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.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 3/17/16 10:39am ET
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola might be in danger of losing his job, as a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday, March 16, that it's indeed possible Amendola could be released.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are well known for divesting of veteran players a year early rather than a year late, and with recent acquisitions Chris Hogan and Martellus Bennett moving into the New England pass-catcher rotation there may no longer be room for Amendola.
Chandler Jones - DEPosted 3/15/16 3:49pm ET
New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones was traded to the Arizona Cardinals Tuesday, March 15, in exchange for Cardinals OG Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.
Huddle Up: Jones finished fifth in the league with 12.5 sacks a season ago and gives the Cards' D the edge rusher it's been lacking.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 3/13/16 2:54pm ET
Former New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) is said to be 100 percent healthy after suffering a chipped bone in his hip last season. Blount never underwent surgery and is good to go for organized team activities.
Huddle Up: The Pats reportedly have had some interest in acquiring some RB help this offseason -- and it still may happen -- but as of right now, Blount remains the primary running option on one of the league's top offenses.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 3/7/16 9:45am ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski will have the remainder of his $10 million option exercised before March 9. The team picked up $4 million of the $10 million in the option in August, and he's under control through the 2019 season.
Huddle Up: File this under "no-brainer"; Gronk isn't going anywhere.
Scott Chandler - TEPosted 3/3/16 9:11am ET
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots TE Scott Chandler (undisclosed) was released with a failed-physical designation Wednesday, March 2.
Huddle Up: Chandler was a complement to/occasional replacement for Rob Gronkowski, but it never grew into more than a handcuff fantasy role. If he's healthy enough to play elsewhere he could see more snaps but his fantasy prospects remain dim.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 3/1/16 10:06am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady agreed to a two-year extension through the 2019 season Monday, Feb. 29, according to sources. The deal has Brady signed through age 42.
Huddle Up: Brady continues to rework his contract so that he remains well compensated while not burdening the team with an overly large cap hit. And given the way he played last year, him actually playing through the end of the contract isn't out of the question.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 2/25/16 6:46pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount and the team have shown mutual interest in a new contract, according to a source. Negotiations between the two sides are still in the 'infant stages'.
Huddle Up: Blount has been productive for the Pats, rushing for 1,756 yards and 16 TDs in 33 games with New England, and is still on the right side of 30, so look for him to stay if the price is right for both parties.
Dion Lewis - RBPosted 2/21/16 10:55pm ET
New England Patriots RB Dion Lewis' (knee) recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament has impressed well-known surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on Lewis late last year. When Lewis visited Andrews in January, things were exactly where they should be, if not better. Lewis will gradually work his way back this offseason, but the Patriots anticipate him being ready for the start of the 2016 season.
Huddle Up: Lewis had the look of a fantasy find early, gaining 622 total yards and totaling four TDs before getting injured, but health obviously remains concern No. 1 as he's only been able to play 16 total games over the last four seasons.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 2/4/16 6:17pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) did not require surgery on his knee or back, according to reports.
Huddle Up: Gronk certainly put up healthy numbers in the AFC title game (8-144-1), and don't look now but he's played in 15 regular-season games in back-to-back seasons.
Scott Chandler - TEPosted 1/31/16 7:44pm ET
New England Patriots TE Scott Chandler could interest the New York Jets if he's cut as he put up good numbers with QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and offensive coordinator Chan Gailey with the Buffalo Bills.
Huddle Up: The WR-heavy Jets could definitely use middle-of-the-field TE threat, and while Chandler could be an intriguing addition, don't forget about 2014 second-round Jace Amaro, who spent last season on injured reserve.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/28/16 9:53am ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount (hip) will not need surgery on his season-ending hip injury, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Blount missed the end of the 2015 season and is no lock to return to the Patriots next year. He left New England once before and that didn't go so well for him, so keep tabs on his landing spot before banking on him to be a fantasy helper in 2016.
Steven Jackson - RBPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
New England Patriots RB James White played 57 of the 83 offensive snaps in the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Jan. 24, and RB Brandon Bolden played 16. RB Steven Jackson rounded things out with 11 snaps. The team will also get RB Dion Lewis (knee) back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in 2016, while RB LeGarrette Blount is an impending free agent. The team might face an offseason similar to 2011 when the selected a pair of backs in the NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: There's always uncertainty in the New England backfield, and yet they've always found a way to be productive. Keep an eye on Lewis' recovery and which of the big backs are allowed to leave via free agency, as it wouldn't be at all surprising if the Patriots pulled a 2011 redux; that's the draft in which they selected both Shane Vereen and Stevan Ridley, both of whom had brief successful fantasy runs in New England.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 1/26/16 9:57am ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent WR Brandon LaFell was the fourth wide receiver on the Patriots' depth chart for the AFC Championship, only played on 33 of 38 snaps and was not targeted. This could spell a LaFell release, in the opinion of ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: LaFell never materialized as a go-to guy in New England, so it would make sense for the Patriots to look elsewhere for downfield help for Tom Brady and the Patriots passing game.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/24/16 2:48pm ET
New England Patriots WRs Julian Edelman (foot) and Danny Amendola (knee) and TE Rob Gronkowski (knee, back) are all officially active for the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Jan. 24. Inactive are WR Chris Harper, DE Geneo Grissom, DL Ish Kitchen, LB Jonathan Bostic, OT LaAdrian Waddle, CB Tavon Wilson and OG Tre Jackson.
Huddle Up: Unlike the Week 12 meeting, which Edelman and Amendola missed, Tom Brady will have all three at his disposal against the league's top-ranked pass defense.
James White - RBPosted 1/24/16 2:48pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White faces the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, and no team allowed more catches or receiving touchdowns to running backs in the regular season than the Broncos.
Huddle Up: New England RBs combined for six catches, 85 yards and a TD in the Week 12 meeting with Brandon Bolden (4-84-1) doing most of the damage. The Pats have WRs Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola this time around, but expect the pass-heavy Patriots to use all options.
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