|Offense||1st||110.7 (17th)||300.0 (2nd)|
|Defense||32nd||116.4 (22nd)||310.3 (32nd)|
|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|
|58||McClellin, Shea||OLB||6-3||250||8/1/1989||6||Boise 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|
|41||Jones, Cyrus (IR)||CB||5-10||200||11/29/1993||2||Alabama|
|64||Kidder, Caleb (IR)||DE||6-5||269||2/4/1994||R||Montana|
|19||Mitchell, Malcolm (IR)||WR||6-1||200||7/20/1992||2||Georgia|
|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|
|Tye, Will||TE||6-2||256||11/4/1991||3||Stony Brook|
|Wiltz, Jomal||CB||5-10||180||10/23/1994||R||Iowa 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.
Although the specifics of Hightower's injury aren't clear, this is definitely a concerning development since Hightower missed two games earlier in the season with a sprained knee. The linebacker will presumably undergo further testing in the coming days, but there's a chance his status won't be known until the Patriots release their first injury report of the week Wednesday.
Rowe did not practice this week and has not seen game action since aggravating the groin injury in his Week 4 return. The Patriots could be short in the secondary Sunday with Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle) also ruled out, and Johnson Bademosi (abdomen) listed as questionable.
Cooks opened the scoring for the night by finding pay dirt on an 11-yard touchdown plunge off a shovel pass from QB Tom Brady in the second quarter. The diminutive receiver only saw four more looks thereafter, but on a night Brady attempted a season-low 29 passes, Cooks' target total actually tied for the third on the team, behind only Rob Gronkowski (7) and Chris Hogan (6). Since he's now finished top-three on New England in targets in five of seven games this season, it's safe to say Cooks has settled in as one of the more consistent weapons in the Patriots' passing attack. However, he could have trouble gaining separation in Week 8 against a Chargers defense that ranks fourth in the league in passing yards allowed (166.0 per game).
It was Van Noy's fourth straight game with at least seven tackles, and the linebacker has now recorded 3.5 sacks over his last three games. Van Noy was on the field for 65 of the team's 76 defensive snaps Sunday, and his production over the last few games on top of that usage rate is making him an intriguing IDP option.
Gostkowski, who logged six points in the game, made a try from 28 yards out, with his first miss of the season (on 14 attempts) coming from 47 yards. Through six games, Gostkowski is on pace to rack up a fantasy-friendly 149 points this season.
Lewis saw a near-even split with Mike Gillislee (10 carries for 44 yards) while James White was involved primarily as a receiver out of the backfield. It was Lewis that got the call from the one-yard line for New England's first touchdown of the day in the second quarter, possibly because Gillislee had lost head coach Bill Belichick's trust following a first-quarter fumble. It's tough to discern how New England's backfield workload will break down in any given week, as Lewis now has two touchdowns to Gillislee's four.
Tye gives the Patriots some added tight end depth behind Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen and Jacob Hollister. The 25-yeard-old, who caught 48 passes for 395 yards and a TD for the Giants last season, started the 2017 campaign with the Jets, but was waived earlier this month after catching three passes for 48 yards in three contests with the team.
Gronkowski sandwiched halftime with touchdown receptions of two and 33 yards. The tight end led his team in targets while finishing second in receiving yards to Brandin Cooks and catching both touchdowns thrown by quarterback Tom Brady in this one. He's been effective when healthy, hauling in four touchdowns while topping 80 yards in four of five games played.
Richards will likely see reps on special teams with usual starting safeties Patrick Chung and Devin McCourty both healthy.
McCourty was the only Patriots defender to play every defensive snap, and tallied five tackles (four solo). The 30-year-old is a reliable every-down safety who leads New England with 47 tackles (41 solo) this season.
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 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.
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.
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 did not practice again this week and is set to miss his second consecutive game. The 27-year-old is listed with an ankle injury in addition to the concussion, but at this point clearing the league's concussion protocol is the real hurdle to overcome.
Langi did not practice this week after sustaining a back injury in a car accident last Friday. There is no timetable for the 25-year-old's return at this point.
Now that he's healthy, Waddle should return to the role of Nate Solder's backup.
The initial thought was that Mitchell could be a candidate for short-term injured reserve, but it seems his recovery isn't going as quickly as planned. Since the Patriots -- who've been struggling defensively -- have other options to activate from IR in the form of DT Vincent Valentine (knee) and LB Shae McClellin (undisclosed), it's possible Mitchell might not return at any point this season.
Gillislee fumbled just outside the red zone on his fourth carry late in the first quarter and wasn't called upon again until the second half. Dion Lewis was able to convert a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, giving him two rushing scores since Gillislee last found pay dirt in Week 2. Gillislee also doesn't have a catch this year, so his luster has worn off after a hot start.
The special teams guru will make his season debut on Thursday night after missing the first four games of the season with a hamstring injury. As the No. 5 receiver on the depth chart, Slater isn't likely to see a ton of offensive reps, but the veteran should play a key role on special teams.
Listed as a full practice participant Friday, Burkhead is poised to return to action Sunday, though for now he's behind both James White, the team's primary pass-catching back, and Mike Gillislee, the team's top power back. Additionally, Dion Lewis is firmly in the mix as well, with the above variables creating a context that limits the versatile Burkhead's fantasy reliability, at least for the time being.
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.
With Branch not appearing on the team's injury report Thursday, he is considered a healthy scratch, which doesn't come as much of a surprise considering the tackle has seen his playing time decline this season. Branch re-signed with the Patriots for $12 million over two years this offseason, but so far, he's been unable to perform to last season's level.
Butler jarred the ball loose from Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins as he approached the end zone in the fourth quarter, a play which was controversially ruled a touchback after review. The 27-year-old also had four tackles (all solo) and three pass breakups on the afternoon.
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 exited the game in the third quarter with one tackle to his name. Both Alan Branch and Lawrence Guy figure to see added snaps in his absence.
His absence from the report hints that he'll be available for Thursday's season opener. Whether he plays is a different story, however.
Dorsett logged three targets in the game, but did not record a catch. As long as Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Danny Amendola are healthy, Dorsett's role as the Patriots' clear-cut No. 4 wideout option is not a reliable source of fantasy production.
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 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.
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 and backup linebacker Harvey Langi both being inactive opens the door for Marquis Flowers and David Harris to see additional snaps. The Patriots run defense will be challenged by a high-powered Atlanta running game that features the likes of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
Cannon missed last week's game due to a concussion he suffered in Week 2, but he has since recovered and is expected to return to his normal role as a starting guard.
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 will be good to go Sunday and looks like a prime bounce-back candidate after a quiet effort in Week 6's win over the Jets in which he caught just one of his four targets for 19 yards, despite being on the field for 93 percent of New England's snaps on offense. Prior to that, Hogan had scored in four straight games, while seeing heavy playing time on a weekly basis.
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.
Flowers started the game strong with a tackle and sack to force a three-and-out on Houston's first possession. His impact was more subdued the rest of the game as the Texans lit up the scoreboard, but Flowers' high snap count (68) allowed him to rack up the stops.
After logging a season-high 50 snaps (out of a possible 74) with Rob Gronkowski out in Week 5, Allen reverted to a reserve role Sunday. In any case, Allen has yet to catch a pass this season, thus putting him well off the fantasy radar as long as Gronkowski is healthy.
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.
White was on the field for 29 of a possible 68 snaps on offense Sunday, a workload matched by fellow RB Dion Lewis, who logged a team-high 11 carries Sunday, while Mike Gillislee ran the ball 10 times. Because White is averaging 3.8 carries per game, White's fantasy value hinges on his involvement in the passing attack, which can be significant, depending on game flow. Through six outings, White has hauled in 33 of his 42 targets for 252 yards.
Brady ensured the Falcons wouldn't be exacting revenge for the Patriots' come-from-behind victory in Super Bowl LI by repeatedly converting third downs and ultimately dicing the Atlanta secondary at an 8.7 YPA clip. His first touchdown was a simple shovel pass to Brandin Cooks, who then carried the ball 11 yards into the end zone, while Brady's second score was a perfectly-placed throw to James White from the two-yard line. With his team up 17-0 at halftime and the Falcons struggling on offense, Brady didn't really need to do much thereafter to seal the victory. The future Hall-of-Famer, who's on pace for over 4,470 passing yards and a sterling 35:5 TD-to-interception ratio, will next take aim at a Chargers defense that allowed the fourth-fewest passing yards in the league entering Week 7.
Hollister was a late addition to the injury report due to a chest injury, but will suit up against Atlanta. He is mostly a blocking tight end, with only two catches for 24 yards to his name so far in 2017.
Amendola wasn't on the field as much as fellow wideouts Chris Hogan (63 snaps) and Brandin Cooks (66 snaps), but the veteran slot man remains a player QB Tom Brady isn't afraid to turn to in clutch situations. On Sunday, Amendola logged three catches on five targets for 40 yards, bringing his season totals up to 26 catches for 307 yards and a TD over the course of five games. Amendola continues to provide a degree of utility in PPR formats, but his ceiling in TD-heavy arrangements is capped by the presence of the team's other weapons on offense, notably Cooks, Hogan, TE Rob Gronkowski and RB Mike Gillislee.
McClellin hadn't practiced since suffering a still-undisclosed injury during the opening days of training camp. The Patriots now have a three-week window to activate McClellin to the 53-man roster, starting Wednesday after his return to practice, or else he'll be required to finish the season on injured reserve.