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Mike Gillislee | Running Back | #35

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 219
College: Florida
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 5 (164) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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The Boston Globe confirms Mike Gillislee "would appear to have the inside track" for the Patriots' starting running back job.
The Globe mentions Rex Burkhead and Dion Lewis as being "in the hunt for snaps and carries," and expects OC Josh McDaniel to spread work around "to keep the legs fresh." James White arguably has the most secure role in the backfield as the passing-game back, but Gillislee offers the highest touchdown upside. This position battle will be worth monitoring closely all camp. Jun 5 - 4:05 PM

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According to ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss, the "expectation" is Mike Gillislee will "essentially fill LeGarrette Blount's role" in the Patriots' offense.

Blount led the NFL in rushing touchdowns (18) and finished second in the league in carries (299), so this would be a huge win for Gillislee's fantasy outlook. Reiss considers Gillislee, Rex Burkhead, and James White "locks" to make the roster, with Dion Lewis "rounding out the top four slots on the running back depth chart." Over the past two offseasons, the Patriots have pried Gillislee, Stephon Gilmore, and Chris Hogan from the division-rival Bills.
Source: ESPN Boston
Apr 24 - 5:08 PM

Bills declined to match RB Mike Gillislee's two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet, making Gillislee a New England Patriot.

Because Gillislee was a restricted free agent tendered at the original-round level, and was originally drafted in the fifth round, the Bills will get the Patriots' fifth-round pick (No. 163 overall). Albeit in limited duty behind a strong Bills run-blocking line and with a dual-threat quarterback to help free up running lanes, Gillislee was one of the most efficient per-play backs in football last season, averaging 5.71 yards per carry with nine all-purpose touchdowns. He will compete for snaps with Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead. James White is locked in as New England's primary passing-game specialist.
Apr 24 - 4:01 PM

The Bills have until Monday to match the Patriots' two-year, $6.4 million offer to RFA Mike Gillislee.

The Bills immediately bowed out when Chris Hogan signed an offer sheet with New England last offseason, but that hasn't happened this time around. ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss says his "gut feeling" is that Buffalo will match the offer, though he expects the Bills to "take this right up to the deadline." The Bills would net a fifth-round pick if Gillislee winds up in Foxboro.
Apr 22 - 9:54 AM

The Boston Herald reports the Bills are unlikely to match New England's two-year, $6.4 million offer for RFA Mike Gillislee.

Yikes. It means the Bills are likely to lose an RFA to the Patriots for the second straight year after 2016's Chris Hogan deal. An extremely valuable backup behind LeSean McCoy, Gillislee could have been tendered at the second-round level for just $1 million more. As it stands, Gillislee will net the Bills a fifth-rounder if they indeed can't match.
Apr 18 - 2:47 PM

Bills restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee signed a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet with the Patriots.

Per's Ian Rapoport, the deal includes $4 million in 2017. It's designed to be difficult to match, but it won't be impossible. The Bills have five days to make a decision. With Gillislee tendered at the original-round level, the Pats would owe the Bills a fifth-rounder if they let Gillislee walk. Gillislee has showed explosion and power as a change-of-pace back. He would be an intriguing addition in New England, and likely mean the end of LeGarrette Blount's time in Foxboro.
Apr 18 - 1:42 PM

Bills restricted free agent RB Mike Gillislee visited the Patriots.

In an effort to sign all the running backs, New England also hosted Dolphins restricted free agent RB Damien Williams. Gillislee was given the lowest tender by Buffalo, but unlike last year with former UDFA Chris Hogan, signing him would cost the Patriots a fifth-round pick because that is where he was selected in the 2013 draft. The pick makes it unlikely they give Gillislee an offer sheet, but New England is still clearly looking to add to their backfield.
Apr 13 - 8:22 AM

Bills placed an original-round tender on restricted free agent Mike Gillislee.

The tender will be worth $1.797 million if Gillislee signs it, but the two sides are expected to continue working on a long-term deal. Gillislee is free to negotiate with other teams, but any team which signs him to an offer sheet will owe Buffalo a fifth-round pick if the Bills decline to match. Gillislee recorded 627 total yards and nine total touchdowns on 110 touches last season.
Mar 6 - 8:39 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports the Bills are hoping to sign restricted free agent Mike Gillislee to a long-term extension.

One of the NFL's top backup running backs, Gillislee will likely get a second-round tender if no long-term deal is reached. Pauline reports Gillislee's agents are meeting with Bills brass at the Combine to negotiate. Gillislee should be amenable to a deal worth between $4 million and $5 million annually.
Mar 2 - 8:12 PM

Mike Gillislee supplied 40 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries and caught his only target for 10 yards Sunday in the Bills' Week 17 loss to the Jets.

Gillislee only saw double-digit touches on five occasions this year but made the most of his limited workload by rushing for 577 yards and eight touchdowns on only 101 carries. He often frustrated fantasy owners by vulturing touchdowns from LeSean McCoy, though McCoy still had plenty of opportunities. Gillislee is a solid handfcuff for McCoy and could be worth a late-round flyer in fantasy leagues next summer.
Jan 1 - 4:35 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed 11 times for 91 yards in the Bills' Week 16 loss to the Dolphins.

The yards were a new season high, but Gillislee couldn't vulture LeSean McCoy. Gillislee will have RB3 appeal in a Week 17 guaranteed to be weird with injuries and restings.
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 06:13:00 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed nine times for 37 yards and a touchdown in the Bills' Week 15 win over the Browns.

The vulture was Gillislee's fifth in six weeks. Gillislee is an RB3/FLEX desperado for owners searching for touchdown odds.
Sun, Dec 18, 2016 06:35:00 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed two times for 34 yards in the Bills' Week 14 loss to the Steelers.

Even on just two carries, he still led the Bills in rushing, though it's important to note both carries came at the end of the first half with Buffalo just killing the clock and the Steelers putting up little fight. The Bills rarely sniffed the red zone on Sunday, with Charles Clay scoring one long touchdown and Sammy Watkins scoring the other. Gillislee could have some deeper-league RB3/flex appeal next week in a plum home spot against the winless Browns.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Bills OC Anthony Lynn said Mike Gillislee will continue to get red-zone work.

"That's his role," said Lynn. Gillislee vultured a pair of goal-line touchdowns last week against the Raiders and now has six touchdowns over his last seven games. That might concern owners of LeSean McCoy, though Shady has still managed 10 touchdowns (nine rushing, one receiving) in 11 games this year. McCoy is obviously the more well-established of the two, but the Bills are running the ball enough for both players to have fantasy success. Consider Gillislee an RB3/flex going forward.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Mike Gillislee rushed eight times for 49 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' Week 13 loss to the Raiders.

He wasn't involved in the pass game. Both of Gillislee's touchdowns were of the short-yardage variety, one from one yard away and the other from three yards out. One came on the heels of a long LeSean McCoy run to open the third quarter. McCoy's owners surely would have preferred McCoy get at least one of the touchdowns. Gillislee has scored four touchdowns in his past three games. He has some standalone flex value in this run-dominant offense.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:55:00 PM