New England Patriots

Stadium: Gillette Stadium | Coach: Bill Belichick
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense1st121.5 (10th)341.5 (1st)
Defense31st133.0 (27th)350.0 (31st)
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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
29Bademosi, Johnson DB6-02067/23/19906Stanford
38Bolden, Brandon RB5-112201/26/19906Ole Miss
12Brady, Tom QB6-42258/3/197718Michigan
97Branch, Alan DE6-635012/29/198411Michigan
90Brown, Malcom NT6-23202/2/19943Texas
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
23Chung, Patrick SS5-112158/19/19879Oregon
14Cooks, Brandin WR5-101899/25/19934Oregon State
74Croston, Cole T6-531512/25/1993RIowa
51Davis, Keionta DE6-32713/1/1994RTennessee-Chattanooga
46Develin, James FB6-32557/23/19885Brown
13Dorsett, Phillip WR5-101851/5/19933Miami (Fla.)
43Ebner, Nate DB6-022012/14/19886Ohio State
66Farris, Chase G6-42954/8/19931Ohio State
71Fleming, Cameron T6-63209/3/19924Stanford
59Flowers, Marquis LB6-32502/16/19924Arizona
98Flowers, Trey DE6-22658/16/19933Arkansas
63Garcia, Antonio T6-730212/10/1993RTroy
10Garoppolo, Jimmy QB6-222511/2/19914Eastern Illinois
35Gillislee, Mike RB5-1121911/1/19905Florida
24Gilmore, Stephon CB6-11909/19/19906South Carolina
3Gostkowski, Stephen K6-12151/28/198412Memphis
87Gronkowski, Rob TE6-62655/14/19898Arizona
93Guy, Lawrence DE6-43053/17/19907Arizona State
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.)
47Hollister, Jacob TE6-423911/18/1993RWyoming
76Jelks, Andrew T6-630712/6/1993RVanderbilt
31Jones, Jonathan CB5-101909/20/19932Auburn
75Karras, Ted C6-43053/15/19932Illinois
36King, Brandon DB6-22206/8/19933Auburn
48Langi, Harvey LB6-22529/24/1992RBrigham Young
33Lewis, Dion RB5-81959/27/19906Pittsburgh
55Marsh, Cassius DE6-42457/7/19924UCLA
69Mason, Shaq G6-13108/28/19933Georgia Tech
32McCourty, Devin FS5-101958/13/19878Rutgers
42Moore, Kenny CB5-91798/23/1995RValdosta State
37Richards, Jordan SS5-112101/21/19933Stanford
52Roberts, Elandon OLB6-02354/22/19942Houston
25Rowe, Eric CB6-120510/3/19923Utah
18Slater, Matthew WR6-02059/9/198510UCLA
77Solder, Nate T6-83254/12/19887Colorado
62Thuney, Joe G6-530511/18/19922NC State
99Valentine, Vincent NT6-33202/23/19942Nebraska
53Van Noy, Kyle OLB6-32433/26/19914Brigham Young
68Waddle, LaAdrian T6-63157/21/19915Texas Tech
28White, James RB5-102052/3/19924Wisconsin
91Wise, Deatrich DE6-52717/26/1994RArkansas
Injured Players
11Edelman, Julian (IR) WR5-102005/22/19869Kent State
41Jones, Cyrus (IR) CB5-1020011/29/19932Alabama
64Kidder, Caleb (IR) DE6-52692/4/1994RMontana
82Lengel, Matt (IR) TE6-726612/27/19902Eastern Kentucky
58McClellin, Shea (IR) OLB6-32508/1/19896Boise State
19Mitchell, Malcolm (IR) WR6-12007/20/19922Georgia
95Rivers, Derek (IR) DE6-52505/9/1994RYoungstown State
Practice Squad
 Ayers, DeMarcus WR5-111907/7/19941Houston
 Blackson, Angelo DT6-431811/14/19923Auburn
59Ferentz, James C6-22856/5/19893Iowa
92Grissom, Geneo DE6-42656/4/19923Oklahoma
81Hollister, Cody WR6-420911/18/1993RArkansas
34Jones, David DB6-321012/4/1993RRichmond
 King, Jason G6-431011/18/1993RPurdue
 Lewis, Ryan DB6-02004/15/1994RPittsburgh
 Nelson, Robert DB5-91752/16/19903Arizona State
35Travis, Damarius DB6-22154/19/1994RMinnesota
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
New England6-5317.96-4289.526.32240
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Position Listing
Nate Solder
Solder (undisclosed) did not make an appearance on the team's Week 1 injury report.

Solder had been dealing with an undisclosed ailment for several days, but his absence from the injury report seems to confirm it's now behind him. The seven-year vet is expected to anchor the offensive line in Thursday's season opener.

Dont'a Hightower
Hightower (knee) was a limited participant at practice Wednesday.

This is already a major improvement for Hightower after sitting out practice all of last week. Thursday and Friday's practices will prove pivotal on whether the 27-year-old is available against the Texans on Sunday, otherwise he should be back for Week 4.

Knee - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Eric Rowe
Rowe is questionable to return due to a groin injury suffered Sunday against the Saints, Christopher Price of Boston Sports Journal reports.

Rowe has been summoned this season in nickel and dime packages, but he doesn't record enough tackles to become a reliable IDP player. If he is unable to return, expect Jonathan Jones to fill in as a situational corner.

Groin - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Caleb Kidder
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Brandin Cooks
Cooks caught two of four targets for 37 yards and added six yards on the ground in Sunday's 36-20 win over New Orleans.

After trading a first-rounder and swapping mid-round picks, the assumption was that Cooks could be the second coming of Randy Moss in New England, especially after Julian Edelman went down with a torn ACL. That hasn't been the case minus a 54-yard gainer in Week 1 as Cooks has as many catches through two weeks as running back Rex Burkhead. It seems as though the Patriots have turned to beating teams inside with their backs and tight ends. While that doesn't do Cooks much good at this point, watch for him to pick up the pace as defenses are forced to single him up in response - a perilous move given his speed.

Kyle Van Noy
Van Noy signed a two-year contract extension with the Patriots on Friday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Van Noy was set to become a free agent after the season, but is now signed with New England through 2019. The 26-year-old played all 69 defensive snaps and recorded six tackles in the Patriots' season-opening loss the Chiefs on Thursday. New England loves the versatility Van Noy provides and plan to utilize him as both a prototypical linebacker and a pass rusher.

Stephen Gostkowski
Gostkowski made all three of his field-goal attempts in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Saints, en route to recording 12 points in Week 2.

Gostkowski missed one of his four extra-point tries, but his day was otherwise fruitful from a fantasy perspective. The Patriots' offense is a little banged up these days, but with Tom Brady at QB, Gostkowski still profiles as one of the more reliable fantasy kickers around. Only three kickers (Ryan Succop, Giorgio Tavecchio and Greg Zuerlein) have topped Gostkowski's mark of 21 points through two weeks.

Jonathan Jones
No Updates
Dion Lewis
Lewis was on the field for 14 of the Patriots' 76 snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Saints, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports. In doing so, the running back carried four times for 14 yards and caught his only target for 11 yards.

Lewis is a nice depth option for the Patriots at this stage, but his fantasy value is modest for now. Through the Patriots' first two games, James White (30 snaps) has been the better producer in PPR formats, while Mike Gillislee (30 snaps) has made his mark in TD-heavy leagues.

Rob Gronkowski
The Patriots listed Gronkowski (groin) as a non-participant at Wednesday's practice.

That said, per Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, the Patriots' star tight end was spotted Wednesday working on his blocking technique with teammate Dwayne Allen. Gronkowski's mere presence on the field Wednesday seems to support the notion that his groin injury is nothing serious, but a listed return to practice, in any capacity, on Thursday would no doubt sooth the nerves of those counting on him in Week 3 lineups.

Groin - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Jordan Richards
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.

David Jones
No Updates
Nate Ebner
Ebner (shoulder) was not present on the Patriots' injury report Wednesday.

After sitting out the first two games of the season Ebner looks ready to go against the Texans on Sunday. The 27-year-old will likely see few defensive snaps and resume his role as a special teams stalwart for the Patriots.

Robert Nelson
Nelson was signed to the Texans from the team's practice squad.

The Texans have some injuries in the secondary and Nelson will provide some depth there if they are shorthanded for Week 6 against the Colts.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Antonio Garcia
Illness - Out for Week 3 vs. Houston
No Updates
Devin McCourty
McCourty (groin) will play in Sunday's Week 2 matchup with the Saints.

McCourty was limited in practice throughout the week but his injury isn't thought to be serious. He'll start at safety alongside Patrick Chung once again.

Julian Edelman
The Patriots placed Edelman (knee) on injured reserve Saturday, Phil Perry of CSN New England reports.

With his placement on IR, Edelman's season is officially over due to an ACL tear in his right knee. In his stead, Tom Brady is expected to lean on reliable options like Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks, but Chris Hogan and James White are also prime candidates to experience significant usage in 2017.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Vincent Valentine
Valentine (knee) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Valentine practiced on a limited basis Thursday but sat out Wednesday and Friday's sessions, so this isn't a major surprise. Undrafted rookie Adam Butler could see an enhanced role with the Patriots defensive line a bit depleted as Valentine will miss his second consecutive game to start the season.

Knee - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Brandon Bolden
Bolden did not record any snaps on offense in Thursday's 42-27 loss to the Chiefs, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Bolden is clearly behind Mike Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, James White and Dion Lewis in the Patriots' backfield pecking order, but his special teams prowess should lead to him being on the team's active roster on most weeks.

Cassius Marsh
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said defensive end Cassius Marsh is 100 percent after recovering from a broken foot sustained this past October. 

“He’s in great shape,” Carroll said, via “That’s a tremendous addition. It’s like a brand new draft choice for us because he didn’t really get a chance to get started last year. Cassius is a really high-energy, creative and productive football player. We can’t wait to get him out there. He’s in great shape and looks terrific.”

Marsh only played in five games a season ago and recorded five tackles. 

Kenny Moore
No Updates
Damarius Travis
No Updates
Patrick Chung
Chung logged eight tackles (seven solo) and a pass defended in Sunday's victory over the Saints.

Chung led the way in tackles along with teammate Elandon Roberts. The veteran safety only recorded three in the team's season opening loss to the Chiefs but was much more active in this contest. He rarely saw the sideline, as he took the field for 63 snaps (97 percent) in the victory. He'll have a favorable matchup next week when the Patriots welcome rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson and the Texans to Foxborough.

Johnson Bademosi
The Lions traded Bademosi to the Patriots in exchange for a 2019 sixth-round draft pick, ESPN's Michael Rothstein reports.

Both teams seemed to benefit here, as the Lions get extra draft capital while the win-now Patriots receive a proficient special teams player who can contribute from the get-go.

David Andrews
No Updates
Joe Thuney
No Updates
Matt Lengel
Lengel (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to the Patriots' injured reserve list Monday, Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald reports.

Lengel was competing with James O'Shaughnessy and Jacob Hollister for a role providing depth at tight end before going down with an undisclosed injury. He's now set to spend the entire 2017 season on IR.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Duron Harmon
Harmon (knee) played 20 defensive snaps in Saturday's preseason game against the Texans.

It looks as though Harmon has fully recovered from the knee injury that been plaguing him for quite some time. Harmon projects to serve as a backup safety for New England this season after accruing 29 stops and an interception in 16 appearances in 2016.

Angelo Blackson
The Titans have signed four more of their draft picks on Wednesday including: Angelo Blackson, Andy Galilk, Tre McBride and Deiontrez Mount, the team announced.

Stephon Gilmore
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.

Groin - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Harvey Langi
No Updates
LaAdrian Waddle
Waddle (head) returned to practice Tuesday, Phil Perry of reports.

Now that he's healthy, Waddle should return to the role of Nate Solder's backup.

Malcolm Mitchell
The Patriots have placed Mitchell (knee) on IR, per the official NFL media site's transaction log.

In a corresponding move, the Patriots promoted Ted Karras from their practice squad. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, Mitchell could emerge as a short-term IR candidate for the Patriots, but the wideout's placement on IR on Thursday effectively rules Mitchell out through Week 9. As a result, the Patriots' wideout corps for Week 1 is headed by Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola, with newcomer Phillip Dorsett also in the mix.

Knee - Injured Reserve
James Ferentz
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
Gillislee rushed for 69 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Saints.

Tom Brady's arm boosted the Patriots to a big lead early and Gillislee helped put the Saints to sleep, including a two-yard touchdown late in the second quarter, his fourth of the season. Few teams are as specialized with their backfield as the Patriots, and though it doesn't seem like Gillislee is going to get the receiving attention that James White or Rex Burkhead will get, the offseason acquisition is in a good spot as the Patriots' power back. It's a role that LeGarrette Blount rode to the tune of 18 touchdowns last season. Gillislee is in position early in the season to shatter that mark.

Matthew Slater
Slater (hamstring) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Saints.

There was hope that the extra rest afforded by the 10-day period following the Sept. 7 season opener would give Slater enough time to recover, but he was unable to practice this week. Therefore, the Patriots will have to go without the services of their special teams ace for at least another week.

Hamstring - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Deatrich Wise
Wise (concussion) was fully suited up for Tuesday's practice, Erik Scalavino of the Patriots' official site reports.

The 2017 fourth-round pick is competing for a backup role at defensive end, so it's a good sign that he'll have two more preseason games to earn his keep.

Rex Burkhead
Burkhead (ribs) was not present for the start of practice Wednesday, Mike Reiss of reports.

Burkhead left Sunday's win over the Saints with a rib injury, so this is a situation to monitor in the coming days. The versatile running back is on the fantasy radar in deeper formats, but for the time being Mike Gillislee profiles as a more reliable option in TD-heavy scoring systems, while James White continues to demonstrate utility in PPR situations.

Ribs - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Joe Cardona
No Updates
Ryan Allen
No Updates
Cameron Fleming
Fleming (ankle) is inactive for the Patriots' season opener against the Chiefs on Thursday.

There was some optimism that Fleming might be ready to play after returning to practice Tuesday, but instead he will not dress against the Chiefs. Regardless, the former fourth-round pick now has plenty of time to be ready for Week 2.

Alan Branch
The Patriots activated Branch (undisclosed) from the preseason Physically Unable to Perform list Monday, Ryan Hannable of 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
Malcolm Butler
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.

Cyrus Jones
Jones has been ruled out for the season with a torn ACL and partially torn meniscus, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Jones suffered the non-contact injury in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, and the 2016 second-round pick will have to sit out his second NFL season. He was likely going to play a role as a return man and on special teams coverage this season.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Malcom Brown
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
King (undisclosed) did not appear on the team's Week 1 injury report.

His absence from the report hints that he'll be available for Thursday's season opener. Whether he plays is a different story, however.

Phillip Dorsett
Dorsett (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

That Dorsett was able to practice in any capacity Wednesday is a good sign, but with Danny Amendola a candidate to return to action Sunday against the Texans, Dorsett could move down a peg in the Patriots' wideout pecking order in Week 3 after working as the team's No. 2 option at the position in this past weekend's win over the Saints. In the process, he caught all three of his targets for 68 yards.

Knee - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Cleveland
Chase Farris
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.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Ryan Lewis
No Updates
Geneo Grissom
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.

Marquis Flowers
Flowers was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday for a seventh-round pick, Jim Owczarski of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

Flowers is coming off a 2016 campaign with the Bengals where he appeared in all 16 games but mostly as a member of special teams. In New England, he'll likely serve a similar role as a depth option on defense and key member of the special teams unit.

Lawrence Guy
Guy will sign a four-year, $20 million contract with the Patriots, Ian Rapoport of 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
Roberts (ribs) was a full participant at Wednesday's practice, Erik Scalavino of the team's official site reports.

Roberts finally did away with the non-contact practice jersey Wednesday. His return to a full-go reveals he's fully over the rib injury he suffered during the team's preseason game with Houston.

Thumb - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Marcus Cannon
Cannon (ankle/concussion) did not participate at practice Wednesday.

Cannon started at right tackle and played every snap against the Saints on Sunday after being limited in practice last week, but apparently sustained a concussion during the game at some point. He should be considered day-to-day until the Patriots indicate otherwise, with Cameron Fleming slated to take the reps in his absence.

Ankle - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Cody Hollister
No Updates
Keionta Davis
Back - Out for Week 3 vs. Houston
No Updates
David Harris
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
Hogan (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Hogan caught five of six targets for 78 yards and a TD in Week 2's win 36-20 win over the Saints, but at times he appeared hobbled in the contest, so it's not a surprise to see him on the injury report. That said, we'd be surprised it Hogan were unable to suit up Sunday against the Texans and in that scenario, he and Brandin Cooks would once again be in line to pace the Patriots' wideouts in snaps.

Knee - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Shaq Mason
No Updates
James Develin
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
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.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Trey Flowers
Flowers was on the field for all 69 of the Patriots' snaps on defense in Thursday's 42-27 loss to the Chiefs, per ESPN's Mike Reiss.

In the process, he recorded five tackles and two sacks, and in his role as the Patriots' starting right defensive end, Flowers is definitely on the IDP radar. He figures in for a heavy workload this coming season provided he remains at full health.

Dwayne Allen
Allen was on the field for 46 of the Patriots' 76 snaps on offense in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Saints, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

In the process, Allen was targeted once and held without a catch for the second straight game. Allen's fantasy utility continues to be tied to the health of fellow tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was forced out of Sunday's contest with a groin injury. Gronkowski's Week 3 status has yet to be clarified, so Allen might be worth a roster stash in deeper formats to see how his talented teammate's injury situation plays out.

Andrew Jelks
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.

Knee - Out for Week 3 vs. Houston
Jimmy Garoppolo
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
White caught all eight of his targets for 85 yards and contributed 11 yards on two carries in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Saints.

With receivers Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, and Danny Amendola all out and a lot of questions after Week 1's loss, the Patriots decided to return to what worked for them in Super Bowl LI, namely getting White involved in the passing game. The Patriots' offense, built on quick option routes is well suited for such an attack as Kevin Faulk, Shane Vereen, and White himself have shown in the past. With Amendola the only one of the trio due back soon and recent acquisition Phillip Dorsett working his way into the fold, look for the Patriots to keep with that formula, especially if tight end Rob Gronkowski misses any time.

Tom Brady
Brady completed 30 of 39 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns while adding nine yards on the ground in Sunday's 36-20 beat down of the Saints.

Brady wasted no time getting the bad taste of the seasoning-opening loss out of his mouth, striking for all three of his touchdowns in the game's opening quarter - the first time he has done that in his career. The defending champions looked to have improved in the offseason, but questions were raised when top-target Julian Edelman went down with a torn ACL and the offense sputtered in the opener. Any questions as to how the Patriots were to respond were answered on Sunday as the Patriots' backs and tight ends reeled in 20 of Brady's 30 completions. Look for Brady to continue with that look as it has served him well in the Patriots' last two wins.

Jacob Hollister
Hollister has secured a spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster, CSN New England reports.

The player he beat out to make the team, fellow tight end James O'Shaughnessy, was claimed by the Jaguars, so unless the Patriots counter with another move at the position, then the undrafted Hollister has landed a spot with the team thanks to a strong preseason. He's clearly behind both Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen on the Patriots' depth chart, but Hollister's veteran counterparts have had injury woes in the past, so the Wyoming product could enter the fantasy equation down the road with a break or two in his favor.

Adam Butler
No Updates
Danny Amendola
Amendola (concussion/knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

The Patriots' injury report is looking pretty robust this week, with nine players limited Wednesday and three listed as non-participants. Also limited Wednesday were fellow wideouts Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan, who were both dinged up in Week 2. As for Amendola, his return to the practice field bodes well for his status for Sunday's game against the Texans and if he is able to return to action this weekend, he'd be in line to see some Tom Brady targets out of the slot, thus making him of interest in PPR formats.

Concussion - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 3 vs. Houston
Ted Karras
Karris joined the Patriots' 53-man roster Thursday, Mike Reiss of 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.

Shea McClellin
McClellin (undisclosed) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Mike Reiss of reports.

McClellin missed the majority of the preseason with an undisclosed injury and will now be sidelined for at least the first half of season. The six-year pro was a key contributor on special teams and select defensive packages for the Super Bowl champs last season, playing in 14 games and making four starts. In a corresponding move, the Patriots resigned running back Brandon Bolden - another key special teamer for the Patriots over the past few years.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
DeMarcus Ayers
Ayers caught a touchdown from Landry Jones in practice Friday, Mike Prisuta on reports.

It is encouraging to see a healthy Ayers, who had core-muscle surgery on both his legs following the 2016 season. Still, the battle for a wide receiver roster spot should be competitive all of training camp. Ayers' chances of making the team are temporarily aided by the fact that the league has yet to reinstate Martavis Bryant, prohibiting him from practicing with the team.


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