LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 7/20/16 11:52pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount's (hip) roster spot isn't a given, but there shouldn't be any issues if he returns from his season-ending hip injury and runs hard.
Huddle Up: Blount has thrived as the hammer in New England's backfield, but if his hip is slowing him down--or if Bill Belichick can find someone younger or cheaper who can do the job as good or better--he'll be back on the street looking for work. At least it will make for an interesting training camp.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 7/17/16 10:46pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) said his injured foot is feeling better but is not sure when he will be cleared to practice.
Huddle Up: Even missing seven starts last season, Edelman has logged 258 receptions since the start of 2013 and he remains a mid-round PPR prospect with considerable upside.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/15/16 1:55pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady announced he will have no further action with the legal process against the NFL in appealing his four-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Brady's on-again, off-again four-game suspension finally appears as if it's going to stick, meaning it'll Jimmy Garoppolo for a quarter of the Pats' season. In our opinion, that's enough to knock Brady down to QB2 territory.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 7/13/16 10:44am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had his request for a new hearing on his four-game suspension rejected by a federal appeals court Wednesday, July 13. Brady was asking for the full 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear the case. Brady's remaining hope is to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Huddle Up: Why stop now? May as well keep the legal fees flowing and take this thing all the way to the Supreme Court, because nothing in this country is more important right now than the air pressure of some footballs. Meanwhile, plan on Jimmy Garoppolo quarterbacking the Patriots for the first four games this season.
Nate Washington - WRPosted 6/28/16 1:24am ET
New England Patriots WR Nate Washington had trouble getting on the same page as QB Tom Brady during organized team activities. He's at risk of missing the final roster if he does not impress at training camp.
Huddle Up: Bad news for Washington, as there's definitely an opportunity for a capable pass-catcher in New England. Fantasy owners weren't looking at him as anything more than a late-round flier, but now it's looking as if that pick will be best spent elsewhere.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 6/28/16 4:26pm ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (ankle, knee) said he feels really good after undergoing two minor procedures this offseason.
Huddle Up: A perennial health risk with the Rams, Amendola has played in 42 of a possible 48 regular-season games with the Pats, but that still doesn't do as much as it should for his fantasy stock, given that's he's no better than the No. 3 pass-catching option in N.E. even on the best of days with Gronk and Julian Edelman occupying the top two rungs.
Donald Brown - RBPosted 6/23/16 1:05pm ET
New England Patriots RB Donald Brown led all running backs with 19 receptions in Patriots minicamp, and he is taking advantage of the opportunity to contribute in any way possible. His most likely path to a role is as the top backup to RB LeGarrette Blount. Brown is not considered a lock to make the team, according to Mark Daniels, of the Providence Journal. New England would carry a $300,000 salary cap charge if Brown is released.
Huddle Up: Brown just might be versatile enough to step in for either Blount or Dion Lewis -- provided he comes back from his own injury issues -- and is definitely a RB name to consider late in drafts.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 6/14/16 12:45pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) practiced Monday, June 13, without a brace on his left knee. Lewis said he feels better every day but that he still has a long way to go in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: Somewhat encouraging early news, but as stated above, there are several more hurdles for the opt-injured Lewis to clear and the Sept. regular-season opener.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 6/12/16 1:34pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) said he will be ready for training camp despite missing minicamp last week. Gronkowski said he and the coaching staff are on the same page and everything is going smoothly.
Huddle Up: While the contract-unhappiness rumors continue to swirl, Gronkowski suggested at recent youth camps that his absence from offseason practices is more about the Patriots' desire to keep him healthy for the regular season. We might never really know with the Pats, but he solidly remains the No. 1 TE in 2016 preseason ranks.
Chris Hogan - WRPosted 6/9/16 12:24pm ET
New England Patriots WR Chris Hogan has been a central figure during the first few open practices as he's catching everything thrown his way, and he's constantly getting open. During the first two days of minicamp, Hogan has caught nine passes from QB Tom Brady, most on the team, and another three from QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Huddle Up: With Julian Edelman (foot) and Rob Gronkowski (unknown) out of drills, the former Bill is making his presence felt after initial reports suggested he was off to a sluggish start with his new team. In any case, Hogan has a chance to become the third bona fide passing-game option the Pats have been seeking without much success the last few seasons.
Martellus Bennett - TEPosted 6/9/16 12:24pm ET
New England Patriots TE Martellus Bennett (knee) had a minor injury scare at one point in practice Wednesday, June 8, during minicamp. The veteran was attended to by the training staff, focusing on his left knee. After a brief absence he was able to return to drills and team work. Bennett worked with FB James Develin and fellow TEs A.J. Derby and Michael Williams on blocking drills.
Huddle Up: At the very least, Bennett figures to be valuable Gronk insurance, and the ultimate hope is in N.E. that the the team can replicate its two-TE success of five years ago. Most everything in Bennett's recent resume suggests the latter is a decent possibility.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 6/7/16 12:18pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has had no settlement talks about his four-game suspension, and commissioner Roger Goodell said the courts will make their decision.
Huddle Up: Both sides have dug in their heels; now they'll wait for the legal system to decide which side makes the next "Deflategate"-extending appeal.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 6/7/16 4:00pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 7. It is not known if his absence has anything to do with his contract status or a possible injury. He currently ranks 16th among tight ends in base salary.
Huddle Up: If it's either of the two, bet on the former as the tight end sent out a cryptic tweet earlier this offseason after the Pats picked up the option for the final two seasons of his six-year contract. N.E. is notoriously conservative on the contract front, but if there are exceptions, Gronk would almost certainly qualify as one. Most definitely stay tuned ...
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 6/5/16 2:04pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) said the rehab from his torn anterior cruciate ligament is going well and that he is doing what the trainers are allowing him to do. Lewis has not participated in offseason workouts and probably will miss the upcoming minicamp as well.
Huddle Up: It's hard to say if we'll see much of Lewis this summer, and fantasy owners might have to draft him mainly on blind faith that he'll be able to make a full comeback and be the dynamic back he was early last season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/27/16 10:50am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady and TE Martellus Bennett connected several times in the red zone, including some touchdowns, during organized team activities Thursday, May 26. Bennett was New England's primary tight end in practice with TE Rob Gronkowski (undisclosed) not practicing.
Huddle Up: Worst-case scenario Bennett is a handcuff for Gronk, who has been known to get banged up from time to time. Best case he gives the Patriots the unique dual-tight end attack they had prior to Aaron Hernandez's arrest. And with Julian Edelman at present the only wide receiver making a strong push for targets, there could certainly be room for two fantasy-worthy pass-catching tight ends in New England.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 5/24/16 1:52pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis (knee) has given signs of optimism for being ready for the start of the season. Some close to Lewis feel that he's about a month away from being able to play in a game. The team plans to be conservative with him, and his repetitions in organized team activities will be limited at best.
Huddle Up: Lewis is a fantasy favorite with his skill-set and opportunity, but he has an NFL track record littered with health issues and will need to be monitored extra-closely this summer.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/23/16 12:08pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's legal team will officially file its appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit Monday, May 23, which is the deadline to do so. 'The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it,' attorney Ted Olson said.
Huddle Up: Because really, who wants Deflategate to go away? All Deflategate all the time, that's what I say. Take this baby to the Supreme Court because clearly the most important thing this country needs to decide is whether or not Brady let the air out of some footballs and tried to cover it up by destroying his cell phone. Meanwhile, fantasy owners can keep Jimmy Garoppolo on the shelf for now.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 5/17/16 2:12pm ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee, ankle) is recovering from a pair of offseason surgeries that could prevent him being ready for the start of the 2016 season. Amendola had surgery on a troublesome left knee and another surgery to remove a bone spur in his ankle, according to a source. Both surgeries happened early this offseason. It's still too early to know when Amendola will be fully recovered, but his knee will demand a longer recovery schedule than his ankle.
Huddle Up: Amendola was a low-end contributor to the Patriots receiver rotation, and the prospect of him entering the season banged up doesn't bode well for an uptick in production--fantasy or others.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 5/12/16 10:29am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) recently underwent foot surgery but is still on pace to participate in training camp, according to sources.
Huddle Up: The Patriots have never been particularly forthcoming with injury news, but Edelman was apparently seen in New York City in a walking boot using a motorized scooter to get around. Not a big deal in May; if he's still booted and scooting in August, then we can start to worry.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 5/10/16 1:05pm ET
Updating previous reports, New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola can earn $1.6 million in 2016, which is a pay cut of $4.4 million from his last contract. He's set to earn $6.5 million in 2017, but none of it is guaranteed. That means they'll have a decision to make on him again next offseason.
Huddle Up: Not many would figure that Amendola was the Pats' second-leading receiver a year ago -- thanks largely to Julian Edelman's foot injury -- but the wideout's continuing pay cuts suggest that he's in a battle to keep his roster spot rather than his place among the team's leading pass-catchers.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 5/6/16 12:37pm ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola restructured his contract Friday, May 6, according to a source. His deal is for two years and $7.35 million with $750,000 in roster and receptions bonuses.
Huddle Up: Amendola had the second-best season of his career (65-648-3) last season, but he will be fighting with newcomers Chris Hogan, Nate Washington and fourth-round pick Malcolm Mitchell to retain his spot in the team's WR rotation.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 5/4/16 10:03am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's deadline to appeal his four-game suspension has been extended to May 23, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Oh good. For a second there I was worried the whole Deflategate saga might just go away. Kudos to the lawyers for stretching this thing out even longer.
Jacoby Brissett - QBPosted 4/30/16 1:33am ET
The New England Patriots selected North Carolina State QB Jacoby Brissett with the No. 91 overall pick in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft on Friday, April 29.
Huddle Up: The dual-threat Brissett, who threw 43 TD passes and ran for nine more in two seasons at N.C. State, becomes the third QB on the Pats' roster and -- barring him beating out third-year QB Jimmy Garoppolo -- is in line to serve as the backup if Tom Brady winds up serving a four-game suspension to open the season.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 4/26/16 2:32pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has made great strides, according to head coach Bill Belichick. 'The reps that he's gotten on the field in preseason games and in practice,' Belichick said, 'I think he’s shown a lot of development - better understanding, quicker recognition and reading of the defenses, more awareness of what's happening on the defensive side of the ball, better communication, better understanding of the offense - really everything.'
Huddle Up: Garoppolo has attempted 31 regular-season passes in two seasons, but unless the DeflateGate mess is extended -- and why wouldn't it be after we've been tormented this long? -- he'll be be facing the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills to open the season. And it's not like you still won't be starting Gronk, no matter who's playing QB in N.E.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 4/22/16 4:28pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski said he's not concerned about his contract. 'No, that's not on my mind at all. I started offseason workouts yesterday. It just feels great to be back with the team working out, getting back in football shape and getting prepared for the season.'
Huddle Up: Just entering the third year of a six-year, $54 million deal, Gronk is a bargain for the Pats and that looks and sounds like it will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future.
Tyler Gaffney - RBPosted 4/14/16 7:35pm ET
The New England Patriots re-signed RB Tyler Gaffney to an undisclosed deal Thursday, April 14.
Huddle Up: Three days after the Patriots released him, the former Carolina sixth-round pick is back with the team and will compete for a back-end roster spot after spending the last two regular seasons on injured reserve.
Tyler Gaffney - RBPosted 4/12/16 10:31am ET
New England Patriots RB Tyler Gaffney was cut Monday, April 11.
Huddle Up: The former Stanford back hasn't been able to stay healthy, and it cost him his gig in New England.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 4/12/16 4:35pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount signed a one-year contract Tuesday, April 12. The one-year deal is worth up to $2 million -- $1 million in base salary and bonuses and $1 million in incentives, according to a source.
Huddle Up: As expected, Blount is returning for a fourth season with the Pats, whose current backfield is as crowded as ever with Blount joining Dion Lewis, James White, Brandon Bolden and the newly signed Donald Brown.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 3/31/16 9:59am ET
Cincinnati Bengals WR Brandon LaFell likely will spend most of his time as a slot receiver during the 2016 season.
Huddle Up: If LaFell works in the slot that still leaves a wingman position open opposite AJ Green. Look for the Bengals to address this vacancy in the draft.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 3/23/16 9:08am ET
Free-agent WR Brandon LaFell (Patriots) is closing in on a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals Wednesday, March 23, according to a source.
Huddle Up: LaFell was mildly effective in a starting role in New England; he won't offer much more in a wingman (at best) role in Cincinnati.
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