|Offense||4th||117.0 (7th)||269.2 (4th)|
|Defense||8th||88.6 (3rd)||237.9 (12th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||5||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||9||Texas Tech|
|38||Bolden, Brandon||RB||5-11||220||1/26/1990||6||Ole Miss|
|7||Brissett, Jacoby||QB||6-4||235||12/11/1992||2||NC State|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||CB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||4||West Alabama|
|14||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||4||Oregon State|
|65||Douglas, Jamil||G||6-4||308||2/28/1992||2||Arizona State|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|66||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|27||Foster, D.J.||RB||6-0||195||11/22/1993||2||Arizona State|
|10||Garoppolo, Jimmy||QB||6-2||225||11/2/1991||4||Eastern Illinois|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||CB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||6||South Carolina|
|47||Gronkowski, Glenn||FB||6-3||234||3/25/1993||1||Kansas State|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DE||6-4||305||3/17/1990||7||Arizona State|
|74||Hamilton, Woodrow||DT||6-3||315||12/20/1992||2||Ole Miss|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||5||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||252||9/24/1992||R||Brigham Young|
|82||Lengel, Matt||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|13||Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||1||Arizona State|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|42||Moore, Kenny||CB||5-9||179||8/23/1995||R||Valdosta State|
|88||O'Shaughnessy, James||TE||6-4||245||1/14/1992||3||Illinois State|
|95||Rivers, Derek||DE||6-5||250||5/9/1994||R||Youngstown State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||305||11/18/1992||2||NC State|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||OLB||6-3||243||3/26/1991||4||Brigham Young|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||5||Texas Tech|
|12||Washington, Tony||WR||5-11||195||10/18/1990||2||Appalachian State|
|Vereen, Corey (IR)||DE||6-2||247||6/15/1995||R||Tennessee|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
Gronkowski returns to New England after having four different stints with the Patriots' practice squad. He spent time with the Bills during the last year's preseason, but was released by the team after Week 1 of the regular season. He'll now work to remain on the Patriots' 53-man roster for the foreseeable future.
It's not a huge surprise to see Hightower on the list, as he was restricted to conditioning work during spring practices. While the Patriots did not relay what specifically is ailing the veteran linebacker, Phil Perry of CSN New England notes that Hightower was limited at times last season by knee and shoulder injuries. Inked in March to a four-year deal with a maximum value of $43.5 million, the 27-year-old Hightower can return to practice at any time during training camp.
Rowe was unable to complete a practice from start to finish this week as he works his way back from a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 13 against the Rams. In his absence, look for both Cyrus Jones and Justin Coleman to see additional snaps at corner.
Cooks and quarterback Tom Brady thus connected for the first time in game action, a process that's expected to repeat itself with overwhelming frequency during the coming season. The fourth-year wideout saw well over 100 targets in the Saints' pass-heavy system the last two campaigns, but with the Patriots' reputation for spreading the ball around -- and the presence of an elite tight end -- Cooks is likely to see at least a slight downturn in looks. He'll look to further solidify his rapport with Brady during what should be extended action next Friday against the Lions.
Van Noy heads to New England as the main backup to Shea McClellin after Jonathan Freeny (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve a little over a week ago. The 26-year-old has logged 23 tackles in seven games this season with the Lions. He could see less snaps this week against the Bills as he learns the playbook and gets accustomed to his new team.
Gostkowski dealt with a two-day stomach illness recently, which forced him to sit out Thursday's practice. Due to the nature of his absence, it doesn't seem like he'll be limited in any way for Sunday's important game.
Lewis looked sharp on the ground for a second straight week after having compiled 32 yards on seven rushes in the opener. The versatile back saw a lot less attention in the passing game, however, but certainly appears to be at full health and ready to resume his multi-faceted role in the team's offense this season. However, given the presence of both James White and offseason acquisition Rex Burkhead, who scored Saturday, it remains to be seen to what extent his touches will be affected. Lewis will look to potentially put in his final prep for the regular season in next Friday's contest against the Lions.
Gronkowski hasn't participated in the preseason since 2012, so this is a sign the behemoth tight end has truly returned to full health. He probably won't see more than a drive to two, though, before making way for Dwayne Allen, James O'Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
Daniels rushed for 39 yards on 11 carries in the team's preseason opener against the Jaguars, but will miss a valuable opportunity at proving his worthiness of a roster spot in the team's second preseason tilt. While Mike Gillislee (hamstring) will also sit out the contest, the Patriots still have five other running backs to share the load against Houston.
The Patriots selected Lucien in the seventh round of last year's draft but the Arizona State product failed to survive final roster cuts ahead of the season opener. In turn, he spent the season on New England's practice squad and will now slot in as the team's No. 7 wideout entering the offseason.
The former Minnesota standout will face the tough task of making the New England roster this summer. Unless he's able to turn some heads, Maye will likely function as another body as the team preps its usual bunch for the regular season.
McCourty, who the Patriots selected 27th overall in the 2010 NFL draft, serves as the team's starting free safety and is in line to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the next few seasons, as he is under contract with the franchise through the 2019 campaign.
The elite possession receiver was seeing his first game action of the exhibition slate and came away with nothing to show for it. Naturally, there's zero doubt about the 31-year-old's rapport with Tom Brady or his knowledge of the offense, so the empty stat line is ultimately meaningless in the grand scheme of things. He'll look to get some production on the board in next Friday's exhibition against the Lions, which is likely to be the last time he sees the field before the regular season.
A late arrival on the injury report this week due to a back concern, Valentine will nonetheless provide depth at defensive tackle behind Alan Branch (back) and Malcom Brown.
Reiff apparently suffered the injury in the Vikings' first workout Thursday, but details are scarce regarding the exact nature of the setback. The Vikings will likely provide more clarity on the health of Reiff, the team's projected starter at left tackle, if the injury lingers throughout camp.
The 29-year-old, who the Patriots drafted 34th overall in the 2009 NFL draft, spent the 2013 season with the Eagles, but since his return to New England in 2014, he's remained a mainstay in the team's secondary. Chung, who serves as the Patriots' starting strong safety, is under contract with the team through the 2018 campaign.
Lengel didn't practice this week due to an undisclosed injury. He's in a competition with James O'Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister for the third tight end spot, so his absence Saturday isn't ideal for his chances of making the roster.
Harmon underwent ankle surgery during the offseason, which led to questions about his availability for the beginning of training camp. However, he now appears to be slowed down by a different issue. The severity of his knee problem is unknown at this time, and he should be considered day-to-day.
Gilmore was widely viewed as the top cornerback on the open market, so this is a nice scoop for the Patriots, who could lose Logan Ryan in free agency and may now consider moving Malcolm Butler. Gilmore, who the Bills selected 10th overall in the 2012 NFL draft, is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he recorded five picks and 48 tackles in 15 games, en route to earning his first Pro Bowl nod.
Foster, who joined the Patriots prior the season as an undrafted free agent, remains under contract with New England in 2017. While every-down NFL work may not be in the cards for Foster, his RB/WR flexibility could lead to the 23-year-old carving out a complementary role in the team's backfield next season.
Waddle is currently listed as the primary backup to Nate Solder at left tackle. His status will be updated once he's been examined and the nature of his injury diagnosed and disclosed.
Mitchell looked good in doing so, per the report, with the second-year wideout aiming to solidify his role in the Patriots' passing attack on the heels of catching 32 passes (on 48 targets) for 401 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games in 2016. Though Mitchell is a strong route runner and has some untapped upside as he enters his second professional season, his immediate path to fantasy relevance is murky thanks to the team's addition of electric wideout Brandin Cooks. With holdovers Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan also around, Mitchell may not find a steady dose of targets until injuries thin the ranks.
Gillislee stayed back when the team traveled to join Houston for joint practices this week, so his absence from the contest shouldn't surprise many. He's been dealing with a hamstring injury for a couple weeks now, with no clear indication of when he will be ready for game action. While he's still a strong candidate to see early-down work for the Patriots this season, his continued absence opens the door for his backfield mates to improve their standing. Per Reiss, Rex Burkhead is expected to receive early reps in his place Saturday.
Slater, who's nursing a hamstring injury, is a special-teams ace who's likely a lock for the final roster, so his absence Saturday shouldn't be a big deal. He remains without a definite timetable for a return.
Adding Ealy bolsters the Patriots' depth at defensive end, with Chris Long not returning to the team and Jabaal Sheard a candidate to depart via free agency. In 2016, his third NFL season, the 25-year-old Ealy logged 32 tackles, five sacks and a pick in 16 games for the Panthers. The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder was selected 60th overall by Carolina in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Wise has been competing for a backup role on the Pats' defensive line, so a quick return would be advantageous the rookie fourth-round pick's chances.
Burkhead was limited on the ground but made his presence felt in the passing game, bringing in a 22-yard touchdown to erase a 7-0 second-quarter deficit. The 27-year-old's exact role in the coming season is to be determined, as he logged just 87 carries and 34 receptions in his first three campaigns, which were spent in Cincinnati. A proficient pass catcher, Burkhead is likely to have a sizable role through the air, but will be sharing touches with talented incumbents James White and Dion Lewis in that area. He'll likely see plenty of snaps in next Friday's contest versus the Lions.
Freeny landed on injured reserve last October with an unspecified shoulder injury. Now that he's back on the field without any restrictions, look for the sixth-year Rutgers product to compete with Trevor Bates, Elandon Roberts and Harvey Langi for a depth gig at linebacker.
Branch was back on the field for practice Monday for the first time all training camp after the minor injury resulted in him missing the Patriots' preseason opener last week. Considering the defensive tackle was unlikely to play more than a series or two in the first exhibition contest, he shouldn't be too far behind the rest of his fellow veterans in his preparation for the upcoming season. Branch is poised to start alongside Malcom Brown in the middle of the defensive line after logging a career-high 49 stops to go with 1.5 sacks in 2016.
Douglas is competing with Dallas Thomas for the starting job. Over the last few weeks, he's gone from occasional snaps to a 50/50 split of starting snaps.
"I like the fact that when he’s been in there he doesn’t make a lot of mental mistakes,” coach Joe Philbin said, per the Palm Beach Post. “I think he’s grasped the system relatively well. I think his play speed’s been pretty good. He doesn’t seem to hesitate a lot and that’s a good sign for a young guy. ... I really like what I see."
A subject of trade rumors throughout the offseason, Butler was uncertain to report to the Patriots immediately in the offseason. However, with the draft passing by without Butler being dealt elsewhere, it appears that the cornerback is now locked in with the Patriots for at least the 2017 season. Butler and offseason pickup Stephon Gilmore should combine to form one of the league's strongest cornerback tandems.
The Chiefs and Patriots worked out a deal that sent O'Shaughnessy and a sixth-round pick to New England to acquire pick No. 183 at the end of the fifth round. O'Shaugnessy does not offer much as a receiver with eight career catches over his first two seasons, but he should be a serviceable blocking tight end in run-heavy formations. Ultimately, he'll compete with Matt Lengel, Michael Williams and Rob Housler for the third spot on the Patriots' TE depth chart behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but the fact that the team traded for O'Shaughnessy suggests that he'll probably stick.
Easley's absence was due to a hip pointer suffered during Thursday's game against the Steelers and early reports indicate Easley will likely miss 1-2 weeks rehabbing the injury. With Easley most likely missing Sunday's contest against the Bills, 2015 first-round pick Malcom Brown could step in and receive more snaps.
Ferris was waived with a non-football injury designation after spending the majority of last season on the team's practice squad. The Patriots now have an open roster spot with training camp just around the corner.
As an undrafted rookie out of Ole Miss, Hamilton appeared in two games for New England this season. However, his roster spot was needed in order to bring Jacoby Brissett (thumb) back from IR.
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.
Roberts is not a starter on the Patriots' defense, but he appeared in 13 games as a rookie in 2016.
Released in early June as part of the Jets' offseason purge, the 33-year-old Harris will stay in the AFC East and help his former team's chief rival fill a major need next to Dont'a Hightower in the linebacking corps. Harris had at least 75 tackles in each of his 10 seasons with the Jets, falling shy of the century mark last season (95 in 15 games) for the first time since 2011. His days as a valuable IDP likely are a thing of the past, but he should help the New England run defense while also providing an occasional pass-rushing threat (35.5 career sacks).
Although the offseason addition of Brandin Cooks pushed him down the depth chart, Hogan still figures to have a regular spot on the outside when the Patriots go three-wide, which has been the team's base alignment in recent years. However, Malcolm Mitchell and No. 2 tight end Dwayne Allen could cut into Hogan's snap count, and regular targets will be hard to come by in a passing attack featuring Cooks, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman. Despite turning in a highly efficient 2016 season (11.9 yards per target) and then leading the team in receiving yards (332) during the playoffs, Hogan probably won't see a major uptick from last year's 57 regular-season targets.
Develin played in 30 percent of New England's offensive snaps in 2016, recording three receptions for 18 yards. He's primarily a blocker and a special teams player who shouldn't be expected to have any fantasy value in 2017, though his return is a boost for the rest of the Patriots' running game.
Rivers suffered the injuries covering a kickoff in Wednesday's practice. The rookie defensive end will seek a second opinion before committing to surgery, but it looks as though his season is over.
The Patriots tendered Coleman before the start of free agency last week. Even with Coleman returning to the Patriots, the club's acquisition of Stephon Gilmore complicates his path to seeing regular snaps. Things could change depending whether Malcolm Butler remains with New England, however.
The 2015 fourth-rounder, who logged eight starts this season, now finds himself on the IDP radar after the leading the Patriots in sacks in 2016. The 23-year-old is under contract with New England through 2018, so Flowers will remain a fantasy factor in 2017, in his role as a starting defensive end for the team.
After playing in nine games for the Broncos this season the team opted to waive him prior to Week 12. Kilgo figures to help provide depth on the defensive line for the Patriots. Rookie D.J. Foster was waived to make room in a corresponding roster move.
The Patriots likely had a long-term approach in mind when they spent a third-round pick on Brissett in 2016, considering Tom Brady's on the back nine of his career and Jimmy Garoppolo's a candidate to leave in free agency next offseason. While in the past New England has only carried two quarterbacks on the active roster in order to open up a spot at a position elsewhere, the Patriots would risk losing Brissett to another team if they simply stashed him on their practice squad. As such, the second-year NC State product likely won't be going anywhere else anytime soon.
The Patriots made frequent use of two-TE formations last season when both Martellus Bennett and Rob Gronkowski were healthy, but Allen isn't quite on Bennett's level and that team didn't have Brandin Cooks. While thus unlikely to match Bennett's target volume, the former Colt could stay regularly involved near the end zone, where he's long been a threat. Nineteen of his 126 career receptions (15 percent) have gone for touchdowns, with 11 of those coming from inside the 10-yard line. Allen's primary appeal still involves a scenario in which Gronkowski is absent.
Washington spent the last two seasons on the Jacksonville roster in a reserve role. The 26-year-old receiver has only played in one NFL game, where he recorded one reception for nine yards. He's a long-shot to make the Patriots' final roster.
Jelks dealt with knee injuries that kept him off the field for parts of both of his final two seasons at Vanderbilt. The offensive tackle's health issues will only further hurt his case for winning a roster spot.
Garoppolo worked until halfway through the third quarter before giving way to Jacoby Brissett. He was able to rack up excellent numbers in that span even with many offensive regulars joining starting quarterback Tom Brady on the sideline, tossing touchdowns to Austin Carr and K.J. Maye. Garoppolo remains entrenched as Tom Brady's top backup, but in the event of an injury to his veteran counterpart, Garoppolo would merit fantasy attention, considering the talented collection of skill players on the Patriots' roster.
White has developed into a fairly reliable pass-catching back, corralling 100 of 140 passes for 961 yards and nine touchdowns over the past two seasons. He capped the latter campaign with the most impactful performance of his three-year career: a Super Bowl record 14 receptions and three total touchdowns in February's comeback victory against the Falcons. The Patriots will be sporting some different bodies out of the backfield in 2017, as Rex Burkhead was locked up in March, Mike Gillislee received an offer sheet from the team Tuesday, and LeGarrette Blount remains on the market. No matter who's getting the rock on a weekly basis, White is expected to serve primarily as a receiver, along with Dion Lewis, who has missed 18 regular-season games combined the last two seasons.
Brady was mostly sharp in his first taste of preseason action, although he did have a bit of good fortune when a first-quarter would-be interception on a pass intended for Chris Hogan was reversed on replay review. The future Hall of Famer was able to connect with prize offseason acquisition Brandin Cooks for the first time, while also completing passes to James White, Rex Burkhead and Danny Amendola. Brady is likely to see a bump in playing time in next Friday's contest against the Lions, which is likely to serve as his final prep for the regular season.
The undrafted tight end out of Wyoming is no threat to overtake roster locks Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but it's not out of the question that he sticks with the Patriots, with Matt Lengel, James O'Shaughnessy and Sam Cotton also in contention for the team's No. 3 tight end job.
Amendola's place on the final roster was deemed to be significantly secure earlier this summer, but with a deep roster of pass catchers, nothing is ultimately certain until final cuts. The veteran wideout wasn't the subject of much attention Saturday, but no Patriots front-line receiver saw more than one target. He'll look to bump up his production in next Friday's battle against the Lions.
The undrafted free agent out of Northwestern needs a break or two in order to make the Patriots' final roster, but the 6-foot-1, 194-pounder remains a candidate to stick with the practice squad at a minimum.
McClellin played 34.5 percent of the defensive snaps last season, tallying 41 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery in the process. The Jets surprisingly cut Harris in an economic-based move, but he figures to get plenty of snaps for the Patriots. It remains to be seen how his presence will cut into McClellin's snaps, but he will presumably see less time on the field.