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Mike Gillislee | Running Back | #35

Team: New England Patriots
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 219
College: Florida
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 5 (164) / MIA
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According to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, Mike Gillislee will be "fighting" for a roster spot this offseason.
Gillislee began last year as the Patriots' lead ball-carrier but faded quickly and was scarcely used down the stretch. He didn't log a single snap during New England's postseason run and now finds himself in danger of losing his roster spot. Dion Lewis left in free agency but the Patriots retooled their backfield by adding first-round pick Sony Michel as well as former 1,000-yard rusher Jeremy Hill. Michel, Rex Burkhead, pass-catcher James White and special teamer Brandon Bolden are all roster locks, leaving Gillislee and Hill to fight it out for the final running back spot. Even if Gillislee survives final cuts, he's unlikely to carry any fantasy significance. May 6 - 9:55 AM
Source: ESPN.com

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Ben Volin of the Boston Globe believes Mike Gillislee will get "another shot" with the Patriots next season.

With Dion Lewis expected to leave in free agency and Rex Burkhead also hitting the market, the Patriots are in need of an early-down ball-carrier. Gillislee certainly fits that description, though he's coming off an underwhelming year that saw him as a healthy scratch for much of the second half. The 27-year-old does have a nose for the end zone with 14 touchdowns (13 rushing, one receiving) over his last two seasons. Scheduled to earn just $1.9 million in 2018, New England can afford to retain Gillislee while also gauging the market for other backs. C.J. Anderson could be an option for the Pats if he's released by Denver.
Mar 11 - 11:43 AM

Patriots declared RB Mike Gillislee, WR Kenny Britt, DT Alan Branch, LB David Harris, TE Jacob Hollister, WR Bernard Reedy, and OL Cole Croston inactive for Super Bowl 52 against the Eagles.

The front-loaded deal to which the Patriots signed Gillislee to get him away from Buffalo leaves just $2.4 million in payments owed to Gillislee for 2018. Still, we would be surprised if Gillislee returned without a pay cut after struggling to show any versatility in his first year with the team. Britt is owed just $1.5 million and would be a better bet for a 2018 roster spot.
Feb 4 - 4:36 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) isn't listed on the Patriots' final injury report for the Super Bowl.

Gillislee was limited in practice but looks finally over his knee issues. Despite being healthy, there's a good chance Gillislee will be inactive behind Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead.
Feb 2 - 5:02 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) says he’s not sure if he’ll play in the Super Bowl.

Gilislee has been inactive for all of New England’s postseason games. With a crowded backfield, he'll likely be a healthy scratch even if he’s cleared to play.
Jan 31 - 7:07 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) remained limited at Friday's practice.

Gillislee hasn't seen the field since Week 16 and will probably be a healthy scratch for the Super Bowl. New England will feature Dion Lewis, James White and Rex Burkhead against the Eagles.
Jan 26 - 4:09 PM

Patriots declared Mike Gillislee (knee), DT Alan Branch (knee), OL LaAdrian Waddle (knee), TE Jacob Hollister, WR Kenny Britt, WR Bernard Reedy, and LB David Harris inactive for the AFC Championship Game.

Gillislee is probably healthy enough to play, but New England does not need him with Rex Burkhead back in the lineup. Branch seemingly could have been an asset with Leonard Fournette coming to down, but he seems to have fallen out of favor.
Jan 21 - 1:47 PM

Mike Gillislee (questionable, knee) will not play in Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Jaguars.

Gillislee practiced on a limited basis this week but didn't show enough to get the green light. With Rex Burkhead returning from a knee injury, there's a good chance Gillislee would have been inactive even if he were healthy. Gillislee scored five touchdowns during the regular season but only visited the end zone once after Week 2.
Jan 21 - 8:37 AM

Mike Gillislee (knee) is questionable for Sunday's AFC Championship game against Jacksonville.

Gillislee is closer to returning than he was last week, but his status remains up in the air. Even if healthy, Gillislee isn't a lock to be active.
Jan 19 - 4:07 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

With Rex Burkhead (knee) expected back this week, Gillislee will probably be inactive even if he's healthy for Sunday's AFC Championship versus Jacksonville. Gillislee got off to a hot start this year with four touchdowns in his first two games but has only scored once since.
Jan 17 - 4:56 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) is inactive for the Divisional Round against the Titans.

As is Rex Burkhead (knee). Dion Lewis will lead the Patriots' backfield, with James White getting snaps in passing situations.
Jan 13 - 6:57 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) is not expected to play for the Divisional Round.

Gillislee has been battling with a knee injury for the past few weeks and was only able to get in a limited practice on Thursday. With both Rex Burkhead and Gillislee sidelined, the Patriots will lean on Dion Lewis and James White at running back.
Source: ESPN
Jan 13 - 9:33 AM

Mike Gillislee (knee) is listed as questionable for the Divisional Round.

Gillislee returned to a "limited" practice on Thursday after missing Week 17. He would seem to be on the wrong side of questionable, but even if he suits up, Rex Burkhead appears poised to return from a knee issue of his own to complement Dion Lewis.
Jan 11 - 3:54 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) returned to practice Thursday.

This is his first practice since suffering a knee injury Week 16, making it unlikely he is active against the Titans on Saturday. This practice does give him a good shot at the Championship Game if New England makes it that far.
Jan 11 - 12:22 PM

Mike Gillislee (knee) remained sidelined at Wednesday's practice.

Even if Gillislee is healthy enough to play against Tennessee, which seems unlikely, he'll probably be inactive with Rex Burkhead (knee) and James White (ankle) expected to return this week. Gillislee has scored five touchdowns this year but only one since Week 2.
Jan 10 - 5:08 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Tom Brady
2Brian Hoyer
3Danny Etling
RB1Sony Michel
2Rex Burkhead
3James White
4Mike Gillislee
5Brandon Bolden
GLB1Rex Burkhead
2Sony Michel
3RB1James White
2Rex Burkhead
FB1James Develin
WR11Julian Edelman
2Cordarrelle Patterson
3Phillip Dorsett
4Jordan Matthews
5Riley McCarron
WR21Chris Hogan
2Malcolm Mitchell
3Kenny Britt
4Cody Hollister
5Braxton Berrios
WR31Malcolm Mitchell
TE1Rob Gronkowski
2Dwayne Allen
3Jacob Hollister
4Troy Niklas
5Will Tye
LT1Trent Brown
2LaAdrian Waddle
3Matt Tobin
LG1Isaiah Wynn
2Joe Thuney
3Ted Karras
C1David Andrews
2Luke Bowanko
3James Ferentz
RG1Shaq Mason
2Cole Croston
3Jason King
RT1Marcus Cannon
2Andrew Jelks
3Ulrick John
K1Stephen Gostkowski