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
 Allen, Dwayne TE6-32652/24/19906Clemson
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19859Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19923Georgia
64Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
 Bates, Trevor LB6-12478/28/19931Maine
29Blount, LeGarrette (FA) RB6-025012/5/19868Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19906Mississippi
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197718Michigan
97Branch, Alan DE6-635012/29/198411Michigan
7Brissett, Jacoby QB6-423512/11/19922North Carolina State
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19943Texas
 Burkhead, Rex RB5-102107/2/19905Nebraska
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19904West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19887Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19923Navy
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19879Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19933Tennessee
 Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19934Oregon State
46Develin, James (FA) FB6-32557/23/19885Brown
 Douglas, Jamil G6-43082/28/19922Arizona State
 Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19914Missouri
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19886Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19869Kent State
 Farris, Chase G6-42954/8/19931Ohio State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19924Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19933Arkansas
14Floyd, Michael (FA) WR6-222011/27/19896Notre Dame
27Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/19932Arizona State
55Freeny, Jonathan OLB6-22556/15/19896Rutgers
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19914Eastern Illinois
 Gillislee, Mike RB5-1121911/1/19904Florida
 Gilmore, Stephon CB6-11909/19/19906South Carolina
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198412Memphis
 Grissom, Geneo OLB6-42656/4/19923Oklahoma
 Gronkowski, Glenn FB6-22343/25/19931Kansas State
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19898Arizona
 Guy, Lawrence DE6-43053/17/19907Arizona State
 Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-231512/20/19922Mississippi
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19915Rutgers
54Hightower, Dont'a MLB6-32653/12/19906Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19885Monmouth (N.J.)
 Housler, Rob TE6-52503/17/19885Florida Atlantic
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/19932Auburn
24Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/19932Alabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/19932Illinois
 Kilgo, Darius NT6-331912/14/19913Maryland
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19933Auburn
82Lengel, Matt TE6-726612/27/19902Eastern Kentucky
 Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19906Pittsburgh
16Lucien, 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
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR5-112007/20/19922Georgia
50Ninkovich, Rob OLB6-22602/1/198412Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19933Stanford
52Roberts, Elandon OLB5-112354/22/19942Houston
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
62Thuney, Joe G6-430511/19/19922North Carolina State
99Valentine, Vincent NT6-23202/23/19942Nebraska
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 TE6-63049/8/19904Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4311.86-3308.626.12339
 
 
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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
News
Solder (hamstring) is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Solder entered the weekend questionable to play Sunday after missing the Patriots' Week 1 win over the Cardinals, but he's healthy enough at this point to make his season debut. LaAdrian Waddle figures to move back into his typical reserve role with Solder back on the field.

Dont'a Hightower
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) has re-signed with the Patriots, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Williams suffered a torn ACL in practice last June and consequently spent the entire 2016 season on injured reserve. Even when healthy, he's extremely unlikely to achieve fantasy relevance this upcoming season given his nature as an in-line blocking tight end.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brandin Cooks
News
The Saints are still considering trading Cooks, with the Patriots and Titans among the most likely suitors, CSN New England reports.

Already rumored to be shopping Cooks in exchange for defensive help, the Saints did nothing to quiet the whispers when they signed fellow speedster Ted Ginn on Thursday. While there would be a sizable drop-off from Cooks to Ginn, young wideouts Michael Thomas and Willie Snead make a downgrade at the other receiver spot much more tolerable. Meanwhile, the Patriots spent big to lure CB Stephon Gilmore away from the Bills, hinting at a willingness to part ways with CB Malcolm Butler, the player rumored to be involved in trade talks with the Saints. The Titans may also still be in the mix for Cooks' services, whereas the Eagles are likely set at wide receiver after signing both Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith on Thursday.

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) has been doing rehab work at Gillette Stadium, ESPN.com reports.

Lewis injured his hamstring on the final play of regulation in the Super Bowl and subsequently missed the brief but memorable overtime period. His decision to stick around New England for rehab work suggests the ailment is fairly serious, but he's apparently making progress with more than a month remaining before the start of OTAs. Lewis will have heated competition for snaps and targets in training camp, with Rex Burkhead joining the New England backfield on a one-year, $3 million contract. Super Bowl hero James White will also be firmly in the mix for a key role, and the Patriots may add more competition in the form of a power back -- possibly even re-signing LeGarrette Blount.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Barker
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.

Rob Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski (back) is feeling good and will be ready to participate in the Patriots' offseason program, NFL.com's Kevin Patra reports.

Gronkowski is four months removed from having his third back surgery since 2009, but that time off, along with his offseason work with the Patriots' training staff, has the hulking tight end raring to return for the team's offseason program. Gronkowski previously insisted his status for the regular season is under no threat, and him rejoining his teammates for offseason workouts would certainly support that stance. While the fact that he hasn't played 16 games since 2011 should still concern fantasy owners, having Gronkowski fully healthy long before Week 1 would at least provide some reassurance regarding his availability.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

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.

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.

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.

Julian Edelman
News
Edelman hauled in five of 13 targets for 87 yards, misfired on his sole pass attempt, and gained 40 yards on three punt returns in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons.

Edelman's game was a mixed bag, as he was unable to connect with Tom Brady as efficiently as usual and had multiple drops throughout the game. Edelman was also the target on a Brady overthrow with 1:43 remaining in the second quarter and the Patriots trying to secure points before halftime. However, the dynamic veteran still checked in second in targets overall and made one of the most spectacular catches in Super Bowl history on New England's game-tying drive, securing a tipped ball off the leg of the Falcons' Robert Alford and managing to prevent it from hitting the ground before the gained full control of it. The reception put the Patriots in Atlanta territory at the 41-yard line, and James White scored a one-yard touchdown four plays later t set up the game-tying two-point conversion by Danny Amendola. Edelman also made a 15-yard reception down to the Falcons' 25-yard line in the game-winning drive in overtime, capping off a 2016 season in which he tallied a career-best 1,106 receiving yards.

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.

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 signed his tender with the Patriots on Tuesday.

Lengel played in six games for New England last season, catching two passes for 22 yards and a touchdown. He'll likely be the team's No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski (back) and Dwayne Allen in 2017.

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.

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

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

Greg Scruggs
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 the start of training camp
Malcolm Mitchell
News
Mitchell is part of a receiving corps that was bolstered by the recent addition of Brandin Cooks, the Boston Herald reports.

With Cooks joining a group that already included Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan, there is a lot standing between Mitchell and a potential second-year breakout. The 2016 fourth-round selection came on strong late in his rookie season, notably capping it off with six catches for 70 yards in the Super Bowl. While Cooks and Edelman are locked in atop the depth chart, Mitchell might get a shot to push Hogan for the No. 3 spot.

Mike Gillislee
News
Gillislee will officially join the Patriots after the Bills declined to match the two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet he signed with New England last week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.

Gillislee now enters a backfield already headlined by Dion Lewis (hamstring), James White, and Rex Burkhead, effectively ruling out the possibility of LeGarrette Blount returning to the Patriots in the process. Although Buffalo's decision not to match will cost New England a fifth-round pick, Gillislee provides the team with an ascending backfield talent. In 15 games last year as LeSean McCoy's primary backup, Gillislee rushed 101 times for 577 yards and eight touchdowns, while catching nine of 11 targets for 50 yards and another score.

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 will trade 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.

Rob Housler
News
The Patriots have signed Housler to a reserve contract for 2017, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

With Martellus Bennett, Matt Lengel and Michael Williams all slated to become free agents this offseason, Housler provides the Patriots' organization with some TE depth behind Rob Gronkowski in advance of the 2017 campaign.

Rex Burkhead
News
The Patriots seemingly view Burkhead as a significant part of their 2017 plans, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Burkhead signed a one-year, $3.15 million contract that includes a $1.1 million signing bonus. In addition to assuring him of a roster spot, the contract suggests the Patriots expect him to contribute on offense. Burkhead was always a strong special teams contributor in Cincinnati, and last season he also demonstrated proficiency as a pass catcher, pass blocker and even as a runner. The Patriots do already have a pair of talented pass-catching backs in the form of Dion Lewis (hamstring) and James White, but they may still find a way to get Burkhead some touches.

Jonathan Freeny
News
Freeny islisted as out for Sunday's game against the Bengals due to a shoulder injury.

Freeny was held out of practice all week due to his shoulder injury, making it unsurprising that he's been ruled out for Sunday's tilt. Shea McClellin (concussion) and Barkevious Mingo figure to see extra reps with Freeny held out.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
News
The Patriots agreed to a three-year contract extension with punter Ryan Allen, reports ESPN. Allen is entering his third season with the Patriots.
Cameron Fleming
News
Fleming signed his exclusive rights free-agent tender with the Patriots on Monday, NFL Network reports.

Fleming, the Patriots' fourth-rounder from 2014, has appeared in 35 regular-season games since coming into the league (14 starts). He'll likely enter the 2016 campaign in a swing tackle role.

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 6-6, 350-pound frame clogs up holes in the middle of the line, and he is 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 Branch with the Patriots through the 2018 season.ed

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 and the Saints have agreed to a multi-year contract, but New Orleans appears unlikely to trade for him given the Patriots' steep asking price, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Butler was a restricted free agent and visited the Saints last month to discuss terms on a long-term deal. Despite the player and team apparently reaching an agreement, the Pats' trade demands have since cooled New Orleans' interest in completing a transaction. After Butler signed his one-year, $3.91 million tender last week, though, he's now under contract with New England for this season, thus enabling the team to trade him if another club is willing to surrender the assets they're seeking in return. If, as it currently appears, that doesn't come to fruition, the Patriots now have the enviable fall-back plan of trotting out Butler and fellow Pro-Bowler Stephon Gilmore as their starting cornerback duo.

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
Chase Farris
No Updates
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.

LeGarrette Blount
News
Blount could sign with the Giants before the draft, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.

Blount seemingly hoped to reunite with the Patriots, but his former team instead signed both Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee. The 30-year-old bowling ball is left in a difficult position, as the few teams still in search of a power runner might be able to fill their need during a draft that has a strong crop of running backs. With Adrian Peterson headed to New Orleans, it's possible Blount feels some added pressure to sign before the start of the draft. The Giants are a sensible fit, likely hoping to boost their backfield without expending an early-round pick to do so. 2016 fifth-rounder Paul Perkins did show lead-back potential down the stretch of his rookie season, but it isn't hard to envision a three-headed backfield in which Blount handles a lot of early-down carries and goal-line work, while Shane Vereen (triceps) most of the obvious passing-down snaps and Perkins does a little bit of everything.

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 could slot in as a defensive end opposite Trey Flowers or could see time in a defensive tackle rotation as well moving from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme.

Michael Floyd
News
Floyd pleaded guilty to extreme DUI and began serving a 24-day sentence at Maricopa County Jail on Thursday, FOX 10 Phoenix reports.

Floyd was charged with seven counts, including extreme DUI and failure to obey a policy officer after he was found passed out behind the wheel of his car at a Scottsdale, Arizona intersection in December. The receiver was released by the Cardinals immediately after that incident, but later signed with the Patriots for the remainder of the season. Following his sentencing, Floyd will serve 24 days behind bars before spending 96 days on house arrest. He'll also be required to pay a $5,000 fine, perform community service and attend an alcohol abuse class. While discipline from the NFL also potentially awaits, so too does Floyd's unrestricted free agency this offseason.

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
News
Patriots offensive lineman Marcus Cannon has signed a two-year extension, according to ESPN.

Cannon has battled some injuries this season, but has managed to play in all 13 games. After starting the first three games of the year, Cannon took a backseat, and has been used as a backup. 

Chris Hogan
News
Hogan is part of a receiving corps that was bolstered by the recent addition of Brandin Cooks, the Boston Herald reports.

Although he came up big when it mattered most last season, Hogan likely will enter training camp as the No. 3 wide receiver -- potentially having to compete for snaps against Malcolm Mitchell and/or Danny Amendola. With Brandin Cooks and Julian Edelman clearly atop the depth chart and joined by a strong group of pass catchers at running back and tight end, Hogan may be resigned to status as the fourth or fifth option in a potent New England passing game.

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

Mason was limited in each practice this week due to his hand injury. He was active for Week 1 while dealing with the same injury and it wouldn't be surprising to see the depth lineman activated once again since he won't see extended time unless an injury forces him into a larger role.

James Develin
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.

Justin Coleman
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Brissett finished up the 2016 regular season with 34 completions on 55 attempts for 400 yards to go along with 16 carries for 83 yards and TD over the course of three appearances (including two starts) for the Patriots.

Brissett did not throw any TD passes or picks during that span, but the 2016 third-rounder did gain some valuable experience when thrust into action when fellow signal-caller Jimmy Garoppolo (who had been filling in for the suspended Tom Brady) suffered a shoulder injury in Week 2. Brissett subsequently missed time after undergoing surgery on his right thumb in October, but was eventually activated off IR by the Patriots in December in order to reprise his depth QB duties.

Dwayne Allen
News
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.

Jimmy Garoppolo
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While the Browns and/or Texans might make a late push to trade for Garoppolo, it's still unlikely the Patriots will part ways with their backup quarterback this offseason, The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports.

The Patriots clearly want a lot in return for Garoppolo, who is preparing for the final year of his rookie contract after thriving in his two starts last season. Cleveland has been the most frequently mentioned destination, but Houston might actually be a better fit, with the Texans boasting a playoff-caliber roster that doesn't have many weaknesses besides quarterback. Both teams are expected to select signal-callers in the early rounds of the draft, but one (or both) could make a late push for Garoppolo instead. The Browns have plenty of time to develop a young quarterback, whereas the Texans may be worried about wasting a talented roster because of poor play from Tom Savage and a rookie. While such a concern makes a lot of sense, it probably won't be enough to motivate Houston to meet the Patriots' lofty asking price.

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 season. 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 that 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.

Sebastian Vollmer
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Vollmer (hip) will be released by the Patriots, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Vollmer has been one of the Patriots' best offensive linemen over the course of his eight-year career, starting 80 games over that time frame. However, a hip injury held him out for the entire 2016 season, and the veteran would have been owed $2.25 million in 2017, an amount that didn't seem worth it considering Vollmer's health issues. There are reports that he might retire, but he also might look for work on another NFL roster.

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Hip - Questionable for the start of training camp
Danny Amendola
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Amendola, who was scheduled to make $6 million this coming season, has agreed to reduced contract to remain with the Patriots, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

It's not the first time Amendola has restructured his deal to stay with the Patriots and retaining him gives the team valuable depth and experience behind top wideout options Julian Edelman, Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan. Meanwhile, the emerging Malcolm Mitchell rounds out the core group of the unit, which also includes depth options in Devin Lucien and special teams ace Matthew Slater. Amendola, who turns 32 in November, caught 23 of 29 targets for 243 yards and four TDs in 12 games for New England this past season.

Ted Karras
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Shea McClellin
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McClellin (concussion) is active for Sunday's Week 7 game against Pittsburgh.

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

Rob Ninkovich
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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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