• Julian Edelman - WR
    Posted 9/17/14 9:59pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back) was added to the injury report and was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 17.

    Huddle Up: The injury isn't believed to be serious but check back on Thursday just to be safe. Edelman is a strong WR2 this week against the Raiders.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 9/16/14 4:27pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 3-for-20 on passing attempts of 15 yards or more in the first two weeks.

    Huddle Up: Maybe when/if Gronk gets healthier or the protection improves, things will get brighter, but Brady (398 yards, 28 fantasy points in 2 games) isn't exactly off to the fast start many fantasy pundits had hoped for. Don't completely cut bait unless you absolutely need to but don't shy away from sizing up other QB options, either.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 9/11/14 10:34am ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) was not listed on the team's first injury report for Week 2 Wednesday, Sept. 10. He was on the injury report last week with a calf ailment.

    Huddle Up: Whew, dodged another bullet. Maybe the Patriots can go back to listing Brady as questionable (shoulder), like they've done for the better part of the last decade.

  • Shane Vereen - RB
    Posted 9/8/14 11:01am ET

    New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen rushed seven times for 36 yards and a touchdown Week 1. He also had five catches for 35 yards. He played in 71 percent of the snaps in Week 1. RB Stevan Ridley had eight rushes for 21 yards and two catches in Week 1 while playing in 26 percent of the snaps.

    Huddle Up: Ridley still had more rushing attempts than Vereen, but it was notable that the Patriots didn't stick with Ridley at the goal line and Vereen scored a short touchdown. In the always-effective and equally muddy New England backfield, Vereen is clearly the lead dog; Ridley will need to regain goal line looks to salvage fantasy value.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 9/5/14 2:11pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) is expected to play in the team's Week 1 game. Gronkowski may have his snaps limited.

    Huddle Up: If you've been a Gronk backer so far, you're not gonna hold back now, are you?

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 9/5/14 2:11pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady returned to practice Friday, Sept. 5, a day after sitting out with a calf injury. Brady said Thursday, Sept. 4, that he's ready for the season opener against the Miami Dolphins this weekend despite the injury.

    Huddle Up: It's looking pretty safe to go ahead and roll with Brady this Sunday.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 9/4/14 2:23pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Thursday, Sept. 4.

    Huddle Up: It's a mystery for now as Brady didn't appear on the team's Wed. injury report, but it's most likely nothing to be concerned about. Stay tuned ...

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 9/4/14 6:13pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady did not practice Thursday, Sept. 4, due to a calf injury.

    Huddle Up: So this absence was due to an actual injury that has just cropped up, but Patriots beat reporters don't think his status for Sunday's opener in Miami is in any danger. See if anything changes over the next few days.

  • Tom Brady - QB
    Posted 9/4/14 11:02pm ET

    New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (calf) will play against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday, Sept. 7, according to a source. The injury popped up in the last 24 hours and will require some management.

    Huddle Up: As recommended earlier, plan to have Brady, but of course you'll be monitoring the QB's progress up to kickoff.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 9/3/14 10:30pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 3.

    Huddle Up: Gronkowski is expected to play on a limited basis Sunday. A limited Gronk is still better than most tight ends in the NFL. If Gronk is playing on Sunday, get him in your lineup.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 9/2/14 3:35pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will be on a snap count in Week 1. Gronkowski also said he will likely wear a brace over his surgically repaired knee, but he doesn't plan on changing the style in which he plays the game.

    Huddle Up: Those who spent a third- or fourth-round draft pick on Gronk don't need to be concerned with any snap counts or knee braces as you're starting him as long as he's playing.

  • Josh Boyce - WR
    Posted 8/30/14 12:02pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce was informed of his release Saturday, Aug. 30.

    Huddle Up: A former fourth-round draft pick, Boyce never made an impact in New England. Boyce is a candidate for the practice squad is he doesn't get claimed.

  • Aaron Dobson - WR
    Posted 8/29/14 3:03pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

    Huddle Up: Dobson looked good, and if you have faith that his surgically-repaired foot holds up, he should be just behind Julian Edelman as the top Pats' WR on your draft board.

  • Aaron Dobson - WR
    Posted 8/29/14 3:04pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

    Huddle Up: Dobson looked good, and if you have faith that his surgically-repaired foot holds up, he should be just behind Julian Edelman as the top Pats' WR on your draft board.

  • Aaron Dobson - WR
    Posted 8/28/14 3:42pm ET

    New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) will make his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 28, in the final preseason game.

    Huddle Up: Dobson, who finished his rookie year with 37 catches for 519 yards and 4 TDs, currently owns an ADP of 61 among all WRs -- third among the Pats' wideouts -- but he could prove to be a late-round steal or waiver-wire find should he take the sophomore-season leap that many expect.

  • Timothy Wright - TE
    Posted 8/28/14 7:05pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Timothy Wright is expected to play Thursday, Aug. 28, against the New York Giants after recently being acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs and Pats fans will get their first glimpse of Wright in a N.E. uniform, but not many of the other offensive regulars are expected to play, including Tom Brady.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/27/14 2:19pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) continues to make progress in his rehab but likely will sit out the final preseason game. Gronkowski is looking to be ready for the start of the regular season.

    Huddle Up: As anticipated, Gronk will not see the field in August, but, hey, why risk anyway? With Gronk, fantasy owners are either all in or they're completely staying away, and the former are counting on getting at least 12-14 games out of the no-holds-barred TE.

  • Timothy Wright - TE
    Posted 8/27/14 10:45pm ET

    The New England Patriots really like TE Timothy Wright, acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for OL Logan Mankins. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport even considers him as the team's 'new' Aaron Hernandez, or complement to TE Rob Gronkowski.

    Huddle Up: Wright is a former college WR and not the same kind of player as Gronk. He'll play a different role in the Pats' offense. Wright showed some promise last season but for some reason he was never really embraced by the new coaching staff in Tampa Bay. Wright starts out as a TE2 in New England but once he learns the offense, he has upside because of his physical skills.

  • Tim Wright - TE
    Posted 8/26/14 2:34pm ET

    The New England Patriots acquired TE Timothy Wright and an undisclosed draft pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for OG Logan Mankins on Tuesday, Aug. 26.

    Huddle Up: The Patriots proved serious about adding another receiving threat at TE, sending the six-time Pro Bowler Mankins to Tampa in exchange for Wright, who impressed with 54 catches for 571 yards and 5 TDs as a rookie last season. The Bucs were loaded at TE with Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Wright will provide much needed insurance should -- or is it when? -- injury befalls Rob Gronkowski again.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/26/14 8:41pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has not encountered any setbacks from the end of last week, and the acquisition of TE Timothy Wright is not a sign that the team is concerned about Gronkowski's health. The Patriots have wanted to remain cautious with Gronkowski's workload this preseason. Wright is a 'move' tight end, similar to the role free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez used to play with the team.

    Huddle Up: Definitely a needed assurance for those who are banking on a big bounce-back fantasy season from Gronk this fall.

  • Stevan Ridley - RB
    Posted 8/25/14 10:34am ET

    New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley may not make the team out of the preseason.

    Huddle Up: Between the fumbling and the fact that Ridley is in the final year of his contract and the presence of James White, this is hardly surprising news. Still, with Ridley going off of most fantasy draft boards as a key member of the New England backfield committee it's a situation worth monitoring.

  • Shane Vereen - RB
    Posted 8/23/14 11:32am ET

    New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen was in for 26 offensive snaps in the first half of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, a team-high among running backs.

    Huddle Up: Vereen didn't see much action in New England's first two games but he exploded for 75 total yards, five receptions and two touchdowns in the Patriots' dress rehearsal. Vereen is locked in as a RB2 in PPR formats. He'll lead the Patriots' backfield in touches this year as long as he's healthy.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/18/14 8:34pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this offseason Monday, Aug. 18.

    Huddle Up: Best sign yet that Gronk will be ready for Week 1, but certainly continue to monitor the situation.

  • Brandon LaFell - WR
    Posted 8/16/14 9:50am ET

    New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins each posted touchdown grabs in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Aug. 15. LaFell was targeted three times, catching two for 29 yards and the score, while Thompkins had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown while being targeted four times.

    Huddle Up: While Tom Brady praised Thompkins after the game, it's still up in the air who will emerge, if anyone, in this battle. With Aaron Dobson (foot) still out, Thompkins has made the most of his pre-season starting opportunities. But the spot is still likely Dobson's to be had if he can get healthy.

  • Stevan Ridley - RB
    Posted 8/16/14 1:34pm ET

    New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley lost a fumble during the second preseason game and did not return to the game. It is not known if the benching was due to the fumble.

    Huddle Up: Ridley has to be about done in New England. He simply can't hang onto the football, despite getting many chances to redeem himself. James White has received plenty of camp buzz but has looked pedestrian in two preseason games. Shane Vereen will lead the New England backfield in touches this season if he can stay healthy.

  • James White - RB
    Posted 8/14/14 9:23am ET

    New England Patriots RB James White saw a number of reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, with RB Stevan Ridley seeing most of his reps with the second-team offense. RB Shane Vereen also saw some reps with the top unit.

    Huddle Up: You have to take everything Bill Belichick does in the preseason with a grain of salt, but with both Vereen and Ridley entering the final season of their respective contracts it wouldn't be at all surprising if the Patriots were ready to move on at the running back position. Getting a look at how White handles time with the ones gives the Pats an idea of what the plan will be going forward--and it could mean going to White as a primary factor in their backfield rotation sooner rather than later.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/14/14 11:36pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is still favoring his right knee in practice, and he ran with a decent limp Thursday, Aug. 14. TE Steve Maneri is the only tight end on the roster healthy for the second preseason game. Recently signed Ben Hartsock was released earlier Thursday, but FB James Develin could also fill in at tight end. Gronkowski, TE Michael Hoomanawanui (undisclosed) and TE DJ Williams (leg) are unlikely to play.

    Huddle Up: Gronk still hasn't been cleared for contact, but that hasn't deterred a number of fantasy GMs as the injury-prone TE currently owns the second-highest ADP at the position. They're obviously going to need the situation to brighten here over the next few weeks.

  • Ryan Mallett - QB
    Posted 8/12/14 9:11am ET

    New England Patriots QB Ryan Mallett (undisclosed) missed his second straight practice Monday, Aug. 11.

    Huddle Up: Mallett's injury, coupled with his shaky outing in the exhibition season opener, will make it tough for the Patriots to trade him for anything similar to what they received for Matt Cassel a few years back.

  • Rob Gronkowski - TE
    Posted 8/12/14 11:42pm ET

    New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has a 50-50 chance to be ready for Week 1, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

    Huddle Up: Gronk still hasn't be cleared for contact work, and anticipating the Pats keeping things very close to the vest between now and Week 1, it's shaping up to be a season-opening headache for his fantasy owners.

  • Danny Amendola - WR
    Posted 8/7/14 10:18pm ET

    New England Patriots WRs Danny Amendola (undisclosed) and Julian Edelman (undisclosed) did not play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 7.

    Huddle Up: Sounds precautionary more than anything, especially with Amendola who typically only has a limited number of games in him anyway.

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