|Offense||2nd||118.1 (10th)||276.1 (2nd)|
|Defense||28th||114.8 (19th)||251.2 (29th)|
|6||Allen, Ryan||P||6-2||220||2/28/1990||6||Louisiana Tech|
|80||Amendola, Danny||WR||5-11||190||11/2/1985||10||Texas Tech|
|88||Bennett, Martellus||TE||6-6||275||3/10/1987||11||Texas A&M|
|38||Bolden, Brandon||RB||5-11||220||1/26/1990||7||Ole Miss|
|21||Butler, Malcolm||DB||5-11||190||3/2/1990||5||West Alabama|
|14||Cooks, Brandin||WR||5-10||189||9/25/1993||5||Oregon State|
|13||Dorsett, Phillip||WR||5-10||185||1/5/1993||4||Miami (Fla.)|
|43||Ebner, Nate||DB||6-0||220||12/14/1988||7||Ohio State|
|11||Edelman, Julian||WR||5-10||200||5/22/1986||10||Kent State|
|66||Farris, Chase||G||6-4||295||4/8/1993||1||Ohio State|
|24||Gilmore, Stephon||DB||6-1||190||9/19/1990||7||South Carolina|
|93||Guy, Lawrence||DT||6-4||305||3/17/1990||8||Arizona State|
|92||Harrison, James||LB||6-0||242||5/4/1978||16||Kent State|
|15||Hogan, Chris||WR||6-1||210||10/24/1988||6||Monmouth (N.J.)|
|2||Hoyer, Brian||QB||6-2||215||10/13/1985||10||Michigan State|
|94||Jean Francois, Ricky||DT||6-3||313||11/23/1986||10||LSU|
|48||Langi, Harvey||LB||6-2||252||9/24/1992||2||Brigham Young|
|55||Lee, Eric||DE||6-3||260||8/6/1994||2||South Florida|
|69||Mason, Shaq||C||6-1||310||8/28/1993||4||Georgia Tech|
|95||Rivers, Derek||OLB||6-5||250||5/9/1994||2||Youngstown State|
|62||Thuney, Joe||G||6-5||305||11/18/1992||3||NC State|
|Tye, Will||TE||6-2||256||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|53||Van Noy, Kyle||LB||6-3||243||3/26/1991||5||Brigham Young|
|68||Waddle, LaAdrian||T||6-6||315||7/21/1991||6||Texas Tech|
|Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||180||10/23/1994||1||Iowa State|
Solder was a late addition to the injury report this week after coming down with an illness Saturday. However, it appears he's set to tough this one out.
Hightower has seemed to avoid any setbacks in his recovery thus far, which makes him a realistic candidate to be available for the start of the 2018 season. The 27-year-old underwent season-ending pectoral surgery in late October, and the Patriots could very well express additional caution bringing him back given the linebacker's injury history.
Cooks, who also ran nine times for 40 yards this past season, was knocked out of Sunday's Super Bowl loss to the Eagles after just 18 snaps. While the Patriots were able to rack up 33 points in the contest, they had to adjust their game plan minus their top deep threat for almost three full quarters. The 24-year-old speedster remains under contract with the Patriots in 2018 and will once again serve as one of QB Tom Brady's top pass-catching weapons next season.
Van Noy, who missed three games in December with a calf injury, returned for the regular-season finale but was clearly on a snap count considering he only logged 12 plays on defense. The Patriots' first-round bye afforded him extra rest and he should be in for a full workload this time around.
Gostkowski, whose career-high in points is 158 (in 2013), continues to benefit from working behind New England's Tom Brady-helmed offense. The 2006 fourth-rounder, who turns 34 on Jan. 28, is under contract with the Patriots next season and slated to earn a base salary of $3,200,000. Looking ahead to 2018, Gostkowski will continue to profile as one of the league's more reliable fantasy kickers, given his favorable team context.
Jones suffered some sort of injury during the fourth quarter of last week's divisional-round victory over the Titans. A core special-teams player for the Patriots, Jones' spot on the 53-man roster will be taken by return specialist Bernard Reedy.
Lewis logged 21 (of a possible 76) snaps on offense Sunday, while sharing backfield duties with James White (45 snaps) and Rex Burkhead (nine snaps). During the regular season, Lewis carried a team-high 180 times for 896 yards and six TDs, also catching 32 passes for 216 yards and another three scores in the air. The 27-year-old is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason and while we'd expect that the Patriots would like to keep their leading rusher around, that will only happen on their own terms financially. Lewis' 5.0 yards per carry were indicative of his effective running in 2017, but at five-foot-8, 195 pounds injuries have been an issue throughout his career.
Tye joined the Patriots' practice squad after being released by the Jets in early October. He has proven to be a contributing tight end, recording back-to-back 40-plus reception seasons with the Giants starting in 2015. All the tight ends on New England's roster are under contract through next season, so Tye will need to separate himself from the pack this offseason if he hopes to make the 53-man roster.
The 39-year-old Harrison was released by the Steelers three days earlier after seeing limited use most of the season behind first-round pick T.J. Watt, who claimed a starting role at outside linebacker out of training camp. The owner of 82.5 career sacks, Harrison seems unlikely to be used as anything more than a situational pass rusher in New England, but his addition at least gives the Patriots some extra coverage on the edge with Kyle Van Noy (calf) having missed the team's last three games.
The star tight end got off to a slow start before coming on in the second half, logging touchdown receptions of five and four yards from Tom Brady in the third and fourth quarter, respectively. The second score afforded the Patriots a short-lived 33-32 advantage and gave Gronkowski three touchdowns for the fourth consecutive postseason. Despite the fact he's only 28 years of age, the 2010 second-round pick's extensive injury history is notably leading to some rumblings of a possible retirement as per Paul Perillo of the team's official site, but Gronkowski is on record as saying he'll take several weeks to evaluate his future. Ironically, the multi-time Pro Bowler just wrapped up a strong bounce-back season, one that saw him haul in 69 of 106 targets for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns over 14 games.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
Ebner sustained the injury on a fake punt attempt in Sunday's win over the Dolphins. The 28-year-old has primarily served as a special teams player during his time with the Patriots.
It's been an interesting journey for Britt, who parlayed a strong season with the Rams in 2016 into four-year, $32.5 million free agent contract with the Browns this past offseason. Things never clicked for the 6-foot-3, 223-pound wideout in a Cleveland uniform and he ended up signing a deal with the Patriots (that runs through next season) after being waived by the Browns in December. Set to earn $1,468,750 in 2018, Britt stands to benefit from a full offseason with the Patriots, though he'll still need to climb up a depth chart that will be topped by Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman (knee) before he re-enters the fantasy conversation.
The surgery is not believed to be anything serious. Per the report, the procedure was done as a means of absolving a nagging injury that left McCourty with some discomfort during the season. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, he'll be 100 percent well before training camp gets underway.
At this point in his rehab from October surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee, Edelman seems to have progressed as anticipated. It's still likely that he'll face limitations by the time the Patriots' offseason program begins, but the expectation remains that he'll be a full participant for training camp. Edelman, who will turn 32 in May and is under contract through 2019, should settle back into his normal role as the team's top slot receiver during the upcoming season.
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 Valentine missing his second consecutive game to start the season.
The 27-year-old has been with the Patriots since 2012, and he's managed to stick around that long thanks to his versatility and special-teams prowess. Bolden is slated to become a free agent this offseason, but it's not hard to imagine him re-signing with New England in order to reprise his current role with the team. Also in line to become free agents this offseason are fellow running backs Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead, but in any case, if Bolden is brought back by the Patriots, it would not be to compete for a starting slot.
Prior to his exit, Chung recorded a team-high nine tackles (six solo). Chung, who finished the 2017 regular season with 84 tackles and a pick in 16 games, remains under contract with the Patriots in 2018. He's in line to remain a starting strong safety for the team next season, working in tandem with free safety Devin McCourty.
Bademosi has made his bones in the NFL as a special-teams ace, culminating in a career-high 27 tackles and one fumble recovery last season. With the move from Cleveland to Detroit, the opportunity may exist for Bademosi to play a role in a rejiggered secondary, but containment on kick and punt returns will again be on the docket.
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.
Expectations were high after the cornerback sign a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots this offseason, but Gilmore endured a rough start to his 2017 campaign. His play improved as the season rolled along, however, and the 27-year-old is poised to remain a mainstay in the New England secondary for the foreseeable future.
Langi was placed on the Non-Football Injury list in October after he and his wife were injured in a car accident. He had to recover both knee and neck injuries, but it isn't anticipated that he'll miss much, if any, of the team's offseason program. The undrafted rookie saw his year cut short but will have every chance to earn a roster spot once again in 2018.
Waddle was a limited participant in practice last week after sitting out the AFC championship for the knee sprain he suffered in the divisional-round win over the Titans. The 26-year-old may slot back in as the Patriots' starting right tackle, but Cameron Fleming could also be in the mix for snaps.
Returning to New England for his second stint with the club this season, Jean Francois will provide insurance along the defensive line, with Alan Branch (knee) uncertain to play Sunday against the Steelers. Jean Francois has appeared in a combined nine games this season with the Packers and Patriots, collecting four total tackles.
As he was at times down the stretch during the regular season, Gillislee was a healthy scratch for Sunday's Super Bowl against the Eagles. The 27-year-old scored four of his TDs in the Patriots' first two games and subsequently saw teammate Dion Lewis supplant him as the team's top back. Gillislee remains under contract with New England in 2018, but it's not out of the question that the Patriots consider parting ways with him, with the running back's contract for next season not calling for any guaranteed money.
Slater returns after a three-week absence from the hamstring injury he sustained against the Broncos in Week 10. The 32-year-old should resume his role as a special teams ace in Monday's contest.
Wise has evidently cleared concussion protocol after being a full participant in practice both Thursday and Friday. There's been no indication he'll be under any sort of snap restriction Sunday.
Burkhead logged nine snaps (of a possible 76) Sunday, while James White recorded 45 snaps and Dion Lewis was out there for 21 snaps. During the regular season, Burkhead logged 64 carries for 264 yards and five TDs, while catching 30 passes for 254 yards and three TDs in 10 games. The 27-year-old is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but we suspect that the Patriots would like to keep the versatile Burkhead around, at the right price.
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 hasn't taken the field since Week 14 of the regular season when he originally injured the meniscus in one of his knees. However, his absence from the injury report suggests that problem is now a thing of the past.
All but four of his completions and 42 of his passing yards were accrued while Hoyer was a member of the 49ers, with whom the 32-year-old played six games this past season before being released and then signed to a three-year deal by New England, where he played from 2009 to 2011. His experience and familiarity with the organization provides the team with some short-term backup stability behind 40-year-old-starter Tom Brady, while Hoyer's two remaining seasons under contract with the team presumably paves to the way for the franchise to draft and develop another young signal-caller to groom now that Patriots' 2014 second-rounder Jimmy Garoppolo is helming San Francisco's offense.
The cornerback was healthy enough to suit up and had played all 74 snaps on defense in the AFC championship game, so coach Bill Belichick's decision to sit Butler remains puzzling. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, it's not a matter Belichick wants to go into any detail on at this stage. In any case, Butler is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, and after Sunday it's hard to imagine him returning to the Patriots in 2018. During the regular season, Butler was on the field for 97.8 percent of New England's defensive snaps, en route to recording 60 tackles, two picks and three forced fumbles.
Lee was listed as questionable and was a limited practice participant throughout the week. The 23-year-old should serve his usual rotational role at defensive end for the Patriots against the Titans.
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.
Brown was unable to practice earlier in the week due to a minor foot injury, but the 2015 first-rounder appears to have put the issue behind him. The starting defensive tackle has six total tackles through two playoff games.
King was limited during Wednesday's practice due to an unspecified knee injury but the issue didn't hinder him at all Thursday. He isn't expected to be limited by the injury during the Super Bowl on Sunday. Look for King to see his typical role as a depth safety and special teams player.
The 2015 first-rounder joined the Patriots in early September via a trade that sent backup QB Jacoby Brissett to the Colts. At the time, it wasn't hard to picture the speedster turning into an occasional deep threat for the team, at a minimum, but he never caught more than three passes in a given game this past season, despite the fact that fellow wideout Chris Hogan missed seven games. Perhaps a full offseason with the team can help Dorsett push for a bigger role in 2018, but that's hardly a lock, with late-season acquisition Kenny Britt under contract next season and Julian Edelman (knee) set to return from injury, bolstering a wideout corps that's also slated to include Hogan, Brandin Cooks and Malcolm Mitchell (knee), health permitting. Moreover, Danny Amendola is eligible for free agency this offseason, but it wouldn't surprise us if he's re-signed by the Patriots. The bottom line is that Dorsett figures to need at least a couple breaks to go his way next season before he hits the fantasy radar.
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.
Grissom was cut by the Patriots in the start of November and rejoins a teams still dealing with injuries on the defensive line. Trey Flowers (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bills, so this could be the 25-year-old's best opportunity to make an impact defensively.
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.
The second-year pro had never posted a sack before Sunday, so this performance shouldn't be counted on. Roberts played just 34 of 61 possible defensive snaps, though, which makes it tough for him to be a weekly asset.
Cannon hadn't practiced in weeks and was unable to make much progress since sustaining the high-ankle sprain in Week 8, prompting New England to shut him down for the season. According to Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Cannon, who is also nursing a foot injury, will likely require surgery to address the ankle issue, but the Patriots expect him to be ready to go for Organized Team Activities in the spring. New England will proceed with LaAdrian Waddle (ankle) as its right tackle, with Cameron Fleming set to serve as the backup at the position.
Prior to his surprising release last summer, Harris was a consistent force in the middle of the Jets' defense for years after the team traded up to select the Michigan product in the second round of the 2007 draft. He ultimately racked up the second-most tackles in Jets history (1,087) during his 10 seasons with Gang Green and goes down as one of the team's all-time great defenders despite being perennially underrated by the media. Combined with his one-year stint in New England, Harris will finish his career with 1,109 tackles, 36.5 sacks, six interceptions and 11 forced fumbles over 164 career games.
The speedster's importance went up a notch once Brandin Cooks was lost to a concussion in the first quarter, and he responded by posting a season-high receiving yardage total. Among his noteworthy plays, the fifth-year pass catcher hauled in a 26-yard scoring dart from Tom Brady late in the third quarter that brought the Patriots to within 29-26 at the time. Hogan had played a minimal role in the Patriots' first two preseason games, but Sunday's outburst wasn't exactly surprising considering he'd often been productive when given the opportunity during the regular season. Hogan's shoulder issues limited to just nine games in 2017, but he brought in a respectable 34 of 59 targets for 439 yards and five touchdowns during that span. With Danny Amendola potentially heading into unrestricted free agency, Hogan could find himself playing a prominent role alongside Cooks and the returning Julian Edelman (knee) in what would be a contract season in 2018.
There's not much fantasy value attached to Develin's job as the Patriots' starting fullback, but his blocking prowess earned the 29-year-old Pro Bowl recognition. Develin remains under contract with the Patriots for the 2018 season.
With Rivers, a 2017 third-round pick, having more than a calendar year to recover from a serious knee injury, it appears promising that he won't face many restrictions in training camp or the preseason. Given New England's need to add young athletes to the front seven, Rivers could carve out a decent-sized role in the team's defensive-line rotation next season.
Grigsby was a member of the Ravens' practice squad but will now head to New England as the Patriots look to bolster a beat up linebacking corps. Grigsby spent the preseason with the Rams before being cut prior to the beginning of the regular season.
Given his defensive line eligibility, Flowers has carved out some utility in IDP formats in his role as the team's starting right defensive end. It's an assignment the 2015 fourth-rounder should reprise in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal with the Patriots.
Signed by the Patriots this past offseason to provide the team with both valuable insurance for, as well as a complementary option to, oft-injured tight end Rob Gronkowski, Allen seemed likely to make a fantasy splash at some point in 2017. However, with Gronkowski avoiding any major in-season injuries, Allen never came close to the sort of production, especially around the red zone, that he did during his stint with the Colts. The 27-year-old is under contract with the Patriots through the 2019 season, but Allen could end up being cut by the team for salary cap purposes, in the absence of a contract restructuring.
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.
Unlike fellow running backs Rex Burkhead (knee) and Mike Gillislee (knee), White has brushed off an ankle injury and will be available to the offense in the Patriots' playoff opener. White is thus the best bet to spell Dion Lewis on occasion, especially on obvious passing downs.
Brady shattered the Super Bowl passing yardage record he'd established in last year's comeback win over the Falcons, as he was forced to play from behind for a substantial portion of Sunday's contest. The 2017 MVP connected with three pass catchers -- Rob Gronkowski, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola -- for more than 100 yards apiece. He also hit Gronkowski for a pair of scores and Hogan for another, but his one turnover was enough to overshadow an otherwise spectacular performance. Brady couldn't hang on to the ball after being hit by the Eagles' Brandon Graham at the Patriots' 26-yard-line with 2:09 remaining and New England down 38-33, leading to a fumble recovery by Derek Barnett at the 28. The miscue eventually resulted in a Jake Elliott 46-yard field goal that gave the Eagles a pivotal eight-point advantage with just 1:05 remaining. The outcome was undecided until Brady's last gasp Hail Mary throw fell incomplete, but ultimately, he suffered his third Super Bowl loss in eight tries. Despite a heartbreaking conclusion, the future Hall of Famer's outstanding regular season included 4,577 yards, 32 touchdowns and just eight interceptions, validating the theory that he's showing no signs of decline despite heading into his age-41 season in 2018.
Reedy played in two regular-season games for the Patriots in December, seeing action primarily on special teams. He was released from the team's practice squad earlier this month, but the placement of Jonathan Jones (undisclosed) on injured reserve opened up a spot for him. He may see some slight special teams duties but is unlikely to have much of a role on offense.
Bennett indicated plans to retire before being waived by the Packers in November, and subsequently claimed by the Patriots. The 30-year-old appeared in only two games for New England before landing on injured reserve, and is due a two million dollar roster bonus March 14, which makes him a potential cap casualty.
Hollister, who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free agent, is under contract with the team through the 2019 season. Looking ahead, he figures to to remain with the team as a reserve option behind Rob Gronkowski, but it wouldn't surprise us to see the team to bring in some added tight end depth this offseason. In such a scenario, Hthe 24-year-old Hollister would face competition for depth chart slotting.
Both Amendola's reception and receiving yardage totals paced all receivers, and he also had a team-high 50-yard catch down the left sideline on a blown coverage late in the first quarter. The sure-handed pass catcher's effort Sunday capped off a spectacular postseason, one that saw him bring in 26 of 33 targets for 348 yards and two touchdowns over three games. The 32-year-old's regular season was solid in its own right, as he eclipsed the 60-catch mark for the fourth time in his career while posting his third-highest receiving yardage total (659) and converting a career-best 39 of his grabs into first downs. Amendola is slated to be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, but given his value to the Patriots and the premium the team typically places on continuity, he's certainly a candidate for return.
McCarron spent the entire season on the Patriots' practice squad after previously spending time with the Texans. The Patriots signed the entire 2017 practice squad to contracts, as the players will look to make the leap to the active roster in 2018.