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 DT6-432012/21/1992RGeorgia
0Bentley, Ja'Whaun LB6-22608/24/1996RPurdue
 Berrios, Braxton WR5-919010/6/1995RMiami (Fla.)
 Bojorquez, Corey P6-02081/13/1996RNew Mexico
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19907Ole Miss
72Bowanko, Luke C6-63006/13/19916Virginia
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197719Michigan
88Britt, Kenny WR6-32239/19/198810Rutgers
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19944Texas
77Brown, 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 DB5-101854/17/1996RWestern Carolina
74Croston, Cole T6-531512/25/19932Iowa
58Davis, Keionta DE6-42603/1/19941Tennessee-Chattanooga
 Dawson, Duke CB5-1019810/13/1996RFlorida
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 QB6-32257/22/1994RLSU
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 DE6-22559/17/1995RMiami (Fla.)
 Herron, Frank DE6-43059/9/1994RLSU
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 TE6-525512/21/1995RFlorida State
 Jackson, J.C. DB6-119811/17/1995RMaryland
76Jelks, Andrew T6-630712/6/19931Vanderbilt
67John, 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. DB5-1120112/15/1995ROle 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 LB6-22406/7/1996RArizona 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
 Webb, Ralph RB5-1020011/21/1994RVanderbilt
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19925Wisconsin
22Wiltz, Jomal CB5-1018010/23/19941Iowa State
 Wimann, Shane TE6-42509/9/1994RNorthern Illinois
91Wise, Deatrich DE6-52717/26/19942Arkansas
 Wynn, Isaiah T6-231012/9/1995RGeorgia
 
 
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Position Listing
Darren Andrews
No Updates
Dont'a Hightower
News
Hightower (pectoral) was a full participant in minicamp this month, Zack Cox of NESN reports.

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.

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
The Patriots won't exercise Shelton's fifth-year option for the 2019 season, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

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.

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 is expected to report to training camp July 25, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Gronkowski's absence from the voluntary portion of the Patriots' offseason program led some rumors that he could be a holdout during training camp. He may be displeased with his contract, but he showed up for mandatory minicamp in June and apparently intends to do the same for the start of training camp, perhaps hoping the team will reward his show of good faith. With Brandin Cooks off to Los Angeles and Julian Edelman suspended for the first four weeks of the season, Gronkowski needs to gear up for a high-volume role early in the year. The 29-year-old tight end has two years remaining on his contract, but he's hinted at the possibility of early retirement.

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
Shane Wimann
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 did not participate in mandatory minicamp Wednesday due to an injury suffered Tuesday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

Britt signed with the Patriots late in 2017 after being waived by the Browns, totaling two catches for 23 yards in the three games he appeared in with Nw England. The veteran wideout has plenty of competition to beat out to not only see playing time, but also to make the 53-man roster. He will sit out at least one practice before returning to the field and the team could release more information on his injury if it continues to linger.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 will not appeal his four-game suspension in federal court, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports.

Edelman's appeal to the NFL was denied in early July, and it sounds like he wouldn't have any real chance for success suing the league in court. Coming back from a torn ACL suffered last August, the 32-year-old wide receiver is allowed to participate in training camp and the preseason. He took part in some team drills during OTAs and June minicamp, potentially setting him up for full participation Thursday at the outset of training camp. Edelman can make his regular-season debut Oct. 4 against the Colts.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Indianapolis
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 2016 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 into 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 worked with the second- and third-team defense during spring workouts, Tara Sullivan of the Boston Globe reports.

Langi's mere availability this spring is a blessing after the defensive lineman was involved in a car accident last fall that delivered Langi a host of injuries, starting with but not limited to a pair of fractured hips, a sprained knee, six fractured pelvic bones, a head laceration and upwards of 10 fractured ribs. However, it seems the BYU product is in good shape entering training camp, when he'll compete for depth slotting under likely starters Adrian Clayborn and Trey Flowers.

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.

J.C. Jackson
No Updates
Malcolm Mitchell
News
Mitchell (knee) isn't sure if he will be ready for training camp, Steve Hewitt of The Boston Herald reports.

According to NESN's Zack Cox, Mitchell was limited to individual conditioning work at June minicamp, after making just one brief appearance at OTAs in May. Despite missing the entire 2017 season and most of the offseason program this year, Mitchell should have the chance to earn a significant role if he's cleared to practice in July or August. With Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension, Chris Hogan is the only Patriots wideout with a Week 1 starting job locked down. Mitchell hopes to compete with Jordan Matthews (knee), Phillip Dorsett, Kenny Britt, Cordarrelle Patterson and Braxton Berrios.

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
ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Burkhead is "more likely to get the initial nod" over first-rounder Sony Michel this season, in terms of goal-line duty.

Reiss points out that Michel racked up 12 fumbles in college and thus has some things to prove to the Patriots' coaching staff in terms of ball-security. Burkhead's occasional run in the role last season may give him a leg up in advance of training camp, but it's worth noting that both Mike Gillislee and Jeremy Hill could also emerge as options in close. While the team's goal-line plans are far from mapped out at this stage, the point to glean here is that the versatile Burkhead can't be overlooked, even following the high-profile addition of Michel.

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
News
Cardona signed a four-year contract extension with the Patriots on Friday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

Cardona was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, and the extension locks him in for another four years as he was entering his contract season in 2018.

Ryan Allen
No Updates
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, he feels ready to compete now that he has addressed the ankle issue that slowed him prior to undergoing surgery last November, Mark Daniels of the Providence Journal reports. "I just wasn't myself," Hill said 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 New England 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 notched as a rookie for the Bengals in 2014 coupled with his nose for the end zone (30 touchdowns over 54 career NFL games), suggests that he can't be ignored heading into training camp. 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
The Patriots won't exercise Brown's fifth-year team option 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 New England could agree to a contract extension before he becomes a free agent ahead of the 2019 campaign. This past season, Brown played in 13 games (12 starts), tallying 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks.

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
Dorsett isn't a lock to make the 53-man roster, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

Even with Brandin Cooks traded away and Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension, Dorsett will need to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster, and it doesn't help that he has minimal experience on special teams. The 2015 first-round pick only caught 12 passes in 15 games last season after the Patriots acquired him in a September trade with the Colts. Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Kenny Britt (hamstring), Braxton Berrios and Riley McCarron are also in the mix for what likely will be two spots, as Chris Hogan, Jordan Matthews, Cordarrelle Patterson and Matthew Slater all figure to make the team.

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
Chris Hogan
News
Hogan appears poised to see an expanded workload this coming season, Jeff Howe of The Athletic Boston reports.

Hogan got off to a strong start in the 2017 campaign before hurting his shoulder and missing all but one game in the second half of the regular season. A six-catch, 128-yard effort in the Super Bowl loss to the Eagles gave the 29-year-old something to build off of and he heads into the coming season atop the Patriots' wideout depth chart, with Brandin Cooks having been traded to the Rams and Julian Edelman facing a four-game suspension out of the gate. Now well past his shoulder woes, Hogan figures to be one of quarterback Tom Brady's key targets early on. Moreover, with Cooks no longer in the mix, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Hogan -- who is already a solid red-zone option -- could see more downfield looks this season, while Edelman does most of his damage in the short-to-intermediate passing game.

Shaq Mason
No Updates
James Develin
News
Develin signed a two-year, $3.8 million extension with the Patriots on Thursday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

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.

Derek Rivers
News
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.

Ralph Webb
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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 Patriots 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 he should be fully ready to play when training camp rolls around.

Frank Herron
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Dwayne Allen
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Allen might be asked to take a pay cut, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

Allen is scheduled for a $5 million 2018 cap hit, a lofty figure for a No. 2 tight end who caught 10 passes during his first season with the Patriots. He did play 42 percent of the team's offensive snaps, with his strong work as a blocker playing a role in New England's No. 10 finish in rushing yards and No. 6 ranking in rushing TDs. Allen nonetheless seems overpaid, but it isn't out of the question that the team keeps him around at his current salary, as there isn't an obvious replacement for his role. Barring a pay cut or some other form of renegotiated contract, his status on the roster will be tenuous until Week 1.

Andrew Jelks
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Jelks worked with the second-team offense during spring workouts, Andy Hart of the Patriots' official site reports.

There's no mention of Jelks still being limited with the knee injury that plagued his 2017 season. However, the fact he was working with the second-team offense -- given the rash of injuries New England has at offensive line -- doesn't bode well for the Vanderbilt's chances of making the team this summer.

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 to go with 56 catches for 429 yards and three TDs in 14 games last season, remains a roster lock thanks to his pass-catching prowess. That said, the dynamic Michel draws comparisons to the Saints' Alvin Kamara, 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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As expected, Brady participated in Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice, the Patriots' official site reports.

The same applies to star tight end Rob Gronkowski, with Brady now set to begin building his on-field rapport with his pass catchers, a group that includes newcomers such as Jordan Matthews, as well as returnees Julian Edelman and Malcolm Mitchell, who are both bouncing back from injuries that kept them out of the mix in 2017.

Jordan Matthews
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Matthews (knee) did 11-on-11 work at mandatory minicamp June 5-7, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.

Looking to rebound from an injury-plagued 2017 campaign in which he had surgery on his thumb, knee and ankle, Matthews joined the Patriots on a one-year, $1 million contract with only $170,000 guaranteed. He now finds himself in an interesting position, as Julian Edelman's potential four-game suspension could leave the Patriots scrambling for contributors at wide receiver early in the season. Matthews seems to have made a full recovery from his slew of minor injuries and could earn a key role as the No. 3 receiver even if Edelman's suspension appeal is successful. Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson, Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Kenny Britt (hamstring) and Braxton Berrios will also compete for snaps.

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 and Braxton Berrios will compete for work on punt returns, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

After splitting time between the Houston and New England practice squads as an undrafted rookie last season, McCarron will have a chance to replace Danny Amendola as the Patriots' top option to bring back punts. It's hard to see the 5-foot-9 wideout earning a roster spot unless he wins the return job, though it's possible he could have an opportunity in the slot if the Patriots are comfortable using Jordan Matthews outside. Julian Edelman's four-game suspension temporarily frees up an extra spot on the 53-man roster.

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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Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
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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.