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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.

Danny Amendola - WR Posted 3/6/14 1:34pm et
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola cannot be designated as a post-June 1 cut for the 2014 season. The Patriots have to carry the wide receiver on the roster into the '14 league year to make him a June 1 cut and if they do that, his '14 base is guaranteed.
Huddle Up: Amendola caught 51 fewer passes for 423 fewer yards than fellow wideout Julian Edelman, who is a free agent, and it would be far more cost-effective to go with the former rather than the latter in 2014 if it boils down to finances.

Julian Edelman - WR Posted 3/6/14 10:47pm et
The New England Patriots discussed a new contract with impending free-agent WR Julian Edelman Thursday, March 6.
Huddle Up: Edelman is coming off a career season (105-1,056-6), and he still would remain a very intriguing option -- particularly in PPR leagues -- if he stays with the Pats as part of an upgraded receiving corps.

Aaron Dobson - WR Posted 3/4/14 12:28am et
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) will find out in the next 10 to 14 days if the stress fracture in his foot has healed with rest or if he needs to undergo surgery. Dobson likely would not be ready for the start of offseason workouts if he has to undergo surgery.
Huddle Up: With Dobson looking to be a key component in the New England passing game in 2014, the team would prefer him to be involved in team activities from the get-go. Of course, having surgery now rather than this summer means Dobson will at least be available for the start of the season. Looks like we'll know more in a couple weeks.

Danny Amendola - WR Posted 3/2/14 5:14pm et
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola may be on the trading block following a dismal first year of his five-year, $25.5 million contract. If a trade can't be completed, the Patriots could simply release Amendola, who costs $4.575 million against the 2014 salary cap but who would leave behind $6.8 million in dead money.
Huddle Up: Amendola, was a fantasy fizzler with his 54-633-2 showing last season, and if couldn't make a impact on a WR-needy team quarterbacked by Tom Brady, it's more than fair to wonder where he could go where the situation would be better.

Michael Hoomanawanui - TE Posted 2/27/14 11:02pm et
New England Patriots impending free-agent TE Michael Hoomanawanui said he hopes to re-sign with the team this offseason.
Huddle Up: Whether he returns to N.E. or not -- and whether starter Rob Gronkowski remains healthy or not -- Hoomanawanui simply is a fantasy non-factor, as is evidenced by his 37 career receptions in 4 NFL seasons.

LeGarrette Blount - RB Posted 2/10/14 1:45pm et
The New England Patriots are not expected to make a long-term offer to impending free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount this offseason.
Huddle Up: Even if playoff hero Blount were to depart, the Patriots would still have Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen to handle backfield duties. It's extremely likely Blount gets a substantially larger offer in free agency than New England would be willing to cough up.

Aaron Dobson - WR Posted 2/6/14 10:05pm et
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson is expected to start in 2014 and be the future X receiver for the team.
Huddle Up: Dobson showed some rookie-season flashes with 37 catches for 519 yards and 4 TDs in 12 games. If he's starting in a Tom Brady offense, he'll definitely be worth a fantasy look.

Aqib Talib - CB Posted 1/31/14 12:59am et
The New England Patriots may not use their franchise tag this offseason because they likely would not have the salary cap space available. Impending free-agent CB Aqib Talib would be the most likely candidate to receive the tag if used.
Huddle Up: Talib, who had 4 interceptions and 13 passes defensed this past season, is the Pats' best defensive back and look for the team to find a way to keep him around for at least another season.

LeGarrette Blount - RB Posted 1/29/14 1:37pm et
The Miami Dolphins may pursue free-agent RB LeGarrette Blount (Patriots) this offseason.
Huddle Up: Adding Blount would be a double-shot for the Dolphins: stripping a division rival of a key player (though Stevan Ridley is a quality fallback plan for New England) while adding a power back to team with Lamar Miller. It's an intriguing possibility to keep an eye on when the NFL hits free agency.

Julian Edelman - WR Posted 1/28/14 11:27pm et
It is unlikely that the New England Patriots will use the franchise tag on WR Julian Edelman this off season, according to Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston, in part because of how much it would cost to use it.
Huddle Up: Look for the Pats to work around the tag and try to re-sign their leading pass-catcher, a year after being hurt by losing too many of Tom Brady's top weapons.

Danny Amendola - WR Posted 1/26/14 4:12pm et
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola may be fighting for a roster spot in 2014. $2 million of his $3 million base salary becomes guaranteed if he is on the roster at 4pm on Mar. 11.
Huddle Up: Amendola's continued injury issues (4 missed games and limited in others) and the emergence of Julian Edelman (team-leading and career-high 105 receptions) could spell a 1-and-done stay in N.E. for the former. Either way, look for the Pats to upgrade their WR corps this offseason.

Danny Amendola - WR Posted 1/24/14 11:21pm et
New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (groin) will attempt to heal a groin injury through rest and not surgery.
Huddle Up: Amendola played through the injury, albeit ineffectively; here's hoping the decision to heal on his own works out and he doesn't realize right around the time training camp opens that he's going to need surgery anyway.

Aqib Talib - CB Posted 1/21/14 11:15pm et
New England Patriots CB Aqib Talib (knee) did not suffer any structural damage to his knee after getting hit in the AFC championship game.
Huddle Up: Talib missed most of the AFC title game for the second straight season, and the Pats have a decision to make with the CB a free agent this offseason.

Aaron Dobson - WR Posted 1/19/14 1:50pm et
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) is active for the AFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 19. Fellow WR Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, concussion) is inactive.
Huddle Up: Dobson, who had 37 catches for 519 yards and 4 TDs during the regular season, will play after missing the team's divisional-round win over the Colts. He wouldn't seem to be in line for a significant role, but you can never outguess Bill Belichick and his game-plans.

Tom Brady - QB Posted 1/16/14 2:29pm et
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness, shoulder) was back at practice Thursday, Jan. 16, and he downplayed his absence Wednesday, Jan. 15. 'It was nothing,' Brady said. 'I feel great. Nothing at all.'
Huddle Up: Yeah, we think Brady might make the trip to Denver this weekend after all.

Aaron Dobson - WR Posted 1/16/14 6:09pm et
New England Patriots WRs Aaron Dobson (foot) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip, concussion) were limited in practice again Thursday, Jan. 16, and their statuses remain in question heading into the AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Check to see if the outlook gets any brighter Friday, but as of right now, both seem iffy at best to make contributions Sunday.

Tom Brady - QB Posted 1/15/14 10:25pm et
Updating a previous report, New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Jan. 15, because of an illness.
Huddle Up: What would conference championship week be without a little drama? Expect Brady to be back at practice by Friday, and there is virtually no chance he misses Manning/Brady XV.

Aaron Dobson - WR Posted 1/15/14 10:25pm et
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) is participating in practice Wednesday, Jan. 15.
Huddle Up: Dobson has been sidelined for much of the past month with his foot injury, but indications are he'll be available for this weekend's conference championship game.

Kenbrell Thompkins - WR Posted 1/12/14 3:00pm et
New England Patriots WR Kenbrell Thompkins left the Divisional Round playoff game in the third quarter because of a head injury and did not return.
Huddle Up: Another game, another injury for a Patriots pass-catcher -- but New England keeps marching on. Thompkins didn't record a catch on 3 targets in Saturday's divisional-round win, and isn't a big part of the Pats' game plan -- even with the pass-catching corps' depleted state.

LeGarrette Blount - RB Posted 1/12/14 3:00pm et
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount received 26 offensive snaps during the Divisional Round playoff game while RB Shane Vereen received 24 snaps and Stevan Ridley received 23 snaps.
Huddle Up: Despite the snap-count equality, Blount -- with 8 rushing TDs over the Patriots' last 3 games -- is clearly the N.E. back you want in playoff fantasy matchups. Ridley had a pair of rushing scores Saturday night, while Vereen (5 rushes-17 yards; 2 catches-16 yards) had a disappointing playoff outing.

Rob Gronkowski - TE Posted 1/10/14 12:57pm et
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) hopes to be ready for the start of training camp in July after undergoing surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Huddle Up: We've seen Adrian Peterson and Robert Griffin III come back from late-season ACL injuries the following year, so it's not out of the question for Gronk to be back at the beginning of the 2014 season. Like last year, his participation in training camp will be closely monitored by those interested in spending an early pick on the elite tight end.

Aaron Dobson - WR Posted 1/9/14 3:49pm et
New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) is not practicing Thursday, Jan. 9, and is unlikely to play in the Divisonal Round playoff game.
Huddle Up: Dobson still has a chance to play Saturday night, but it's obviously growing slimmer with each day he sits.

Shane Vereen - RB Posted 1/9/14 11:26pm et
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen (groin) appears to have a good chance to play in the Divisional Round playoff game.
Huddle Up: Definitely expect to see Vereen, who's been a limited participant in practice all week.

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