Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/25/15 1:44pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady completed 12 of his 24 pass attempts on scramble plays outside of the pocket this year for 198 yards and two scores. Last year, he was 0-of-4 on similar plays.
Huddle Up: No one is going to confuse the 37-year-old Brady with Russell Wilson on Feb. 1 but he's certainly not the statue fellow golden oldie Peyton Manning is, either.
Jerod Mayo - LBPosted 1/23/15 3:52pm ET
New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (knee) said he is on schedule in his rehab from a torn patella tendon. Mayo did not comment on if he will be ready for the start of the offseason schedule. "I think I'm right on schedule," Mayo said. "I'm doing everything. The training staff with the Patriots, they're a great staff, and I'm in there every day. They tell me I'm doing well. They're telling me I'm on time."
Huddle Up: Mayo has missed 20 combined regular-season games over the last two injury-shortened campaigns after missing only seven starts over his first five seasons. It's a long road back to where he was, but it at least sounds like Mayo is making decent progress.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 1/23/15 7:49pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 23, and is questionable for the Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: Nothing new here as LaFell, who caught a career-high 74 passes for 953 and 7 TDs during the regular season, has been listed as questionable for most of the season -- as has most of his fellow skill-position players on the Pats.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/22/15 10:48pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is often a tough matchup for opposing defenses, but Seattle Seahawks CB Jeremy Lane said he doesn't think Gronkowski is 'that good.' 'He's OK. He does have a big body. But from what I've seen on tape, he doesn't like you putting your hands on him. So if we put our hands on him and shake him up a little bit, he won't catch that many balls,' Lane said. Gronkowski caught 82 passes for 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Lane could be lined up often against Gronkowski in the slot in the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: The physical and athletic Gronk is a matchup nightmare for every team, and will be even for the mighty Seahawks, who ranked in the league's bottom half this season in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing TEs. Expect Lane to have a little help come Feb. 1.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/20/15 3:19pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount ran for 148 yards and three touchdowns on 30 carries in the team's win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, Jan. 18. 'He makes contact on every play and seems to enjoy it. He's like a boxer throwing body punches. Eventually, he wears guys down and starts breaking those big runs,' OG Ryan Wendell said. Blount played 42 offensive snaps in the game, passing his previous season high of 30. He also ran for 69 yards after contact against the Colts, according to ESPN Stats and Information.
Huddle Up: Blount has become the clear No. 1 back in N.E. on a team that has long mixed and matched RBs and will be the poor man's Marshawn Lynch in the upcoming Super Bowl.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/18/15 1:46pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski has 17 catches for 297 yards and one touchdown in four career games against the Indianapolis Colts. He has gained 71 yards after contact as well.
Huddle Up: Question is, who doesn't Gronk play well against? The Colts, though, are particularly susceptible defensively, giving up the sixth most fantasy points against opposing TEs during the regular season, so don't be the least bit surprised if Gronk is even Gronkier than usual Sunday.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 1/18/15 11:45pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (hip) was able to return to the AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 18, after suffering a hip injury.
Huddle Up: Not only did Edelman return, but he led all pass-catchers in the game with 11 targets, nine receptions and 98 yards. He did miss out, though, on the Pats' three TD receptions with the scores going to James Develin, OT Nate Solder and Rob Gronkowski.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 1/16/15 10:30pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) was limited during practice Friday, Jan. 16, and is listed as probable for the AFC Championship Game.
Huddle Up: LaFell, who caught five of his seven targets for 62 yards and a TD in the Pats' divisional-round win over the Ravens, has been dealing with nagging injuries but figures to be good to go by Sunday. The Pats, though, figure to try and replicate their ground-oriented success from their last two wins over the Colts, and LaFell isn't going to receive as many looks if they're successful.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/13/15 1:52pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount ran for 166 yards against the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional matchup between the two teams in 2013, and RB Jonas Gray slashed Indy for 201 yards on the ground this past November. The Patriots used an offense that featured a power-back look with a sixth offensive lineman against the Colts in November. 'As a defensive player, you don't want to ever have that happen again,' Colts DE Cory Redding said. 'We didn't have our best game. It's up to us to do what we've done the past few weeks, to make sure that never happens again.' New England rushed for just 14 total yards in their divisional win over the Baltimore Ravens last weekend, but they pretty much abandoned the run in the second half.
Huddle Up: You can never quite be sure what you're going to see from the chameleon-esque Pats, but it's pretty safe to assume you'll see a few more than 13 rushing attempts given the Colts' clear defensive strength lies with their pass defense.
Jonas Gray - RBPosted 1/10/15 12:30am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle) was held out of the regular season finale, but he is expected to play in the divisional round playoff game Saturday, Jan. 10 against the Baltimore Ravens. Officially, he is listed as probable.
Huddle Up: Just know that you're playing with fantasy fire if you're counting on Gray on Saturday as he had two or fewer carries in four of the Pats' final six regular-season games following his 37-201-4 explosion in Week 11.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/10/15 12:30am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is likely to be covered by Baltimore Ravens FS Will Hill in the divisional round game Saturday, Jan. 10. 'It's not just a one-man job, it's a team effort. He's not a slow guy. If you try to play off him, you're just giving him what he needs. If you play up, he has the strength to get through people. He's a beast. He has a lot of aggression,' Hill said. Gronkowski has three catches for 45 yards in two previous regular season meetings with the Ravens. However, in the Patriots' one win over the Ravens in the postseason in 2011, Gronkowski had five catches for 87 yards on eight targets before hurting his ankle. Baltimore plans on jamming Gronkowski at the line of scrimmage to prevent him from getting into his patterns.
Huddle Up: In the two playoff games Gronk has finished healthy -- certainly not including the 2011 AFC title game mentioned above -- he combined for 14 catches, 210 yards and three TDs. Look for Tom Brady to test Hill and his defensive teammates early and often Saturday.
Jonas Gray - RBPosted 1/10/15 4:13pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle) has been ruled inactive for the Divisional Round playoff game against the New England Patriots.
Brandon Bolden - RBPosted 1/9/15 4:30pm ET
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden signed a two-year extension Friday, Jan. 9. He'll have salaries of $660,000 and $760,000 in 2015-16. He received a $300,000 signing bonus and has roster bonuses of $200,000 and $350,000. He'll also have a $25,000 workout bonus each year.
Huddle Up: Odd, including the timing, to say the least. Bolden's raw stats certainly didn't earn him the new deal as he rushed for only 89 yards and a TD on 28 carries while catching two passes for 8 yards -- all career lows for the third-year back. But, hey, the Patriots keep winning so who's to quibble with the formula at this point?
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 1/9/15 5:31pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) was limited in practice for the third straight day Friday, Jan. 9, but he is listed as probable for the divisional round game against the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Jan. 10.
Huddle Up: Edelman missed the final two regular-season contests and has had the extra bye week so he'll have basically had a month to get rested and recovered for Saturday's tilt.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 1/8/15 4:37pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (shoulder, toe) said he expects to play in the Divisional Round playoff game even though he is dealing with shoulder and toe injuries.
Huddle Up: LaFell easily hit career highs with 119 targets, 74 receptions, 953 yards and seven TDs this season and is certainly a candidate for fantasy success Saturday given the lingering questions surrounding the Ravens' secondary.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/8/15 8:16pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (illness) was removed from the team's injury report Thursday, Jan. 8.
Huddle Up: Blount should be good to go for Saturday's wild-card tilt, but the matchups certainly aren't in his favor as the opposing Ravens allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing RBs during the regular season while allowing the fifth-most points to WRs.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 1/6/15 2:09pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (leg) is participating in practice Tuesday, Jan. 6.
Huddle Up: LaFell missed two practices last week during the team's bye after briefly leaving the team's regular-season finale, but it's looking like he'll be good to go Saturday against the Ravens.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 12/30/14 2:13am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady restructured his contract to give the team $24 million more to spend during the winter. Brady changed the contract so that he will only be paid the $24 million if he were to be injured, instead of the money being guaranteed. This restructure could potentially help the Patriots re-sign players like CB Darrelle Revis and RB Shane Vereen.
Huddle Up: Between his earnings to date, his supermodel wife, and his Uggs endorsement money isn't an issue for Brady. Still, not every player is willing to rework their deal to allow their team to pay key players so kudos to Brady for seeing the bigger picture.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 12/30/14 4:17pm ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell (foot) was the only player missing from practice Tuesday, Dec. 30, after he injured his foot in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: It's not believed to be anything too serious, but it'll be something to keep an eye on when the Pats ramp up game-week preparations next week.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 12/27/14 6:36pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could play as little as much as one half Sunday, Dec. 28, in the opinion of beat writer Ben Volin.
Huddle Up: Tight end Rob Gronkowski is also expected to play very little against the Bills. The Patriots have the top seed in the AFC playoffs locked up, so don't expect Brady, Gronk and the rest of their starters to see a lot of action on Sunday.
Jonas Gray - RBPosted 12/26/14 6:54pm ET
New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray (ankle) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 26, and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: With fellow RBs LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen also dealing with injuries and listed as questionable, Sunday is shaping up as big day of work for the likes of reserve RBs Brandon Bolden and James White.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 12/25/14 6:47pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is likely to be removed from the Week 17 game early. Beat writer Mike Reiss believes the team will pull Gronkowski after the offense exhibits a rhythm against the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: With the Patriots one of the few teams who have locked up their playoff seed, certainly don't be surprised if a number of regulars play a half or less Sunday. And Gronk, with his injury track record, figures to be one of the first to head to the bench.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 12/24/14 11:08am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is due $24 million fully guaranteed from 2015-17 if he's on the team's roster Saturday, Dec. 27, at 4:00 p.m. ET.
Huddle Up: Unless the Patriots plan to make their Super Bowl run with Jimmy Garapolo at quarterback, looks like Brady's $24 mil will be guaranteed.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 12/24/14 6:30pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 24.
Huddle Up: Blount may well return after sitting out Week 16 but likely wouldn't see too much work even if he does with the Patriots' having already locked up the AFC's No. 1 seed.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 12/23/14 12:17am ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola played 44 of the team's 61 offensive snaps in Week 16 against the New York Jets with WR Julian Edelman (concussion) sidelined. Amendola played a season-low 12 offensive snaps in Week 15. The team's receivers struggled to gain consistent separation with Edelman out of the lineup.
Huddle Up: Amendola was simply the next man up with Edelman out, and he finished with eight receptions for 63 yards after entering the contest with 15 catches for 113 yards. Amendola normally would be back in a reserve role when Edelman returns but might be in line for a heavy workload again with the Patriots going into Week 17 having locked up the AFC's top seed.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 12/23/14 4:23pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady would prefer to play in Week 17 against the Buffalo Bills despite having already locked up a first-round bye and home-field advantage in the AFC playoffs. "There are a lot of guys that could probably use a little time off,' Brady said. 'But at the same time, this is football season and you play through whatever you got and you deal with those things when your season ends. All those things are coach's decisions. I want us to go out and win, that's what I want. I don't care about resting. I want to go out there and try to kick some butt. That's what I want to do." Brady was sacked four times and was 23-for-35 for just 182 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Brady should play, but it easily could wind up being only for a half against the Bills' strong pass rush Sunday, and his fantasy owners should certainly be exploring their QB options if they're still chasing a league title in Week 17.
Julian Edelman - WRPosted 12/20/14 6:30pm ET
New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 16. Edelman didn't receive final clearance from the concussion protocol to play Sunday, Dec. 21.
Huddle Up: Look for Brandon LaFell and Shane Vereen to see an increase in targets this week. Both are strong starts against the Jets.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 12/19/14 6:35pm ET
New England Patriots RBs LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) and Shane Vereen (ankle) both were limited in practice Friday, Dec. 19, and are questionable for Week 16 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: It's New England where every nicked and bruised player is limited and questionable so count on having the two RBs available as normal. However, figuring out which Pats' RB gets the most work, however, is another issue entirely.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 12/10/14 2:40pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount will have his marijuana possession charge in Pittsburgh dropped if he serves 50 hours of community service by February. Blount could still receive a punishment from the NFL once his case is resolved, according to his attorney.
Huddle Up: It appears as if the RB will be able to finish out the season without any kind of suspension or the like, but who really knows when it comes to league discipline these days? Just something to keep in the back of your mind if you're counting on Blount down the stretch.
Aaron Dobson - WRPosted 12/4/14 2:36pm ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (hamstring) will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list, according to a source.
Huddle Up: That makes two disappointing seasons in two years for the 2013 second-round pick, who was limited to only three receptions in four games in 2014. There's always plenty of break-out potential as long as remains in the Pats' system but the clock is most definitely ticking.
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