Gillislee scored two touchdowns in the first 22:33 of Thursday night’s game. His second score, a 2-yard run with 7:27 remaining in the second quarter, gave the Patriots a 17-7 lead.
Gillislee’s first score also was a 2-yard run. He scored on only 63.3 percent of his rushes inside the 10-yard line last season, according to ESPN’s Field Yates, getting in the end zone on seven of 11 attempts.
The Patriots signed Gillislee to a two-year, $6.4 million offer sheet that the Bills declined to match. Gillislee had a career-high 577 yards rushing and nine total touchdowns in 15 games last season in Buffalo.
He had nine carries for 42 yards late in the second quarter Thursday.