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Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 7/23/14 2:25pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for contact and will not be placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to head coach Bill Belichick.
Huddle Up: The more Gronk is able to do in training camp, the earlier he'll go off fantasy draft boards. If he practices and plays in camp without restrictions, and maybe even flashes some of the old Gronk magic in a preseason game, he could easily push himself into the second round of fantasy drafts in TE-mandatory leagues.

Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 7/20/14 1:52am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he is not sure if he will begin training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: It'll be another preseason of wondering whether or not you should draft Gronk. When healthy he's a top-two fantasy tight end, but there's the very real possibility you'll get only a half-season out of him again. Hopefully this training camp the news will be better and you'll have a clearer picture of his health by the time your fantasy draft rolls around.

Josh Boyce - WR Posted 7/20/14 3:49pm et
New England Patriots WRs Josh Boyce and Kenbrell Thompkins are expected to receive the chance to compete for the kick return job during training camp.
Huddle Up: Aaron Dobson is the second-year Pats' wideout on most fantasy radars heading into 2014, but don't completely forget about Thompkins and Boyce, who combined for 41 catches last season. Given the right set of circumstances, either could emerge as a surprise fantasy factor.

Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 7/20/14 7:39pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) said he is planning on playing the whole season in 2014. 'I'm planning on playing the whole season this year,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm always antsy to get back on the field, no matter when it is,' he said. 'I just want to play football. I love playing the game.'
Huddle Up: Gronk's desire and ability are unquestioned, but is his body up to the task? He's played a full season only once in four years in N.E. and has missed nearly a third (20) of a possible 64 regular-season starts as a pro.

Brandon Bolden - RB Posted 7/10/14 2:15pm et
New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden is expected to be cut from the team, in the opinion of beat writer Erik Frenz.
Huddle Up: Bolden has rushed for 274 and 271 yards, respectively, over the past two seasons while scoring 5 TDs but he's still solidly behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen on the depth chart with the team also spending a fourth-round pick on Wisconsin back James White.

Chandler Jones - DE Posted 7/8/14 7:45pm et
New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones could have a monster year if the team can reduce his snap count. He had 11.5 sacks and played more than 90 percent of the defensive snaps last season. DE Will Smith was brought in to help keep Jones fresh.
Huddle Up: Jones went from 6 sacks to 11.5 and from 45 total tackles to 82 last year, and similar production leaps this season will easily place him among the defensive-line IDP leaders. Keep this in mind if you somehow notice him lingering too long in your upcoming drafts.

Aaron Dobson - WR Posted 7/8/14 10:58pm et
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) could be ready for for the start of training camp, according to a league source. It is still too early to know his status for sure, but this is the first time there has been optimism he could be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: Dobson could have some late-round value as more than a few might be writing off the 2013 second-round pick after his injury and drop-filled 37-519-4 rookie season.

Tom Brady - QB Posted 6/29/14 2:21pm et
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady could play at a high level into his 40s, according to Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker. 'If anybody can do it, it's Tom,' Welker said. 'I mean, he puts the time in, not only physically and mentally and everything else, but the way he eats, the way he sleeps, the way he does everything. He does it so he can play for a very long time. I think what he did in his 20s and 30s are going to carry on into his 40s.'
Huddle Up: Brady turns 37 in Aug. so we could be talking about possibly 3 more seasons. It's at least enough to make those in keeper or dynasty leagues pause to re-think their Brady options.

Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 6/21/14 12:51am et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) may be ready to participate at the start of training camp, but the team probably will be cautious with him early in camp.
Huddle Up: Gronk is an elite fantasy tight end when healthy, so any opportunity to see him in action during training camp will only serve to drive his value up heading into fantasy drafts this fall.

Tom Brady - QB Posted 6/21/14 12:52am et
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola and QB Tom Brady have developed a nice rapport this offseason, according to a source. WR Kenbrell Thompkins also impressed during drills, beating new CB Brandon Browner frequently.
Huddle Up: Amendola didn't exactly walk into Wes Welker's role in the New England offense last season, but some extra work in OTAs could be just what the doctor ordered for Brady to find the security blanket he so dearly loves.

Jimmy Garoppolo - QB Posted 6/18/14 11:32am et
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo saw plenty of repetitions Tuesday, June 17, and went 17-for-24 in 11-on-11 work. He completed most of his short and intermediate passes, but he looked slow to find receivers with a defense swarming around him at times. He looked more accurate with his deep ball than he did in OTAs. He admitted he's adjusting to the speed of the game.
Huddle Up: In a best-case scenario for the Patriots, Garoppolo won't see much action this season as Tom Brady's caddy. He's an option in deep dynasty leagues only.

DJ Williams - TE Posted 6/15/14 7:23pm et
New England Patriots TE DJ Williams has not been participating during organized team activities because of a strained calf, but he expects to be ready for the start of training camp.
Huddle Up: In their annual search for a second TE, the Pats have turned to Williams, who should easily top his 3-year career receiving totals (9-70-0) in only a few games. He'll also get a lot more targets if Gronk's health issues resurface.

Stevan Ridley - RB Posted 6/11/14 11:51pm et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley appears to be lighter and faster this offseason as he enters the final year of his rookie deal, according to's Albert Breer. Ridley is expected to be the lead back in the team's backfield with RB LeGarrette Blount now with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots haven't approached Ridley about a long-term contract extension, according Breer.
Huddle Up: Ridley needs to hold on to the football to hold on to the lead role in New England's backfield, and Shane Vereen will most certainly take a chunk of the touches as the team's pass-catching back. That said, the Patriots' backfield traditionally produces enough fantasy points to feed multiple backs so a fumble-free Ridley could be a fantasy factor.

Danny Amendola - WR Posted 6/9/14 9:16am et
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola looks like the player that impressed the team in practice last year early on in OTAs.
Huddle Up: The key for Amendola is staying healthy; if he's able to remain intact he'll be a valuable fantasy contributor. Of course, we still have OTAs, training camp, and a 16-game NFL slate to go--which is why at present Amendola's fantasy value is discounted.

Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 6/8/14 11:58pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been bursting, planting and cutting in recent practices. He doesn't appear to have any limitations.
Huddle Up: So far, so good this offseason, but unfortunately there's still plenty of time (3 months) for a health issue to crop up.

Stevan Ridley - RB Posted 6/6/14 12:07am et
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley is focused on playing mistake-free football and not his contract situation. Ridley is entering the final year of his rookie contract.
Huddle Up: It's not just that Ridley has fumbled 9 times in his 3 NFL seasons; it's which coach he's playing for while fumbling 9 times. With LeGarrette Blount no longer in the mix, Ridley does have the chance to be the lead dog in N.E. -- provided, of course, he can get a grip on things.

Jimmy Garoppolo - QB Posted 6/2/14 11:58pm et
The New England Patriots have signed second-round draft choice QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but all contracts signed by draft picks are four-year deals, according to NFL rules.
Huddle Up: Garoppolo now inherits the Tom Brady understudy role, where he will be groomed until the Patriots grab the next "next Tom Brady".

Michael Hoomanawanui - TE Posted 5/23/14 12:35am et
New England Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui said he hopes to be more involved in the passing game this upcoming season.
Huddle Up: The Pats certainly need another reliable TE receiving option given Rob Gronkowski's myriad health issues, but Hoomanawanui's best receiving season was a 13-catch, 146-yard, 3-TD effort in his rookie season (2010) in St. Louis, and even a significant statistical jump likely wouldn't register on the fantasy radar.

James White - RB Posted 5/17/14 12:47pm et
The New England Patriots signed draft picks RB James White and WR Jeremy Gallon Friday, May 16. Financial terms of the deals were undisclosed. Per NFL policy, both contracts are four years in length.
Huddle Up: White and Gallon are talented rookies who could challenge immediately for roles in a New England offense that seems thin on playmakers at either position.

Danny Amendola - WR Posted 5/8/14 7:17pm et
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) is taking part in voluntary offseason workouts with the team. He didn't have surgery on his groin this offseason but said he did a lot of rehab work and feels healthy.
Huddle Up: Naturally Amendola feels good now after 3-plus months of rest and rehab, but it's definitely been a different story come fall of late.

Shane Vereen - RB Posted 5/4/14 5:26pm et
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen said his broken wrist is still not to where it was before he suffered the injury. He said he does not think his wrist will be 100 percent for a while but is working on strengthening the wrist.
Huddle Up: Definitely something to monitor in sizing up the fantasy draft stock of one of the top PPR RBs in the league.

Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 4/29/14 4:35pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said his knee is improving, but he hesitated to give any timetable or if he'll be ready for the season opener. 'Oh man, that's too far away. I'm just improving every day right now,' Gronkowski said. 'I'm working hard every day to put myself in the best situation so that I'm ready.' His recovery from knee surgery has gone according to plan so far, and he joined his teammates for the voluntary offseason program, which started April 21.
Huddle Up: Just your weekly update on Gronk, who's started only half of the Pats' 36 games (postseason included) since his record-setting 2011 season.

Tom Brady - QB Posted 4/20/14 10:29pm et
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady is expected to report for the start of offseason workouts Monday, April 21.
Huddle Up: Brady was more than stellar last season, guiding an undermanned Pats squad to the the AFC title game. In fantasy circles, however, Brady didn't even rate as a starter in most leagues, finishing tied for 13th among all QBs with 319 points (Huddle Performance scoring). Better overall team health and a better supporting cast will be keys for Brady's fantasy stock.

Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 4/13/14 3:52pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski met with Dr. James Andrews this week to have his to have his surgically repaired knee examined. Gronkowski was told that his recovery is right on schedule. Gronkowski will be able to start jogging in the near future.
Huddle Up: As has been the case for the past 2 years, it's an offseason filled with checkups and medical updates for Gronk. Stay tuned to see if the progress continues.

Tom Brady - QB Posted 4/7/14 11:11am et
The New England Patriots have restructured their salary cap to allow for QB Tom Brady's successor to be brought aboard. The team will likely add a third quarterback to its roster as insurance in case QB Ryan Mallett leaves after this season.
Huddle Up: The Pats made waves earlier this offseason by using two of their allotted prospect visits on Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel; now the potential "budgeting for a successor" plot (wait, wasn't Mallett supposed to be the successor?) adds fuel to the fire. Brady will be 37 when the 2014 season starts, so it only makes sense for New England to be proactive with regards to his successor. Plus, it's great offseason fodder for the media.

Vince Wilfork - DT Posted 3/27/14 6:35pm et
The New England Patriots and DT Vince Wilfork agreed to a restructured contract Thursday, March 27. The new deal is for three years and $22.5 million, according to a source.
Huddle Up: All the recent teeth gnashing and negativity has been resolved as the Pats retain their most important defensive front cog after he was limited to 4 games and 9 total tackles a season ago.

Vince Wilfork - DT Posted 3/24/14 10:27pm et
After being asked to alter his contract, New England Patriots NT Vince Wilfork asked for his released, and stopped by his locked to grab his belongings before storming out of Gillette Stadium. According to two sources, an angry Wilfork ripped his name plate off his locker stall, and cleaned out his locker. Wilfork seems convinced he is done in New England.
Huddle Up: That's not a particularly good sign for Wilfork returning to New England, though the Patriots haven't closed the door if Wilfork doesn't find the money he's looking for somewhere else.

Brandon LaFell - WR Posted 3/16/14 3:43pm et
Updating a previous item, New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell is expected to make roughly $11 million over three years with his new contract. No information was available on how much money is guaranteed.
Huddle Up: LaFell hit career highs with 49 receptions and 5 TDs last season in Carolina and now figures to be nor worse than Tom Brady's No. 3 or 4 top target (behind TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Julian Edelman and RB Shane Vereen).

Julian Edelman - WR Posted 3/15/14 7:37pm et
The New England Patriots have re-signed WR Julian Edelman. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Edelman was Tom Brady's favorite target last season, so at least Brady and the New England passing game will have some continuity heading into 2014.

Julian Edelman - WR Posted 3/11/14 4:34pm et
Free-agent WR Julian Edelman (Patriots) will be testing the free-agent market, because he did not think the New England Patriots' offer was fair value. Edelman is also not happy that the team placed a deadline on him to respond to their offer.
Huddle Up: The Pats lost Wes Welker a year ago, and now they stand to lose Edelman, who hit career highs this past season with 105 catches for 1,056 yards and 6 TDs. We haven't heard from Tom Brady, but he and his keeper-league owners can't be happy.

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