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RB Mike Gillislee - New England Patriots

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

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General News (Thu Feb 1): said his injured knee is definitely feeling better but is not sure if he will play in Super Bowl LII. Gillislee said he'll be a game-time decision.

Week 21: at Philadelphia Eagles

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FBG says: Bad matchup. The Patriots head into this game with having three straight tough rushing matchups and from a rushing standpoint the first two games have all been similar. Dion Lewis has led the rushing attack, but in reality, they are utilizing the passing game more than the rushing game to move the ball down the field as Lewis has just 24 carries over the last two games. Rex Burkhead returned from injury last game but appears to be in somewhat of a doghouse after cutting Tom Brady's hand as he only had one carry and saw very little action which continued James White playing on third downs. White who has just seven carries in the last two weeks has found himself more of a role in the passing game than the running game this playoff. At the end of the day, look for the Patriots to utilize the passing game to exploit the Eagles defense this week. The Eagles defense continues to be one of the best rushing defense in the leagues as their front four is as good as they come in the NFL with Vinny Curry, Timmy Jernigan, Fletcher Cox, and Brandon Graham. This is a defense that will be relied upon for most of this game similar to what they have been relied upon for most of the playoffs. This is a defense that is the best in terms of DVOA and allowed the fewest yards per game to opponents at 79.2 yards per game this season. Over the last two games, the Eagles have shown a few cracks as they struggled to change of pace running back Tevin Coleman (7.9 yards per carry) and Jerick Mckinnon (4.0 yards per carry). They have struggled with running backs who can get out wide as free safety Rodney McLeod has struggled in run defense this season. Where the Eagles have dominated is that they have been incredibly strong with runs up the middle as they completely shut down Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman.

Recent Stats and Projections

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Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 16 vs BUF (6 / 28 / 1 rush, 1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Gillislee was active for the first time in over a month as the clear second back behind Dion Lewis. Gillislee served as Dion Lewis's backup with Rex Burkhead injured, and was involved to spell Lewis. He converted on a goal line opportunity, and ran hard on his seven touches. Gillislee best showing was a screen pass which he caught and ran for 15 yards.

2017 Week 8 vs LAC (11 / 34 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With the 4 man committee in tow, Gillislee saw most of his carries in the second half, and once again wasn't involved in the passing game. He remains a clock killer, short yardage, and goal line back at best.

2017 Week 7 vs ATL (8 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Touchdown dependent as ever, the running back rotation is convoluted enough that Gillislee's role is now goal line and clock killer. As a result, he saw most of his action in the 4th quarter, and his touch count may vary wildly week to week.

2017 Week 6 vs NYJ (10 / 44 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Dion Lewis started the game against the Jets, and when Gillislee eventually coughed up a fumble, he ended up riding the pine for much of the game. As noted in prior weeks, Gillislee's production remains highly goal-line dependent, and even in this game, Dion Lewis scored a 1 yard touchdown, not Gillislee. This backfield is a full blown committee on a week to week basis.

2017 Week 5 vs TB (12 / 52 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After a hot start to the season, Gillislee has now found it to be tough sledding for 3 weeks on the ground. The offensive line hasn't been opening up huge holes, and due to his lack of passing game usage, Gillislee remains a classic two down, touchdown dependent back. As with LeGarrette Blount last year, he will continue to be game script dependent.

2017 Week 4 vs CAR (12 / 49 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Gillislee, who tends to be highly game flow dependent, was once again held out of the end zone. He did see Dion Lewis 'vulture' a score and had a couple nice runs, but beyond that, sledding was tough, and the Patriots were once again pass heavy. With the state of the defense, Gillislee may continue to have limited opportunities, since most games are turning into a shootout.

2017 Week 3 vs HOU (12 / 31 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With barely any running game, this was not the week for Mike Gillislee. A combination of said lack of room plus a lack of elusiveness led to a paltry day for Gillislee, who has been salvaging his lines with touchdowns. Better days are ahead, but on days when the Patriots go pass heavy, he may turn in some relative duds.

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.


Latest News

Patriots | Mike Gillislee likely to return to New England (Sun Mar 11, 02:11 PM) - New England Patriots RB Mike Gillislee is expected to return to the team in 2018 despite being a healthy scratch for the second half of the season, according to the Boston Globe's Ben Volin.

Our View: The Patriots can still use Gillislee as a battering ram between the tackles. James White will continue to work as a dangerous receiving weapon and change-of-pace back. Dion Lewis and Rex Burkhead may both move on in free agency.
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