Amendola in on pace to be ready for the start of the coming season. In the meantime, with top wideout Julian Edelman bouncing back from foot woes, the likes of Chris Hogan, Nate Washington, Aaron Dobson, Malcolm Mitchell and Devin Lucien should see added reps during the Patriots' upcoming OTAs and minicamps.
During his initial campaigns with the Patriots, Mayo was a play-making force, racking up 100-plus tackles in four of five seasons. The run included a whopping 175 tackles in 2010, while he forced at least one fumble each year. However, injuries have plagued the linebacker in the interim, with a pair of torn pectorals (2013 and 2015) and a torn patellar tendon (2014) marking a sudden end to the respective seasons. As he moves onto the post-football phase of his career, the Patriots will be in search of a consistent MLB.
Of course, that assessment must be absorbed with the knowledge that key wideouts Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have not been able to practice, but it's nonetheless encouraging to hear that a healthy Dobson has made a good impression to date in advance of training camp. With newcomer Chris Hogan and draftee Malcolm Mitchell presumably locked into roles with the Patriots in 2016, Dobson will need to contend with the likes of Keshawn Martin, Nate Washington, Chris Harper, Devin Lucien and DeAndre Carter for slotting on the team's crowded wideout depth chart.
McClellin's 81 tackles left him second on the Bears in 2015 despite the fact that he was limited to 12 games by a concussion and a knee injury. It was by far his most successful NFL season as he seemed much better fit for the inside linebacker position than his previous spots on the outside or at defensive end. The Patriots run a 4-3, so it will be interesting to see how he fits into their defense.
As an IDP, Ninkovich's value saw a bit of a dip in 2015, as he saw his tackle total drop to 52 and his sack tally fall to 6.5. Still, the 31-year-old was a key cog on the team's defensive line along with Chandler Jones and Jabaal Sheard, a role he'll capably reprise in 2016, the final year of his current deal with the Patriots.