|Offense||2nd||118.1 (10th)||276.1 (2nd)|
|Defense||28th||114.8 (19th)||251.2 (29th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||6||Louisiana Tech|
|Berrios, Braxton||WR||5-9||190||10/6/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|Bojorquez, Corey||P||6-0||208||1/13/1996||R||New Mexico|
|38||Bolden, Brandon||RB||5-11||220||1/26/1990||7||Ole Miss|
|Crossen, Keion||DB||5-10||185||4/17/1996||R||Western Carolina|
|13||Dorsett, Phillip||WR||5-10||185||1/5/1993||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||7||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||10||Kent State|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||DB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||7||South Carolina|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DT||6-4||305||3/17/1990||8||Arizona State|
|Harris, Trent||DE||6-2||255||9/17/1995||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||6||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|2||Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||10||Michigan State|
|Izzo, Ryan||TE||6-5||255||12/21/1995||R||Florida State|
|67||John, Ulrick||T||6-5||309||5/20/1992||5||Georgia State|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||252||9/24/1992||2||Brigham Young|
|55||Lee, Eric||DE||6-3||260||8/6/1994||2||South Florida|
|69||Mason, Shaq||C||6-1||310||8/28/1993||4||Georgia Tech|
|Moore, A.J.||DB||5-11||201||12/15/1995||R||Ole Miss|
|86||Niklas, Troy||TE||6-6||270||9/18/1992||5||Notre Dame|
|95||Rivers, Derek||DE||6-5||250||5/9/1994||2||Youngstown State|
|Sam, Christian||LB||6-2||240||6/7/1996||R||Arizona State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||305||11/18/1992||3||NC State|
|82||Tye, Will||TE||6-2||256||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||LB||6-3||243||3/26/1991||5||Brigham Young|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||6||Texas Tech|
|22||Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||180||10/23/1994||1||Iowa State|
|Wimann, Shane||TE||6-4||250||9/9/1994||R||Northern Illinois|
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.