|Team:||Green Bay Packers|
|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 239 lb.|
|Born:||October 26, 1993|
|Drafted:||2016 / Rd. 6 (197)|
Vitale (knee) signed a contract with the Patriots on Friday, Zack Cox of NESN.com reports.
Analysis: Vitale spent the 2019 campaign in Green Bay, where he mainly contributed as a blocker while also handling limited receiving work. He's recovering from a minor knee procedure undergone early February. The decision to sign Vitale may be a hint that the Patriots do not expect longtime fullback James Develin (neck) to be healthy in time to begin the 2020 regular season.
Vitale had his right knee scoped Monday, Olivia Reiner of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Vitale missed the final regular-season game and both postseason contests with a knee injury, and this procedure should help him return to full strength by training camp. The 25-year-old fullback mainly played a blocking role with the Packers in 2019 but caught a few passes. He's set to be a free agent in March.
Vitale (knee) rushed once for three yards and caught seven passes for 97 yards over 15 regular-season games in 2019.
Analysis: Vitale missed the season finale and both playoff games due to his knee injury, allowing Jace Sternberger to take a lead-blocking role. The 25-year-old rarely strayed from a blocking role with Green Bay, and he logged a hefty amount of special-teams snaps. It's unclear if the fullback's injury will affect his free-agent status, as Vitale will be an unrestricted free agent in March if he's not re-signed.
Vitale (knee) is inactive for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the 49ers.
Analysis: Vitale doesn't see enough touches on offense to merit fantasy consideration, but the Packers will miss his blocking Sunday. In his absence, tight end Jace Sternberger figures to help out in that area.
Vitale (knee) is officially questionable for Sunday's NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Analysis: Vitale has missed back-to-back games due to a knee injury, but he did manage a trio of limited practices this week. If available, the versatile fullback will contribute as a key blocker for Green Bay's offense.
Vitale (illness) is ruled out for Sunday's NFC divisional-round game against the Seahawks.
Analysis: Vitale is nursing an illness unrelated to the knee issue that caused him to miss the regular-season finale, but he'll nonetheless miss Sunday's playoff contest. In his stead, Elijah Wellman will operate as the only true fullback on Green Bay's roster.
Vitale (knee/illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game versus the Seahawks, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Analysis: Vitale was sidelined by a knee injury in the regular-season finale and kicked off this week as a limited participant on the injury report. However, an illness forced DNPs on Thursday and Friday, which may forecast his upcoming availability. The Packers will make a decision on Vitale roughly 90 minutes before Sunday's 6:40 p.m. ET kickoff.
Vitale (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday in Detroit, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: With Jamaal Williams (shoulder) also sidelined, the Packers will rely on Dexter Williams and Tyler Ervin as the reserve running backs to Aaron Jones.
Vitale (knee) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's contest against the Lions, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Vitale failed to participate in all three practices this week due to the knee issue stemming from Monday's win over the Vikings. His likely absence will be a blow to the team without their lead blocker, and his versatility in the both the pass and run games. With No. 2 back Jamaal Williams (shoulder) also listed as doubtful, the depth is extremely thin behind starter Aaron Jones.
Vitale (knee) didn't participate in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: A non-participant on the Packers' injury report for the second day in a row, Vitale's availability for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Lions looks to be in jeopardy. The fullback typically offers his most value for Green Bay as a lead blocker, but if he can shake off the knee injury in time for the weekend, Vitale may notice a slightly more pronounced role as a ballcarrier and pass catcher. With No. 2 back Jamaal Williams (shoulder) also a non-participant in back-to-back practices and potentially in line to sit out Week 17, coach Matt LaFleur suggested he would rely more on Vitale and Dexter Williams as the main depth options behind Aaron Jones, according to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Vitale (knee) was a non-participant on Wednesday's practice estimation, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.
Analysis: Vitale appears to have picked up a knee injury during Week 16's win over the Vikings, though it's worth noting Packers didn't actually practice Christmas Day. The fullback's participation in practice over the rest of the week will reveal further information about his Week 17 availability.
Vitale (knee) is active for Sunday's matchup against the 49ers.
Analysis: After being limited in practice all week, Vitale was able to recover enough to suit up for this crucial NFC showdown. The fourth-year fullback will pave the way for Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams against a stout 49ers defensive front, and he'll continue contributing on special teams.
Vitale (knee) is listed as questionable ahead of Sunday's game against the 49ers, Olivia Reiner of The Journal Sentinel reports.
Analysis: The fullback was limited at practice all week, so it appears that there is a 50 percent chance, minimum, that Vitale misses Sunday's pivotal contest. Whether he plays or not, Vitale is unlikely to play a factor in fantasy.
Vitale had one reception for nine yards in Sunday's victory over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Vitale got more touches in Week 4 than he usually would as one of only two active running backs following Jamaal Williams' departure from the game with a head injury. However, the Packers added Tra Carson and used him as the backup behind Aaron Jones with Williams out in Week 5; and Vitale was back in standard fullback role.
Vitale had one carry for three yards and two receptions for 15 yards in Thursday's loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: As a result of the head injury that forced running back Jamaal Williams from Thursday's game and left the Packers with just one active halfback in Aaron Jones, Vitale had three touches after getting the ball just once in the Packers' first three games. Don't expect Vitale to be the main beneficiary should Williams miss more time -- Dexter Williams would likely be added to the active roster and assume the No. 2 running back spot in that scenario.
Vitale had a 27-yard reception in Sunday's victory over the Broncos.
Analysis: The reception was Vitale's first touch of the season, and he nearly found paydirt with it, getting all the way to the one-yard line before being brought down. Vitale was on the field for a season-high 19 snaps in Week 3, but he remains a bit player in the Packers' offense.
Vitale started at fullback and played 11 snaps in Thursday's victory over the Bears.
Analysis: Vitale played a minimal role Thursday, but he is still getting back into the swing of things a bit after missing a few weeks of training camp with a calf injury. Vitale made a number of plays during offseason practices, and head coach Matt LaFleur uses fullbacks more frequently than some other coaches, so his role could expand a bit over time.
Vitale (calf) played eight snaps in Thursday's preseason game against the Chiefs.
Analysis: Vitale missed a couple weeks of action due to his calf injury, but he returned to practice a few days prior to Thursday's contest, and was able to get a few plays in before the regular season. Vitale is on track to open the season as the Packers' top fullback, and based on reports early in camp, he could be in line to do a bit more than simply block for the Packers' halfbacks.
Vitale missed Sunday's practice with a calf injury, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Analysis: Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reported that Vitale sustained the injury Saturday and had to leave practice early. It's unclear how severe the injury is. The 23-year-old is listed as the top fullback ahead of only Malcolm Johnson, who spent time on Green Bay's practice squad in 2018.
Vitale took every first-team rep at fullback in practices open to the media this spring, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.
Analysis: Vitale is one of two fullbacks on the roster alongside practice-squad holdover Malcolm Johnson. During his time with the Browns in 2016 and 2017, he showed he can play on all four phases of special teams. While he hasn't done much offensively since being made a sixth-round draft pick in 2016, the former "super back" in college -- who caught 135 passes for 1,427 yards and 11 scores in four seasons at Northwestern from 2012 through 2015 -- seems to be capable of catching passes in the mold of someone like Kyle Juszczyk. It's no guarantee he'll make Matt LaFleur's roster, but Vitale's potential presence in 2019 could mean fewer touches to go around for the rest of the Packers' backfield.
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