Gillislee rushed for 22 yards on nine carries during Thursday's 37-20 win over the Eagles.
After barely averaging three yards per carry in extended duty against Washington in the preseason opener, Gillislee managed to find even less consistency against Philadelphia. No team in the league manages running backs like the Patriots, but with James White continuing his role as Swiss Army knife, Jeremy Hill and Brandon Bolden breaking off big runs, and Sony Michel and Rex Burkhead waiting in the wings -- it's unclear what Gillislee brings to the table at this point. He seems like a longshot to make the roster.
Gillislee (undisclosed) ditched his red (no contact) jersey at practice Friday, NESN.com reports.
Per the report, Gillislee appeared to be a full practice participant Friday, which paves the way for him to make a case for a roster spot. With Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White viewed as locks to make the team, Gillislee is competing with Jeremy Hill, Brandon Bolden and undrafted free agent Ralph Webb for depth chart slotting in the Patriots' backfield.
Gillislee (undisclosed) returned to practice Thursday, the Boston Herald reports.
Gillislee, who had missed three practices, sported a red non-contact jersey, but he hopes to be cleared for full contact by Friday. The 27-year-old is currently fighting for a roster spot, while competing against Brandon Bolden, Jeremy Hill and undrafted free agent Ralph Webb behind roster locks Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White.
Gillislee missed Sunday's practice session for undisclosed reasons, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.
It's unclear if Gillislee is suffering from an injury or if he was given the day off for another reason. The team hasn't expressed concern about his availability to this point and the veteran back is expected to return to the field in the coming days.
Gillislee "did not appear to be as quick or fluid" as most of the Patriots' other running backs during positional work in the team's current voluntary OTAs, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.
There's time for Gillislee to pick up the pace, but his outlook with the Patriots has changed quite a bit since last spring when he was signed to replace LeGarrette Blount as the team's "big back." His projected assignment appeared to carry TD-upside with it, but after a strong start, things fizzled out for Gillislee in 2017. He's fighting for a roster spot at this stage, with Brandon Bolden, Jeremy Hill and undrafted free agent Ralph Webb also battling for slotting behind roster locks Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead and James White.
|P3||8/24/18||@ CAR||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/30/18||@ NYG||7:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ JAC||4:25 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ DET||8:20 pm|
|7||10/21/18||@ CHI||1:00 pm|
|8||10/29/18||@ BUF||8:15 pm|
|10||11/11/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 11|
|12||11/25/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ PIT||4:25 pm|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||2||104||383||3.7||16||5||0||25|
|2018||New England Patriots||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||2||1||15||15.0||15||0||0||0||1|
|2018||New England Patriots||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||0||0||0||---||0||0||0|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2017||New England Patriots||9||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2018||New England Patriots||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|