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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense10th105.6 (17th)257.5 (10th)
Defense12th129.6 (25th)210.9 (2nd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
48Aiken, Danny LS6-42558/28/19884Virginia
6Allen, Ryan P6-22152/28/19902Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119511/2/19856Texas Tech
25Arrington, Kyle CB5-101908/12/19866Hofstra
52Ayers, Akeem OLB6-32557/10/19894UCLA
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19903Mississippi
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197715Michigan
90Branch, Alan NT6-632512/29/19848Michigan
39Browner, Brandon CB6-42218/2/19845Oregon State
21Butler, Malcolm DB5-111903/2/1990RWest Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus G6-53355/6/19884Texas Christian
52Casillas, Jonathan OLB6-12276/3/19876Wisconsin
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112108/19/19876Oregon
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19892Southern Mississippi
63Connolly, Dan C6-43059/2/19829Southeast Missouri State
37Dennard, Alfonzo CB5-102009/9/19893Nebraska
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19882Brown
65Devey, Jordan G6-63171/11/19881Memphis
17Dobson, Aaron WR6-32007/23/19912Marshall
74Easley, Dominique DT6-22902/24/1992RFlorida
43Ebner, Nate DB6-021012/14/19883Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19866Kent State
71Fleming, Cameron G6-63259/3/1992RStanford
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/1991REastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/19849Memphis
35Gray, Jonas RB5-102256/27/19901Notre Dame
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19895Arizona
30Harmon, Duron SS6-12051/24/19912Rutgers
54Hightower, Dont'a OLB6-32703/12/19903Alabama
47Hoomanawanui, Michael TE6-42607/4/19885Illinois
29Jones, Don DB5-112055/14/19902Arkansas State
94Jones, Chris DT6-13097/12/19902Bowling Green State
95Jones, Chandler DE6-52652/27/19903Syracuse
67Kline, Josh G6-329512/29/19892Kent State
19LaFell, Brandon WR6-321011/4/19865Louisiana State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19875Rutgers
90Moore, Zach DE6-62759/5/1990RConcordia (St. Paul, Minn)
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/19849Purdue
24Revis, Darrelle CB5-111987/14/19858Pittsburgh
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19912Rutgers
96Siliga, Sealver DT6-23254/26/19903Utah
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02109/9/19857UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83204/12/19884Colorado
66Stork, Bryan C6-431011/15/1990RFlorida State
84Tyms, Brian WR6-32042/21/19892Florida A&M
34Vereen, Shane RB5-102055/2/19894California
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19846Houston
98Walker, Casey DT6-133512/6/19891Oklahoma
62Wendell, Ryan C6-23003/4/19866Fresno State
59White, Chris LB6-32381/15/19894Mississippi State
28White, James RB5-102062/3/1992RWisconsin
75Wilfork, Vince DT6-232511/4/198111Miami (Fla.)
27Wilson, Tavon SS6-02153/19/19903Illinois
81Wright, Timothy TE6-42204/7/19902Rutgers
Injured Players
99Buchanan, Michael (IR) DE6-62551/24/19912Illinois
31Gaffney, Tyler (IR) RB6-02204/20/1991RStanford
45Gordon, Cameron (IR) LB6-32406/5/1991RMichigan
51Mayo, Jerod (IR) MLB6-12502/23/19867Tennessee
52Morris, James (IR) LB6-224011/20/1991RIowa
22Ridley, Stevan (IR) RB5-112201/27/19894Louisiana State
Practice Squad
17Krause, Jonathan WR5-111901/18/1992RVanderbilt
35Swanson, Dax DB5-111913/21/19912Sam Houston State
53Davis, Ja'Gared LB6-02389/11/19901Southern Methodist
58Fleming, Darius LB6-22557/19/19893Notre Dame
69Hauptmann, Caylin T6-33007/10/19912Florida International
72Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
79Bass, Ben DE6-529410/12/19893Texas A&M
82Boyce, Josh WR5-112055/6/19912Texas Christian
92Bequette, Jake DE6-52652/21/19893Arkansas
93Schwenke, Kona DT6-42975/11/1992RNotre Dame
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-6318.76-3289.225.72237
 
 
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Position Listing
Dan Connolly
News
The Patriots should have most of their questionable players available Week 8.

Dan Connolly, Dominique Easley, Matthew Slater, Bryan Stork and Shane Vereen are all active for the contest. Both Connolly and Stork have been dealing with concussions, but will attempt to play. 

Don Jones
News
Several Patriots who were on the injury report are active for Monday's game in Kansas City, including linebacker Jamie Collins, who was probable with a thigh injury. Guard Dan Connolly (foot), defensive end Michael Buchanan (ankle) and safety Don Jones (hamstring) also are suiting up.
Ryan Wendell
News
The Patriots' list of inactives for Week 3 against Oakland includes defensive back Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), defensive back Don Jones (hamstring), offensive lineman Ryan Wendell (knee), defensive lineman Zach Moore, wide receiver Aaron Dobson, offensive lineman Josh Kline and running back James White. Moore, Dobson, Kline and White are all healthy scratches.
Nate Solder
News
The Patriots started two rookies on the offensive line Monday for the first time since 2005. Cameron Fleming started at right guard and Bryan Stork started at center; both were fourth-round picks.

Dan Connolly started the first three games at center before starting at left guard against the Chiefs. The shuffling continued throughout the blowout loss as New England sought to find a combination that could protect Tom Brady. Left tackle Nate Solder was beaten badly on Tamba Hali's strip-sack in the third quarter, then got benched for Marcus Cannon.

Dont'a Hightower
News
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is active Week 8 against the the Bears.

Brady was listed as probable on the team's injury report due to an ankle injury. The team will also have Brandon Browner , Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty for the contest. All four players were also considered probable coming into the game.

Injury
Knee - Full practice. Probable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Zach Moore
News
The Patriots declared linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee), safety Nate Ebner (finger), offensive lineman Josh Kline and Cameron Fleming, defensive lineman Zach Moore, cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back James White inactive for Sunday night's game against Cincinnati.
Stephen Gostkowski
News
Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski had plenty of chances Week 8 against the Bears.

The Patriots went on a scoring frenzy, allowing Gostkowski to hit six extra point attempts. On top of that, he also managed to hit all three of his field goals. Gostkowski nailed field goals from 23, 27 and 39 yards out. He'll look for more Week 9 against the Broncos. 

Tyler Gaffney
News
The Patriots released six players and placed two on injured reserve to get down to the 75-man limit. Released were defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive backs Jemea Thomas and Travis Hawkins, receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.

The team put rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.
Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Chris White
News
The Patriots have brought back linebacker Chris White and have now filled out their 53-man roster.

White played sporadically with New England last season. He contributed to nine tackles.

Rob Gronkowski
News
After being limited early on by his recovery from a torn ACL, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski got back to a more typical workload Week 5 against Cincinnati, and his numbers improved as a result. But may the record show that Week 8 against Chicago was when he officially "made it back."

This is what he can do, folks. If you've wondered why he's achieved near-mythical status in Fantasy despite all the injuries over the years, it's because he's proven capable of performances like this one any given week. He has the size to run over anyone who gets in his way, as he did on his third touchdown in Week 8, and yet the athleticism to make a leaping grab along the sidelines, as he did on his first two. And of course, he has a quarterback in Tom Brady who can make the most of his abilities.

Now, for the record, Gronkowski certainly wasn't a scrub prior to Sunday. Week 8 was his third game in four with at least 90 receiving yards. But his scoring rate through seven games was actually a bit lower than it had been in recent years. He may have a few more multi-score games in his future to make up for it.

Sealver Siliga
News
The Patriots placed defensive lineman Sealver Siliga on the injured reserve Saturday with a designation to return.

Siliga suffered a foot injury in Week 3 against the Raiders. He'll be sidelined at least eight weeks after being placed on the IR. Siliga started two of the team's first three games while recording eight tackles.

Alfonzo Dennard
News
The Patriots have listed DE Chandler Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jordan Devey, S Nate Ebner, WR Aaron Dobson, OL Chris Barker and OL Cameron Fleming as inactive Week 8 against the Bears.

Jones was the only player listed as out entering the contest. Ebner and Fleming came into the game listed as questionable. 

Stevan Ridley
News
By giving the previously unknown Jonas Gray 17 carries for 86 yards Week 8 against Chicago, the Patriots revealed that they'll stick with a two-man backfield even with preferred rusher Stevan Ridley out for the year with a torn ACL and MCL.

But Week 9 against Denver might be a better matchup for preferred receiver Shane Vereen, who also thrived in Week 7 against the Jets. The Broncos, like the Jets, have done a good job stopping the run this season. They rank No. 1, in fact, allowing 72.4 yards per game.

Plus, the Patriots will most likely have to throw more than usual just to keep up with the league's highest-scoring team. These days, a team's only real choice against Peyton Manning is to beat him at his own game.

So most likely, Gray will spend much of Week 9 on the sidelines while Vereen spends much of it in the backfield. Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard both rank Vereen among their top 20 running backs for this week.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Nate Ebner
News
The Patriots have listed DE Chandler Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jordan Devey, S Nate Ebner, WR Aaron Dobson, OL Chris Barker and OL Cameron Fleming as inactive Week 8 against the Bears.

Jones was the only player listed as out entering the contest. Ebner and Fleming came into the game listed as questionable. 

Injury
Finger - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Darius Fleming
News
The Patriots signed linebacker Darius Fleming, offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann and defensive lineman Kona Schwenke to their practice squad. New England released defensive lineman Cam Henderson and running back Marcus Thigpen from the squad.
Ja'Gared Davis
News
The Patriots will sign linebacker Ja'Gared Davis to the practice squad, according to NESN.

Davis cleared waivers, allowing the team to bring him back on the practice squad. He appeared in one game this season, making one tackle. 

Jordan Devey
News
The Patriots have listed DE Chandler Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jordan Devey, S Nate Ebner, WR Aaron Dobson, OL Chris Barker and OL Cameron Fleming as inactive Week 8 against the Bears.

Jones was the only player listed as out entering the contest. Ebner and Fleming came into the game listed as questionable. 

Josh Boyce
News
The Patriots filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing defensive linemen Jake Bequette, Charley Hughlett and Deontae Skinner, receiver Josh Boyce, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Chris Martin and defensive back Dax Swanson.
Devin McCourty
News
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is active Week 8 against the the Bears.

Brady was listed as probable on the team's injury report due to an ankle injury. The team will also have Brandon Browner , Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty for the contest. All four players were also considered probable coming into the game.

Julian Edelman
News
It's time to give Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell a shot in Fantasy -- as in not just owning him, but starting him. If his 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown Week 8 against the Bears weren't enough to convince you, his matchup Week 9 against Denver should be.

It's not that the Broncos are so bad against the pass. They rank in the middle of the pack, allowing 242.9 yards per game. It's just that the Patriots' only hope against them is to beat Peyton Manning at his own game. Their passing attack -- at least the version they've shown in the last four weeks -- is good enough to beat anybody when they're motivated to use it.

LaFell appears to have leapfrogged Julian Edelman in the pecking order, but frankly, Edelman might not be such a bad play either. Tom Brady is going to need every weapon at his disposal to outscore Manning and company. Edelman is more of a desperation play than LaFell, I think, advisable only if you're short on startable wide receivers, but Dave Richard likes him enough with this matchup to rank him 24th at the position.

Brandon Bolden
News
Patriots running back Shane Vereen was a late adition to the injury report due to an illness. He was officially ruled as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears, the Boston Globe reports. Vereen was unable to practice Friday because of the ailment. He's coming off a two-touchdown performance in Week 7 against the Jets.

If he is unable to play on Sunday, the team will likely turn to Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray and James White to shoulder the load.

Cameron Gordon
News
The Patriots released six players and placed two on injured reserve to get down to the 75-man limit. Released were defensive lineman Ben Bass, defensive backs Jemea Thomas and Travis Hawkins, receivers Derrick Johnson and Wilson Van Hooser, and linebacker Deontae Skinner.

The team put rookie running back Tyler Gaffney and rookie linebacker Cameron Gordon on injured reserve.
Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Patrick Chung
News
The Patriots signed safety Patrick Chung, who was released by the Eagles last month. Chung, 26, spent his first four seasons with New England before making 59 tackles in 12 games with Philly last year.
Duron Harmon
News
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.
Danny Aiken
News
The Patriots have signed long snapper Danny Aiken to a one-year deal, reports ESPN.

The Patriots now have all three specialists under contract for 2014 with Aiken, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and punter Ryan Allen.

Matthew Slater
News
The Patriots should have most of their questionable players available Week 8.

Dan Connolly, Dominique Easley, Matthew Slater, Bryan Stork and Shane Vereen are all active for the contest. Both Connolly and Stork have been dealing with concussions, but will attempt to play. 

Injury
Shoulder - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Chris Jones
News
The Patriots inactive list for Week 1 against the Dolphins is as follows: Offensive linemen Josh Kline and Bryan Stork; defensive linemen Michael Buchanan and Chris Jones; linebacker Darius Fleming; running back James White; and wide receiver Aaron Dobson.
Ben Bass
News
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.

Jonathan Krause
News
The Patriots announced a pair of minor roster moves Friday. The team re-signed linebacker Ja'Gared Davis to the practice squad and signed rookie wide receiver Jonathan Krause to the practice squad, per the team's official website.
Dax Swanson
News
The Patriots signed offensive lineman Chris Barker, tight end Allen Reisner and running back Marcus Thigpen to the practice squad and released quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, safety Kanorris Davis and defensive back Dax Swanson from the squad.
Darrelle Revis
News
Bill Belichick declined to elaborate Friday on any issues between him and Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, who was sent home Tuesday after arriving late for a team meeting.

"Anything between me and the players is between myself and the players," he told Boston.com.

Pressed about the incident and how it could impact the status of the veteran for the Week 8 game against visiting Chicago, Belichick merely talked about the difficulty of the matchup.

James Morris
News
The Patriots have added defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna and linebacker James Morris to their list of cuts.

Morris received a setback when he hurt his leg in the final preseason game Thursday.

Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Kyle Arrington
News
Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, who played through a groin injury most of last season, is set to have surgery Friday, reports the team's website. Arrington had 62 tackles, two sacks, an interception and two forced fumbles while not missing a game.

He's expected to be ready for training camp.

Ryan Allen
News
Patriots punter Ryan Allen, who was questionable with a shoulder injury, is active for the AFC Championship Game at Denver.
Cameron Fleming
News
The Patriots have listed DE Chandler Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jordan Devey, S Nate Ebner, WR Aaron Dobson, OL Chris Barker and OL Cameron Fleming as inactive Week 8 against the Bears.

Jones was the only player listed as out entering the contest. Ebner and Fleming came into the game listed as questionable. 

Alan Branch
News
Veteran defensive tackle Alan Branch has yet to officially sign with the Patriots, but he walked through the locker room during the media interview session Thursday and radio station NESN is already reporting that he will don uniform number 97. He did not practice, however.

Branch, who was released by Buffalo on Aug. 24, had started 79 of 80 games over the last five seasons.

Injury
Not injury related - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Josh Kline
News
The Patriots declared linebacker Dont'a Hightower (knee), safety Nate Ebner (finger), offensive lineman Josh Kline and Cameron Fleming, defensive lineman Zach Moore, cornerback Malcolm Butler and running back James White inactive for Sunday night's game against Cincinnati.
Michael Hoomanawanui
News
The following players will not suit up for the Patriots Thursday night against the Giants: Brandon Bolden, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jarod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower, Chris Martin, Dominique Easley, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga.
Malcolm Butler
News
The Patriots have made OL Bryan Stork, OL Dan Connolly, WR Aaron Dobson, RB James White, CB Malcolm Butler, S Nate Ebner and OL Cameron Fleming inactive Week 7 against the Jets.

Connolly and Stork were both listed as questionable coming into the game. Ebner had been ruled out due to a finger issue. 

Jonathan Casillas
News
The Patriots traded for Buccaneers linebacker Jonathan Casillas, reports NFL Network. He has nine tackles in five games this season. It was not immediately known what New England gave up.
Michael Buchanan
News
The Patriots announced Monday they reinstated cornerback Brandon Browner and wide receiver Brian Tyms, who both had their roster exemptions lifted after serving four-game suspensions to begin the season.

To clear two roster spots, the Patriots released defensive lineman Joe Vellano and placed defensive lineman Michael Buchanan on injured reserve.

Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
Joe Vellano
News
The Patriots signed offensive lineman Chris Martin and defensive lineman Joe Vellano to their practice squad and released offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann from the squad.
Jamie Collins
News
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is active Week 8 against the the Bears.

Brady was listed as probable on the team's injury report due to an ankle injury. The team will also have Brandon Browner , Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty for the contest. All four players were also considered probable coming into the game.

Shane Vereen
News
If you own Patriots running back Shane Vereen, you were probably excited to start him after his two-touchdown performance last week. And you had every reason to be. He was even the CBSSports.com Start of the Week for his matchup against the Bears.

But unfortunately, the one thing that could ruin him in Week 8 (other than injury, of course) came to fruition. The ever-clever Patriots out-clevered everyone again, deciding that a more traditional running back -- specifically, the heretofore unknown Jonas Gray -- would be a better fit for their game plan. He did fine, rushing for 86 yards on 17 carries, so you can't really fault the Patriots. But dang, a little heads-up would have been nice.

But of course, Bill Belichick wouldn't be Bill Belichick if he gave heads-ups to the media, and he's been around long enough for us to know what getting with him and the Patriots offense. They've always liked to mix and match at running back. Losing their preferred option doesn't change anything.

So is Vereen still valuable in Fantasy? Sure, in PPR leagues and as an every-now-and-then play in standard leagues. But now that Gray appears to have the Stevan Ridley role, you could argue he's just as valuable.

Timothy Wright
News
Hey, guess what? Patriots tight end Timothy Wright caught seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown Week 8 against Chicago. Pretty cool, right? It kind of reminds me of those five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown he had Week 5 against Cincinnati.

Because we were all so thrilled with where he went from there.

That's sarcasm, of course. No one was thrilled with one catch for 1 yard over a two-game span, even if that catch was a touchdown. And that makes this performance so much harder to assess. We could say it's a sign the Patriots are looking to get him more involved in the passing game, reverting to the two-tight end attack that was so successful for them back when Aaron Hernandez was still around. But that clearly wasn't the case last time. So then we could say it's just a fluke, but flukes generally don't happen twice within a four-game span.

I'm thinking it's confirmation he's another player the Patriots will work in and out of the game plan based on matchups, and since they're not exactly forthright about their plans from week to week, you won't really know the right time to start Wright. He's an intriguing add in deeper leagues, where you can afford to take a zero now and then, but in standard 12-team formats, not so much.

Chandler Jones
News
Patriots defense end Chandler Jones will not require hip surgery, but is expected to be sidelined a minimum of six weeks, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora on Sunday. Jones suffered the hip injury during Week 7 against the Jets and does not have a torn labrum, according to sources.

However, the injury could keep him sidelined for the remainder of the regular season, according to the Boston Globe. He remains hopeful of returning to action in time to make a playoff run for New England.

Injury
Hip - Did not practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Brandon LaFell
News
It's time to give Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell a shot in Fantasy -- as in not just owning him, but starting him. If his 11 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown Week 8 against the Bears weren't enough to convince you, his matchup Week 9 against Denver should be.

It's not that the Broncos are so bad against the pass. They rank in the middle of the pack, allowing 242.9 yards per game. It's just that the Patriots' only hope against them is to beat Peyton Manning at his own game. Their passing attack -- at least the version they've shown in the last four weeks -- is good enough to beat anybody when they're motivated to use it.

LaFell appears to have leapfrogged Julian Edelman in the pecking order, but frankly, Edelman might not be such a bad play either. Tom Brady is going to need every weapon at his disposal to outscore Manning and company. Edelman is more of a desperation play than LaFell, I think, advisable only if you're short on startable wide receivers, but Dave Richard likes him enough with this matchup to rank him 24th at the position.

Marcus Cannon
News
The Patriots started two rookies on the offensive line Monday for the first time since 2005. Cameron Fleming started at right guard and Bryan Stork started at center; both were fourth-round picks.

Dan Connolly started the first three games at center before starting at left guard against the Chiefs. The shuffling continued throughout the blowout loss as New England sought to find a combination that could protect Tom Brady. Left tackle Nate Solder was beaten badly on Tamba Hali's strip-sack in the third quarter, then got benched for Marcus Cannon.

James Develin
News
The Patriots received minor contributions from several role players during Sunday's playoff win over the Colts.

Austin Collie and Michael Hoomanawanui each had one reception. Collie finished with 15 yards on one target while Hoomanawanui finished with 6 yards on one target. In the ground game, James Develin had one carry for no gain in a 43-22 win.
Akeem Ayers
News
Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt expressed Wednesday part of the reason the team traded Akeem Ayers to the Patriots was that he didn't provide a big enough boost on special teams, according to The Tennessean. Ayers, who was inactive for five of the team's seven games, was a second-round pick in 2011.

"I think we had an opportunity, and I think it was good for both parties,'' Whisenhunt said. "It gave Akeem a chance to get a fresh start, and it gave us a chance to get something in exchange for that.

"I think really a big part of it was special teams. When you're in that role, you've got to be able to contribute special teams wise, and we needed that, and we just didn't feel like we were getting enough in that area."

Caylin Hauptmann
News
The Patriots re-signed offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann to their practice squad and released offensive lineman Chris Martin from the squad, the team announced.
Vince Wilfork
News
Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork was in the right place at not only the right time, but also the best possible time Week 3 against Oakland. With the Raiders on the verge of scoring a game-tying touchdown with about a minute to play in the fourth quarter, a pass intended for Denarius Moore was deflected off two Patriots defenders and into a diving Wilfork's arms for a game-clinching interception.

It was the third interception of Wilfork's career. The other two came in 2011. He finished Week 3 with three tackles, including one solo.

Casey Walker
News
Patriots receivers Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are healthy scratches for Monday's game in Kansas City. Also inactive for New England are cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder), defensive end Zach Moore, defensive lineman Casey Walker, guard Josh Kline and offensive tackle Jordan Devey.
Tavon Wilson
News
According to ESPN Boston, the following players are not expected to dress for the Patriots Friday night against Philadelphia: wide receiver Aaron Dobson, safety Tavon Wilson, safety Kanorris Davis, tight end D.J. Williams, tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, linebacker Cameron Gordon, linebacker Jerod Mayo, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, linebacker James Anderson, center Bryan Stork, offensive tackle Chris Martin, defensive tackle Dominique Easley, wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive tackle Ben Bass, defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, defensive tackle Chris Jones, running back Tyler Gaffney, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard  and defensive tackle Sealver Siliga.
Brandon Browner
News
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is active Week 8 against the the Bears.

Brady was listed as probable on the team's injury report due to an ankle injury. The team will also have Brandon Browner , Jamie Collins, Dont'a Hightower and Devin McCourty for the contest. All four players were also considered probable coming into the game.

Injury
Ankle - Full practice. Probable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Jimmy Garoppolo
News
Patriots quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo got some playing time Sunday against the Bears.

Garoppolo completed all three of his attempts, gaining 22 yards. He did take one sack during his brief appearance. Garoppolo also had one rushing attempt, but lost a yard. He'll take on the Broncos Week 9.

Jonas Gray
News
Patriots running back Jonas Gray received the bulk of the carries Week 8 against the Bears.

Gray didn't disappoint, gaining 86 yards on 17 attempts. He overshadowed Shane Vereen on the ground, as Vereen received just five carries. Gray, however, was not a factor in the passing game and was not targeted. 

He'll look for more Week 9 against the Broncos. 

Kona Schwenke
News
The Patriots signed linebacker Darius Fleming, offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann and defensive lineman Kona Schwenke to their practice squad. New England released defensive lineman Cam Henderson and running back Marcus Thigpen from the squad.
James White
News
Patriots running back James White managed to get some work Week 8.

White received six carries, gaining 17 yards. He actually received more carries than Shane Vereen, who appeared to take a backseat during the contest. White was not a factor in the passing game, and did not receive a target.

White will take on the Broncos Week 9. 

Tom Brady
News
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady practiced fully Wednesday despite his ankle injury, the team announced. He's thrown 14 touchdowns and no interceptions over the past four games entering Week 9 against the Broncos.
Injury
Ankle - Full practice. Probable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Dominique Easley
News
The Patriots should have most of their questionable players available Week 8.

Dan Connolly, Dominique Easley, Matthew Slater, Bryan Stork and Shane Vereen are all active for the contest. Both Connolly and Stork have been dealing with concussions, but will attempt to play. 

Injury
Knee - Limited practice. Questionable for Week 9 vs. Denver
Logan Ryan
News
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.
Sebastian Vollmer
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The following players will not suit up for the Patriots Thursday night against the Giants: Brandon Bolden, Michael Hoomanawanui, Jarod Mayo, Dont'a Hightower, Chris Martin, Dominique Easley, Sebastian Vollmer, Rob Gronkowski, Chris Jones and Sealver Siliga.
Danny Amendola
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The Patriots backup pass catchers did little Week 8 against the Bears.

Tight end Timothy Wright actually turned in a strong performance, hauling in seven receptions for 61 yards and a score. He caught all seven of his targets. Julian Edelman only hauled in one pass, gaining 14 yards. Danny Amendola was able to catch two balls, but only gained 5 yards.

The three will look for more Week 9 against the Broncos. 

Jake Bequette
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The Patriots filled their entire 10-man practice squad, signing defensive linemen Jake Bequette, Charley Hughlett and Deontae Skinner, receiver Josh Boyce, quarterback McLeod Bethel-Thompson, linebacker Ja'Gared Davis, safety Kanorris Davis, running back Jonas Gray, offensive lineman Chris Martin and defensive back Dax Swanson.
Jerod Mayo
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The Patriots have placed linebacker Jerod Mayo on IR, according to ESPN.

Mayo will miss the rest of the season due to a torn patellar tendon. The club has already filled Mayo's spot on the roster by calling up a player from the practice squad. 

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
Aaron Dobson
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The Patriots have listed DE Chandler Jones, CB Alfonzo Dennard, OL Jordan Devey, S Nate Ebner, WR Aaron Dobson, OL Chris Barker and OL Cameron Fleming as inactive Week 8 against the Bears.

Jones was the only player listed as out entering the contest. Ebner and Fleming came into the game listed as questionable. 

Brian Tyms
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Patriots wide receiver Brian Tyms was active for the first time this season Sunday against the Bills. He didn't let the opportunity goes to waste, as he recorded his first career touchdown in a 37-22 win Week 6.

Tyms gave New England a 20-7 lead early in the third quarter with a 43-yard touchdown reception. It was his only catch of the game. He was targeted twice in the win.

The Patriots are back in action Thursday against the Jets.

Bryan Stork
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The Patriots should have most of their questionable players available Week 8.

Dan Connolly, Dominique Easley, Matthew Slater, Bryan Stork and Shane Vereen are all active for the contest. Both Connolly and Stork have been dealing with concussions, but will attempt to play. 

Rob Ninkovich
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Patriots defensive linemen Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovich, who are normally among their top performers defensively, didn't do much statistically Week 3 against Oakland. Jones had two tackles, including one solo, and Ninkovich had six tackles, including two solo.

Ninkovich's six tackles were actually a season high, but he still has only one sack this season. Jones has two.

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