New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th117.0 (7th)269.2 (4th)
Defense8th88.6 (3rd)237.9 (12th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19905Louisiana Tech
83Allen, Dwayne TE6-32652/24/19906Clemson
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19859Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19923Georgia
72Augusta, Josh DT6-43358/24/1994RMissouri
44Bates, Trevor LB6-22478/28/19931Maine
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19906Ole Miss
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197718Michigan
97Branch, Alan DE6-635012/29/198411Michigan
7Brissett, Jacoby QB6-423512/11/19922NC State
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19943Texas
34Burkhead, Rex RB5-102107/2/19905Nebraska
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19904West Alabama
70Butler, Adam DT6-53004/12/1994RVanderbilt
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19887TCU
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19923Navy
84Carr, Austin WR6-119512/25/1993RNorthwestern
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19879Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19933Tennessee
14Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19934Oregon State
85Cotton, Sam TE6-42501/27/1994RNebraska
70Croston, Cole T6-529512/25/1993RIowa
39Daniels, LeShun RB6-02256/4/1995RIowa
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19885Brown
65Douglas, Jamil G6-43082/28/19922Arizona State
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19914Missouri
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19886Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19869Kent State
47Ellis, Brooks ILB6-22451/15/1995RArkansas
66Farris, Chase G6-42954/8/19931Ohio State
59Ferentz, James C6-22856/5/19893Iowa
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19924Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19933Arkansas
27Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/19932Arizona State
55Freeny, Jonathan OLB6-22556/15/19896Rutgers
63Garcia, Antonio T6-630212/10/1993RTroy
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19914Eastern Illinois
35Gillislee, Mike RB5-1121911/1/19904Florida
24Gilmore, Stephon CB6-11909/19/19906South Carolina
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198412Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo DE6-42656/4/19923Oklahoma
47Gronkowski, Glenn FB6-32343/25/19931Kansas State
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19898Arizona
93Guy, Lawrence DE6-43053/17/19907Arizona State
74Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/19922Ole Miss
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19915Rutgers
51Harris, David LB6-22501/21/198411Michigan
16Hawkins, Andrew WR5-71803/10/19867Toledo
54Hightower, Dont'a MLB6-32653/12/19906Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19885Monmouth (N.J.)
81Hollister, Cody WR6-420911/18/1993RArkansas
48Hollister, Jacob TE6-423911/18/1993RWyoming
86Housler, Rob (FA) TE6-52503/17/19885Florida Atlantic
76Jelks, Andrew T6-630712/6/1993RVanderbilt
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/19932Auburn
34Jones, David DB6-3210//RRichmond
41Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/19932Alabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/19932Illinois
96Kilgo, Darius NT6-331912/14/19913Maryland
29Killings, D.J. DB6-01858/9/1995RUCF
74King, Jason G6-431011/18/1993RPurdue
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19933Auburn
48Langi, Harvey LB6-22519/24/1992RBrigham Young
82Lengel, Matt TE6-726612/27/19902Eastern Kentucky
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19906Pittsburgh
33Likely, William DB5-71759/13/1994RMaryland
13Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/19931Arizona State
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19933Georgia Tech
58McClellin, Shea OLB6-32508/1/19896Boise State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19878Rutgers
67McDermott, Conor T6-830510/19/1992RUCLA
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR6-12007/20/19922Georgia
42Moore, Kenny CB5-9179//RValdosta State
50Ninkovich, Rob OLB6-22602/1/198412Purdue
88O'Shaughnessy, James TE6-42451/14/19923Illinois State
72Rich, Max T6-73155/19/1994RHarvard
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19933Stanford
95Rivers, Derek DE6-42505/9/1994RYoungstown State
52Roberts, Elandon OLB6-02354/22/19942Houston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19923Utah
83Scruggs, Greg (FA) TE6-32778/17/19905Louisville
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/198510UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19887Colorado
27Thomas, Dwayne DB6-02018/22/1993RLSU
26Thompson, Jason DB6-22084/21/1994RUtah
62Thuney, Joe G6-530511/19/19922NC State
45Travis, Damarius DB6-22154/19/1994RMinnesota
99Valentine, Vincent NT6-33202/23/19942Nebraska
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32436/19/19904Brigham Young
76Vollmer, Sebastian (FA) T6-83207/10/19849Houston
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19915Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19924Wisconsin
85Williams, Michael (FA) TE6-63049/8/19904Alabama
91Wise, Deatrich DE6-52717/26/1994RArkansas
Injured Players
 Vereen, Corey (IR) DE6-22476/15/1995RTennessee
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-5310.16-3295.525.52139
 
 
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Position Listing
Glenn Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday.

Gronkowski returns to New England after having four different stints with the Patriots' practice squad. He spent time with the Bills during the last year's preseason, but was released by the team after Week 1 of the regular season. He'll now work to remain on the Patriots' 53-man roster for the foreseeable future.

Nate Solder
No Updates
Dont'a Hightower
News
The Jets were uncomfortable with the result of Hightower's physical, ESPN.com reports.

The Jets initially offered the 27-year-old linebacker a five-year, $62.5 million contract, but it seems they dropped out of the running after getting the results of his physical. Hightower subsequently re-signed with the Patriots -- who surely have a good feel for his injury risk -- on a four-year, $43.5 million contract that includes $19 million guaranteed. He did miss at least three games in each of the last three seasons, though never more than four in a single campaign. His shoulder and knee are the mostly likely causes of the Jets' concern, but neither was a big enough problem to prevent the ever-cautious Patriots from offering Hightower a hefty sum.

Eric Rowe
News
Rowe (hamstring) is inactive Monday night against the Ravens.

Rowe was unable to complete a practice from start to finish this week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 13 against the Rams. In his absence, look for both Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman to see additional snaps at corner.

Michael Williams
News
Williams (knee) was released by the Patriots on Friday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Williams tore his ACL in a practice session last June and sat behind five tight ends on New England's depth chart prior to his release. While the blocking specialist will now seek an opportunity elsewhere, his departure leaves James O'Shaughnessy, Rob Housler and Matthew Lengel to battle for the Patriots' No. 3 tight end gig this offseason.

Corey Vereen
Injury
Brandin Cooks
News
Since being acquired by the Patriots, Cooks' approach has caught the eye of coach Bill Belichick, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. "Brandin's worked hard. Definitely, he has some skill. A transition for him [from New Orleans]; he's working hard to make it," Belichick noted.

Cooks' speed and pass-catching upside are undeniable, but it's still a good sign to see him picking up the complex New England offense well thus far. Given that the team forked over a first-round pick in the deal that landed the wideout, we expect that the Pats have big plans for the 20th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Cooks will contend with fellow wideout Julian Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski, among others, for targets, but his field-stretching ability adds an explosive element that the team's passing attack has largely lacked since the departure of Randy Moss.

Kyle Van Noy
News
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
News
Gostkowski (illness) will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Gostkowski dealt with a two-day stomach illness recently, which forced him to sit out Thursday's practice. Due to the nature of his absence, it doesn't seem like he'll be limited in any way for Sunday's important game.

Jonathan Jones
No Updates
Dion Lewis
News
Lewis (hamstring) looked explosive at OTAs, and he could still carve out a role as a reserve running back and kickoff returner, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

While the offseason additions of Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead might make him expendable, Lewis has a small enough contract that the Patriots presumably intend to keep him around. It isn't yet clear how snaps will be divided between the aforementioned trio and James White, but it at least seems Lewis is healthy enough to compete for a part-time role on offense, after injuring his hamstring during the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl. Gillislee is the best bet to fill a power role similar to LeGarrette Blount's from last season, while Lewis, White and Burkhead all are largely valued for their strong work on passing downs.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Rob Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski was unrestricted at OTAs and said he feels 100 percent healthy again, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Gronkowski is coming off season-ending back surgery, which was his third back operation since 2009, but the All-Pro tight end didn't miss a practice during OTAs, nor was he restricted in what he could do. A full participant through and through, Gronkowski has returned to his usual self, which is a hugely reassuring development for fantasy owners.

Jordan Richards
News
Richards (knee) will be active for Saturday's game against the Jets.

Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.

LeShun Daniels
No Updates
Devin Lucien
News
Lucien signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, NESN reports.

The Patriots selected Lucien in the seventh round of last year's draft but the Arizona State product failed to survive final roster cuts ahead of the season opener. In turn, he spent the season on New England's practice squad and will now slot in as the team's No. 7 wideout entering the offseason.

David Jones
No Updates
Nate Ebner
News
Ebner (concussion) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

Indeed cleared of concussion symptoms stemming from the AFC championship game, Ebner will fill his typical role on the Patriots' special-teams units.

Antonio Garcia
No Updates
Jason Thompson
No Updates
Brooks Ellis
No Updates
Devin McCourty
News
McCourty finished the 2016 regular season with 83 tackles and a pick over the course of 16 games.

McCourty, who the Patriots selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL draft, serves as the team's starting free safety and is in line to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the next few seasons, as he is under contract with the franchise through the 2019 campaign.

Josh Augusta
No Updates
Julian Edelman
News
Edelman signed a multi-year contract extension with the Patriots on Thursday, NFL.com reports.

Edelman, aged 31, is coming off one of the best seasons of his career as he racked up 98 receptions for 1,106 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games throughout 2016. The defending Super Bowl champs traded for former Saints WR Brandin Cooks this offseason, but Edelman figures to remain a focal point of the Patriots' aerial attack with Tom Brady at the helm. Specific details regarding the structure of the new contract aren't immediately available, but Edelman will be inked in as a Patriot for the next few years.

Vincent Valentine
News
Valentine (back) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI versus the Falcons.

A late arrival on the injury report this week due to a back concern, Valentine will nonetheless provide depth at defensive tackle behind Alan Branch (back) and Malcom Brown.

Brandon Bolden
News
Bolden will have to compete for a roster spot, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Bolden's new contract with the Patriots contains a minimal signing bonus of $50,000. He's stuck around the roster since 2012 due to his contributions on special teams, but the Patriots recently gave a much larger contract to Rex Burkhead -- another running back with a long history of standout play on special teams. Bolden likely will have to compete with D.J. Foster (and perhaps a rookie or two) for the No. 4 running back job behind Burkhead, Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White.

Max Rich
No Updates
Kenny Moore
No Updates
Damarius Travis
No Updates
Patrick Chung
News
Chung finished the 2016 regular season with 91 tackles and a pick over the course of 16 games.

The 29-year-old, who the Patriots drafted 34th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, spent the 2013 season with the Eagles, but since his return to New England in 2014, he's remained a mainstay in the team's secondary. Chung, who serves as the Patriots' starting strong safety, is under contract with the team through the 2018 campaign.

David Andrews
No Updates
Joe Thuney
No Updates
Matt Lengel
News
Lengel's offseason has been impacted by a finger injury that required offseason surgery, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

The Patriots have "been bringing [Lengel] along slowly" and it isn't clear if the second-year tight end will be fully healthy when training camp opens later this month. However, even if he's a limited participant at first, missing a little practice time shouldn't be much of a problem for Lengel in his competition with James O'Shaughnessy, Jacob Hollister and Sam Cotton for the No. 3 tight end job in New England.

Injury
Finger - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Duron Harmon
News
Harmon signed a four-year, $20 million contract with the Patriots on Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Harmon was the Patriots' top reserve safety behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung in 2016, finishing the season with 29 tackles and two passes defensed, including an interception, while playing in all 16 regular season games. At one point viewed as a major reach when the Patriots tabbed him 91st overall in the 2013 NFL draft, Harmon has solidified his standing in the team's secondary and figures to continue to see his share of snaps in the Patriots' sub defense packages in 2017.

Stephon Gilmore
News
Gilmore has signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots, that includes $40 million in guaranteed money, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Gilmore was widely viewed as the top cornerback on the open market, so this is a nice scoop for the Patriots, who could lose Logan Ryan in free agency and may now consider moving Malcolm Butler. Gilmore, who the Bills selected 10th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he recorded five picks and 48 tackles in 15 games, en route to earning his first Pro Bowl nod.

D.J. Foster
News
Foster finished the 2016 regular season with seven carries for 24 yards and one catch for two yards over the course of three games for the Patriots.

Foster, who joined the Patriots prior the season as an undrafted free agent, remains under contract with New England in 2017. While every-down NFL work may not be in the cards for Foster, his RB/WR flexibility could lead to the 23-year-old carving out a complementary role in the team's backfield next season.

Harvey Langi
No Updates
LaAdrian Waddle
No Updates
Greg Scruggs
News
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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Malcolm Mitchell
News
The Patriots kept Mitchell (undisclosed) on the sidelines during spring practices, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

It's unclear what, if anything, was ailing the second-year receiver, with the report suggesting that Mitchell's injury history (which includes knee surgeries) played a part in the team's management of his offseason workload. We'll revisit his status once training camp opens up, but there's nothing to suggest that Mitchell won't be ready to go at that time. From a fantasy perspective, his upside in 2017 is hampered by the presence of fellow wideouts Julian Edelman and Brandin Cooks, who both figure to gobble up plenty of targets in the Patriots' passing offense. Mitchell thus figures to compete with Chris Hogan for the team's WR3 snaps, with Danny Amendola and Andrew Hawkins in reserve.

James Ferentz
News
Ferentz signed a contract with the Patriots on Thursday.

Ferentz spent the last two seasons with Denver, where he appeared in 21 regular-season games and one postseason game. Now with New England, the 27-year-old offensive lineman will look to make the team as a depth and special teams player.

Mike Gillislee
News
Gillislee appears to be the Patriots' running back most likely to fill the void created by the departure of LeGarrette Blount, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

The Patriots have some depth at running back, with James White and Dion Lewis set to reprise their change-of-pace duties and fellow newcomer Rex Burkhead bringing valuable versatility to the mix. From a fantasy perspective, week-to-week touches out of the team's backfield could be difficult to predict and game-flow dependent, but we suspect that Blount's goal-line duties are likely to be absorbed primarily by Gillislee. Considering Blount's league-leading 18 rushing TDs last season, Gillislee is in a good position to better the mark of nine total scores he logged in 2016 while with the Bills. In the process, he averaged 5.7 yards over 101 carries, a rate that he also recorded on 47 rushing attempts in 2015.

Sam Cotton
No Updates
Dwayne Thomas
No Updates
Matthew Slater
News
Slater finished the 2016 regular season with one carry for five yards and zero catches in 13 games.

While officially listed as a wideout by the Patriots, Slater has not caught a regular season pass since 2011. The 2008 fifth-rounder -- who remains under contract with New England in 2017 -- maintains his spot on the team with his continuing strong special teams play and leadership presence.

Kony Ealy
News
The Panthers have traded Ealy and a third-round draft pick to the Patriots in exchange for a second-round choice, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Adding Ealy bolsters the Patriots' depth at defensive end, with Chris Long not returning to the team and Jabaal Sheard a candidate to depart via free agency. In 2016, his third NFL season, the 25-year-old Ealy logged 32 tackles, five sacks and a pick in 16 games for the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was selected 60th overall by Carolina in the 2014 NFL Draft.

Deatrich Wise
News
The Patriots selected Wise in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 131st overall.

Wise (6-foot-5, 274 pounds) is a very athletic lineman who functionally might look similar to Trey Flowers, who Wise was formerly teammates with at Arkansas. There's not a lot of linear explosiveness in Wise's game, but his reach, quickness and versatility make him a candidate to earn snaps early on in his Patriots career.

Rob Housler
News
Housler was released by the Patriots on Wednesday after failing a physical, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

According to Reiss, Housler pulled a hamstring during OTAs. His release leaves only James O'Shaughnessy and Matthew Lengel to square off for the No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and offseason pickup Dwayne Allen. However, once Housler returns to full strength, a return to New England isn't out of the question.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Rex Burkhead
News
Burkhead is less likely than fellow free-agent acquisition Mike Gillislee to help fill the void created by LeGarrette Blount's departure, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

It seemed Burkhead might be headed for big things when the Patriots signed him to a one-year, $3.15 million contract in March, but the team then added Gillislee on a two-year, $6.4 million contract a month later, further bolstering a backfield that already had James White and Dion Lewis (hamstring). While Burkhead did average 4.6 yards on his 74 carries last season, he mostly made his mark as a special teams player and pass blocker during his four seasons in Cincinnati. Given that Gillislee averaged 5.7 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 101 carries with the Bills last season, the former Bengal may find himself with a role not all that different from the one he had with his old team. The size of the contract does suggest that the Patriots at least have plans to occasionally involve Burkhead in the offense.

Andrew Hawkins
News
Hawkins signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Hawkins was released by the Browns back in February after spending the past three years in Cleveland. In 2016, he totaled 324 yards and three touchdowns on 33 receptions while playing in all 16 games. With New England, the veteran wideout will likely be competing with Malcolm Mitchell, Matthew Slater, and Devin Street for one of the final wide receiver roster spots.

Jonathan Freeny
News
Freeny (shoulder) has been a full participant in offseason practices, Rich Garven of The Providence Journal reports.

Freeny landed on injured reserve last October with an unspecified shoulder injury. Now that he's back on the field without any restrictions, look for the sixth-year Rutgers product to compete with Trevor Bates, Elandon Roberts and Harvey Langi for a depth role at linebacker.

William Likely
No Updates
Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
No Updates
Cameron Fleming
No Updates
Alan Branch
News
Branch signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Patriots on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Branch is a key asset for the Patriots' strong run defense. His 6-foot-6, 350-pound frame clogs up holes in the middle of the line, and he's a key reason why New England ranked fourth in the NFL with only 88.4 rushing yards allowed per game in 2016. The deal will keep the 32-year-old Branch with the Patriots through the 2018 season.

Jason King
No Updates
Jamil Douglas
News
Dolphins rookie Jamil Douglas continues to gain first-team snaps at left guard in OTAs. 

Douglas is competing with Dallas Thomas for the starting job. Over the last few weeks, he's gone from occasional snaps to a 50/50 split of starting snaps. 

"I like the fact that when he’s been in there he doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes,” coach Joe Philbin said, per the Palm Beach Post. “I think he’s grasped the system relatively well. I think his play speed’s been pretty good. He doesn’t seem to hesitate a lot and that’s a good sign for a young guy. ... I really like what I see."

Malcolm Butler
News
Butler has rejoined the Patriots for the beginning of their post-draft workout program, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

A subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason, Butler was uncertain to report to the Patriots immediately in the offseason. However, with the draft passing by without Butler being dealt elsewhere, it appears that the cornerback is now locked in with the Patriots for at least the 2017 season. Butler and offseason pickup Stephon Gilmore should combine to form one of the league's strongest cornerback tandems.

James O'Shaughnessy
News
O'Shaughnessy was traded to the Patriots on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

The Chiefs and Patriots worked out a deal that sent O'Shaughnessy and a sixth-round pick to New England to acquire pick No. 183 at the end of the fifth round. O'Shaugnessy does not offer much as a receiver with eight career catches over his first two seasons, but he should be a serviceable blocking tight end in run-heavy formations. Ultimately, he'll compete with Matt Lengel, Michael Williams and Rob Housler for the third spot on the Patriots' TE depth chart behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but the fact that the team traded for O'Shaughnessy suggests that he'll probably stick.

Cyrus Jones
News
Jones (knee) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

Jones sat out Week 17 but it appears the week off prior to the divisional round was enough for him to get healthy. He's near the bottom of the Patriots' depth chart and likely won't see much action beyond special teams.

Malcom Brown
News
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
D.J. Killings
No Updates
Chase Farris
News
Farris was waived Thursday by the Patriots, Phil Berry of CSN New England reports.

Ferris was waived with a non-football injury designation after spending majority of last season on the team's practice squad. The Patriots now have an open roster spot with training camp just around the corner.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Trevor Bates
No Updates
Geneo Grissom
News
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.

Conor McDermott
No Updates
Woodrow Hamilton
News
Hamilton was waived by the Patriots on Friday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

As an undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, Hamilton appeared in two games for New England this season. However, his roster spot was needed in order to bring Jacoby Brissett (thumb) back from IR.

Lawrence Guy
News
Guy will sign a four-year, $20 million contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Guy has worked his way into a couple productive seasons the last two years with the Ravens. He posted his best campaign in 2015, recording 46 tackles (29 solo) and 4.5 sacks in that season. Entering his seventh season, the 26-year-old will likely reprise that role when the team employs its 3-4 scheme in 2017.

Cole Croston
No Updates
Elandon Roberts
News
Roberts (hamstring) is questionable to play Monday night against Baltimore.

Roberts, a sixth-rounder out of Houston, was a limited participant in practice this week. If he ultimately can't play, look for Barkevious Mingo to slide into the starting lineup.

Marcus Cannon
No Updates
Cody Hollister
No Updates
David Harris
News
Harris is signing a two-year deal with the Patriots, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Released in early June as part of the Jets' offseason purge, the 33-year-old Harris will stay in the AFC East and help his former team's chief rival fill a major need next to Dont'a Hightower in the linebacking corps. Harris had at least 75 tackles in each of his 10 seasons with the Jets, falling shy of the century mark last season (95 in 15 games) for the first time since 2011. His days as a valuable IDP likely are a thing of the past, but he should help the New England run defense while also providing an occasional pass-rushing threat (35.5 career sacks).

Chris Hogan
News
Hogan mostly ran with the first-team offense during June minicamp, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

Although the offseason addition of Brandin Cooks pushed him down the depth chart, Hogan still figures to have a regular spot on the outside when the Patriots go three-wide, which has been the team's base alignment in recent years. However, Malcolm Mitchell and No. 2 tight end Dwayne Allen could cut into Hogan's snap count, and regular targets will be hard to come by in a passing attack featuring Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Despite turning in a highly efficient 2016 season (11.9 yards per target) and then leading the team in receiving yards (332) during the playoffs, Hogan probably won't see a major uptick from last year's 57 regular-season targets.

Shaq Mason
No Updates
James Develin
News
Develin signed a two-year deal with the Patriots on Monday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.

Derek Rivers
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The Patriots selected Rivers in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 83rd overall.

Rivers (6-foot-4, 248 pounds) looks like a steal for the Patriots. He was highly productive at Youngstown State, and his athletic profile strongly implies future success as an NFL pass rusher. He ran a 4.61-second 40 at the Combine, adding a 35-inch vertical, 123-inch broad jump, and 6.94-second three-cone drill. If he receives defensive end classification in IDP leagues, he could emerge as a productive fantasy option surprisingly early in his career.

Justin Coleman
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Coleman signed his exclusive-rights tender with the Patriots on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Patriots tendered Coleman before the start of free agency last week. Even with Coleman returning to the Patriots, the club's acquisition of Stephon Gilmore complicates his path to seeing regular snaps. Things could change depending whether Malcolm Butler remains with New England, however.

Trey Flowers
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Flowers finished the 2016 regular season with 45 tackles and seven sacks over the course of 16 games.

The 2015 fourth-rounder, who logged eight starts this season, now finds himself on the IDP radar after the leading the Patriots in sacks in 2016. The 23-year-old is under contract with New England through 2018, so Flowers will remain a fantasy factor in 2017, in his role as a starting defensive end for the team.

Darius Kilgo
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Kilgo was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

After playing in nine games for the Broncos this season the team opted to waive him prior to Week 12. Kilgo figures to help provide depth on the defensive line for the Patriots. Rookie D.J. Foster was waived to make room in a corresponding roster move.

Jacoby Brissett
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Brissett doesn't appear in danger of losing his roster spot in 2017, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

The Patriots likely had a long-term approach in mind when they spent a third-round pick on Brissett in 2016, considering Tom Brady's on the back nine of his career and Jimmy Garoppolo's a candidate to leave in free agency next offseason. While in the past New England has only carried two quarterbacks on the active roster in order to open up a spot at a position elsewhere, the Patriots would risk losing Brissett to another team if they simply stashed him on their practice squad. As such, the second-year NC State product likely won't be going anywhere else anytime soon.

Dwayne Allen
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The Patriots have traded a fourth-round draft pick to the Colts in exchange for Allen and a sixth-round selection, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

In securing the services of Allen, the Patriots have signaled that they are poised to part ways with fellow TE Martellus Bennett. Allen, whose blocking ability has earned the praise of coach Bill Belichick, has three years left on the four-year, $29 million contract that he signed with Indy last March. The 27-year-old profiles as a solid all-around tight end, who will provide the Patriots with a complementary option/insurance policy for oft-injured Rob Gronkowski. Allen himself is no stranger to the injury report, having missed a combined 23 games (including 15 in 2013) over the past four seasons, but when healthy, the 6-foot-3, 265-pounder can do some damage in the red zone. Over the course of 57 NFL contests to date, he's hauled in 19 TDs.

Andrew Jelks
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Jimmy Garoppolo
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Garoppolo appeared to be limited at Tuesday's OTAs with what ESPN's Mike Reiss describes as a minor leg-related injury.

With Garoppolo not participating in drills, third-stringer Jacoby Brissett saw added QB reps Tuesday. At this stage, Garoppolo's leg issue doesn't look a big concern and he's entrenched as Tom Brady's top backup in the wake of an offseason filled with speculation that the Patriots may elect to move Garoppolo, who is now in the final year of his rookie contract. An all-in approach for the coming season prevailed, however, and there's also been chatter that the Patriots could find ways (such as an extension or their franchise tag) to keep Garoppolo around beyond 2017.

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Leg - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
James White
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The Patriots reached an agreement on a three-year extension with White on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

White has developed into a fairly reliable pass-catching back, corralling 100 of 140 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns over the past two seasons. He capped the latter campaign with the most impactful performance of his three-year career: a Super Bowl record 14 receptions and three total touchdowns in February's comeback victory against the Falcons. The Patriots will be sporting some different bodies out of the backfield in 2017, as Rex Burkhead was locked up in March, Mike Gillislee received an offer sheet from the team Tuesday, and LeGarrette Blount remains on the market. No matter who's getting the rock on a weekly basis, White is expected to serve primarily as a receiver, along with Dion Lewis, who has missed 18 regular-season games combined the last two seasons.

Tom Brady
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Brady told Patriots owner Robert Kraft he might play six or seven more years, NFL Network's James Palmer reports.

Still playing at an elite level as he approaches his 40th birthday (in August), Brady seems to have plenty of gas left in the tank, though six or seven more years might be a stretch. At some point, he might decide there is nothing left to accomplish, as he's the only quarterback with five Super Bowl victories in NFL history, and he also owns a slew of regular-season records. Brady should have fun this upcoming season, with WR Brandin Cooks providing an element of downfield speed that the offense hasn't had in years.

Jacob Hollister
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Adam Butler
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Sebastian Vollmer
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Vollmer (hip) plans to retire, Courtney Fallon of NFL Network reports.

Vollmer finishes his career as one of the more accomplished offensive lineman in Patriots history. The two-time Super Bowl champion appeared in 88 career games and started in 80 of them.

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Hip - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Danny Amendola
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Amendola is considered a "lock" for the final roster ahead of the 2017 campaign, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

In May, Reiss reported that Amendola could be in danger of losing his roster spot. It isn't clear what may have changed, but it seems as if the 31-year-old receiver re-established himself during the offseason program. The Patriots are only expected to keep six receivers, so if Reiss is right, then Amendola would have secured the No. 6 and final spot on the depth chart.

Ted Karras
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Austin Carr
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Shea McClellin
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McClellin could see his playing time take a hit this season due to the addition of David Harris, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

McClellin played 34.5% of the defensive snaps last season, and tallied 41 tackles, one sack, and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the Patriots. It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.

Rob Ninkovich
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Ninkovich finished the 2016 regular season with 32 tackles and four sacks over the course of 12 games.

Ninkovich, who is set to play in his third Super Bowl on Sunday, missed four games to start the 2016 season after testing positive for a banned substance. Upon his return, the versatile defender re-established a degree of IDP utility in deeper formats and the 33-year-old is slated to stay in the mix in 2017, as Ninkovich is under contract with the Patriots next season.

 

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