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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
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Mike Gillislee (hamstring) returned as a full participant at Tuesday's practice.
A hamstring injury has kept Gillislee out for the past two weeks but he's ready to roll and eager to get his reps in with just 16 days until the regular season. There are no assigned roles in New England's crowded backfield, making it a difficult situation to assess for fantasy purposes. With that said, a healthy Gillislee would probably be the favorite for goal-line work in Foxboro, which gives him considerable upside. Aug 22 - 4:54 PM

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ESPN's Mike Reiss does not think the Patriots have a real running back depth chart.

"Any running back could be featured at any given time," Reiss writes, "as it's a deep, talented group." Mike Gillislee was the early fantasy favorite because of his expected role at the goal line, but he has been sidelined the last two weeks with a hamstring injury. Rex Burkhead has been impressive while James White and Dion Lewis will get touches as well.
Source: ESPN
Aug 22 - 11:35 AM

Mike Gillislee (hamstring) has been ruled out of Saturday's preseason game.

Gillislee wasn't expected to play after not practicing the last two weeks. The missed time continues to be a concern for his early-season role. ESPN's Mike Reiss expects Rex Burkhead to pick up Gillislee's snaps.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 19 - 4:36 PM

Mike Gillislee has been sidelined for the past week with a hamstring injury.

It's hard to diligently acquire practice reports at this time of year since teams aren't required to release any during camp, but as far as we can tell, Gillislee has been out since August 2. He has been limited to side-field work and is listed as a third-team running back on the Patriots' latest depth chart, behind all four of Dion Lewis, James White, Rex Burkhead, and Brandon Bolden. Gillislee's ADP has gotten a bit out of hand recently. He remains a big risk-reward asset.
Aug 9 - 1:48 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the team was looking for more versatility in the backfield this offseason.

Because LeGarrette Blount was not a threat in the passing game and James White was not a threat as a runner, Belichick thought the offense was a little too predictable last year. "I think (Rex) Burkhead has ability on all four downs. I think (Mike) Gillislee maybe has a little more overall versatility," the coach said. "So hopefully with our backs this year we'll have a little more balance and be a little less predictable from that spot." Gillislee is the favorite to take over the "Blount role," but it sounds like the Patriots want him to be more involved in the passing game than Blount, who recorded 19 receptions in 49 games with New England. If he is able to win the goal-line work, Gillislee will have high-end fantasy upside.
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 8:34 AM

Mike Gillislee reported to Patriots camp at 215 pounds.

It's slightly lighter than his listed weight of 219. LeGarrette Blount, who served as New England's goal-line back in 2016, weighs in at 250. Gillislee may not be the ideal size for a power back, but it looks like he'll be given every opportunity to replace Blount as New England's early-down enforcer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 30 - 9:00 AM

Mike Gillislee handled the first goal-line carry at Patriots camp on Saturday and executed for the score.

This caused ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss to reiterate Gillislee is the "top candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount." The Patriots scored 19 rushing TDs last season and have averaged a league-high 18.0 rushing TDs over the past six years. If Gillislee nails down their goal-line job, he will be an obvious threat for double-digit scores and late-game clock-killing work.
Jul 29 - 12:06 PM

Patriots RBs coach Ivan Fears is searching for a running back "to play power football."

"We have enough guys we know can play finesse football," Fears said of his depth chart. "Somebody has to play power football for us. We have to find out who is going to do that." Free-agent addition Mike Gillislee would seem like the best candidate to replace LeGarrette Blount in the power role, but it sounds like his position coach has yet to be convinced. Whoever wins the goal-line role will carry immense fantasy upside after Blount rushed for 18 touchdowns last season.
Source: ESPN
Jul 27 - 11:00 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss wrote Mike Gillislee is "the most likely running back" to fill the LeGarrette Blount role.

Blount rushed for a gaudy 18 touchdowns last season and recorded 43 total scores in 57 career games with the Patriots including the playoffs. With Blount now in Philly, Gillislee looks like the best bet to take on that role, although he could lose some work to James White, Dion Lewis, and Rex Burkhead. New England's backfield is likely to induce headaches this fall, but Gillislee is the best fantasy bet because of his touchdown upside.
Source: ESPN
Jul 4 - 10:46 AM

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

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.
Source: ESPN.com
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 NFL.com'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