New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense2nd118.1 (10th)276.1 (2nd)
Defense28th114.8 (19th)251.2 (29th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19906Louisiana Tech
83Allen, Dwayne TE6-32652/24/19907Clemson
 Andrews, Darren WR5-101818/5/1995RUCLA
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19924Georgia
 Atkins, John DT6-430512/21/1992RGeorgia
0Bentley, Ja'Whaun LB6-22608/24/1996RPurdue
 Berrios, Braxton WR5-918310/6/1995RMiami (Fla.)
 Bojorquez, Corey P6-02009/13/1996RNew Mexico
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19907Ole Miss
72Bowanko, Luke C6-63006/13/19916Virginia
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197719Michigan
97Branch, Alan (FA) NT6-635012/29/198412Michigan
88Britt, Kenny WR6-32239/19/198810Rutgers
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19944Texas
67Brown, Trent T6-83554/13/19934Florida
34Burkhead, Rex RB5-102107/2/19906Nebraska
70Butler, Adam DT6-53004/12/19942Vanderbilt
61Cannon, Marcus T6-63355/6/19888TCU
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19924Navy
23Chung, Patrick DB5-112158/19/198710Oregon
94Clayborn, Adrian DE6-32807/6/19888Iowa
 Crossen, Keion DB5-10180//RWestern Carolina
74Croston, Cole T6-531512/25/19932Iowa
58Davis, Keionta DE6-42603/1/19941Tennessee-Chattanooga
 Dawson, Duke CB5-10202//RFlorida
46Develin, James RB6-32557/23/19886Brown
13Dorsett, Phillip WR5-101851/5/19934Miami (Fla.)
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19887Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/198610Kent State
 Etling, Danny QB6-32157/22/1994RLSU
66Farris, Chase (FA) G6-42954/8/19931Ohio State
66Ferentz, James C6-22856/5/19893Iowa
59Flowers, Marquis LB6-32502/16/19925Arizona
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19934Arkansas
35Gillislee, Mike RB5-1121911/1/19906Florida
24Gilmore, Stephon DB6-11909/19/19907South Carolina
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198413Memphis
50Grigsby, Nicholas LB6-22307/2/19922Pittsburgh
96Grissom, Geneo LB6-42656/4/19924Oklahoma
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19899Arizona
93Guy, Lawrence DT6-43053/17/19908Arizona State
21Harmon, Duron DB6-12051/24/19916Rutgers
 Harris, Trent DE6-2238//RMiami (Fla.)
45Harris, David (FA) LB6-22501/21/198412Michigan
 Herron, Frank DE6-43127/9/1994RLSU
54Hightower, Dont'a LB6-32653/12/19907Alabama
33Hill, Jeremy RB6-123010/20/19925LSU
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19886Monmouth (N.J.)
81Hollister, Cody WR6-420911/18/19931Arkansas
47Hollister, Jacob TE6-423911/18/19932Wyoming
2Hoyer, Brian QB6-221510/13/198510Michigan State
 Izzo, Ryan TE6-525612/21/1995RFlorida State
 Jackson, J.C. DB6-1193//RMaryland
94Jean Francois, Ricky (FA) DT6-331311/23/198610LSU
76Jelks, Andrew T6-630712/6/19931Vanderbilt
77John, Ulrick T6-53095/20/19925Georgia State
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/19933Auburn
26Jones, David DB6-321012/4/19931Richmond
41Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/19933Alabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/19933Illinois
65King, Jason G6-431011/18/19931Purdue
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19934Auburn
48Langi, Harvey LB6-22529/24/19922Brigham Young
55Lee, Eric DE6-32608/6/19942South Florida
27Lewis, Ryan DB6-02004/15/19941Pittsburgh
69Mason, Shaq C6-13108/28/19934Georgia Tech
80Matthews, Jordan WR6-32127/16/19925Vanderbilt
17McCarron, Riley WR5-91856/16/19931Iowa
32McCourty, Devin DB5-101958/13/19879Rutgers
30McCourty, Jason DB5-111958/13/198710Rutgers
 Michel, Sony RB5-112152/17/1995RGeorgia
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR6-12007/20/19923Georgia
 Moore, A.J. DB5-1120212/15/1995ROle Miss
86Niklas, Troy TE6-62709/18/19925Notre Dame
84Patterson, Cordarrelle WR6-22203/17/19916Tennessee
37Richards, Jordan DB5-112101/21/19934Stanford
95Rivers, Derek DE6-52505/9/19942Youngstown State
52Roberts, Elandon LB6-02354/22/19943Houston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19924Utah
 Sam, Christian LB6-22376/7/1996RArizona State
71Shelton, Danny DT6-23358/20/19934Washington
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/198511UCLA
62Thuney, Joe G6-530511/18/19923NC State
64Tobin, Matt T6-63036/5/19906Iowa
39Travis, Damarius DB6-22154/19/19941Minnesota
82Tye, Will TE6-225611/4/19913Stony Brook
99Valentine, Vincent DT6-33202/23/19943Nebraska
53Van Noy, Kyle LB6-32433/26/19915Brigham Young
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19916Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19925Wisconsin
22Wiltz, Jomal CB5-1018010/23/19941Iowa State
91Wise, Deatrich DE6-52717/26/19942Arkansas
 Wynn, Isaiah T6-230212/10/1996RGeorgia
 
 
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Position Listing
Darren Andrews
No Updates
Dont'a Hightower
News
Hightower (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Hightower underwent season-ending pectoral surgery nearly two weeks ago and now officially has been placed on injured reserve. Without both Hightower and fellow linebacker Shea McClellin (concussion), the Patriots will have to rely on their depth at the position for the remainder of the season, starting with David Harris and Marquis Flowers.

Injury
Pectoral - Questionable for the start of training camp
Eric Rowe
News
Rowe (groin) is inactive for Sunday's contest against Miami.

Rowe has missed the Patriots' last six games due to his groin injury. He was limited in practice throughout the week, which suggests he could be nearing a return. Look for Johnson Bademosi and Jonathan Jones to fill in for Rowe once again.

Danny Shelton
News
Shelton won't have his fifth-year option picked up by the Patriots, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

After three years with the Browns, Shelton was dealt to New England in March and is currently penciled in as a potential starter on the defensive line. Considering he's yet to play a snap for the Patriots, however, the organization isn't willing to commit to a $7.14 million option for the 2019 season. As a result, the team will decline it and allow Shelton a chance to prove himself on the field. Look for Shelton to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, though the two sides could ultimately come to an extension if he plays well in his first year with the team.

Kyle Van Noy
News
Van Noy (calf) doesn't appear on the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Titans.

Van Noy, who missed three games in December with a calf injury, returned for the regular-season finale but was clearly on a snap count considering he only logged 12 plays on defense. The Patriots' first-round bye afforded him extra rest and he should be in for a full workload this time around.

Stephen Gostkowski
News
Gostkowski made 37 of his 40 field-goal attempts during the 2017 regular season, en route to logging 156 points, which trailed only Greg Zuerlein of the Rams, who recorded 158 points in 14 games.

Gostkowski, whose career high in points is 158 (in 2013), continues to benefit from working behind New England's Tom Brady-helmed offense. The 2006 fourth-rounder, who turns 34 on Jan. 28, is under contract with the Patriots next season and slated to earn a base salary of $3,200,000. Looking ahead to 2018, Gostkowski will continue to profile as one of the league's more reliable fantasy kickers, given his favorable team context.

Jonathan Jones
News
Jones (ankle) is expected to participate in the Patriots' offseason workout program, which begins April 16, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

Jones' second professional season came to a close when the Auburn product injured his ankle during New England's divisional-round victory over the Titans in January. While the nature of his injury remains unannounced, Jones' relatively quick return to full activity suggests he didn't suffer any fractures or ligament damage. With one of the team's incumbent starting cornerbacks, Malcolm Butler, expected to become a free agent this offseason, Jones could be in store for a heightened workload on defense in 2018, though his main contributions will more than likely still come on special teams.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Will Tye
News
Tye signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, Mikes Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Tye joined the Patriots' practice squad after being released by the Jets in early October. He has proven to be a contributing tight end, recording back-to-back 40-plus reception seasons with the Giants starting in 2015. All the tight ends on New England's roster are under contract through next season, so Tye will need to separate himself from the pack this offseason if he hopes to make the 53-man roster.

Rob Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski and the Patriots have reportedly made progress toward a new contract,Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.

Be it in the form of a raise, or an extension, it looks like Gronkowski will be playing this coming season under new contract terms. Either way, he's slated to be present for the Patriots' mandatory minicamp (June 5-7), as is starting QB Tom Brady.

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.

Ryan Izzo
No Updates
Sony Michel
No Updates
David Jones
No Updates
Nate Ebner
News
Ebner (knee) was officially placed on injured reserve by the Patriots on Monday.

Ebner sustained the injury on a fake punt attempt in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. The 28-year-old has primarily served as a special teams player during his time with the Patriots.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ulrick John
News
John signed a contract with the Patriots on Tuesday.

John spent training camp with the Cardinals in 2017 before being waived and joining the Packers in late September, where he was active for five games. The 25-year-old should serve as a depth option at offensive tackle in New England's offseason work.

Kenny Britt
News
Britt was the receiver "who stood out most" during Tuesday's OTA session, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

The 6-foot-3, 223-pounder is looking to get back on track after a rough 2017 campaign in which he was limited to 20 catches for 256 yards and two TDs in 12 games (including nine with the Browns). The 10-year pro is currently flying under the radar in fantasy circles, but Reiss noted that Britt was running well Tuesday and if the 29-year-old can develop a good rapport with QB Tom Brady, there's bounce-back potential here.

Devin McCourty
News
McCourty underwent shoulder surgery Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

The surgery is not believed to be anything serious. Per the report, the procedure was done as a means of absolving a nagging injury that left McCourty with some discomfort during the season. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, he'll be 100 percent well before training camp gets underway.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Julian Edelman
News
Edelman (knee) fielded some punts and participated in a few offensive drills during Tuesday's OTAs, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.

That Edelman was a limited practice participant Tuesday is not surprising, given that he is bouncing back from ACL surgery he underwent last September. Guregian relays that the wideout "looked pretty good" Tuesday, a notion echoed by Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site, who described Edelman -- who was not wearing a knee brace -- as "an active participant (who) moved around in his normal shifty fashion." Assuming no setbacks in his recovery, Edelman appears poised to reclaim his high-volume role in the Patriots' offense, a context that re-introduces the 32-year-old to the fantasy equation, particularly in PPR formats.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Vincent Valentine
News
Valentine (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Valentine practiced on a limited basis Thursday but sat out Wednesday and Friday's sessions, so this isn't a major surprise. Undrafted rookie Adam Butler could see an enhanced role with Valentine missing his second consecutive game to start the season.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brandon Bolden
News
Bolden and the Patriots agreed Saturday to a one-year, $880,000 contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Since going undrafted out of Mississippi in 2012, Bolden has spent all six of his NFL seasons in New England, though he's only logged 14 carries the past two years. Even with backfield mates Dion Lewis, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee facing uncertain futures with the Patriots, Bolden likely won't be called upon to see an uptick in offensive snaps, as he was re-signed almost entirely for his strong work on special teams.

Danny Etling
No Updates
Ja'Whaun Bentley
No Updates
Damarius Travis
No Updates
Christian Sam
No Updates
Patrick Chung
News
Chung signed a contract extension with the Patriots on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Chung has been a staple of the New England secondary for the better part of a half decade now. Entering his 10th NFL season, it's reasonable to expect the safety's playing days are pivoting towards the end of the road. Chung has reached at least 84 tackles in each of the last four seasons with the Patriots.

Adrian Clayborn
News
Clayborn (quad) has returned to action in the Patriots' OTAs, Andy Hart of the Patriots' official site reports.

Clayborn tweaked his quad during an offseason workout but he appears to be over the issue and hasn't been limited in the team's practice sessions, where he's been operating as a starting defensive end.

Duke Dawson
No Updates
David Andrews
News
The Patriots have ruled out Andrews (illness) for Sunday's game versus the Dolphins.

Andrews will miss his second consecutive game while he continues to recover from an illness. Ted Karras will presumably replace him at center for the contest.

Joe Thuney
News
Thuney is expected to undergo foot surgery in the near future, though the Patriots are optimistic it will not affect his availability for the 2018 season, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Thuney has been a valuable piece in the New England offensive scheme, especially in terms of continuity, missing only a combined nine snaps over the past two seasons. The third-round pick won't be available for OTAs, but should be ready for the regular season as long as he can remain free of setbacks. Should anything with Thuney's procedure not go as planned, first-round pick Isaiah Wynn could factor in the mix earlier than expected, with Ted Karras and Luke Bowanko representing other potential in-house options.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Duron Harmon
News
Harmon recently was denied entry into Costa Rica for trying to bring marijuana into the country, ESPN.com reports.

Harmon was detained by Costa Rican authorities and then sent back to the United States. The Patriots have acknowledged they're aware of the situation and are in the process of gathering more information. The 27-year-old safety only has 15 starts and 115 tackles in 79 career regular-season games, but he's shown a nose for the ball by picking off 11 passes, including a career-high four last season. It won't come as any surprise if this incident leads to a suspension.

Stephon Gilmore
News
Gilmore finished the 2017 regular season with 50 tackles and two interceptions in 13 games.

Expectations were high after the cornerback signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots this offseason, but Gilmore endured a rough start to his 2017 campaign. His play improved as the season rolled along, however, and the 27-year-old is poised to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the foreseeable future.

Harvey Langi
News
Langi (knee, neck) will play in 2018, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Langi was involved in a car accident in October, resulting in his ending the season on the Non-Football Injury list. He's expected to participate in the team's offseason program and be back to full health by the time the 2018 season rolls around.

Injury
Knee - Meniscus - Questionable for the start of training camp
LaAdrian Waddle
News
Waddle agreed to a one-year deal with the Patriots on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Waddle has spent the past two seasons as a backup in New England but started 24 games with the Lions in two and half seasons to begin his career. The 26-year-old could be line to take over at left tackle after Nate Solder signed with the Giants earlier in the month.

Ricky Jean Francois
News
Jean Francois recently indicated that he won't be returning to the Patriots in 2018, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Jean Francois originally signed with New England last November to provide relief for a team that was dealing with injuries along its defensive line. He ultimately appeared in eight games with the Patriots -- six in the regular season, two in the playoffs -- and racked up 16 tackles and one sack while operating in a limited role. The 31-year-old intends to continue his playing career in 2018, and he's proved he can still be an effective player despite his advanced age.

J.C. Jackson
No Updates
Malcolm Mitchell
News
Mitchell (knee), who was on the practice field Monday, wasn't spotted during Tuesday's OTA session, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.

Mitchell missed the entire 2017 season due to a lingering knee issue, so we suspect that the Patriots are inclined to manage his reps at this stage. Assuming he re-proves his health, Mitchell will look to secure a role in the offense behind top wide receiver options Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan. Also battling for depth chart slotting are Jordan Matthews, Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios. Mitchell, a 2016 fourth-rounder displayed promise as a rookie, but he isn't guaranteed anything heading into the coming season. We suspect that he'll end up securing a roster spot, health permitting, but Matthews looks like a solid bet to earn playing time and in such a context Mitchell's path to regular targets would be murky.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
James Ferentz
News
Ferentz signed a contract with the Patriots on Thursday.

Ferentz spent the last two seasons with Denver, where he appeared in 21 regular-season games and one postseason game. Now with New England, the 27-year-old offensive lineman will look to make the team as a depth and special teams player.

Mike Gillislee
News
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.

John Atkins
No Updates
Matthew Slater
News
Slater has signed a two-year deal to remain with the Patriots, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

The 32-year-old rarely contributes on offense, but the 2008 fifth-rounder has been a mainstay on special teams for the Patriots since then, and that's a role Slater will reprise in 2018.

Deatrich Wise
News
Wise (concussion) does not appear on the injury report ahead of Super Bowl LII.

Wise has evidently cleared concussion protocol after being a full participant in practice both Thursday and Friday. There's been no indication he'll be under any sort of snap restriction Sunday.

Keion Crossen
No Updates
Rex Burkhead
News
First-round draft pick Sony Michel is slated to join Burkhead in the Patriots' 2018 backfield.

The Patriots also roster pass-catching ace James White, Jeremy Hill and Mike Gillislee (for now). The addition of Michel, who draws Alvin Kamara comparisons, complicates matters from a weekly projection standpoint, but the rookie's presence will no doubt make up for the free-agent departure of 2017 team rushing leader Dion Lewis. The versatile Burkhead is thus slated to remain a valuable jack-of-all-trades option in the New England offense, but Michel is clearly the upside fantasy play in this backfield.

Jason McCourty
News
McCourty, who racked up seven tackles in Cleveland's Week 17 loss to the Steelers, ends the season with 65 tackles, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.

The Browns signed McCourty to a two-year, $6 million contract this past offseason, and the veteran cornerback was a pleasant surprise, as he Cleveland's most reliable pass defender. McCourty will be 31 years old when 2018 kicks off and is expected to be the team's No. 1 cornerback again.

Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
No Updates
Alan Branch
News
The Patriots declined to pick up Branch's 2018 contract option Tuesday, and he will now be a free agent this offseason, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

Branch picked up six starts and appeared in 12 total games but was ultimately passed up on the depth chart in favor of Ricky Jean Francois and ended up being a healthy scratch in the Super Bowl. The veteran Branch said he intends to continue playing football, so he'll be on the lookout for a new home this offseason.

Trent Harris
No Updates
A.J. Moore
No Updates
Jason King
No Updates
Brian Hoyer
News
Hoyer signed a three-year contract with the Patriots on Wednesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

With the team having traded Jacoby Brissett to the Colts prior to the start of the season and Jimmy Garoppolo to the 49ers earlier this week, the Patriots had a pressing need for a backup quarterback heading into their Week 9 bye. Hoyer, who played for New England from 2009 to 2011, brings familiarity with the organization -- as well as NFL starting experience -- to the table, thus giving the Patriots a viable insurance option in the event of an injury to starter Tom Brady. Moreover, the duration of the 32-year-old's deal creates a scenario that could possibly lead to the franchise drafting a young quarterback this spring to develop behind Brady.

Eric Lee
News
Lee is officially active for Saturday's divisional-round game against the Titans despite ankle and finger injuries.

Lee was listed as questionable and was a limited practice participant throughout the week. The 23-year-old should serve his usual rotational role at defensive end for the Patriots against the Titans.

Cyrus Jones
News
Jones (knee) is practicing in limited fashion during OTAs, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.

Jones tore his ACL and meniscus during the 2017 preseason and missed the entire year as a result. He's currently working with the team's rehab group while working his way back into some non-contact drills. He isn't wearing a brace, which is a sign he's nearing a full return. It's expected that he won't be limited once training camp begins and he works towards a depth role on the defense.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jeremy Hill
News
Though Hill is part of a crowded backfield in New England, the 25-year feels up for the competition now that he's addressed the ankle issue that slowed him him prior to undergoing surgery last November, the Providence Journal reports. "I just wasn't myself," Hill noted of his pre-procedure form. "I really didn't have the flexibility and the strength in (the ankle) that I needed to be the back that I wanted to be. I'm glad that I got it done and I can get it back to 100 percent and be the back I know I can be."

Hill is currently flying under the radar, with first-round draft pick Sony Michel looking like a dynamic addition to the Patriots offense. Moreover, Rex Burkhead, James White, Mike Gillislee and Brandon Bolden are also on hand. That said, the 5.1 yards per carry average Hill carved out as a rookie for the Bengals in 2014, coupled with his nose for the end zone (30 TDs over 54 career NFL games) suggest that a healthy Hill can't be ignored and if things break his way, the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder could emerge as a useful cog in New England's running back rotation.

Malcom Brown
News
Brown won't have his fifth-year team option picked up for the 2019 season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

Brown joins fellow defensive lineman Danny Shelton and wide receiver Phillip Dorsett as players failing to have their fifth-year options picked up by the Patriots. That doesn't mean the two sides are ultimately going to part ways though, considering Brown and the Patriots could agree to a contract extension when he's a free agent ahead of the 2019 campaign. This past season, Brown saw action in 13 games (12 starts), tallying 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He figures to fight for a starting defensive tackle role alongside Shelton in 2018.

Brandon King
News
King agreed Thursday with the Patriots on a two-year, $2.6 million contract extension, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

A core special-teams contributor for the Patriots since joining the club as an undrafted rookie in 2015, King will earn a pay raise for his quality work in kick coverage the past three seasons. Barring significant injuries to the secondary, however, don't expect the Patriots to turn to King for duties on defense in 2018. All 535 of his career regular-season snaps have come on special teams.

Phillip Dorsett
News
In the aftermath of the trade of Brandin Cooks to the Rams on Tuesday, Dorsett "probably elevates to the title of fastest Patriots receiver," according to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.

Dorsett didn't do much in his first campaign with New England, logging just 12 catches for 194 yards in 15 games, but he entered the league as a highly touted first-round pick, so there's some untapped potential here. Currently, Julian Edelman (knee), who is returning from a torn ACL, and Chris Hogan top the Patriots' wideout depth chart, but with Danny Amendola now in Miami, there will be competition for slotting behind the aforementioned duo. Also in the mix along with Dorsett are Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Kenny Britt and Cordarrelle Patterson. Moreover, the Patriots could add further veteran depth or draft a receiver later this month. It's therefore difficult to project Dorsett's role in 2018, but he does have an opportunity to make more of a splash in his second season with the team after being acquired last September in the deal that sent quarterback Jacoby Brissett to the Colts.

Chase Farris
News
Farris (undisclosed) was waived Thursday by the Patriots, Phil Berry of CSN New England reports.

Ferris was waived with a non-football injury designation after spending the majority of last season on the team's practice squad. The Patriots now have an open roster spot with training camp just around the corner.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ryan Lewis
No Updates
Matt Tobin
News
Tobin signed a one-year contract with the Patriots on Friday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Tobin was traded from the Eagles to the Seahawks in August and served as a depth offensive lineman for Seattle. The 27-year-old is likely to serve a similar role with the Patriots in 2018.

Geneo Grissom
News
Grissom was signed to the Patriots' 53-man roster Saturday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Grissom was cut by the Patriots in the start of November and rejoins a teams still dealing with injuries on the defensive line. Trey Flowers (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, so this could be the 25-year-old's best opportunity to make an impact defensively.

Marquis Flowers
News
Flowers will return to the Patriots on a one-year deal worth up to $2.55 million, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Flowers didn't see many defensive snaps early in the year for New England, but was a key player down the stretch of the season. Over the last two games of the year, the former Cincinnati Bengal accumulated 14 combined tackles and 3.5 sacks, then added four tackles and a sack in the Patriots' first playoff matchup against Tennessee. That window opened up due to a calf injury suffered by starter Kyle Van Noy, who should resume his regular role in 2018. Flowers appears likely to return to his role as a depth option, though he'll get plenty of work on special teams as well.

Lawrence Guy
News
Guy will sign a four-year, $20 million contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports.

Guy has worked his way into a couple productive seasons the last two years with the Ravens. He posted his best campaign in 2015, recording 46 tackles (29 solo) and 4.5 sacks in that season. Entering his seventh season, the 26-year-old will likely reprise that role when the team employs its 3-4 scheme in 2017.

Cole Croston
No Updates
Elandon Roberts
News
Roberts had four tackles (three solo) and two sacks against the Dolphins on Sunday.

The second-year pro had never posted a sack before Sunday, so this performance shouldn't be counted on. Roberts played just 34 of 61 possible defensive snaps, though, which makes it tough for him to be a weekly asset.

Marcus Cannon
News
Cannon (ankle) is on track to be cleared in mid-June, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Cannon required surgery to repair a severe ankle sprain that prematurely ended his 2017 season after eight games. The plan is for him to start at right tackle in 2018.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Cody Hollister
No Updates
Keionta Davis
Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
David Harris
News
Harris announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Prior to his surprising release last summer, Harris was a consistent force in the middle of the Jets' defense for years after the team traded up to select the Michigan product in the second round of the 2007 draft. He ultimately racked up the second-most tackles in Jets history (1,087) during his 10 seasons with Gang Green and goes down as one of the team's all-time great defenders despite being perennially underrated by the media. Factoring in his one-year stint in New England, Harris will finish his career with 1,109 tackles, 36.5 sacks, six interceptions and 11 forced fumbles over 164 career games.

Chris Hogan
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Hogan could take on a larger role in a New England receiving corps that lost Danny Amendola and Brandin Cooks in the offseason, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

The offseason moves should lock Hogan into a starting job, freeing up a potential logjam at wide receiver with Julian Edelman (knee) expected to return from the torn ACL that cost him all of 2017. Hogan had his own health woes last season, missing seven games with a shoulder injury and catching only 34 of 59 targets (57.6 percent) for 439 yards (7.4 yards per target) in the regular season, though he did score seven times in 12 appearances (including playoffs). The 29-year-old has the potential to replace Cooks as Tom Brady's primary deep threat, having averaged 18.4 yards on 55 catches (including playoffs) in 2016, his first season in New England. Hogan obviously isn't a pure burner like Cooks, but he's fast enough to separate from most defensive backs, with the size and strength to make contested catches and shed tacklers.

Shaq Mason
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James Develin
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Develin finished the 2017 regular season with six catches on 10 targets for 38 yards in 16 games.

There's not much fantasy value attached to Develin's job as the Patriots' starting fullback, but his blocking prowess earned the 29-year-old Pro Bowl recognition, according to NJ.com. Develin remains under contract with the Patriots for the 2018 season.

Derek Rivers
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Rivers (knee) practiced without limitation during OTAs, Andy Hart of the Patriots' official site reports.

Rivers, the Patriots' third-round pick in 2017, spent the year on Injured Reserve due to a torn ACL. He's been rehabbing for the past several months and says that he's now back without limitation. He'll look to stay healthy and be a contributor for the defense in 2018.

Nicholas Grigsby
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Grisby was signed by the Patriots on Tuesday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Grigsby was a member of the Ravens' practice squad but will now head to New England as the Patriots look to bolster a beat up linebacking corps. Grigsby spent the preseason with the Rams before being cut prior to the beginning of the regular season.

Trey Flowers
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Flowers finished the 2017 regular season with 62 tackles and a team-high 6.5 sacks in 14 games to go along with two forced fumbles.

Given his defensive line eligibility, Flowers has carved out some utility in IDP formats in his role as the team's starting right defensive end. It's an assignment the 2015 fourth-rounder should reprise in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal with the Patriots.

Trent Brown
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Brown is in the mix for the starting left tackle job in New England, Karen Guregian of the Boston Herald reports.

Brown (6-foot-8, 355 pounds) was acquired by the 49ers on draft day in order to shore up an offensive line that lost Nate Solder (Giants) in free agency. Brown appears to be the clear favorite to win the left tackle job given the lack of competition he faces, though he could also be inserted at right tackle if necessary. Bouncing back from offseason shoulder surgery, Brown has had no reported setbacks in his recovery and should be fully ready to play when training camp rolls around.

Frank Herron
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Dwayne Allen
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Allen finished the 2017 regular season with 10 catches on 22 targets for 86 yards and a TD.

Signed by the Patriots this past offseason to provide the team with both valuable insurance for, as well as a complementary option to, oft-injured tight end Rob Gronkowski, Allen seemed likely to make a fantasy splash at some point in 2017. However, with Gronkowski avoiding any major in-season injuries, Allen never came close to the sort of production, especially around the red zone, that he did during his stint with the Colts. The 27-year-old is under contract with the Patriots through the 2019 season, but Allen could end up being cut by the team for salary-cap purposes in the absence of a contract restructuring.

Andrew Jelks
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Jelks is dealing with a knee issue and will open training camp on the Patriots' Non-Football Injury list, Phil Perry of CSN New England reports.

Jelks dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field for parts of both of his final two seasons at Vanderbilt. The offensive tackle's health issues will only further hurt his case for winning a roster spot.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Luke Bowanko
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Bowanko agreed Wednesday with the Patriots on a contract, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Bowanko played in all 16 games for the Ravens last season, making one start. Now in New England, the Virginia product seems set to compete for a depth role along the interior of the offensive line.

James White
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First-round draft choice Sony Michel is slated to join White, Jeremy Hill, Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee in the Patriots' 2018 backfield.

White, who carried 43 times for 171 yards in 14 games last season, to go along with 56 catches for 429 yards and three TDs, remains a roster lock thanks to his pass-catching prowess. That said, the dynamic Michel draws comparisons to Alvin Kamara of the Saints and the rookie is thus a threat to cut into White's target volume (and in turn PPR-value) in 2018.

Tom Brady
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Patriots owner Robert Kraft relayed that Brady told him that he plans to attend the team's mandatory minicamp, which opens up June 5, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Brady has been skipping the team's voluntary workouts, but the QB has been working out of late at the TB12 Sports Therapy Center and there's little concern over his conditioning. Once Brady is back with the Patriots, he'll begin the process of building rapport with his pass-catchers, a group that includes several newcomers, including Jordan Matthews, as well as players like Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell, who are bouncing back from injuries.

Jordan Matthews
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Matthews (knee) only received $170,000 guaranteed in his one-year, $1 million contract with the Patriots, though he can earn another $700,000 in incentives, Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com reports.

After topping 800 yards each of his three seasons in Philadelphia, the 25-year-old wideout managed just 25 catches for 282 yards in 10 games for the Bills last year, limited by injuries to his knee, sternum, ankle and thumb. He had surgery on his right ankle and left knee in December, fixing one new injury (the ankle) and another (the knee) that had been a lingering problem since at least the summer of 2016. Matthews found his market to be soft while he was rehabbing from the procedures, ultimately signing with New England on a contract that suggests he could lose his roster spot if he doesn't look good during training camp. However, he should have every opportunity to compete for a regular role in three-wide formations alongside Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman (knee). Matthews doesn't have the most reliable hands and has accumulated nearly all of his production while working from the slot, but he nonetheless could prove to be a strong fit if the Patriots are comfortable primarily using Edelman outside. Unlike his new teammate, Edelman has a strong track record as both a slot man and outside receiver. The Patriots presumably would use Edelman in the slot on a regular basis if Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt or Cordarrelle Patterson were to beat out Matthews for the No. 3 role.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jacob Hollister
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Hollister finished the 2017 regular season with four catches on 10 targets for 42 yards in 15 games.

Hollister, who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent, is under contract with the team through the 2019 season. Looking ahead, he figures to remain with the team as a reserve option behind Rob Gronkowski, but the team could bring in some added tight end depth this offseason. In such a scenario, the 24-year-old Hollister would face competition for depth chart slotting.

Adam Butler
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Ted Karras
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Karris joined the Patriots' 53-man roster Thursday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Karras takes the roster spot of wide receiver Malcolm Mitchell, who was placed on injured reserve. Barring injury, the 2016 sixth-round pick will likely remain a depth option for New England this season.

Riley McCarron
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McCarron is a candidate to serve as the Patriots' punt returner in 2018, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Currently, McCarron would appear to be facing an uphill battle to make the Patriots' 53-man roster heading into Week 1, given the team's depth at wideout in front on him. That said, the speedy 5-foot-9, 185-pounder does have a shot to secure a slot role with the team with a strong preseason. Another campaign on New England's practice squad is a more likely outcome, but the free-agent departure of Danny Amendola creates an opening where McCarron can compete. The team's wideout depth chart is topped by Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and slot stalwart Julian Edelman (knee), who is bouncing back from a torn ACL.

Jomal Wiltz
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Cordarrelle Patterson
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ESPN's Mike Reiss views Patterson as a roster lock "because of his value as a kickoff returner and gunner."

At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, Patterson adds size to the Patriots' wideout corps, but how much of a role he ends up carving out in the offense has yet to be determined. The 2013 first-rounder is off the fantasy radar for now, but beyond the fact that Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan top the team's depth chart, not much is set. Patterson will thus contend for slotting with the likes of Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt and Braxton Berrios.

Corey Bojorquez
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Isaiah Wynn
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Braxton Berrios
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Troy Niklas
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Niklas agreed Wednesday with the Patriots on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

A 2014 second-round pick, Niklas was limited by a variety of injuries during his four seasons in Arizona, catching 19 passes for 203 yards and three touchdowns in only 41 games. Listed at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, he's one of the larger tight ends in the NFL, so he should at least be useful as a goal-line blocker if he stays healthy. Niklas will provide depth behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, though the latter could end up as a cap casualty before Week 1. Regardless, it's hard to envision a scenario in which Niklas is a major part of the New England passing attack.

 
 
 
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