Aaron Dobson - WRPosted 8/28/14 3:42pm ET
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) will make his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 28, in the final preseason game.
Huddle Up: Dobson, who finished his rookie year with 37 catches for 519 yards and 4 TDs, currently owns an ADP of 61 among all WRs -- third among the Pats' wideouts -- but he could prove to be a late-round steal or waiver-wire find should he take the sophomore-season leap that many expect.
Timothy Wright - TEPosted 8/28/14 7:05pm ET
New England Patriots TE Timothy Wright is expected to play Thursday, Aug. 28, against the New York Giants after recently being acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Huddle Up: Fantasy GMs and Pats fans will get their first glimpse of Wright in a N.E. uniform, but not many of the other offensive regulars are expected to play, including Tom Brady.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/27/14 2:19pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) continues to make progress in his rehab but likely will sit out the final preseason game. Gronkowski is looking to be ready for the start of the regular season.
Huddle Up: As anticipated, Gronk will not see the field in August, but, hey, why risk anyway? With Gronk, fantasy owners are either all in or they're completely staying away, and the former are counting on getting at least 12-14 games out of the no-holds-barred TE.
Timothy Wright - TEPosted 8/27/14 10:45pm ET
The New England Patriots really like TE Timothy Wright, acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for OL Logan Mankins. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport even considers him as the team's 'new' Aaron Hernandez, or complement to TE Rob Gronkowski.
Huddle Up: Wright is a former college WR and not the same kind of player as Gronk. He'll play a different role in the Pats' offense. Wright showed some promise last season but for some reason he was never really embraced by the new coaching staff in Tampa Bay. Wright starts out as a TE2 in New England but once he learns the offense, he has upside because of his physical skills.
Tim Wright - TEPosted 8/26/14 2:34pm ET
The New England Patriots acquired TE Timothy Wright and an undisclosed draft pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for OG Logan Mankins on Tuesday, Aug. 26.
Huddle Up: The Patriots proved serious about adding another receiving threat at TE, sending the six-time Pro Bowler Mankins to Tampa in exchange for Wright, who impressed with 54 catches for 571 yards and 5 TDs as a rookie last season. The Bucs were loaded at TE with Brandon Myers, Luke Stocker and second-round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and Wright will provide much needed insurance should -- or is it when? -- injury befalls Rob Gronkowski again.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/26/14 8:41pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has not encountered any setbacks from the end of last week, and the acquisition of TE Timothy Wright is not a sign that the team is concerned about Gronkowski's health. The Patriots have wanted to remain cautious with Gronkowski's workload this preseason. Wright is a 'move' tight end, similar to the role free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez used to play with the team.
Huddle Up: Definitely a needed assurance for those who are banking on a big bounce-back fantasy season from Gronk this fall.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 8/25/14 10:34am ET
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley may not make the team out of the preseason.
Huddle Up: Between the fumbling and the fact that Ridley is in the final year of his contract and the presence of James White, this is hardly surprising news. Still, with Ridley going off of most fantasy draft boards as a key member of the New England backfield committee it's a situation worth monitoring.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 8/23/14 11:32am ET
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen was in for 26 offensive snaps in the first half of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, a team-high among running backs.
Huddle Up: Vereen didn't see much action in New England's first two games but he exploded for 75 total yards, five receptions and two touchdowns in the Patriots' dress rehearsal. Vereen is locked in as a RB2 in PPR formats. He'll lead the Patriots' backfield in touches this year as long as he's healthy.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/18/14 8:34pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this offseason Monday, Aug. 18.
Huddle Up: Best sign yet that Gronk will be ready for Week 1, but certainly continue to monitor the situation.
Brandon LaFell - WRPosted 8/16/14 9:50am ET
New England Patriots WR Brandon LaFell and Kenbrell Thompkins each posted touchdown grabs in the preseason game against the Philadelphia Eagles Friday, Aug. 15. LaFell was targeted three times, catching two for 29 yards and the score, while Thompkins had three receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown while being targeted four times.
Huddle Up: While Tom Brady praised Thompkins after the game, it's still up in the air who will emerge, if anyone, in this battle. With Aaron Dobson (foot) still out, Thompkins has made the most of his pre-season starting opportunities. But the spot is still likely Dobson's to be had if he can get healthy.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 8/16/14 1:34pm ET
New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley lost a fumble during the second preseason game and did not return to the game. It is not known if the benching was due to the fumble.
Huddle Up: Ridley has to be about done in New England. He simply can't hang onto the football, despite getting many chances to redeem himself. James White has received plenty of camp buzz but has looked pedestrian in two preseason games. Shane Vereen will lead the New England backfield in touches this season if he can stay healthy.
James White - RBPosted 8/14/14 9:23am ET
New England Patriots RB James White saw a number of reps with the first-team offense in practice Wednesday, Aug. 13, with RB Stevan Ridley seeing most of his reps with the second-team offense. RB Shane Vereen also saw some reps with the top unit.
Huddle Up: You have to take everything Bill Belichick does in the preseason with a grain of salt, but with both Vereen and Ridley entering the final season of their respective contracts it wouldn't be at all surprising if the Patriots were ready to move on at the running back position. Getting a look at how White handles time with the ones gives the Pats an idea of what the plan will be going forward--and it could mean going to White as a primary factor in their backfield rotation sooner rather than later.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/14/14 11:36pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is still favoring his right knee in practice, and he ran with a decent limp Thursday, Aug. 14. TE Steve Maneri is the only tight end on the roster healthy for the second preseason game. Recently signed Ben Hartsock was released earlier Thursday, but FB James Develin could also fill in at tight end. Gronkowski, TE Michael Hoomanawanui (undisclosed) and TE DJ Williams (leg) are unlikely to play.
Huddle Up: Gronk still hasn't been cleared for contact, but that hasn't deterred a number of fantasy GMs as the injury-prone TE currently owns the second-highest ADP at the position. They're obviously going to need the situation to brighten here over the next few weeks.
Ryan Mallett - QBPosted 8/12/14 9:11am ET
New England Patriots QB Ryan Mallett (undisclosed) missed his second straight practice Monday, Aug. 11.
Huddle Up: Mallett's injury, coupled with his shaky outing in the exhibition season opener, will make it tough for the Patriots to trade him for anything similar to what they received for Matt Cassel a few years back.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 8/12/14 11:42pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has a 50-50 chance to be ready for Week 1, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Huddle Up: Gronk still hasn't be cleared for contact work, and anticipating the Pats keeping things very close to the vest between now and Week 1, it's shaping up to be a season-opening headache for his fantasy owners.
Danny Amendola - WRPosted 8/7/14 10:18pm ET
New England Patriots WRs Danny Amendola (undisclosed) and Julian Edelman (undisclosed) did not play in the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 7.
Huddle Up: Sounds precautionary more than anything, especially with Amendola who typically only has a limited number of games in him anyway.
James White - RBPosted 8/1/14 9:52pm ET
New England Patriots RB James White has been performing well during training camp and has shown a lot of maturity during practice, according to QB Tom Brady. 'He's done a great job since he's got here,' Brady said. 'He's got a real maturity for someone who is just getting out of college. He's made a lot of really great plays out here. We're all trying to work to get better, and we're all trying to make improvements. We can all do it. The young players need to come out here and keep working hard, and he's one of those guys who has been out here every day so he's been able to do that. He's been able to make a mistake, get the correction, come out again and not make the mistake the next day, so it's been great.'
Huddle Up: White has been receiving a lot of hype this summer but he will start the season behind Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen. However, Vereen is injury-prone and Ridley has battled fumbling problems. White is an intriguing prospect, especially in dynasty leagues, but it will be difficult for him to be a weekly fantasy factor early in the season. White is worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues but keep expectations realistic for a rookie in New England's crowded backfield.
Matt Slater - WRPosted 7/31/14 4:19pm ET
The New England Patriots have activated WR Matthew Slater (undisclosed) from the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list.
Huddle Up: No fantasy implications here as Slater -- with 1 catch in 6 NFL seasons -- has survived this long strictly as a special-teams ace.
Aaron Dobson - WRPosted 7/29/14 1:47pm ET
Updating an ongoing story, New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson underwent surgery March 10 to have a screw permanently implanted into his injured left foot. Dobson had a stress fracture fixed, and the initial prognosis of two to three months is now an overly optimistic timetable. He began running in July but has not showcased any change-of-direction work in practice.
Huddle Up: The games that count are still more than a month away, but in the meantime, Dobson -- who's on the PUP list -- is falling behind fellow second-year WRs Kenbrell Thompkins & Josh Boyce and FA signee Brandon LaFell in the battle for WR pecking order on the squad.
Kenbrell Thompkins - WRPosted 7/26/14 1:00pm ET
New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins has stood out through two days of training camp practices, catching several diving balls along the way.
Huddle Up: The Patriots are hoping some of their young receivers step up their game, and Thompkins is the first to do so. Now we watch to see if he can keep this up and earn a spot at or near the top of Tom Brady's receiver rotation.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 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 - TEPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - TEPosted 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 - RBPosted 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 - DEPosted 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 - WRPosted 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 - QBPosted 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 - TEPosted 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 - QBPosted 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.
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