Dion Lewis - RBPosted 10/8/15 4:39pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis signed a two-year extension through the 2017 season Thursday, Oct. 8. Lewis has $800,000 salaries in 2016 and 2017 and received a $600,000 signing bonus. He can earn $1.8 million in incentives in 2016-17.
Huddle Up: The Pats have liked what they've seen in three games from the RB who hadn't played since 2012. His fantasy owners should also cherish what they have in Lewis as he comes in as a solid RB2 in The Huddle's Rest-of-Season Player rankings released earlier this week.
Travaris Cadet - RBPosted 9/29/15 4:51pm ET
New England Patriots RB Travaris Cadet was released Tuesday, Sept. 29, to make room for newly acquired LB Jonathan Bostic.
Huddle Up: Cadet, an offseason free-agent signing, was supposed to be the Pats' pass-catching back, but in stepped Dion Lewis and Cadet wound up with a single 2-yard reception to show for his time in New England.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/29/15 6:45pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's hearing with the NFL involving the league's appeal in the DeflateGate case will not take place until 2016. The NFL must file an opening brief by Oct. 26. Brady and his attorneys will have to answer by Dec. 7. The NFL must then reply by Dec. 21. The appeal will then be heard as early as the week of Feb. 1, 2016.
Huddle Up: This is good news for Patriots fans and Brady's fantasy owners as they won't have to worry about this fiasco any more this season. As for the rest of us, could we have more offseason DeflateGate headlines to look forward to?
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 9/15/15 9:53pm ET
New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount and Dion Lewis could form a 50-50 split at running back in Week 2 against the Buffalo Bills. Blount has scored 14 touchdowns in 12 games since late 2013 and is the team's best goal-line option. He figures to be heavily involved in the backfield moving forward. Lewis has taken over the role as the third-down back but is also capable of playing early downs. When the Patriots have faced stout run defenses like the Bills, they have often given more touches to the change-of-pace running back.
Huddle Up: Lewis had a team-high 120 total yards on 19 touches in Week 1, and even given Bill Belichick's unpredictability, you'd have to figure he'll remain fairly well involved even with Blount back. At the least, Lewis should be rostered in all leagues, and we'll see what develops Sunday.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 9/12/15 6:11pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount was activated from the suspended list Saturday, Sept. 12.
Huddle Up: Even after Dion Lewis' impressive opener, Blount will resume his role as the Patriots' lead back. Look for Lewis to slide into the Shane Vereen role in the Patriots' offense. Blount will be an RB2/Flex play most weeks. Lewis a Flex option in PPR leagues.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/11/15 12:10am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 25 of his 32 pass attempts for 288 yards and four scores in a 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 1 Thursday, Sept. 10.
Huddle Up: Those fantasy owners going up against Brady -- and the Steelers' suspect D -- have to be thinking of the suspension that was supposed to be.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 9/11/15 12:19am ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis rushed for a team-most 69 yards on 15 carries and added 51 yards on four receptions Thursday, Sept. 10 in a 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Those wondering who the Pats' pass-catching RB might be saw an immediate front-runner emerge in Lewis, the player who was seeing his first regular-season action since 2012 and wound up leading the Pats with 120 total yards on 19 touches. His only blemish on the night was a fourth-quarter fumble -- not to be downplayed with Belichick calling the shot -- which was recovered by teammate Rob Gronkowski inside the Steelers' 1-yard line. However, Travaris Cadet was inactive, and James White didn't get a touch. He's definitely worth a pick-up in most leagues, particularly those using PPR formats.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/10/15 7:04pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is 3-0 with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in three career home games against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots have won all three of those games by at least 16 points.
Huddle Up: After all the offseason teeth gnashing over Brady and his pending suspension, those fantasy GMs who waited at QB and wound up landing Brady late will have a bona fide QB1 to start tonight against the Steelers who allowed the sixth-most points to opposing fantasy QBs last season.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 9/11/15 12:02am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski caught five passes for 94 yards and three TDs Thursday, Sept. 10 in a season-opening 28-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: THIS is why Gronk had the No. 1 TE tier all to himself. He now has played 66 career games and has 57 scoring receptions.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 9/9/15 1:33am ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) was not listed on the Patriots' injury report for Monday, Sept. 7, or Tuesday, Sept. 8.
Huddle Up: It's looking like a case of good timing for Edelman and the Pats as the WR was unable to play a snap all preseason. He's a strong WR3 and a solid WR2 in PPR formats.
Jonas Gray - RBPosted 9/5/15 1:43pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray was released Saturday, Sept. 5, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Gray is one of the more surprising cuts after he ran for 107 yards on 19 carries this preseason and LeGarrette Blount will miss Week 1 because of a suspension. Gray did miss the final preseason game with an undisclosed injury, so it's possible he's being waived/injured. We'll find out more about Gray's situation soon.
Reggie Wayne - WRPosted 9/5/15 4:25pm ET
New England Patriots WR Reggie Wayne will not be on the Patriots' 53-man roster, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This will likely be the final stop for the former Colts great. Wayne wasn't the same last year but gave it another shot with the Patriots. Wayne is now 36, so retirement is certainly an option.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 9/5/15 5:05pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday, Sept. 5. He will miss at least the first six weeks of the regular season.
Huddle Up: LaFell will be eligible to return in Week 7. He was a Top 25 fantasy receiver last season, so he's worth stashing in leagues where you have the roster room. Outside of Gronk and Julian Edelman, Tom Brady doesn't have many reliable weapons.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/3/15 11:42am ET
Updating an earlier report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady's four-game suspension being lifted Thursday, Sept. 3, has been appealed by the NFL. However, the league isn't expected to file an injunction to keep him off the field.
Huddle Up: That could mean the suspension could be re-instated during the season. At this point, let's play football...
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/3/15 11:42am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady had his four-game suspension nullified by Judge Berman Thursday, Sept. 3.
Huddle Up: That should free him for the Thursday opener. Now all we have to remember is that Brady was barely worthy of a fantasy start last year.
Jalen Saunders - WRPosted 9/1/15 9:23am ET
New Orleans Saints WR Jalen Saunders is being traded to the New England Patriots Tuesday, Sept. 1, for a conditional draft pick, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: That the Patriots are bringing in wideouts like Saunders and Reggie Wayne suggests concern about the early-season availability of Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 9/1/15 6:37pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady will know his fate by the end of this week. Judge Richard Berman said he will issue his decision and order by that time.
Huddle Up: From all fantasy owners and NFL followers: PLEASE.
Josh Boyce - WRPosted 8/31/15 10:33pm ET
New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce and TE Jimmay Mundine were released Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Even with the Pats' current dearth of WRs, the 2013 fourth-round pick was unable to at least make it to the final cut and leaves New England with nine career catches in 10 games.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/28/15 3:46pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) isn't expected to play Friday, Aug. 28, against the Carolina Panthers as he continues to rest his injured ankle.
Huddle Up: The Pats' receptions leader in each of the past two seasons has yet to play this preseason. There's no indication he's in any danger of missing the Sept. 10 season opener, but it is the Patriots so we truly might not know until a hour before kickoff.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 8/26/15 8:01pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (ankle) hasn't taken part in team drills since suffering an ankle injury Aug. 2, but he feels that he is close to returning. However, he wouldn't say that he'll be ready to play in Week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in 16 days. 'Ask Bill (Belichick),' Edelman said. 'We're taking it day by day. I think I'm 10 seconds better than the last 10 seconds.'
Huddle Up: Edelman's injury is starting to raise concern with the opener a couple of weeks away. Edelman should still be considered likely to play against the Steelers. He's a strong WR2 in New England's offense.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 8/25/15 4:22pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) was not at practice Tuesday, Aug. 25, as he continues to nurse a left foot injury.
Huddle Up: According to Boston sports radio station WEEI, LaFell is a candidate to begin the regular season on the PUP list due to a mysterious foot injury that has sidelined him since the start of training camp. LaFell reportedly is not wearing a boot or walking with any kind of noticeable limp, but all is still not right, in part leading to the signing of veteran Reggie Wayne on Tuesday.
Brian Tyms - WRPosted 8/25/15 11:29pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brian Tyms (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Tuesday, Aug. 25 after clearing waivers.
Huddle Up: Of all the banged-up and bruised Patriots' WRs, the fourth-year wideout was certainly among the worst, and he joins fellow receiver Brandon Gibson on IR, leaving Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Chris Harper to fight for the last spot(s) on the team's WR depth chart.
Brandon Gibson - WRPosted 8/24/15 10:54pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon Gibson (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Aug. 24.
Huddle Up: More tough luck for Gibson, whose 2013 season in Miami also was cut short by injury. Gibson is tied for the Patriots' team lead with 12 receptions this preseason, and his injury -- combined with the current health woes of several other N.E. wideouts -- led to the signing of veteran Reggie Wayne on Monday.
Brian Tyms - WRPosted 8/21/15 1:41pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brian Tyms could be out for the season after suffering a foot injury.
Huddle Up: Sounds like it good be a tough turn of events for Tyms, who is fighting to land a reserve WR spot on the team for a second straight season. He had five catches for 82 yards and a TD last season.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/19/15 5:27pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady still is not willing to accept any suspension as part of a settlement with the NFL, according to sources. Afterr hearing oral arguments Wednesday, Aug. 19, U.S. District Court Judge Richard M. Berman has ordered Brady and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to appear in court Aug. 31 if no settlement is reached before then in Brady's appeal of his four-game suspension.
Huddle Up: Despite the wishes of the free football world, this squabble appears headed to the final minute as the Pats open the season 11 days after the scheduled Aug. 31 court date.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/18/15 4:59pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is not practicing Tuesday, Aug. 18, and also will not practice Wednesday, Aug. 19, as he plans to attend a court hearing in New York as he tries to overturn his four-game suspension, according to multiple reports. Brady's attorneys filed documents last Friday, alleging a smear campaign against him and continue to say that they are being treated unfairly by commissioner Roger Goodell and the league.
Huddle Up: And the beat goes on ... and on and on. Let's just hope we have a resolution here semi-soon.
James White - RBPosted 8/18/15 7:45pm ET
New England Patriots RBs James White and Brandon Bolden are the top two candidates right now for the third-down running back position, according to ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss. Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis will also compete behind White and Bolden.
Huddle Up: Many were banking on Cadet to land the gig, but it looks like the two incumbents have the inside track for now. It's the Patriots, though, and it's still early in preseason so don't write anything in ink just yet.
Jerod Mayo - LBPosted 8/17/15 10:43pm ET
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo has been making progress in his recovery from a knee injury and has been able to do more has training camp has gone on, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: Mayo averaged a team-most 141.3 tackles per season from 2010-12 before being limited to six games in each of the past two campaigns because of injuries. It's the Patriots, but we should have a better read on his progress in a week or two.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 8/14/15 4:54pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo was 20-for-30 with 159 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the first preseason game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, Aug. 13. He was sacked seven times.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Garoppolo struggled, but as the number of sacks indicates, the second-year QB didn't exactly get a lot of help from the team's young and short-handed offensive line. Let's see him in another game or two before we pass any judgments.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 8/13/15 9:59pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady started and played the first two series Thursday, Aug. 13, finishing 1-for-4 for 10 yards.
Huddle Up: Somewhat surprisingly, Brady got in some work, although backup Jimmy Garropolo needs most of it with a four-game suspension still looming for Brady.
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