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 P6-22202/28/19904Louisiana Tech
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19858Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19922Georgia
64Barker, Chris G6-23008/3/19902Nevada
 Bates, Trevor LB6-12478/28/1993RMaine
88Bennett, 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 NT6-635012/29/198410Michigan
7Brissett, Jacoby QB6-423512/11/1992RNorth Carolina State
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19942Texas
21Butler, Malcolm DB5-111903/2/19903West Alabama
61Cannon, Marcus T6-53355/6/19886Texas Christian
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19922Navy
23Chung, Patrick DB5-112158/19/19878Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19932Tennessee
46Develin, James RB6-32557/23/19884Brown
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19885Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19868Kent State
 Farris, Chase G6-42954/8/1993ROhio State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19923Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19932Arkansas
14Floyd, Michael WR6-222011/27/19895Notre Dame
27Foster, D.J. WR6-019511/22/1993RArizona State
55Freeny, Jonathan LB6-22556/15/19895Rutgers
 Gaffney, Tyler RB6-02204/20/19913Stanford
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19913Eastern Illinois
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198411Memphis
 Grissom, Geneo LB6-42656/4/19922Oklahoma
 Gronkowski, Glenn FB6-22343/25/1993RKansas State
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19897Arizona
 Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-231512/20/1992RMississippi
30Harmon, Duron DB6-12051/24/19914Rutgers
54Hightower, Dont'a LB6-32653/12/19905Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19884Monmouth (N.J.)
 Housler, Rob TE6-52503/17/19886Florida Atlantic
63Jackson, Tre G6-432012/14/19922Florida State
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/1993RAuburn
24Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/1993RAlabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/1993RIllinois
 Kilgo, Darius NT6-331912/14/19912Maryland
36King, Brandon SAF6-22206/8/19932Auburn
82Lengel, Matt TE6-726612/27/19901Eastern Kentucky
 Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19905Pittsburgh
95Long, Chris DE6-32703/28/19858Virginia
16Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/1993RArizona State
69Mason, Shaq C6-13108/28/19932Georgia Tech
58McClellin, Shea LB6-32508/1/19895Boise State
32McCourty, Devin DB5-101958/13/19877Rutgers
51Mingo, Barkevious DE6-424010/4/19904Louisiana State
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR5-112007/20/1992RGeorgia
50Ninkovich, Rob LB6-22602/1/198411Purdue
37Richards, Jordan SAF5-112101/21/19932Stanford
52Roberts, Elandon LB5-112354/22/1994RHouston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19922Utah
26Ryan, Logan DB5-111952/9/19914Rutgers
83Scruggs, Greg DE6-32778/17/19904Louisville
93Sheard, Jabaal DE6-32655/10/19896Pittsburgh
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/19859UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19886Colorado
62Thuney, Joe G6-430511/19/1992RNorth Carolina State
99Valentine, Vincent DT6-23202/23/1994RNebraska
53Van Noy, Kyle LB6-32436/19/19903Brigham Young
76Vollmer, Sebastian T6-83207/10/19848Houston
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19914Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19923Wisconsin
85Williams, Michael TE6-63049/8/19903Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-4316.46-3298.326.42239
 
 
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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
Hightower won't need offseason surgery on his knee or shoulder, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Hightower dealt with a myriad of injuries throughout the 2016 season but still played in 13 regular season games and four playoff games. It's an encouraging sign that he won't need surgery and he should be a full participant in offseason practices.

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 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.

Injury
Knee - Out for the start of training camp
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 injured his hamstring during the fourth quarter of Sunday's Super Bowl game, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Lewis sustained what appeared to be a serious injury during the final play of regulation in Sunday's game, but it turns out that it was merely a hamstring tweak and doesn't figure to be anything significant. The running back carried six times for 27 yards in the game, but was outshone by backfield mate James White, who scored three touchdowns in the Patriots' comeback victory. Lewis will have some time to recover from his injury before organized team activities begin in the spring.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Tyler Gaffney
News
Gaffney signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, NESN reports.

Gaffney, who ended the 2016 season on the Patriots' practice squad, slots in as the sixth running back on the team's offseason depth chart.

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) was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

Gronkowski required surgery Friday to repair a herniated disc in his back, prematurely ending his 2016 campaign. He'll finish the season with career-lows across the board consisting of 25 receptions for 540 yards and three touchdowns. While fellow tight end Martellus Bennett likely stands to be the primary beneficiary of Gronkowski's absence, wideouts Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell could each be in store for an increased market share of the Patriots' passing attack as well.

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.

Chris Long
News
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
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 (knee) is listed as active for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Steelers.

Bolden remains a core special-teamer for the Patriots, but given that he's clearly behind fellow RBs LeGarrette Blount, Dion Lewis and James White in the team's offense, he's off the fantasy radar.

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 finished the 2016 regular season with two catches for 22 yards and a TD in six games.

The 26-year-old didn't make much of a fantasy splash in 2016, but he did provide the Patriots with needed tight end depth behind Martellus Bennett after Rob Gronkowski suffered a season-ending injury. The team figures to make some moves at tight end during the upcoming offseason, and with that in mind, it remains to seen if Lengel will be part of the Patriots' plans in 2017.

Barkevious Mingo
News
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
News
Patriots rookie safety Duron Harmon made an interception for the second straight game, returning it 42 yards in the Week 9 win over the Steelers. He added four tackles, giving him eight tackles and three passes defended this season.
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 (knee) hauled in six of seven targets for 70 yards in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons.

The rookie stepped up on the big stage, serving as a valuable target for Tom Brady in the Patriots' monumental second-half comeback. Mitchell impressively checked in third in receptions on the team behind James White and Danny Amendola, and will be primed to build on his 32-catch, 401-yard, four-touchdown rookie season in 2017.

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.

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.

Jabaal Sheard
News
Sheard (knee) does not appear on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday, the Boston Herald reports.

Sheard was hampered by a knee injury during the Patriots' victory over the Steelers in the AFC championship game, but his absence from Wednesday's injury report suggests the ailment isn't an issue anymore. Barring any sort of setback, Sheard should be all systems go for Sunday's Super Bowl in Houston.

Jonathan Freeny
News
Freeny (shoulder) was placed on IR Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Freeny injured his shoulder last week and was ruled out for Week 6 prior to being shut down for the season. Shea McClellin and Barkevious Mingo will handle the outside linebacker duties in Freeny's absence.

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
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
News
Branch (toe) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

During the second week of prep for the Super Bowl, Branch didn't elevate beyond a limited practice session due to a toe concern. Alas, he could be one of the key factors as he faces off with Atlanta center Alex Mack, who will play through a fractured left fibula in the finale of the 2016 season.

Malcolm Butler
News
Butler finished the 2016 regular season with 63 tackles and four interceptions over the course of 16 games.

Butler, who joined the Patriots as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2014 season, earned plenty of attention for his game-saving pick that sealed the team's Super Bowl XLIX win. Since then, he's settled in as the team's starting cornerback and is now poised to earn a big raise this offseason, with restricted free agency on tap for the 26-year-old.

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 gained 31 yards on 11 carries and lost a fumble in the Patriots' 34-28 overtime victory over the Falcons in Super Bowl LI.

Blount's most prominent play was a dubious one, as he had the ball ripped out by Falcons safety Deion Jones on the second play of the second quarter, giving Atlanta possession at their own 29-yard line. That turnover eventually resulted in a Devonta Freeman five-yard touchdown run, and the Patriots used Blount sparingly after that point. The scarcity of touches also came as a result of the four-possession deficit that New England found itself facing early into the third quarter, a scenario that largely froze Blount out of the action due to his minimal role in the passing game. An unrestricted free agent after playing on a one-year, $1 million contract in 2016, it remains to be seen if Blount will be brought back to serve as the team's primary two-down back.

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.

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 (thigh) hauled in four of seven targets for 57 yards in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime loss to the Falcons.

Hogan had one egregious drop down the sideline on the first possession of the second half, but otherwise turned in a solid complementary effort. However, he wasn't able to come close to replicating his nine-reception, 180-yard, two-touchdown AFC championship effort against the Steelers, as James White took on a pivotal role in the passing game with the Patriots facing a large second-half deficit Sunday. Although his season wrapped up in modest fashion, the 28-year-old racked up a career-high 680 yards in 2016 on a personal-best 17.9 YPC, and will return next year alongside Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell as the Patriots mount the defense of their Super Bowl title.

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 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.

Justin Coleman
News
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
News
Jackson (knee), who opened the season on the PUP list, won't be returning to game action this year, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Jackson will be shut down for good after arthroscopic knee surgery in the offseason has led to a lengthy recovery period. The second-year offensive guard will look to return to full health by the time training camp rolls around in 2017.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Jimmy Garoppolo
News
Garoppolo finished up the 2016 regular season with 43 completions on 63 attempts for 502 yards to go along with four TDs and zero picks over the course of six appearances for the Patriots.

The 2014 second-rounder had an early-season opportunity to fill in for the suspended Tom Brady cut short due to a shoulder injury, but Garoppolo was nonetheless able to do enough in the time that he was healthy to potentially draw offseason trade interest. Garoppolo is under contract with New England in 2017, but with Brady still entrenched as the team's starter, the Patriots could be tempted to deal Garoppolo if the right offer comes along. Alternatively, they could hold on to him as a valuable insurance policy for Brady, who is set to turn 40 this coming August.

James White
News
White gained 29 yards on six rushes and hauled in 14 of 16 targets for 110 yards in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bow LI overtime victory over the Falcons. He also tallied a rushing two-point conversion on a direct snap.

White was the unofficial MVP of the Patriots' pass catchers, turning into Tom Brady's favorite target during the Patriots' record-setting second-half comeback. With the Falcons expecting the pass after building a 25-point lead by early in the third quarter, White was frequently open underneath and utilized his nifty after-the-catch skills to gain meaningful yardage on several receptions. He came through at the most important junctures as well, tallying a key two-point conversion off a direct snap with 5:56 remaining in the fourth quarter to bring New England within eight, and then scoring from one yard out with 57 seconds remaining to close New England's deficit to 28-26. A subsequent game-tying two-point conversion reception by Danny Amendola set up overtime, allowing White the opportunity to provide the game-clinching heroics with a gritty two-yard touchdown run. It was a career effort for the third-year pro from Wisconsin on the biggest stage possible, capping a season in which he set high-water marks in both rushing and receiving yardage.

Tom Brady
News
Brady completed 43 of 62 passes for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons. He also gained 15 yards on his sole rush. He was named the MVP of the game as well.

After an uneven first half that saw him start 7-for-9 -- with completions to five different receivers -- and then connect on only four of his next 10 passes while getting pressured frequently, Brady put on a performance for the ages in the second half and overtime. Down 28-3 after a Tevin Coleman six-yard touchdown reception with 8:31 remaining in the third quarter, Brady and the Patriots rolled up their sleeves and went to work. He led scoring drives of 13, 12, five and 10 plays over the third and fourth quarters, capping two of them with touchdown passes to James White and Danny Amendola, respectively. The five-time Super Bowl champion was then masterful on the game-clinching eight-play, 75-yard opening drive of overtime, completing passes to White, Amendola, Chris Hogan, White and Julian Edelman to drive New England from their own 25-yard line to the Falcons' 25. A James White gritty two-yard touchdown run ended it three plays later, capping the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history, and cementing Brady's legacy as arguably the best signal caller of the modern era.

Martellus Bennett
News
Bennett (knee) secured five of six targets for 62 yards in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons.

In a game where Tom Brady threw for a Super Bowl-record 466 yards, Bennett got his share of looks and was largely effective with them. He also was notably targeted on two potential game-winning passes in overtime, drawing a key pass interfence penalty on the first one that gave the Patriots the ball at the Falcons' two-yard line. The veteran tight end was a serviceable target for Brady despite playing with numerous injuries during the second half of the season, hauling in 55 of 73 targets for 7-1 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns.

Logan Ryan
News
Ryan finished the 2016 regular season with a team-high 92 tackles to go along with two interceptions over the course of 16 games.

In his fourth season as a pro, Ryan set a career high in tackles and his IDP relevance has continued in the postseason, with the cornerback having racked up 16 tackles and a pick in two playoff games. The 2013 third-rounder is slated to become a free agent this offseason and is thus likely poised to to earn a hefty raise, either in the form of an extension with the Patriots or a deal with another franchise.

Sebastian Vollmer
News
Vollmer (hip) will be out for the remainder of the season after beginning his 2016 campaign on the PUP list, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Vollmer's lingering hip issue will keep him sidelined and unavailable for the Patriots down the final stretch. Marcus Cannon figures to continue starting at right tackle for the team moving forward, while Vollmer is slated to test free agency next offseason.

Injury
Hip - Questionable for the start of training camp
Danny Amendola
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Amendola (ankle) secured eight of 11 targets for 78 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' 34-28 Super Bowl LI overtime victory over the Falcons. He also caught the game-tying two-point conversion.

Amendola capped off a quiet season that saw him notch just 23 receptions with a superb Super Bowl performance, as he made a number of clutch catches in the second half and overtime. The eighth-year pro had a 17-yard grab on fourth down to extend the Patriots' second possession of the second half, a drive that would eventually culminate in the first touchdown of their comeback effort. He also made a six-yard touchdown reception with 5:56 remaining to help bring the Patriots to within one possession of the Falcons, and then caught the game-tying two-point conversion with 57 seconds remaining to knot matters up at 28. Amendola then capped things off with a 14-yard reception on the second play of overtime, leaving him with the second-most receptions on the night for New England. The 31-year-old is expected to reprise his possession receiver role alongside Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and the emerging Malcolm Mitchell in 2017, the final year of his current contract.

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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.

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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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