RB - NE - OPT-OUT
Week 17 Outlook
Patriots fullback Dan Vitale has opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, according to a report from Jarrett Bell of USA Today.
Vitale played in 15 games for the Packers last season and signed with the Patriots this offseason, who may have seen him as a replacement for James Devein, who retired from the NFL in the Spring. Now, New England will have to look elsewhere for a lead blocker for the likes of Sony Michel, James White, Damien Harris, and Rex Burkhead.
Vitale caught one of two targets for four yards in the Packers' 28-26 win over the Texans in Thursday's preseason opener.
The fullback didn't get a carry but did finish with four yards receiving. He started a total of nine games from 2016-2017 with the Browns and appeared in five contests for the Packers in 2018.