|Offense||1st||121.5 (10th)||341.5 (1st)|
|Defense||31st||133.0 (27th)||350.0 (31st)|
|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|
|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|
|13||Dorsett, Phillip||WR||5-10||185||1/5/1993||3||Miami (Fla.)|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||6||Ohio State|
|66||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio 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|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DE||6-4||305||3/17/1990||7||Arizona State|
|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|
|69||Mason, Shaq||G||6-1||310||8/28/1993||3||Georgia Tech|
|42||Moore, Kenny||CB||5-9||179||8/23/1995||R||Valdosta 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|
|11||Edelman, Julian (IR)||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||9||Kent State|
|19||Mitchell, Malcolm (IR)||WR||6-1||200||7/20/1992||2||Georgia|
|41||Jones, Cyrus (IR)||CB||5-10||200||11/29/1993||2||Alabama|
|58||McClellin, Shea (IR)||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise State|
|64||Kidder, Caleb (IR)||DE||6-5||269||2/4/1994||R||Montana|
|82||Lengel, Matt (IR)||TE||6-7||266||12/27/1990||2||Eastern Kentucky|
|95||Rivers, Derek (IR)||DE||6-5||250||5/9/1994||R||Youngstown State|
|99||Valentine, Vincent (IR)||NT||6-3||320||2/23/1994||2||Nebraska|
|Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||3||Old Dominion|
|Nelson, Robert||DB||5-9||175||2/16/1990||3||Arizona State|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
Hightower was considered a toss up heading into Week 3 after being limited in practice throughout the week. Look for Kyle Van Noy to step into the starting lineup to fill in for Hightower against Houston this week.
Rowe was limited in practice throughout the week and considered questionable coming into Sunday's game. His absence leaves New England a bit thinner at defensive back. Look for Johnson Bademosi to see some extra snaps in Rowe's absence.
Cooks had been relatively quiet through his first 10 quarters with New England, but exploded for touchdown catches of 42 and 25 yards in the second half. The latter score put his team ahead by one point with 23 seconds to play and was accompanied by a successful two-point conversion catch to provide the final margin. Cooks is seeing less volume in New England than he did with New Orleans, but the combination of Cooks' explosiveness and Tom Brady's ability to find his receivers makes the speedster capable of producing elite performances like this one any given week.
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.
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.
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.
Gronkowski was denied in the end zone on 2nd and goal, but came right back with a five-yard touchdown on the next play to cap New England's first drive. While he was heavily involved in the offense the rest of the way, the tight end's contributions were overshadowed by two-touchdown performances from wide receivers Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan. Looking healthy after exiting last week's win over the Saints early with a groin injury, Gronkowski is a surefire TE1 regardless of opponent.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
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.
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.
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.
Valentine did not practice this week and had yet to suit up for the Patriots this season. Geneo Grissom replaces him on the 53-man roster, but rookie Adam Butler is now the only reserve defensive tackle for the Patriots.
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.
“He’s in great shape,” Carroll said, via ESPN.com. “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.
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.
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.
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.
Gilmore was limited in practice throughout the week but he was never considered to be in danger of missing significant time. He'll start at corner opposite Malcolm Butler once again.
Now that he's healthy, Waddle should return to the role of Nate Solder's backup.
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.
Houston's stout front successfully bottled up New England's ground game, so Gillislee was a non-factor while quarterback Tom Brady threw five touchdown passes. Gillislee is averaging only 3.2 yards per carry and is yet to catch a pass through three games, but has already scored four rushing touchdowns for the high-powered Patriots offense despite being held out of the end zone here.
Slater was limited in practice throughout the week and was hoping to make his 2017 regular-season debut in Week 3, but he'll have to wait at least a week more. With Slater likely the last receiver on the depth chart, the Patriots offense should continue to function fine in his absence.
Heinicke gives the team some QB depth following the trade of Jacoby Brissett to the Colts. He's obviously behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo on the organization's depth chart, but now that he's with the practice squad, Heinicke can prep for backup duty in the event that one of his counterparts suffers an injury.
Per Reiss, the absence of Burkhead shouldn't really affect the roles of either Mike Gillislee, the Patriots' top power back, or James White, the team's primary passing back. The player that could pick up a few touches Sunday is Dion Lewis, who has seen limited work through the team's first two games. In such a scenario, Lewis remains a speculative fantasy play while working behind Gillislee and White.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
His absence from the report hints that he'll be available for Thursday's season opener. Whether he plays is a different story, however.
With Danny Amendola back in action after missing Week 2 action, Dorsett figures to move down a notch in the Patriots' wideout pecking order Sunday after hauling in all three of his targets for 68 yards last weekend, while Amendola was out.
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.
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.
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 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.
Cannon sat out practice throughout the week due to the concussion he suffered Week 2. Cameron Fleming is expected to get the start at guard in Cannon's place Sunday.
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).
Through a combination of good play design and opposing ineptitude, Hogan was open as could be on both of his touchdowns. They came from seven and 47 yards out, respectively, and were the second and third of five touchdowns thrown by quarterback Tom Brady. He ranked third in targets behind Rob Gronkowski (10) and Brandin Cooks (seven), which is an accurate depiction of their respective roles in this offense.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brady spread the ball around in this masterful performance, connecting with Brandin Cooks and Chris Hogan for two touchdowns apiece after hooking up with Rob Gronkowski on an opening drive score. While his lost fumble was caught in the air and returned for a touchdown by Jadaveon Clowney, Brady made amends by hitting Cooks for the game-winning 25-yard touchdown with 23 seconds left. The 40-year-old star was held out of the end zone in a season-opening loss, but has rebounded with 825 yards and eight passing touchdowns in the past two weeks.
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.
With Julian Edelman on IR and RB Rex Burkhead inactive Sunday, Amendola is a candidate to garner his share of looks out of the slot in Week 3. Keep in mind, however, that the Patriots could consider a course of managing the veteran wideout's in-game snaps to some degree, considering Amendola's injury history.
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.