|Offense||25th||97.7 (20th)||202.3 (26th)|
|Defense||29th||143.3 (30th)||263.0 (24th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||6||Louisiana Tech|
|35||Crossen, Keion||DB||5-10||185||4/17/1996||R||Western Carolina|
|13||Dorsett, Phillip||WR||5-10||192||1/5/1993||4||Miami (FL)|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||215||12/14/1988||7||Ohio State|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||202||9/19/1990||7||South Carolina|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DT||6-4||315||3/17/1990||8||Arizona State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||6||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|2||Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||216||10/13/1985||10||Michigan State|
|69||Mason, Shaq||C||6-1||310||8/28/1993||4||Georgia Tech|
|95||Rivers, Derek||DE||6-5||250||5/9/1994||2||Youngstown State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||308||11/18/1992||3||North Carolina State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||LB||6-3||250||3/26/1991||5||BYU|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||6||Texas Tech|
|14||Berrios, Braxton (IR)||WR||5-9||190||10/6/1995||R||Miami (FL)|
|29||Dawson, Duke (IR)||DB||5-10||198||10/13/1995||R||Florida|
|33||Hill, Jeremy (IR)||RB||6-1||230||10/20/1992||5||LSU|
|85||Izzo, Ryan (IR)||TE||6-5||255||12/21/1995||R||Florida State|
|67||John, Ulrick (IR)||T||6-5||312||5/20/1992||5||Georgia State|
|44||Sam, Christian (IR)||LB||6-2||240||6/7/1996||R||Arizona State|
|82||Tye, Will (IR)||TE||6-2||260||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|76||Wynn, Isaiah (IR)||T||6-2||310||12/9/1995||R||Georgia|
|Billingsley, Jace||WR||5-9||189||5/17/1993||1||Eastern Oregon|
|45||Harris, Trent||DE||6-2||255||9/17/1995||R||Miami (FL)|
|22||Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||190||10/23/1994||1||Iowa State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||198||5/22/1986||10||Kent State|
Hightower is bouncing back from a torn pectoral that required season-ending surgery last November. The linebacker was eased into drills during the start of OTAs, but his full participation in minicamp suggests the linebacker has returned to full strength. Considering how the Patriots defense took a step back in his absence last year, Hightower's availability is undoubtedly a great thing for New England in advance of the 2018 campaign.
Rowe, who dealt with a groin injury last season, practiced in limited fashion throughout this week. There was some hope he would be able to take the field against the Lions, but with him being ruled out, Jonathan Jones and Jason McCourty could see expanded roles.
After three years with the Browns, Shelton was dealt to New England in March and is currently penciled in as a starter along the defensive line. Considering Shelton has yet to play a snap for the Patriots, however, the organization isn't willing to paying him $7.14 million for 2019. As a result, the team will decline the option and allow Shelton to prove his worth on the field first. Look for Shelton to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, though he and the Patriots could ultimately agree to an extension if he plays well in his first year with the team.
Van Noy was a rare bright spot for a New England defense that struggled to contain the Jaguars offense Sunday. The fifth-year vet seems to be back at full health following the calf injury that had plagued him at the end of last year.
Darboh underwent an odd chain of events after he was waived by the Seahawks, as he was claimed by the Patriots but failed a physical, sending him back to Seattle's roster. He then had hip surgery. His injured reserve designation is retroactive to Sept. 5, making him ineligible to return to the Seahawks this season.
Gostkowski has logged 17 points through the first two weeks of the season and his Week 3 prospects appear solid thanks to a favorable matchup against the 0-2 Lions, who have been outscored 78-44 to date.
Jones suffered the ankle injury back in January in the Patriots' playoff win over the Titans, and it looks like he is now close to making a full return. The Patriots will likely ease Jones back into the swing of things, and chances are he is limited to start training camp given his lengthy absence.
Billingsley spent the preseason with the Lions, but was unable to secure a spot on the 53-man roster. The second-year wideout spent the last year on New England's practice squad before ultimately being released. Billingsley appeared in two games with the Lions' last year and did not accrue any statistics.
Tye cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve at the start of September. The 26-year-old had 90 receptions for 859 yards in his first two years with the Giants, but he's been unable to find any footing with the Jets and Patriots over the last two seasons.
Gronkowski's stat line was betrayed by the general inability of the Patriots offense to stay on the field. The fact his five targets led all New England receivers goes to show just how little passing volume there was to go around. Considering the tight end averaged 7.5 looks per game in 2017, expect Gronkowski's workload to return to elite levels sooner than later. Next up is a Week 4 date with a Dolphins defense that has yet to allow a touchdown to a tight end in 2018.
Izzo was a decent collegiate player, making 20 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns during his senior season at Florida State. He won't be eligible to return in 2018, leaving Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen as the top duo at tight end moving forward.
Michel is dominating the rushing workload in New England, as no other running back on the roster earned more than the four carries James White received. Notably, Rex Burkhead (neck) wasn't given a single attempt before exiting the game for good in the third quarter. While it's concerning that Michel has averaged just 3.5 yards per carry on his 24 total carries behind a problematic Patriots offensive line over the past two weeks, this sort of rushing volume within a Tom Brady-led offense could eventually make the rookie a valuable fantasy asset as the season unfolds -- especially if Burkhead needs to miss time. Michel now draws a Week 4 matchup with a Dolphins defense that has allowed just 3.3 YPC this season.
The recently-acquired wideout was limited at practice all week, and he's new to the Patriots offense, so it's not a huge surprise that he'll sit out Sunday night's game. As a result, the team's Week 3 wideout corps will be headed by Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett.
Ebner was one of three Patriots defensive backs to come off the PUP on Tuesday, but given that he's recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in November, chances are the Patriots will ease him back into practice sessions. Ebner re-signed with the Patriots back in March and is expected to primarily play a special teams role this season.
John is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot.
McCourty looked healthy despite undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. The veteran should continue to serve as the Patriots' starting free safety for the foreseeable future, in addition to contributing on special teams.
It's been just over a year since Edelman tore his ACL in the Patriots' third preseason game in 2017 and while his suspension is obviously not a desirable outcome, it does afford the 32-year-old PPR stalwart added healing/prep time in advance of his scheduled return to regular-season action in Week 5. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Edelman is preparing to play in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants for some final tune-up work before his suspension kicks in this weekend. In Edelman's early season absence, Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are in line to head the team's wideout corps.
Valentine's 14 snaps was the first game action the Nebraska product received since landing on injured reserve last season. It's been almost a year coming, but Valentine seems ready to put his knee injury in the rearview mirror with the 2018 season on the horizon.
New England placed Etling on waivers Sunday, but the quarterback now comes back to the team after going unclaimed. In four preseason appearances, the former LSU quarterback completed 18 of 32 passes for 157 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Chung suffered a concussion during last week's loss to the Jaguars and was a non-participant in practice this week. As expected, he failed to pass protocol and will miss Sunday's game, which should prompt Duron Harmon to fill in at strong safety.
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.
Dawson, a 2018 second-round pick, has been fighting through a hamstring injury for weeks and does not seem to have made significant steps in his recovery thus far. The Patriots reportedly plan to bring Dawson off injured reserve midway through the season, after the 21-year-old has gotten fully healthy. With this, Dawson is guaranteed to miss at least the first six games of the regular season. The move also allowed New England to promote wide receiver Riley McCarron from the practice squad to active roster, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Schwenke signed with the team as training camp commenced, but was ultimately a casualty during final roster cuts. However, a roster spot has since opened up, and New England has opted to beef up its offensive line depth by bringing Schwenke back.
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.
The cornerback additionally logged seven tackles and two passes defended. Gilmore remained on the field for each of New England's 74 defensive snaps, and he appears to be the primary option in the Patriots' secondary across from Eric Rowe.
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.
Although Slater's is generously labeled as a wide receiver, he's mainly used as a returner and special teams gunner. The 32-year-old is entering his 11th season with the Patriots, but he hasn't hauled in a pass since the 2011 season. He's off the PUP list now, though, so expect him to return to action soon.
Wise suffered a finger injury in Week 2's game against the Jaguars but appears to be unhindered in practice. It seems likely that Wise will suit up against the Lions on Sunday and not miss any time due to the injury.
Burkhead exited the game in the third quarter without seeing a carry, though he did contribute two receptions for 26 yards through the air. In his absence, Sony Michel will continue to handle the majority of between-the-tackles work while James White steps in on passing downs.
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.
To date, seventh-round rookie Danny Etling hasn't made much of a push to supplant Hoyer as the Patriots' No. 2 QB. With Tom Brady entrenched as the team's starter, Hoyer is only worth rostering in formats with deep enough benches to secure insurance for key starters. In the event that Brady suffers an injury, Hoyer is capable enough to produce decent fantasy numbers while helming the New England offense, but his upside on that front obviously can't match Brady's.
Hill lands on IR after tearing his right ACL in Sunday's season-opener. Now that he's out of the mix, the Patriots' backfield is currently whittled down to the trio of Rex Burkhead, James White and Sony Michel (knee).
Brown was limited in practice for the second straight week, but, unlike last week, he'll give it a go this time around. It's unclear if he'll start or if he'll be limited at all in his first game back since suffering the injury in Week 7.
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.
In doing so, Dorsett caught five of his seven targets for 44 yards. That marks back-to-back seven-target games for Dorsett, who continues to see added opportunities while Julian Edelman serves a four-game suspension. With Edelman still out for two more weeks, Dorsett remains on the fantasy radar as this coming Sunday night's tilt against the Lions approaches.
The offensive lineman hit IR in early October with the knee injury, but after returning to practice three weeks ago, the Dolphins determined that he would be available for the final two games. Look for Smith to serve in a reserve role at tackle.
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.
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.
Croston's promotion comes on the heels of the team releasing Bennie Fowler. Look for Croston to serve as a reserve offensive lineman if he suits up for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
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.
The calf injury prevented Cannon from playing in last weekend's loss to the Jaguars. Cannon is starting Week 3 preparations on the right note by returning to practice, but he'll probably need to log a full session for the Patriots to feel more positive about his availability for Sunday's game against the Lions.
Hollister will subsequently miss the entire 2018 season following the surgery. The 24-year-old hopes to be ready in time for the 2019 season.
In the process, Hogan hauled in three of his five targets for 42 yards and a pair of TDs. It was the second consecutive five-target game for Hogan, but this time around he parlayed his touches into relevant fantasy production. In future outings, we'd expect Hogan to see more looks from QB Tom Brady, an expectation based on his heavy weekly snap count.
Mason, a regular starter on New England's O-line since the team selected him in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, is locked in to remain in the same role for the foreseeable future. The 6-foot-1, 310-pound Mason has performed admirably as a starter for the Patriots and is rewarded by becoming one of the highest-paid right guards in the league.
Develin's extension comes on the heels of him earning his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2017. Now under contract through the 2020 campaign, Develin will figure to continue having little fantasy value himself while boosting the rest of the team's rushing attack with his blocking ability.
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.
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.
Webb signed with New England as an undrafted free agent this spring, but he evidently didn't distinguish himself enough throughout the summer to secure a spot on the final 53-man roster.
Normally we don't get too fired up about practice squad wideouts who have been cut twice in a month, but as the No. 15 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, Coleman does have some untapped upside. If he practices well, he's a candidate to be promoted to the Patriots' active roster and could conceivably make a splash before the end of the season.
Flowers suffered a concussion during the Patriot's Week 2 loss to the Jaguars. While he's unavailable, Deatrich Wise and Derek Rivers should see expanded roles.
Brown left both Sunday and Tuesday practices early for undisclosed reasons. Despite the illusion of uncertainty, New England remained headstrong that Brown will play in the regular season opener. It's unclear as to whether Brown is nursing some sort of small-scaled injury at the moment. Either way, it looks like the reason concern is minimal.
Anderson, who was let go by the Texans last Friday, joins the Patriots as the team's season opener against his former team approaches. Aside from potentially offering insight into some of Houston's tendencies on offense, the 25-year-old will bolster the Patriots' tight end depth behind Rob Gronkowski. Anderson logged 25 catches for 342 yards and a TD in 15 games last year.
Allen was not targeted in the game, underscoring that he's off the fantasy radar while working behind Rob Gronkowski and with fellow tight end Jacob Hollister carving out a role in the team's passing game at Allen's expense.
White ended up leading the team targets, catches and receiving yards, as Tom Brady found himself checking the ball down early and often against the vaunted Jacksonville pass rush. Rookie Sony Michel (10 carries, two targets) and Rex Burkhead (six carries) were also involved, but White appears to be New England's receiving back of choice. That role should bear plenty of fruit given the Patriots' past success in passing situations.
Brady was off the mark most of the night, as reflected in his lowly 53.8 completion percentage, and his trouble keeping drives alive ultimately led the Patriots to be almost doubled by Detroit in time of possession, 39 minutes to 21. One of the quarterback's biggest problems was being protected by an offensive line that got dominated by a toothless Lions pass rush that was missing both of its starting defensive ends. The other glaring issue was Brady's lack of playmakers outside of tight end Rob Gronkowski -- especially after Rex Burkhead (neck) exited the game in the third quarter. While this latter issue could be rectified sooner than later once Julian Edelman (suspension) and Josh Gordon (coach's decision) are both fully in the fold, it's possible Brady's protection up front could be a concern all season long. Next up for New England is a Week 4 matchup with a Dolphins team that has allowed just 7.0 yards per pass attempt through the first three weeks of the season.
Hollister caught all three of his targets for 35 yards in Week 2's loss to the Jaguars, but he was added to the Patriots' injury report Friday and subsequently ruled out. His absence could free up some looks for fellow tight end Dwayne Allen, but Rob Gronkowski remains the Patriots' top option at the position.
After playing in the Patriots' season opener, McCarron was released and later signed to the team's practice squad. In order to make room on its practice squad for wideout Jace Billingsley, New England moved McCarron to the practice squad/injured reserve list, though his injury is still unknown.
Patterson, who also ran once for five yards in the game, was on the field for 27 of the Patriots' 61 snaps on offense Sunday. He's in line to continue to serve as the team's No. 3 wideout for the next two weeks, with Julian Edelman not eligible to return from his suspension until Week 5.
A brutal break for the Patriots' top draft pick, who had been working as the team's backup left tackle. With Wynn now out of the mix, Trent Brown, LaAdrian Waddle and Cole Croston now make up the team's depth chart at left tackle.
The rookie sixth-round pick missed out on his chance to earn a role in the offense when he sat out the final two weeks of the preseason with an undisclosed injury. New England's decision to make the transaction before the deadline for roster cuts means Berrios won't be eligible to return from IR this season.