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RB Mike Gillislee - New England Patriots

5-11, 208Born: 11-1-1990College: FloridaDrafted: Round 5

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 18): Gillislee has the exact role that LeGarrette Blount turned into low RB1 numbers last year. The number of defensive penalties drawn in the red zone and pass plays inside the ten should continue to give Gillislee weekly opportunities to score, and he has stayed healthy longer than his competition, Rex Burkhead.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. With run defense being a rare strength on a clearly out-of-whack Texans team, it's unlikely we'll see the Patriots test it much in Week 3. When they do, though, it will be almost exclusively on the legs of Mike Gillislee. He's the clear-cut hammer and closer in the offense, and the team turns to him for virtually all of its interior running. Gillislee has been underwhelming on paper, managing just 114 yards on his 33 carries, but keep that in proper context. Much of his running has come in short yardage, which will always ding a runner's per-carry average. And he's been quite successful there, converting 5 of his 8 short-yardage carries into first downs or touchdowns. (He also had a 2-yard score called back by penalty in Week 2.) Beyond Gillislee, the Patriots tend to manufacture their run game with end-around plays and shotgun runs in open space. It's typically high on impact, but low on predictability. Longtime inside linebacker Brian Cushing has nine games remaining on his PED suspension, but his loss may not be felt too terribly. Rookie Zach Cunningham is an athletic prospect who's shown well thus far as a pro. He was outstanding in his debut start, coming up with several key stops against the Bengals. He and Benardrick McKinney operate behind a stout, J.J. Watt-led defensive line that works well at the point of attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 24 15 45 3 0 0 0 0 0 22.5
2 at NO 30 18 69 1 0 0 0 0 0 12.9
3 vs HOU PROJ-Dodds * 15 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 14 * * 0 * * * *
3 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 18 * * 0 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs NO (18 / 69 / 1 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Though he didn't score 3 touchdowns again, Gillislee still found paydirt on a short score thanks to a Brandin Cooks pass that ended up just short of the goal line. Gillislee ran hard, and notably dominated work after Rex Burkhead left the game with an injury. If Burkhead's injury is a multiple week affair, Gillislee will be very safe in terms of touch counts.

2017 Week 1 vs KC (15 / 45 / 3 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gillislee operated as the clear goal line back, which was notable. It was an up and down game for Gillislee, who did score three times on short runs, but also whiffed on a couple key conversions, including on fourth down. His weekly touches may be volatile given the Patriots' stable of running backs, but it seems like the goal line touches will be his.

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Patriots | Mike Gillislee runs for 69 yards, TD (Sun Sep 17, 09:54 PM) - New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee rushed 18 times for 69 yards and a touchdown in the Week 2 game against the Saints.

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Schedule

3vs Houston Texans
4vs Carolina Panthers
5@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New York Jets
7vs Atlanta Falcons
8vs Los Angeles Chargers
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Denver Broncos
11@ Oakland Raiders
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Buffalo Bills
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Buffalo Bills
17vs New York Jets