|Offense||12th||150.7 (4th)||218.7 (24th)|
|Defense||17th||90.3 (9th)||271.3 (18th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||4||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||8||Texas Tech|
|88||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||275||3/10/1987||9||Texas A&M|
|7||Brissett, Jacoby||QB||6-4||235||12/11/1992||R||North Carolina State|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||3||West Alabama|
|61||Cannon, Marcus||T||6-5||335||5/6/1988||6||Texas Christian|
|91||Collins, Jamie||OLB||6-3||250||10/20/1989||4||Southern Mississippi|
|65||Cooper, Jonathan||G||6-2||310||1/19/1990||4||North Carolina|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||5||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||8||Kent State|
|27||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||R||Arizona State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||3||Eastern Illinois|
|81||Harbor, Clay||TE||6-3||240||7/2/1987||7||Missouri State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||4||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|63||Jackson, Tre||G||6-4||320||12/14/1992||2||Florida State|
|96||Johnson, Anthony||DT||6-2||295||1/24/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||2||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||LB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||5||Boise State|
|51||Mingo, Barkevious||LB||6-4||240||10/4/1990||4||Louisiana State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||305||11/19/1992||R||North Carolina State|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||4||Texas Tech|
|36||Gaffney, Tyler (IR)||RB||6-0||220||4/20/1991||3||Stanford|
|45||Snyder, Kevin (IR)||LB||6-2||245||7/25/1992||1||Rutgers|
|85||Williams, Michael (IR)||TE||6-6||304||9/8/1990||3||Alabama|
|16||Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||R||Arizona State|
|Silberman, Ian||T||6-5||306||10/10/1992||2||Boston College|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
The severity of Ellington's hamstring injury isn't clear at the moment, but he has already developed a reputation for being injury prone. If he isn't able to suit up for Week 1 then White would be the likely fill-in after he stepped in for Ellington -- who was dealing with a different ailment -- last week. He is fairly unproven and the 49ers' passing game has looked uninspiring during the preseason, so he would initially be considered waiver wire fodder even with the elevated role.
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.
Hightower was limited in practice all week, leaving him as a toss up to play Week 3. This will be his second missed game since spraining his MCL in the team's Week 1 game. The added time off prior to Week 4 may be enough for him to get back on the field. Look for Elandon Roberts to see some extra time once again in Hightower's absence.
It's unclear how Rowe suffered the injury but seeing as it was enough to keep him out of practice on Friday it's unsurprising that he won't be playing in Week 2. Since he's little more than a depth corner and special teams player his absence shouldn't impact the team greatly.
As expected, Williams' injury was a serious one as he was seen on crutches Thursday awaiting the unfortunate results. This ensures Clay Harbor's spot as the No. 3 option at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett heading into the 2016 season, as Williams enters a long road to recovery.
Through two games -- both started by QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- Gostkowski has recorded 18 points. Once Tom Brady returns to action in Week 5, the overall prospects of the Patriots' offense, which Gostkowski kicks behind, will be bolstered.
In the process, Harbor was not targeted, which underscores the reality that he'll only merit fantasy consideration in the event that both Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett are sidelined.
In the absence of Lewis, who recently underwent what has been described as a "relatively minor" procedure on his left knee, look for James White to see added change-of-pace work in the New England offense in tandem with power back LeGarrette Blount. Meanwhile, Brandon Bolden, Tyler Gaffney and D.J. Foster round out the team's current depth RB options.
The transaction removes Gaffney from the Patriots' injured reserve. If he can regain his health, it isn't out of the realm of possibility for the running back to resurface with another organization before season's end.
Only three of Gronkowski's snaps Thursday came in the second half, with the flow of the game allowing the Patriots to ease their star tight end back into the mix. When asked how his hamstring felt after his first regular-season action, Gronkowski said, "it's good, it responded well." Assuming no setbacks, Gronkowski -- who did not record a catch in Week 3 -- should be good to go on Oct. 2 against the Bills, a game in which we'd expect his workload to increase.
With Chandler Jones being shipped to the Cardinals, the Patriots needed some additional help on the defensive line, so they've opted to sign Long to a one-year deal. Long spent the first eight years of his career with the Rams and is coming off a 2015-16 campaign where he posted 19 tackles and three sacks. He'll have to battle in training camp for the right to see meaningful reps come the regular season opener.
Tartt was selected in the second round out of Samford, where he amassed 277 tackles with six interceptions in his college career. Davis was selected in the fourth round and rushed for 2,440 yards and 22 touchdowns on 454 carries in his college career.
Ebner took a leave of absence from the Patriots in Match and will now remain away from the team while competing for his country in this summer's Olympics. An All-American rugby player at Ohio State and special teams standout in New England, Ebner signed a new contract with the Patriots earlier this year and is expected to rejoin his teammates in training camp after the Olympics.
McCourty and Patrick Chung -- who both remain under contract heading into 2016 -- served as the Patriots' starting safeties, with Reiss noting that McCourty saw much of his work "in the center field-type role" with Chung "often playing in the box and offering quality run support." In the process, McCourty recorded 64 tackles in 14 games, though his IDP utility was capped by the fact that he recorded just one pick in that span.
The jack-of-all-trades was also officially the emergency QB on a night where the Patriots were forced to give 2016 third-rounder Jacoby Brissett his first NFL start. Edelman helped play the role of security blanket underneath for the rookie and also made a solid downfield block on LeGarrette Blount's 41-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Patriots game plan clearly called for playing it safe Thursday, so Edelman's modest production should be kept in perspective. With Jimmy Garoppolo potentially available for Week 4 and Tom Brady set to return thereafter, the veteran receiver's numbers are poised to see a boost in coming weeks.
Valentine is a huge tackle at 6-foot-4, 329 pounds, so New England presumably looks at him as a nose tackle for the most part. He didn't spend much time behind the line of scrimmage in college, totaling just 14 tackles for loss in three years.
Meanwhile, power back LeGarrette Blount recorded 42 snaps and the team's top change-of-pace option James White logged 26. With Tyler Gaffney no longer in the mix and D.J. Foster inactive Sunday, Bolden essentially backed up the two aforementioned backs. In the event that injuries hit either Blount or White, it's quite possible that either Foster (in a pass-catching role) or even practice squadder Bishop Sankey could overtake Bolden, whose weekly active status is tied to his special teams prowess.
A second-round pick of the 2014 NFL Draft, Sankey was usurped in the running back pecking order in Tennessee by Antonio Andrews last season. With the offseason additions of DeMarco Murray and rookie Derrick Henry, the writing has been on the wall for Sankey for some time, and he finally failed to make the 53-man roster Friday. Upon joining the Pats, an injury to one of the current active members (LeGarrette Blount, James White, Brandon Bolden, and D.J. Foster) could result in Sankey's activation.
With Rob Gronkowski and Derby both inactive Sunday, Clay Harbor is on hand to work in tandem with fellow TE Martellus Bennett.
Chung will be locked up through the 2018 season as he has emerged as the Patriots starting strong safety over the past two years. He finished the 2015 campaign with 85 tackles and a forced fumble in 15 games.
Mingo, who was selected sixth overall by the Browns in the 2013 draft, gives the Patriots another edge- rushing option, something that will come in handy with Chandler Jones no longer around and Rob Ninkovich dealing with a triceps injury.
Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Mitchell was on the field for 17 of the Patriots' 64 snaps on offense Thursday, while Chris Hogan led the way on that front by recording 57 snaps and Julian Edelman was out there for 48. At this stage, Mitchell is a speculative fantasy option, but his team context is destined to change as the season rolls along, once injuries hit his fellow wideouts, and of course in Week 5, when the Patriots welcome top QB Tom Brady back to their lineup.
Sheard has been nursing an MCL sprain since the Patriots' preseason opener Aug. 11. However, the upward trajectory of his participation in recent practices has finally culminated in a full session, suggesting Sheard is nearing full health and fully expected to play in New England's Week 1 bout with the Cardinals.
Gray, who 89 carries for 412 yards and five touchdowns in the regular season, is dealing with an ankle injury. Gray was listed as probable throughout the week.
The Patriots are 7-point favorites against Baltimore Saturday.
Branch reportedly picked up the suspension for a violation of team rules, although specifics were never released. After nearly a week of being on suspension, the Patriots opted to reinstate him Thursday, which means he should take on his normal role as a key contributor on the defensive line. Branch is coming off a 2015 campaign where he posted 35 tackles, one sack and two forced fumbles.
Cooper has been dealing with his foot injury for a while now and has yet to play this season. Look for Shaq Mason to get the start once again with Cooper out.
Butler was a limited participant in practice throughout the week, but given he avoided any kind of severe ankle injury, he'll be on the field Sunday for the Patriots' defense. He'll be the No. 1 option at corner, with Justin Coleman potentially receiving additional reps if Butler suffers a setback.
Jones is unlikely to project as a starting outside corner in the NFL at under 5-foot-10, but he should at the least turn into a solid slot corner, and a dynamite punt returner. Jones returned four punts for touchdowns in 2015 alone.
Easley's absence was due to a hip pointer suffered during Thursday's game against the Steelers and early reports indicate Easley will likely miss 1-2 weeks rehabbing the injury. With Easley most likely missing Sunday's contest against the Bills, 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown could step in and receive more snaps.
Per the Boston Herald, Collins has had a pass breakup in back-to-back practices. Thus the Patriots' starting linebacker looks good to go for the coming season and assuming his health, Collins remains firmly on the IDP radar. The fourth-year pro is coming off a 2015 season in which he recorded a fantasy-friendly 89 tackles, 5.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in 12 games for the Patriots.
The bruising back wore the Texans down throughout the course of the night, serving as an excellent complementary weapon that helped keep the defense honest for rookie starter Jacoby Brissett. Blount plowed in from one yard out in the third quarter and then put the exclamation point on the blowout victory with a 41-yard rumble into the end zone in the final period. Despite head coach Bill Belichick's unpredictable nature, he's been consistent in his usage of Blount over the first three weeks, with the seven-year pro garnering no less than 22 carries in any of those contests, and posting 100-yard efforts in his last two. The former Oregon Duck will take aim at the Bills defense in Week 4.
Per ESPN's Mike Reiss Hogan was on the field for 55 of the Patriots' 71 snaps on offense, making him the team's second-busiest wideout on the day, behind Julian Edelman (61 snaps). Meanwhile, Malcolm Mitchell saw 39 snaps and Danny Amendola was out there for 19. Hogans' Week 1 usage confirms that he should be a key cog in the Patriots' offense going forward, though as the season progresses, added variables will factor into the team's weekly game-planning, for example, the eventual return to the mix of both TE Rob Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady.
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.
Given his limited touches in the team's offense, Develin's fantasy value remains limited. That said, his versatility and blocking are valuable assets to the Patriots, and his healthy return to the mix in 2016 should be a boost to the team's ground game this coming season.
It probably should come as no surprise that Bill Belichick and his staff would find a way for a rookie starting his first NFL game against a talented defense to put on a virtually flawless performance, but Brissett's poise was nevertheless impressive to behold. The 2016 third-rounder took no chances in the passing game, but cut loose on a 27-yard, first-quarter touchdown run, bootlegging around right tackle and streaking up the sideline while making a nifty move inside the five-yard line to avoid Texans safety Andre Hal and get into the end zone. Brissett made good use of trusty underneath targets Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola, connecting with them a combined six times on eight looks. Although he had Rob Gronkowski at his disposal, the rookie only targeted the All-Pro once and leveraged the effective running of LeGarrette Blount to keep the Houston defense off-balance throughout the night. With 10 days until a Week 4 home date with Buffalo, it remains very much in the air whether Brissett or Jimmy Garoppolo will get the call in the final game before Tom Brady returns from suspension.
As a result, Jacoby Brissett will start at QB for the Patriots on Thursday, with wide receiver Julian Edelman - a college signal-caller - on hand as an emergency QB option for the team.
Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, White was on the field for 16 of the Patriots' 64 snaps on offense, with his modest Week 3 usage tied the team's game-plan, which featured a heavy dose of power back LeGarrette Blount, while QB Jacoby Brissett only attempted 19 passes in his first NFL start.
With Brady having seemingly finished up the game in good health, the veteran QB's first regular-season action is set for Week 5 against the Browns, after he serves his four-game suspension at the beginning of the upcoming campaign. In the meantime, Jimmy Garoppolo is slated to start the Patriots' first four games of the upcoming campaign.
The veteran tight end was still involved despite Rob Gronkowski being active for the contest, but simply wasn't needed much on a night where the Patriots played it safe in the passing game and largely pummeled the Texans defense with LeGarrette Blount. Bennett has a modest eight catches on 11 targets over his first three games, but his involvement could increase in the coming weeks if New England opts to deploy more of the two-tight-end attack under Tom Brady that they've enjoyed great success with in seasons past.
Heading into the season, a big question facing the Patriots was how the team would replace starting cornerbacks Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. The answer ended up being pretty straightforward, as Malcolm Butler (98.8 percent of the team's snaps) and Ryan ended up leading the Patriots defense in playing time. In the process, Ryan racked up 74 tackles and four picks in 16 games, numbers that put New England's starting right cornerback on the IDP radar.
The veteran receiver was one of rookie Jacoby Brissett's safety valves on the night, making the most of his two targets in a game where the Patriots clearly kept their passing attack as close to the vest as possible. Amendola, like the rest of the Patriots' pass-catchers, figures to see a boost in coming weeks with the possible return of Jimmy Garoppolo in Week 4 and Tom Brady's arrival in Week 5. He showed some solid rapport with the former in Week 2 before the QB's shoulder injury by hauling in a pair of scores, which could bode well for a Week 4 tilt against a beatable Bills secondary.
McClellin's 81 tackles left him second on the Bears in 2015 despite the fact that he was limited to 12 games by a concussion and a knee injury. It was by far his most successful NFL season as he seemed much better fit for the inside linebacker position than his previous spots on the outside or at defensive end. The Patriots run a 4-3, so it will be interesting to see how he fits into their defense.
Though he's suspended for the first four weeks of the regular season and concurrently nursing a triceps injury, the Patriots' brass still clearly considers Ninkovich a key piece of their defense for the foreseeable future. Previously set to hit the free agent market after at season's end, Ninkovich is now set to remain in New England through 2017.
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