New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense25th97.7 (20th)202.3 (26th)
Defense29th143.3 (30th)263.0 (24th)
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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 C6-33007/10/19924Georgia
51Bentley, Ja'Whaun LB6-22558/24/1996RPurdue
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197719Michigan
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19944Texas
77Brown, Trent T6-83804/13/19934Florida
34Burkhead, Rex RB5-102157/2/19906Nebraska
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
35Crossen, Keion DB5-101854/17/1996RWestern Carolina
74Croston, Cole T6-531012/25/19932Iowa
82Darboh, Amara WR6-22152/1/19942Michigan
58Davis, Keionta DE6-42803/1/19941Tennessee-Chattanooga
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19886Brown
13Dorsett, Phillip WR5-101921/5/19934Miami (FL)
43Ebner, Nate DB6-021512/14/19887Ohio State
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19934Arkansas
24Gilmore, Stephon CB6-12029/19/19907South Carolina
10Gordon, Josh WR6-32254/13/19913Utah
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198413Memphis
50Grigsby, Nicholas LB6-22307/2/19922Pittsburgh
96Grissom, Geneo DE6-42656/4/19924Oklahoma
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62685/14/19899Arizona
93Guy, Lawrence DT6-43153/17/19908Arizona State
21Harmon, Duron DB6-12051/24/19916Rutgers
54Hightower, Dont'a LB6-32603/12/19907Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19886Monmouth (N.J.)
81Hollister, Cody WR6-420911/18/19931Arkansas
47Hollister, Jacob TE6-424511/18/19932Wyoming
2Hoyer, Brian QB6-221610/13/198510Michigan State
27Jackson, J.C. DB6-119811/17/1995RMaryland
31Jones, Jonathan DB5-101909/20/19933Auburn
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/19933Illinois
36King, Brandon LB6-22206/8/19934Auburn
69Mason, Shaq C6-13108/28/19934Georgia Tech
32McCourty, Devin DB5-101958/13/19879Rutgers
30McCourty, Jason CB5-111958/13/198710Rutgers
26Michel, Sony RB5-112152/17/1995RGeorgia
84Patterson, Cordarrelle WR6-22283/17/19916Tennessee
95Rivers, Derek DE6-52505/9/19942Youngstown State
52Roberts, Elandon LB6-02384/22/19943Houston
25Rowe, Eric DB6-120510/3/19924Utah
63Schwenke, Brian C6-33183/22/19916California
71Shelton, Danny DT6-23458/20/19934Washington
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/198511UCLA
62Thuney, Joe G6-530811/18/19923North Carolina State
53Van Noy, Kyle LB6-32503/26/19915BYU
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19916Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19925Wisconsin
91Wise, Deatrich DE6-52757/26/19942Arkansas
Injured Players
14Berrios, Braxton (IR) WR5-919010/6/1995RMiami (FL)
29Dawson, Duke (IR) DB5-1019810/13/1995RFlorida
33Hill, Jeremy (IR) RB6-123010/20/19925LSU
85Izzo, Ryan (IR) TE6-525512/21/1995RFlorida State
67John, Ulrick (IR) T6-53125/20/19925Georgia State
44Sam, Christian (IR) LB6-22406/7/1996RArizona State
82Tye, Will (IR) TE6-226011/4/19913Stony Brook
76Wynn, Isaiah (IR) T6-231012/9/1995RGeorgia
Practice Squad
 Anderson, Stephen TE6-22301/30/19933California
 Billingsley, Jace WR5-91895/17/19931Eastern Oregon
10Coleman, Corey WR5-111857/6/19943Baylor
5Etling, Danny QB6-32257/22/1994RLSU
66Ferentz, James C6-23006/5/19893Iowa
45Harris, Trent DE6-22559/17/1995RMiami (FL)
 McCarron, Riley WR5-91986/16/19931Iowa
 Smith, Eric T6-43089/2/19952Virginia
99Valentine, Vincent DT6-33152/23/19943Nebraska
22Webb, Ralph RB5-1020011/21/1994RVanderbilt
22Wiltz, Jomal CB5-1019010/23/19941Iowa State
Suspended Players
11Edelman, Julian WR5-101985/22/198610Kent State
 
 
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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 out for Sunday's matchup against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.

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.

Injury
Groin - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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 led the Patriots with six tackles and an interception during Sunday's loss to Jacksonville.

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.

Amara Darboh
News
The Seahawks placed Darboh (hip) on injured reserve Friday, Curtis Crabtree of Sports Radio 950 KJR Seattle reports.

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.

Injury
Hip - Injured Reserve
Stephen Gostkowski
News
Gostkowski made two of his three field-goal attempts en route to logging eight points in Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Jaguars.

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.

Jonathan Jones
News
Jones (ankle) came off the PUP list Tuesday and participated in practice, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

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.

Jace Billingsley
News
The Patriots released Billingsley from their practice squad Wednesday.

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.

Will Tye
News
The Patriots waived Tye (undisclosed) off injured reserve with an injury settlement Thursday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Miami
Rob Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski caught four of five targets for 51 yards during Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Lions.

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.

Ryan Izzo
News
The Patriots placed Izzo (undisclosed) on injured reserve Sunday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Sony Michel
News
Michel rushed 14 times for 50 yards and caught one of three targets for minus-one yard during Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Lions.

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.

Josh Gordon
News
Gordon (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday night's game against the Lions.

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.

Injury
Hamstring - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
Nate Ebner
News
Ebner (knee) was removed from the PUP list Tuesday and returned to practice, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

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.

Ulrick John
News
John (foot) has been placed on injured reserve, Paul Perillo of the Patriots' official site reports.

John is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a torn tendon in his foot.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Devin McCourty
News
McCourty logged six total tackles and played 97 percent of New England's defensive snaps in Sunday's victory over the Texans. He also played 16 of 32 special-teams snaps.

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.

Julian Edelman
News
Edelman, who is slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, relayed Tuesday that his surgically repaired knee continues to improve, NESN.com reports. "It's definitely feeling better and better," Edelman noted. "That's for sure. There's still things you have days where it's like, oh, this is tired. This. That. Our training staff has been working hard. They've been on top of it, and just doing all the little stuff, little exercises to keep stuff strengthened, this, that. It's been a grind."

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.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 5 vs. Indianapolis
Vincent Valentine
News
Valentine played 14 snaps during the team's first preseason contest.

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.

Danny Etling
News
Etling signed a contract to join the Patriots' practice squad, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

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.

Ja'Whaun Bentley
No Updates
Christian Sam
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Patrick Chung
News
Chung (concussion) is out for Sunday's matchup against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.

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.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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
News
Dawson (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
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 (foot) practiced with the starters Tuesday, the Newbury Port News reports.

Thuney has missed a combined nine snaps in the past two seasons and appears to be healthy well ahead of the 2018 season and should retake his spot at left guard for the Patriots.

Brian Schwenke
News
Schwenke was re-signed by the Patriots on Tuesday.

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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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 intercepted a pass in Week 1's victory against the Texans.

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.

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
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.

Matthew Slater
News
Slater (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Deatrich Wise
News
Wise (finger) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

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.

Keion Crossen
News
Crossen (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

Crossen has yet to make his NFL debut. The rookie seventh-round pick will work to get healthy in time for Sunday's game against Detroit with the hope of earning snaps in the Patriots' defensive-back rotation.

Rex Burkhead
News
Burkhead is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Lions due to a neck 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.

Injury
Neck - Questionable for Week 4 vs. Miami
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 selected by the Patriots in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, and the extension locks him in for another four years. He was entering his contract season in 2018.

Ryan Allen
No Updates
Trent Harris
No Updates
Brian Hoyer
News
Hoyer completed five of 13 passes for 32 yards and a TD in Thursday's 37-20 preseason win over the Eagles.

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.

Jeremy Hill
News
The Patriots will place Hill (knee) on IR, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

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).

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Malcom Brown
News
Brown (ankle) is active for Sunday's tilt against the Dolphins.

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.

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 was on the field for 56 of the Patriots' 61 snaps on offense in Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Jaguars.

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.

Eric Smith
News
The Dolphins activated Smith (knee) from injured reserve Wednesday.

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.

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.

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
News
Croston was promoted from the practice squad Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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 (calf) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

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.

Cody Hollister
News
Hollister, who was placed on the Non-Football Injury list Wednesday, will undergo back surgery, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

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.

Keionta Davis
News
Davis (undisclosed) had four total tackles (one solo) and 1.5 sacks during Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Davis led all Patriots defenders with 55 defensive snaps on the night. The 24-year-old did not make New England's 53-man roster last season after going undrafted in 2017.

Chris Hogan
News
Hogan logged action on 55 out of the Patriots' 61 snaps on offense in Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Jaguars.

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.

Shaq Mason
News
Mason signed a five-year, $50 million contract extension with the Patriots Monday, Herbie Teope of NFL.com reports.

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.

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
News
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
News
Webb has been waived by the Patriots.

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.

Corey Coleman
News
Coach Bill Belichick noted that Coleman, who is now a member of the Patriots' practice squad, is a talented player that the team wants to keep working with, Doug Kyed of NESN.com reports.

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.

Trey Flowers
News
Flowers (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Lions, Kevin Duffy of MassLive.com reports.

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.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
Trent Brown
News
Brown (undisclosed) will return to practice Wednesday and is expected to play in Sunday's game against Houston, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

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.

Stephen Anderson
News
Anderson has joined the Patriots' practice squad, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Dwayne Allen
News
Allen logged 13 out of a possible 61 snaps on offense in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.

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.

James White
News
White rushed four times for 11 yards and caught seven of eight targets for 73 yards in Sunday's 31-20 loss to Jacksonville.

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.

Tom Brady
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Brady completed 14 of 26 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Lions. He added two rushing yards on one carry.

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.

Jacob Hollister
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Hollister (chest) has been ruled out for Sunday night's game against the Lions.

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.

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Chest - Inactive for Week 3 at Detroit
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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The Patriots placed McCarron (undisclosed) on the practice squad injured list, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.

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.

Jomal Wiltz
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Cordarrelle Patterson
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Patterson hauled in three of his five targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 31-20 loss to the Jaguars.

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.

Isaiah Wynn
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Wynn will miss the upcoming season after suffering a torn Achilles' tendon in Thursday's preseason game against the Eagles, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

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.

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Achilles - Injured Reserve
Braxton Berrios
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Berrios (undisclosed) is being placed on injured reserve, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

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Undisclosed - Injured Reserve