|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|
|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 a limited participant in practice this week but there has been little indication on if he is expected to be ready to play. If there is any doubt expect the Patriots to err on the side of caution with their injury-prone linebacker.
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.
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.
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.
Check back for confirmation before game time, but Gronkowski practiced Thursday and Friday and expressed optimism he'd play all week. While the Texans are a good defense, they're missing key pieces of the secondary, and in any event, Gronkowski is virtually unguardable.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
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.
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.
It's unclear when Gilmore sustained the injury, as he has not missed a defensive snap for the Patriots this year. The 27-year-old practiced on a limited basis this week, so the injury doesn't seem too serious. However, his status for Sunday is currently up in the air.
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.
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.
Slater was limited in practice this week and has yet to make a game appearance in 2017. The Patriots' special teams ace has practice very little over the last few weeks, so it's unclear if he is expected to be available Sunday.
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.
We'll verify Dorsett's Week 3 status in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but with Brandin Cooks, as well as (presumably both) Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola all on hand Sunday, Dorsett could move down a notch in the Patriots' wideout pecking order this weekend after reeling in all three of his targets for 68 yards in Week 2, while Amendola was on the shelf.
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 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.
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).
Hogan is officially listed as questionable to play, and while his availability is a plus for the Pats' wideout depth, it may be tough to have a breakout performance with Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola (concussion), Phillip Dorsett (knee) and Rob Gronkowski (groin) also available.
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 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.
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.
The Patriots' Week 3 injury report is robust, with 11 players listed as questionable. Of that group, we suspect that Amendola is among those closer to the old "probable" injury designation shed by the NFL prior to last season. With Julian Edelman on IR and RB Rex Burkhead out, Amendola is a candidate to garner a healthy dose of looks out of the slot Sunday. That said, it's conceivable that the Patriots may consider a course of managing the veteran wideout's in-game reps to a degree, with Amendola's injury history in mind.
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.
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.