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New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense6th87.8 (30th)286.7 (5th)
Defense9th98.8 (8th)240.7 (16th)
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6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19904Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19858Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19922Georgia
64Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
83Bennett, Martellus TE6-62753/10/19879Texas A&M
29Blount, LeGarrette RB6-025012/5/19867Oregon
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19905Mississippi
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197717Michigan
97Branch, Alan DT6-635012/29/198410Michigan
7Brissett, Jacoby QB6-423512/11/1992RNorth Carolina State
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19942Texas
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19903West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19886Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19922Navy
13Carter, DeAndre WR5-81904/10/19931Sacramento State
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19878Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19932Tennessee
91Collins, Jamie OLB6-325010/20/19894Southern Mississippi
65Cooper, Jonathan G6-23101/19/19904North Carolina
86Derby, A.J. TE6-52559/20/19912Arkansas
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19884Brown
17Dobson, Aaron WR6-32057/23/19914Marshall
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19885Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19868Kent State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19923Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19932Arkansas
27Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/1993RArizona State
55Freeny, Jonathan MLB6-22556/15/19895Rutgers
36Gaffney, Tyler RB6-02204/20/19913Stanford
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19913Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198411Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo OLB6-42656/4/19922Oklahoma
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19897Arizona
48Grugier-Hill, Kamu OLB6-22205/16/1994REastern Illinois
65Halapio, Jon G6-23206/23/19911Florida
74Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/1992RMississippi
88Harbor, Clay TE6-32407/2/19877Missouri State
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19914Rutgers
14Harper, Chris WR5-1118512/7/19931California
54Hightower, Dont'a OLB6-32653/12/19905Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19884Monmouth (N.J.)
53Humber, Ramon LB5-112358/10/19878North Dakota State
47Iosefa, Joey FB6-02456/19/19911Hawaii
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/19922Florida State
65Johnson, Anthony DT6-22951/24/19932Louisiana State
59Johnson, Rufus LB6-52808/28/19902Tarleton State
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/1993RAuburn
24Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/1993RAlabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/1993RIllinois
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19932Auburn
67Kline, Josh G6-330012/29/19894Kent State
96Knighton, Terrance DT6-33557/4/19868Temple
94Kuhn, Markus DT6-43155/5/19865North Carolina State
35LeBlanc, Cre'von CB5-111907/25/1994RFlorida Atlantic
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19905Pittsburgh
95Long, Chris DE6-32703/28/19859Virginia
16Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/1993RArizona State
82Martin, Keshawn WR5-111953/15/19905Michigan State
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19932Georgia Tech
58McClellin, Shea LB6-32508/1/19895Boise State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19877Rutgers
74Milton, Keavon T6-43206/23/19903Louisiana-Monroe
 Mingo, Barkevious OLB6-424010/4/19904Louisiana State
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR6-12007/20/1993RGeorgia
50Ninkovich, Rob DE6-22602/1/198411Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19932Stanford
27Roberts, Darryl CB6-019011/26/19902Marshall
52Roberts, Elandon ILB6-02354/22/1994RHouston
26Ryan, Logan CB5-111952/9/19914Rutgers
44Scheu, Steven TE6-52557/7/1992RVanderbilt
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32655/10/19896Pittsburgh
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19859UCLA
45Snyder, Kevin LB6-22457/25/19921Rutgers
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19886Colorado
42Sunseri, Vinnie DB6-021010/25/19913Alabama
62Thuney, Joe G6-530511/19/1992RNorth Carolina State
99Valentine, Vincent DT6-33202/23/1994RNebraska
70Vellano, Joe DT6-230010/30/19882Maryland
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19848Houston
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19914Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19923Wisconsin
81Williams, Bryce TE6-62602/24/1993REast Carolina
Injured Players
72Kearse, Frank (IR) DT6-531010/28/19886Alabama A&M
85Williams, Michael (IR) TE6-63049/8/19903Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4314.66-3303.125.82239
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Position Listing
Nate Solder
Patriots left tackle Nate Solder signed a two-year, $20.62 million contract extension, which takes him through the 2017 season, a source told ESPN. 

As part of the agreement, the Patriots can't use the franchise or transition tag on Solder after his deal runs out in 2017.

The Patriots drafted Solder in the first round (17th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has missed only one game in his four-year career and has started 60 of 63 games.

Dont'a Hightower
During the 2015 regular season, Hightower was on the field for 54.2 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

As the report notes, Hightower missed four games this season, and was limited in several others, but when healthy he's a key component in the Patriots' run defense and a serviceable IDP in the process. In 12 games this past season, Hightower managed to record 61 tackles and 3.5 sacks.

Michael Williams
Williams tore his left ACL during Wednesday's practice and he'll likely be placed on Injured Reserve, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.

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.

Knee - Out for Week 1 at Arizona
Darryl Roberts
The Patriots have placed rookie cornerback and seventh round pick Darryl Roberts on season-ending injured reserve, ESPN has reported.

Roberts injured his wrist in the first preseason game. He started that game and was showing promise in training camp.

Cre'von LeBlanc
No Updates
Stephen Gostkowski
Gostkowski made two of four field goal attempts en route to scoring seven points in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

Gostkowski, who missed a 30-yarder and a 52-yarder on Friday, missed just three times on 36 field goal attempts in 2015, and career-wise carries a 87.3 percent mark. After recording a league-high 151 points last season, Gostkowski remains atop the fantasy kicker rankings while working behind the Patriots' offense.

Jonathan Jones
No Updates
Markus Kuhn
The Patriots have signed Kuhn.

The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder, who recorded 20 tackles and 0.5 sacks in 10 games for the Giants last season, adds further depth to a New England defensive line that bid adieu to Akiem Hicks and Sealver Siliga this offseason.

Clay Harbor
Harbor was "shaken up" during Tuesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.

With Rob Gronkowski missing practice Tuesday and Bryce Williams still sidelined, Harbor's unspecified injury further taxes the Patriots' short-term depth at tight end. The team's current healthy options at the position are Martellus Bennett, AJ Derby, Bear Pascoe and Steven Scheu.

Undisclosed - Probable for Week 1 at Arizona
Dion Lewis
Lewis -- who is slated to undergo what is being described as a "relatively minor" procedure on his left knee, figures to be sidelined for about 8-10 more weeks, the Boston Herald reports.

The report suggests that Lewis' left ACL -- which was repaired last November -- is sound, with the procedure being characterized as a clean-up. Based on this recovery estimate, there appears to be a good chance that Lewis is trending toward starting the coming season on the Patriots' PUP list, but on the plus side, the report solidifies the notion that Lewis has a good chance of playing this season. In his absence, look for James White to see added change-of-pace work in the New England offense, with the roster prospects of the likes of Tyler Gaffney, Donald Brown and even D.J. Foster boosted by the backfield void created by Lewis' injury.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Tyler Gaffney
Gaffney gained 35 yards on nine carries in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Perhaps more important than the stat line, Gaffney split first-team work with LeGarrette Blount, who gained 26 yards on five carries and 16 yards on three receptions. Both running back looked pretty good, with Blount ripping off one of his trademark hurdles on a 17-yard run. Despite his strong push, Gaffney probably hasn't done enough to supplant the more-experienced Blount as New England's top power back, with the latter also enjoying a strong preseason. Gaffney does seemingly still have a good shot to earn a roster spot, though it's possible the Patriots could go with pass-catching specialist D.J. Foster instead.

Chris Barker
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.

Ramon Humber
Humber has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.

Humber -- who notched 47 tackles and a sack with the Saints last season -- figures to work in a backup role at linebacker for the Patriots, plus he could also bring added value to the team as a core special-teamer.

Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski will be held out of Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

The Patriots' star tight end was able to return to the practice field earlier in the week, but they'll be taking the cautious route with Gronkowski on Friday by keeping him on the sidelines. Given that it's rare to see starters take the field in the preseason's final week, we may not see Gronkowski in uniform until the Patriots kick off their regular season. New England figures to give plenty of snaps to Martellus Bennett on Friday, but reserves like A.J. Derby and Clay Harbor should see playing time as well.

Jordan Richards
No Updates
Devin Lucien
No Updates
Chris Long
Long will sign a one-year contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

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.

Nate Ebner
Ebner has been selected to the USA Rugby Men's Sevens team that will compete at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, NFL.com reports.

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.

Anthony Johnson
The Dolphins have promoted defensive back T.J. Heath from the practice squad to their active roster on Saturday, per the Miami Herald. Heath will take the roster spot vacated by defensive lineman Anthony Johnson, who was placed on injured reserve earlier in the week.
Kamu Grugier-Hill
No Updates
Devin McCourty
During the 2015 regular season, McCourty was on the field for 84.7 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Julian Edelman
Edelman (foot) caught one pass for six yards on three targets in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Making his first appearance of the preseason, Edelman played limited snaps with the first-team offense, taking a backseat to Chris Hogan. Edelman's uneventful night consisted of three short targets, with the last of those going for a six-yard gain from Tom Brady (suspension) midway through the second quarter. Edelman is unlikely to play in the final preseason game, as Friday's showing seemingly proved that he's healthy enough for Week 1. He should be ready for a much larger workload once the games count, though he won't get to work with Brady until Week 5.

Vincent Valentine
The Patriots selected Valentine in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 96th overall.

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.

Brandon Bolden
Bolden carried twice for seven yards and caught one pass for 17 yards in Thursday's preseason win over the Bears.

Though Dion Lewis (when healthy) and LeGarrette Blount still top the team's running back depth chart, Bolden seems bound to reprise his role in 2016 as a versatile depth back, who is also a core special teams contributor for the Patriots.

Keshawn Martin
Martin (undisclosed) is in uniform and will play Friday against the Panthers, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Martin was inked to a new deal in January, but he hasn't gotten on the field to this point in the preseason due to an undisclosed injury. Fortunately, he looks to be a full-go for Friday's showdown in Carolina. Martin figures to see some run as a reserve receiver Friday and he'll likely get some chances in the return game as well.

A.J. Derby
Derby caught one of his three targets for 20 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

While Derby didn't make much noise in Friday's game, with his overall body of work this summer he may be pulling away from Clay Harbor in his quest to land the Patriots' No. 3 TE job behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.

Patrick Chung
Chung signed a three-year extension worth $5.7 million with the Patriots on Friday, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

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.

DeAndre Carter
Carter has impressed early on in training camp.

The 5-foot-8, 190-pounder is viewed as something of "an undersized slot guy" and while the odds of him making the Patriots' final roster don't look great, Carter could end up sticking if injuries pile up, given how sharp he's looked at times, a trend that dates back to the spring. If Carter doesn't survive the team's final cuts, a practice squad spot could be in order (assuming he went unclaimed by other teams in such a scenario).

Bryce Williams
Williams has missed several days of practice with an undisclosed injury.

Clearly behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett on the Patriots' tight end depth chart, Williams is competing for depth slotting at the position along with Clay Harbor, A.J. Derby, Steven Scheu and Bear Pascoe.

Undisclosed - Probable for Week 1 at Arizona
David Andrews
No Updates
Joe Thuney
No Updates
Barkevious Mingo
The Browns have Browns traded Mingo to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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.

Duron Harmon
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.
D.J. Foster
Foster gained nine yards on two carries and 33 yards on three receptions (three targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Patriots.

An undrafted rookie, Foster finally got a chance to make his case for a roster spot, after missing the first two preseason games with a hamstring injury that had been bothering him since June. Known for his receiving prowess, Foster could win a role as the No. 2 passing-down back behind James White, as Dion Lewis (knee) is expected to miss at least the first few weeks of the season. If nothing else, Friday's performance improved Foster's argument for a spot on the practice squad.

Keavon Milton
The Seahawks have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Super Bowl: B.J. Daniels, Marcus Burley, Patrick Lewis, Keavon Milton, David King, Garry Gilliam and Kevin Norwood, the team announced.

Gilliam caught a fake field goal touchdown during the NFC Championship Game for Seattle.

The game is currently pick'em between Seattle and New England.

LaAdrian Waddle
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.

Malcolm Mitchell
When asked Sunday for a timetable for his return to full action, Mitchell -- who dislocated his left elbow on Aug. 11 -- said he didn't "have an answer for that," CSN New England reports.

On the plus side, Mitchell -- who has returned to the practice field in a limited capacity -- while sporting a large brace around his elbow, noted Sunday that he's "feeling good...feeling a lot better than the day it happened." Once he's able to play without restrictions, Mitchell could emerge as a candidate to claim the Patriots' "X" receiver role, but for now his early-season fantasy upside is somewhat stalled by his elbow issue. Beyond that, it may take some in-season injuries for Mitchell to merit lineup consideration, given that there are plenty of other options in the Patriots' passing attack, namely fellow wideouts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan (and Danny Amendola to a lesser degree), as well as the team's talented tight end combo of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett.

Elbow - Questionable for Week 1 at Arizona
Matthew Slater
Slater (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jets.

Though Slater's role in the team's offense remains limited, he continues to be a key cog on special teams for the Patriots.

Jabaal Sheard
Sheard (knee) was present for Tuesday's practice, ESPN.com reports.

While not yet a full participant, the sight on the field of Sheard (who sprained his MCL on Aug. 11) in any capacity, is nonetheless an encouraging development for the Patriots' pass rush in advance of Week 1.

Knee - Questionable for Week 1 at Arizona
Jonathan Freeny
Freeny signed a two-year extension with the Patriots on Saturday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

Freeny has evidently been impressive during training camp and is now under contract through 2018. He's expected to have a recurring role on special teams while providing depth at linebacker.

Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
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
The Patriots have deemed the following players as inactive for Saturday's divisional round game against the Ravens: Josh Boyce, Jordan Devey, Zach Moore, Steve Maneri, Cameron Fleming, James White and Jonas Gray.

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.

Alan Branch
Branch was reinstated from his team suspension on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Josh Kline
Patriots rookie starting center Bryan Stork is not practicing Wednesday, reports MassLive.com. He suffered a knee injury in the second quarter of the playoff win over Baltimore and did not return.

If Stork can't play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Colts, right guard Ryan Wendell will start at center with Josh Kline replacing Wendell.

New England is a 6.5-point home favorite.

Kevin Snyder
No Updates
Jonathan Cooper
Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said guard Jonathan Cooper will move from left guard to right guard, per ESPN.

"It’s no reflection on Coop in terms of disappointment," Keim told reporters at the NFL meetings on Monday.

The Cardinals recently signed former 49ers guard Mike Iupati in free agency, thus moving Cooper to the right side.

Cooper, 25, was a first-round selection by the team in 2014. He started two of the 10 games that he played in last season.

Chris Harper
Harper finished the 2015 regular season with one catch for six yards for the Patriots.

Harper saw just 67 snaps on on offense for the Patriots this past season, but he remains under contract with the team in 2016 and could push for more snaps as a depth wideout for New England next year.

Malcolm Butler
Butler missed the Pro Bowl due to a sprained knee, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports. "There was a play on third down [in the AFC championship game] when I made a tackle or something like that and bent my knee back," Butler said Friday in San Francisco. "It swelled up pretty bad. I didn't feel it during the game because of all the adrenaline pumping. When we got back, it swelled up pretty bad, and the team just decided it was a good thing to sit me out."

Butler became instantly famous with his game-winning interception of Russell Wilson in last year's Super Bowl, and the loss of Darrelle Revis in free agency elevated him to the Patriots' No. 1 cornerback. The pseudo promotion worked wonders, as Butler notched 67 tackles (56 solo), 15 passes defended, and two interceptions while regularly drawing the opponent's top wide receiver over the course of his second campaign. While his recovery effort won't include surgery, rest and regular icing sessions have been his regimen to date.

Knee - Probable for Week 1 at Arizona
Cyrus Jones
The Patriots selected Jones in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 60th overall.

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.

Malcom Brown
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
Joe Vellano
Jamie Collins
Collins, who had an excused absence this past Thursday, has resumed practicing with the Patriots.

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.

Frank Kearse
The Patriots have signed Kearse, CSN New England reports.

With a total of 43 tackles and 5.5 sacks in 35 games since entering the NFL in 2011, the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder doesn't offer much utility in IDP formats, but the signing of Kearse does bolster the Patriots' defensive line depth.

Hand - Injured Reserve
Steven Scheu
No Updates
Geneo Grissom
No Updates
LeGarrette Blount
Blount gained 26 yards on five carries and 16 yards on three receptions (three targets) in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Even with Tyler Gaffney impressively gaining 35 yards on nine carries, Blount seemingly moved one step closer to locking down the top power back role, with his night highlighted by a hurdle at the end of a 17-yard run. While otherwise quiet on the ground, Blount did come up with a rare contribution through the air, just one week after gashing the Bears for 69 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. If Blount is confirmed to have won the role, Gaffney and D.J. Foster will compete for one roster spot, offering very different skill sets at the running back position.

Woodrow Hamilton
No Updates
Elandon Roberts
No Updates
Marcus Cannon
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
Hogan (shoulder) caught four passes for 53 yards on five targets in Thursday's preseason game against the Bears, also adding a two-point conversion.

Held out of the preseason opener with a minor shoulder injury that's bothered him for much of training camp, Hogan surprisingly played into the third quarter of Thursday's game, as did Jimmy Garoppolo, LeGarrette Blount and Aaron Dobson. According to WEEI's Ryan Hannable, Hogan unofficially logged 38 snaps, leaving little doubt that his shoulder is no longer a concern. While such extensive playing time in the second preseason game would normally be a red flag, the Patriots clearly just wanted Garoppolo to get some work with players he might actually throw to in the regular season. The exact nature of Hogan's role remains unclear, but his three-year, $12 million contract strongly suggests that the Patriots expect him to serve as the No. 2 or 3 wide receiver. He's a candidate to start on the outside, and he might also threaten Danny Amendola's (ankle/knee) role in the slot.

Shaq Mason
Hand - Doubtful for Week 1 at Arizona
No Updates
James Develin
Develin has signed a one-year deal with the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Rufus Johnson
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Justin Coleman
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Tre Jackson
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
No Updates
Trey Flowers
Three injured players have been placed on the inactive list by the Patriots for their season opener Thursday night against Pittsburgh. They are running back Travaris Cadet (hamstring), defensive lineman Trey Flowers (knee) and safety Tavon Wilson (quad).

The healthy inactives are offensive lineman Ryan Wendell, defensive lineman Khyri Thornton, linebacker Rufus Johnson and cornerback Justin Coleman.

Jacoby Brissett
Brissett completed 9 of 9 pass attempts for 85 yards and a TD in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

Jimmy Garoppolo started the game and wasn't especially sharp against Carolina's first-team defense. In contrast, Brissett -- who ran three times for six yards -- put up a tidy stat line, albeit against reserves. With Tom Brady on track to sit out the Patriots' first four games of the regular season, Brissett is slated to serve as Garoppolo's backup out of the gate in 2016.

Vinnie Sunseri
After going unclaimed on waivers, the Saints placed safety Vinnie Sunseri , receiver Nick Toon and linebacker Ronald Powell on injured reserve, according to The Times-Picayune.
Jimmy Garoppolo
Garoppolo completed 9 of 15 passes for 57 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

Friday's effort was an uneven one for Garoppolo, who started the contest, and it's unclear what the Patriots' plans are for him in the team's preseason finale. In any case, with Tom Brady set to serve a four-game suspension to start the coming season, Garoppolo is on track to start for the Patriots out of the gate in 2016, with his first regular season assignment a Week 1 road tilt against the Cardinals. In subsequent weeks, he'll face the Dolphins, Texans and Bills at home, before Brady is eligible to return to action in Week 5. From a fantasy perspective, Garoppolo could be a hit-or-miss option, but supporting his cause is that is that he'll have a couple of quality options heading his pass-catching corps, namely TE Rob Gronkowski and WR Julian Edelman.

James White
White carried three times for two yards and caught one pass for zero yards in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

We wouldn't read too much into these numbers, with White's fantasy stock trending upward, in the wake of news that Dion Lewis will miss a chunk of action to start the coming season. As a result, White is on track to serve as the Patriots' top pass-catching back out of the gate, an assignment that carries value in PPR formats.

Tom Brady
Brady (suspension) completed three of nine passes for 76 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.

Jimmy Garoppolo started and played the first three drives, before giving way to Brady for the next four series. Brady made a few beautiful throws, including a 33-yard touchdown to Chris Hogan, but he also got quite lucky on an easy dropped interception. Brady is unlikely to play in the Patriots' final exhibition, which means his next game action will come Week 5 in Cleveland, after he serves a four-game suspension.

Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 at Cleveland
Terrance Knighton
Knighton was released by the Patriots on Monday, Phil Perry of CSNNE.com reports.

Knighton, who signed a one-year deal with Patriots back in March, had a tough time finding reps this preseason, as he failed to take the field against the Panthers on Friday. The veteran defensive tackle did play with the first-team at points during training camp, but has since found himself on the outside looking in behind the likes of Malcom Brown, Alan Branch, and Markus Kuhn. Knighton could attract offers from other teams who are looking to sure-up their defensive line before the season begins.

Jon Halapio
The Cardinals shuffled their roster on Friday.

The team announced it released tackle Tavon Rooks and signed guard Jon Halapio .

Halapio, a sixth-round pick a season ago, was released by the Broncos in May. Rooks was a sixth-round pick by the Saints last year and spent the entire year on their practice squad before signing with the Cardinals in January.

Martellus Bennett
Bennett caught two passes for 26 yards on two targets in Thursday's preseason win over the Bears.

With Rob Gronkowski (coach's decision) held out, Bennett worked as the clear top option at tight end, playing 22 snaps in the first half, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Bennett still figures to get plenty of snaps once Gronkowski's healthy, but targets could be tough to come by in a Patriots offense that has a number of mouths to feed. There is some extra appeal due to Gronkowski's injury history.

Logan Ryan
During the 2015 regular season, Ryan was on the field for 89.3 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Joey Iosefa
The Patriots have re-signed Iosefa.

Iosefa had been waived when the Patriots needed to make some roster room for thier draft picks and undrafted free agents, but he's back with the team now, where his RB/FB versatility is an assert in terms of providing backfield depth.

Sebastian Vollmer
Patriots offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer had to leave Week 2 after suffering a finger injury in the second quarter, reports NESN. His return is questionable.
Danny Amendola
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe suggests that "it's looking more and more like" Amendola (ankle/knee) could remain on the PUP list to start the coming season.

While speculative, it's a notion echoed by the Providence Journal. Per Volin, Amendola hasn't been doing much conditioning during practice of late, though of course if the wideout increases his on-field activities in the coming days, his early-season outlook could improve in short order. Amendola's status will have an effect on the Patriots' approach in advance of cut-downs, with the likes of Keshawn Martin and Aaron Dobson possibly on the roster bubble if Amendola ends up being activated prior to Week 1.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Ted Karras
No Updates
Aaron Dobson
Dobson caught two of his three targets for 49 yards in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.

With Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell viewed as roster locks, Dobson is looking to stick with the Patriots as a depth wideout. Competing with the 6-foot-3, 205-pounder for slotting on that front are Keshawn Martin, Chris Harper, DeAndre Carter and Devin Lucien, following the release of Nate Washington. While limited to eight games in 2015, Dobson recorded 13 catches for 141 yards.

Shea McClellin
McClellin has reached an agreement with the Patriots, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Rob Ninkovich
Ninkovich, who tore his triceps on Aug. 9, was present at the start of Sunday's practice before moving on to the Patriots' lower field to do conditioning work, ESPN.com reports.

Initial Boston Herald reports suggested that Ninkovich's return would be a matter of "weeks, not months." While it's unclear when the defensive end might be able to practice fully, his presence on the field Sunday, in any capacity, is a positive sign nonetheless.

Triceps - Doubtful for Week 1 at Arizona
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