Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/22/15 4:07pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension has not been scheduled at this time.
Huddle Up: The drama drags on as fantasy GMs wait to see if there will be any kind of reduction in Brady's 4-game ban.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/22/15 10:10pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will have the appeal of his four-game suspension heard by commissioner Roger Goodell after the NFL rejected a motion by the NFL Players Association to have Goodell remove himself from the appeal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The union gets shot down again as the Commish will see the Brady issue through to the end -- whenever that is.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/19/15 4:15pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will continue to appeal his four-game suspension, despite owner Robert Kraft saying Tuesday, May 19 that the team will not appeal the DeflateGate discipline levied against them.
Huddle Up: This might actually end up helping Brady's cause, and don't be surprised if the four-game suspension winds up at two after the DeflateGate dust finally settles.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 5/17/15 10:40pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo's quick decision making and accuracy fit well with New England's playbook that includes quick-rhythm passes as part of the foundation, and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com believes the Patriots will continue to use the diverse aerial attack that is used when QB Tom Brady is under center when Garoppolo starts.
Huddle Up: The 2014 second-round pick took snaps in five games last season, completing 19-of-27 passes for for 182 yards and a TD so there's not much to go on, but with Bill Belichick having four months to get the backup ready to play during Tom Brady's suspension -- however long that turns out to be -- don't make the mistake of downgrading the Pats' pass-catchers more than a few notches.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/15/15 2:02pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension will be presided over by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, a league spokesman confirmed.
Huddle Up: Maybe the the suspension get clipped in half to two games, but there's just as good of a chance we see things head to the courts if Brady and Co. feel like they don't get a fair shake with Goodell serving as judge, jury and appeal handler.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/14/15 10:58pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has officially appealed his four-game suspension.
Huddle Up: As fully expected, and even if the appeal is denied, Brady could take it the courts so brace yourselves for a DeflateGate summer.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/13/15 5:40pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension could be reduced significantly, and possibly overturned, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brady has put together a renowned legal team to appeal his suspension.
Huddle Up: It wouldn't be at all surprising to see Brady's four-game ban reduced to three or even two, but exonerating him completely would represent a huge backpedal by the league. Worse for the image-conscious NFL, it would go against public sentiment... outside of New England, at least.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/12/15 2:21pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has three days to appeal his four-game DeflateGate suspension and most definitely will file one, according to his agent.
Huddle Up: Brady certainly would start climbing back up the fantasy QB ranks for every potential game he could shave off his suspension, but judging what the commish and and NFL office is going to do these days is a dart throw at best. Here's thinking the four-game ban might end up sticking, but, of course, stay tuned ...
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/11/15 7:31pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has been suspended four games for his involvement in the deflated-football incident in the AFC Championship. In addition, the Patriots will lose their 2016 first-round pick, a 2017 fourth-round pick and will be fined $1 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Brady will certainly appeal his suspension, but it looks like he'll miss at least a couple games and possibly as much as one fourth of the fantasy season. Jimmy Garoppolo will be the Patriots' starter for potentially the first month, which could impact Rob Gronkowski's fantasy value out of the gate as well.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/8/15 7:16pm ET
According to a report Friday by the New York Daily News, the league will announce a suspension for New England Patriots QB Tom Brady next week. No further details about the length of the suspension were immediately available.
Huddle Up: The latter part is certainly the key in all this as anything over two games would start knocking the QB down the fantasy pecking order.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/7/15 1:18pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could be punished by the NFL for his involvement in the incident with the deflated footballs in last season's AFC Championship Game, according to numerous reports.
Huddle Up: Brady is likely facing a suspension or fine -- and maybe both -- meaning we could see second-year QB Jimmy Garoppolo under center for the NFL season opener against the Steelers and possibly a few games after that. It's not going to have a huge fantasy impact unless Brady misses more than 1-2 games, but in any case -- at least hopefully -- we should know well in advance and everyone will be able to make fantasy plans accordingly.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 4/7/15 7:48pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount has been suspended for the 2015 NFL regular-season opener. Blount was arrested last August with former Steelers' teammate Le'Veon Bell for marijuana possession.
Huddle Up: This is something the Pats knew was coming, and it could set the stage for another one-game Jonas Gray fantasy bonanza.
James White - RBPosted 4/5/15 6:41pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White is believed to be a candidate for the receiving running back role in the offense.
Huddle Up: White, a fourth-round selection last season, had five receptions in three games and look for him and free-agent signee Travaris Cadet to fill the role of the departed Shane Vereen, who had 52 catches last season.
Dont'a Hightower - LBPosted 3/26/15 10:41pm ET
New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum. Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy.
Huddle Up: Definite IDP alert as Hightower finished as the Pats' second-leading tackler this past year with 105 total stops, and it looks like his fellow LBs will need to pick up the slack, likely for the first couple months of the season.
Devin McCourty - SPosted 3/9/15 12:31am ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent FS Devin McCourty has agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million deal to stay with the team.
Huddle Up: As one of the top-rated free-agent safeties, McCourty was attracting strong interest from several teams -- particularly Philly -- but the FS who had two interceptions, nine passes defensed and 78 total tackles last season will be back with the defending world champs.
Darrelle Revis - CBPosted 3/9/15 6:14pm ET
New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis will become a free agent after the Patriots decided not to pick up his $20 million option.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners need to pay attention to where Revis lands because he'll shut down three WR1s in a division for two games a season each.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 3/6/15 10:06pm ET
Free-agent RB Shane Vereen (Patriots) is looking for a contract that will pay $3.5 million per year, not $5 million as previously thought.
Huddle Up: A misunderstanding? Or perhaps the well-stocked FA RB contingent and the the strong RB draft class have changed the expectations of Vereen, whose 96 rushes a season ago easily marked a career high.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 3/6/15 10:33pm ET
New England Patriots franchise free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski has signed his tender offer, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Patriots certainly have it made at PK over the last 19 seasons, going from Adam Vinatieri to Gostkowski, who has scored an NFL-most 1,179 points -- including a league-leading 243 field goals -- since his fourth-round selection in 2006.
Darrelle Revis - CBPosted 3/3/15 4:04pm ET
Impending free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Patriots) could be pursued by by the New York Jets in free agency. Owner Woody Johnson is leading serious internal discussions on possibly bringing Revis back.
Huddle Up: Now this would be an interesting next chapter in the Book of Revis. And, hey, it would also keep with AFC East protocol, where no one -- Rex Ryan, Drew Bledsoe, Bill Belichick, Curtis Martin, Revis -- really ever seems to leave the division as much they just swap jerseys.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski received the franchise tag Monday, March 2, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The cost for franchising a kicker is significantly less than it is for other positions, and for one more year at least the Patriots have locked up one of the league's most consistent point producers.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 2/20/15 10:13pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is about 4 weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Ridley hopes to be able to return to the field in May.
Huddle Up: Ridley was limited to 340 yards on 94 carries in six games last season, but things will be interesting as he is a free agent along will fellow back Shane Vereen.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 2/19/15 11:50pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Shane Vereen is expecting a contract worth at least $5 million per season, according to a source. Vereen would like to remain with the Patriots, but there have been no indications on whether the sides are close on a new deal.
Huddle Up: If the last impression is a lasting one, Vereen showed his worth with a game-high 11 catches and 77 total yards in the Super Bowl but the Patriots aren't going to over-extend themselves too far to sign a committee RB who rarely reaches double-digit rushing attempts in a game.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 2/15/15 3:01pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski could be a candidate for the franchise tag if the two-sides are not able to reach an agreement on a new contract.
Huddle Up: Gostkowski, preparing for his 10th season in New England, is perennially one of the league's -- and fantasy's -- top kickers, and he's doesn't figure to be going anywhere.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 2/3/15 3:37pm ET
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen set a Super Bowl record Sunday, Feb. 1, with 11 catches -- most of any running back in Super Bowl history.
Huddle Up: Vereen caught a career-high 52 passes for 447 yards and 3 TDs during the 2014 regular season, and his unexpected 11 Super Bowl grabs easily represented a season-high for the pass-catching specialist of the Pats' RB committee.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/2/15 10:27am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he is not considering retirement after winning his fourth Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. 'No. I've got a lot of football left,' the 37-year-old Brady said.
Huddle Up: Brady didn't look anywhere near retiring while earning a Super Bowl MVP and fourth ring Sunday night, so there's no reason for the Patriots to expedite the grooming process for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 2/2/15 10:27am ET
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had 11 catches for 64 yards and four carries for 13 yards in a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Vereen heads to free agency as a valuable pass-catching back. Expect the Patriots to try to bring him back as part of their ongoing committee approach, but they certainly won't break the bank for him.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/30/15 3:48pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount completed his 50 hours of community service, and his drug charge from earlier this season in Pittsburgh has been withdrawn, according to his attorney.
Huddle Up: One less distraction -- if it really was ever much of one -- for Blount who has truly had an all or nothing postseason run with the Patriots the last two seasons. In two playoff games against the Colts, Blount has rushed for 314 yards and 7 TDs on 54 carries; in his other two games, against the Broncos and Ravens, he's totaled 7 yards and no scores on eight rushes.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 1/29/15 10:35pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been impressing in his mimicking of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in practice. He has been studying the dual-threat quarterback, and trying his best in practice to get the Patriots ready for Super Bowl XLIX. 'I've had to get a lot faster real fast,' Garoppolo said. 'He's an athletic guy, so (I am) trying to extend plays and give those guys the best looks I can. It's a tough balance between studying their offense and studying our defense, so it's a little bit of time management.'
Huddle Up: Tough assignment for the rookie QB, but ready or not, the Patriots' D will get a taste of the real deal Sunday in Wilson, who led all QBs with 849 yards and six rushing scores during the regular season while throwing for a career-high 3,475 yards.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/29/15 10:36pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, cold) was able to go through a full practice session Thursday, Jan. 29.
Huddle Up: Yeah, somehow we don't think Brady's cold or lingering ankle injury are going to be much of a factor come his record sixth Super Bowl on Sunday.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/28/15 1:54pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) admitted that he is currently battling a cold, but he said he expects to be 100% ready for the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. 'I've had it for four to five days, my kids got sick and my wife's pretty sick right now,' Brady said. 'I brought it, unfortunately, to Phoenix, but I'll be fine. I'll be good.' Brady is focused on rest and eating plenty of garlic, which he said is one of his 'old remedies.'
Huddle Up: Clearly Tom didn't wear his Uggs out in the New England snow. No matter, there's sure to be an endorsement deal at the end of the illness. Drew Brees, move over; Nyquil has a new spokesman.
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