|Offense||6th||87.8 (30th)||286.7 (5th)|
|Defense||9th||98.8 (8th)||240.7 (16th)|
|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|
|83||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|
|13||Carter, DeAndre||WR||5-8||190||4/10/1993||1||Sacramento State|
|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|
|48||Grugier-Hill, Kamu||OLB||6-2||220||5/16/1994||R||Eastern Illinois|
|88||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.)|
|53||Humber, Ramon||LB||5-11||235||8/10/1987||8||North Dakota State|
|63||Jackson, Tre||G||6-4||320||12/14/1992||2||Florida State|
|65||Johnson, Anthony||DT||6-2||295||1/24/1993||2||Louisiana State|
|59||Johnson, Rufus||LB||6-5||280||8/28/1990||2||Tarleton State|
|67||Kline, Josh||G||6-3||300||12/29/1989||4||Kent State|
|94||Kuhn, Markus||DT||6-4||315||5/5/1986||5||North Carolina State|
|35||LeBlanc, Cre'von||CB||5-11||190||7/25/1994||R||Florida Atlantic|
|16||Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||R||Arizona State|
|82||Martin, Keshawn||WR||5-11||195||3/15/1990||5||Michigan 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|
|Mingo, Barkevious||OLB||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|
|81||Williams, Bryce||TE||6-6||260||2/24/1993||R||East Carolina|
|72||Kearse, Frank (IR)||DT||6-5||310||10/28/1988||6||Alabama A&M|
|85||Williams, Michael (IR)||TE||6-6||304||9/8/1990||3||Alabama|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New England is a 6.5-point home favorite.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.