New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense4th117.0 (7th)269.2 (4th)
Defense8th88.6 (3rd)237.9 (12th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
6Allen, Ryan P6-22202/28/19905Louisiana Tech
83Allen, Dwayne TE6-32652/24/19906Clemson
80Amendola, Danny WR5-1119011/2/19859Texas Tech
60Andrews, David C6-32957/10/19923Georgia
72Augusta, Josh DT6-43358/24/1994RMissouri
44Bates, Trevor LB6-22478/28/19931Maine
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19906Ole Miss
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197718Michigan
97Branch, Alan DE6-635012/29/198411Michigan
7Brissett, Jacoby QB6-423512/11/19922NC State
90Brown, Malcom DT6-23202/2/19943Texas
34Burkhead, Rex RB5-102107/2/19905Nebraska
21Butler, Malcolm CB5-111903/2/19904West Alabama
70Butler, Adam DT6-53004/12/1994RVanderbilt
61Cannon, Marcus T6-63355/6/19887TCU
49Cardona, Joe LS6-32454/16/19923Navy
84Carr, Austin WR6-119512/25/1993RNorthwestern
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19879Oregon
22Coleman, Justin CB5-111903/27/19933Tennessee
14Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19934Oregon State
85Cotton, Sam TE6-42501/27/1994RNebraska
70Croston, Cole T6-529512/25/1993RIowa
39Daniels, LeShun RB6-02256/4/1995RIowa
 Davis, Keionta DE6-32713/1/1994RTennessee-Chattanooga
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19885Brown
65Douglas, Jamil G6-43082/28/19922Arizona State
94Ealy, Kony DE6-427512/21/19914Missouri
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19886Ohio State
11Edelman, Julian WR5-102005/22/19869Kent State
47Ellis, Brooks ILB6-22451/15/1995RArkansas
66Farris, Chase G6-42954/8/19931Ohio State
59Ferentz, James C6-22856/5/19893Iowa
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19924Stanford
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19933Arkansas
27Foster, D.J. RB6-019511/22/19932Arizona State
55Freeny, Jonathan OLB6-22556/15/19896Rutgers
63Garcia, Antonio T6-730212/10/1993RTroy
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19914Eastern Illinois
35Gillislee, Mike RB5-1121911/1/19904Florida
24Gilmore, Stephon CB6-11909/19/19906South Carolina
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198412Memphis
92Grissom, Geneo DE6-42656/4/19923Oklahoma
47Gronkowski, Glenn FB6-32343/25/19931Kansas State
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19898Arizona
93Guy, Lawrence DE6-43053/17/19907Arizona State
74Hamilton, Woodrow DT6-331512/20/19922Ole Miss
30Harmon, Duron FS6-12051/24/19915Rutgers
45Harris, David LB6-22501/21/198411Michigan
54Hightower, Dont'a MLB6-32653/12/19906Alabama
15Hogan, Chris WR6-121010/24/19885Monmouth (N.J.)
81Hollister, Cody TE6-420911/18/1993RArkansas
48Hollister, Jacob TE6-423911/18/1993RWyoming
76Jelks, Andrew T6-630712/6/1993RVanderbilt
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/19932Auburn
34Jones, David DB6-321012/4/1993RRichmond
41Jones, Cyrus CB5-1020011/29/19932Alabama
75Karras, Ted G6-43053/15/19932Illinois
64Kidder, Caleb DE6-52692/4/1994RMontana
96Kilgo, Darius NT6-331912/14/19913Maryland
29Killings, D.J. DB6-01858/9/1995RUCF
74King, Jason G6-431011/18/1993RPurdue
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19933Auburn
48Langi, Harvey LB6-22529/24/1992RBrigham Young
82Lengel, Matt TE6-726612/27/19902Eastern Kentucky
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19906Pittsburgh
33Likely, William DB5-71759/13/1994RMaryland
13Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/19931Arizona State
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19933Georgia Tech
16Maye, K.J. WR5-81915/25/19941Minnesota
58McClellin, Shea OLB6-32508/1/19896Boise State
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19878Rutgers
67McDermott, Conor T6-830510/19/1992RUCLA
19Mitchell, Malcolm WR6-12007/20/19922Georgia
42Moore, Kenny CB5-91798/23/1995RValdosta State
88O'Shaughnessy, James TE6-42451/14/19923Illinois State
72Rich, Max T6-73155/19/1994RHarvard
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19933Stanford
95Rivers, Derek DE6-52505/9/1994RYoungstown State
52Roberts, Elandon OLB6-02354/22/19942Houston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19923Utah
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/198510UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19887Colorado
26Thompson, Jason DB6-22084/21/1994RUtah
62Thuney, Joe G6-530511/18/19922NC State
35Travis, Damarius DB6-22154/19/1994RMinnesota
99Valentine, Vincent NT6-33202/23/19942Nebraska
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32433/26/19914Brigham Young
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19915Texas Tech
12Washington, Tony WR5-1119510/18/19902Appalachian State
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19924Wisconsin
91Wise, Deatrich DE6-52717/26/1994RArkansas
Injured Players
 Vereen, Corey (IR) DE6-22476/15/1995RTennessee
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-5311.26-3292.325.32240
 
 
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Position Listing
Glenn Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday.

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.

Nate Solder
No Updates
Dont'a Hightower
News
The Patriots placed Hightower on their preseason Physically Unable to Perform list Monday due to an undisclosed injury, Adam Kurkjian of the Boston Herald reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Physically Unable to Perform
Eric Rowe
News
Rowe (hamstring) is inactive Monday night against the Ravens.

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.

Caleb Kidder
No Updates
Corey Vereen
Injury
Brandin Cooks
News
Cooks brought in his sole target for seven yards in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.

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.

Kyle Van Noy
News
Van Noy was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Stephen Gostkowski
News
Gostkowski (illness) will play in Sunday's Super Bowl against the Falcons, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

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.

Jonathan Jones
No Updates
Dion Lewis
News
Lewis rushed seven times for 34 yards and brought in one of two targets for nine yards in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.

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.

Rob Gronkowski
News
Gronkowski will play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

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.

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.

LeShun Daniels
News
Daniels isn't expected to take the field for Saturday's game against the Texans due to an undisclosed injury, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Devin Lucien
News
Lucien signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on Tuesday, NESN reports.

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.

K.J. Maye
News
Maye signed with the Patriots on Sunday, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

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.

David Jones
No Updates
Nate Ebner
News
Ebner (concussion) is active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI against the Falcons.

Indeed cleared of concussion symptoms stemming from the AFC championship game, Ebner will fill his typical role on the Patriots' special-teams units.

Antonio Garcia
No Updates
Jason Thompson
No Updates
Brooks Ellis
No Updates
Devin McCourty
News
McCourty finished the 2016 regular season with 83 tackles and a pick over the course of 16 games.

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.

Josh Augusta
No Updates
Julian Edelman
News
Edelman failed to catch either of his targets in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.

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.

Vincent Valentine
News
Valentine (back) is listed as active for Sunday's Super Bowl LI versus the Falcons.

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.

Brandon Bolden
News
Reiff missed his fourth straight practice Monday due to an undisclosed injury, Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

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.

Max Rich
No Updates
Kenny Moore
No Updates
Damarius Travis
No Updates
Patrick Chung
News
Chung finished the 2016 regular season with 91 tackles and a pick over the course of 16 games.

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.

David Andrews
No Updates
Joe Thuney
No Updates
Matt Lengel
News
Lengel (undisclosed) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Ryan Hannable of WEEI reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Duron Harmon
News
Harmon was unable to finish practice Saturday due to a knee injury, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Stephon Gilmore
News
Gilmore has signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots, that includes $40 million in guaranteed money, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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.

D.J. Foster
News
Foster finished the 2016 regular season with seven carries for 24 yards and one catch for two yards over the course of three games for the Patriots.

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.

Harvey Langi
No Updates
LaAdrian Waddle
News
Waddle suffered an undisclosed injury late in Tuesday's joint practice with the Texans, and is headed back to Boston for further evaluation, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Malcolm Mitchell
News
Mitchell (undisclosed) participated in 11-on-11 drills Monday for the first time since July 27, the Stephen Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.

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.

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 (hamstring) will not play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Sam Cotton
No Updates
Matthew Slater
News
Slater (hamstring) isn't expected to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

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.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Kony Ealy
News
The Panthers have traded Ealy and a third-round draft pick to the Patriots in exchange for a second-round choice, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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.

Deatrich Wise
News
Wise (concussion) is expected to be sidelined for about a week, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

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.

Injury
Head - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Rex Burkhead
News
Burkhead rushed seven times for 20 yards and hauled in all three of his targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.

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.

Jonathan Freeny
News
Freeny (shoulder) has been a full participant in offseason practices, Rich Garven of The Providence Journal reports.

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.

William Likely
No Updates
Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
No Updates
Cameron Fleming
No Updates
Alan Branch
News
The Patriots activated Branch (undisclosed) from the preseason Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com reports.

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.

Jason King
No Updates
Jamil Douglas
News
Dolphins rookie Jamil Douglas continues to gain first-team snaps at left guard in OTAs. 

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."

Malcolm Butler
News
Butler has rejoined the Patriots for the beginning of their post-draft workout program, ESPN's Field Yates reports.

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.

James O'Shaughnessy
News
O'Shaughnessy was traded to the Patriots on Saturday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

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.

Cyrus Jones
News
Jones (knee) was a full participant at practice Wednesday.

Jones sat out Week 17 but it appears the week off prior to the divisional round was enough for him to get healthy. He's near the bottom of the Patriots' depth chart and likely won't see much action beyond special teams.

Malcom Brown
News
Patriots defensive lineman Dominique Easley (hip) did not practice on Wednesday, Doug Kyed of the New England Sports Network reports.

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. 

Brandon King
No Updates
D.J. Killings
No Updates
Chase Farris
News
Farris (undisclosed) was waived Thursday by the Patriots, Phil Berry of CSN New England reports.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Trevor Bates
No Updates
Geneo Grissom
News
Grissom was promoted to the Patriots' active roster on Saturday, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

Grissom was with the Patriots in the preseason and signed to the practice squad after failing to make the opening week roster. He'll be a depth option at defensive end and help out on special teams.

Conor McDermott
No Updates
Woodrow Hamilton
News
Hamilton was waived by the Patriots on Friday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

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 was removed from Saturday's game with a rib injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Roberts is not a starter on the Patriots' defense, but he appeared in 13 games as a rookie in 2016.

Injury
Ribs - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Marcus Cannon
No Updates
Cody Hollister
No Updates
Keionta Davis
Injury
Back - Questionable for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
No Updates
David Harris
News
Harris is signing a two-year deal with the Patriots, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

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).

Chris Hogan
News
Hogan mostly ran with the first-team offense during June minicamp, ESPN.com's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Shaq Mason
No Updates
James Develin
News
Develin signed a two-year deal with the Patriots on Monday, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.

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.

Derek Rivers
News
Rivers suffered a torn ACL and a sprained LCL in Wednesday's practice, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

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.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Out for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Justin Coleman
News
Coleman signed his exclusive-rights tender with the Patriots on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Trey Flowers
News
Flowers finished the 2016 regular season with 45 tackles and seven sacks over the course of 16 games.

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.

Darius Kilgo
News
Kilgo was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Monday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

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.

Jacoby Brissett
News
Brissett doesn't appear in danger of losing his roster spot in 2017, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

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.

Dwayne Allen
News
Tom Brady has frequently looked to Allen in the red zone at training camp, Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reports.

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.

Tony Washington
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Washington signed with the Patriots on Thursday, Erik Scalavino of the team's official site reports.

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.

Andrew Jelks
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Jelks is dealing with a knee issue and will open training camp on the Patriots' Non-Football Injury list, Phil Perry of CSN New England reports.

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.

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Knee - Out for Week 1 vs. Kansas City
Jimmy Garoppolo
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Garoppolo completed 22-of-28 passes for 235 yards and two touchdowns while adding a three-yard carry in Thursday's preseason opener against the Jaguars.

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.

James White
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The Patriots reached an agreement on a three-year extension with White on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Tom Brady
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Brady completed six of nine passes for 67 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.

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.

Jacob Hollister
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Hollister caught seven passes for 116 yards in Thursday's 31-24 preseason loss to the Jaguars.

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.

Adam Butler
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Danny Amendola
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Amendola secured his only target for six yards in Saturday's 27-23 preseason loss to the Texans.

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.

Ted Karras
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Austin Carr
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Carr hauled in five catches for 44 yards, including a three-yard TD, in Thursday's 31-24 preseason loss to the Jaguars.

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.

Shea McClellin
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McClellin could see his playing time take a hit this season due to the addition of David Harris, Mike Reiss of ESPN reports.

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.

 

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