Dont'a Hightower - LBPosted 3/26/15 10:41pm ET
New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) will miss six to seven months after undergoing surgery on a torn right labrum. Hightower's availability for the beginning of the regular season could now be in jeopardy.
Huddle Up: Definite IDP alert as Hightower finished as the Pats' second-leading tackler this past year with 105 total stops, and it looks like his fellow LBs will need to pick up the slack, likely for the first couple months of the season.
Devin McCourty - SPosted 3/9/15 12:31am ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent FS Devin McCourty has agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million deal to stay with the team.
Huddle Up: As one of the top-rated free-agent safeties, McCourty was attracting strong interest from several teams -- particularly Philly -- but the FS who had two interceptions, nine passes defensed and 78 total tackles last season will be back with the defending world champs.
Darrelle Revis - CBPosted 3/9/15 6:14pm ET
New England Patriots CB Darrelle Revis will become a free agent after the Patriots decided not to pick up his $20 million option.
Huddle Up: Fantasy owners need to pay attention to where Revis lands because he'll shut down three WR1s in a division for two games a season each.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 3/6/15 10:06pm ET
Free-agent RB Shane Vereen (Patriots) is looking for a contract that will pay $3.5 million per year, not $5 million as previously thought.
Huddle Up: A misunderstanding? Or perhaps the well-stocked FA RB contingent and the the strong RB draft class have changed the expectations of Vereen, whose 96 rushes a season ago easily marked a career high.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 3/6/15 10:33pm ET
New England Patriots franchise free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski has signed his tender offer, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Patriots certainly have it made at PK over the last 19 seasons, going from Adam Vinatieri to Gostkowski, who has scored an NFL-most 1,179 points -- including a league-leading 243 field goals -- since his fourth-round selection in 2006.
Darrelle Revis - CBPosted 3/3/15 4:04pm ET
Impending free-agent CB Darrelle Revis (Patriots) could be pursued by by the New York Jets in free agency. Owner Woody Johnson is leading serious internal discussions on possibly bringing Revis back.
Huddle Up: Now this would be an interesting next chapter in the Book of Revis. And, hey, it would also keep with AFC East protocol, where no one -- Rex Ryan, Drew Bledsoe, Bill Belichick, Curtis Martin, Revis -- really ever seems to leave the division as much they just swap jerseys.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski received the franchise tag Monday, March 2, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The cost for franchising a kicker is significantly less than it is for other positions, and for one more year at least the Patriots have locked up one of the league's most consistent point producers.
Stevan Ridley - RBPosted 2/20/15 10:13pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Stevan Ridley (knee) is about 4 weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. Ridley hopes to be able to return to the field in May.
Huddle Up: Ridley was limited to 340 yards on 94 carries in six games last season, but things will be interesting as he is a free agent along will fellow back Shane Vereen.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 2/19/15 11:50pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent RB Shane Vereen is expecting a contract worth at least $5 million per season, according to a source. Vereen would like to remain with the Patriots, but there have been no indications on whether the sides are close on a new deal.
Huddle Up: If the last impression is a lasting one, Vereen showed his worth with a game-high 11 catches and 77 total yards in the Super Bowl but the Patriots aren't going to over-extend themselves too far to sign a committee RB who rarely reaches double-digit rushing attempts in a game.
Stephen Gostkowski - PKPosted 2/15/15 3:01pm ET
New England Patriots impending free-agent PK Stephen Gostkowski could be a candidate for the franchise tag if the two-sides are not able to reach an agreement on a new contract.
Huddle Up: Gostkowski, preparing for his 10th season in New England, is perennially one of the league's -- and fantasy's -- top kickers, and he's doesn't figure to be going anywhere.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 2/3/15 3:37pm ET
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen set a Super Bowl record Sunday, Feb. 1, with 11 catches -- most of any running back in Super Bowl history.
Huddle Up: Vereen caught a career-high 52 passes for 447 yards and 3 TDs during the 2014 regular season, and his unexpected 11 Super Bowl grabs easily represented a season-high for the pass-catching specialist of the Pats' RB committee.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 2/2/15 10:27am ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady said he is not considering retirement after winning his fourth Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. 'No. I've got a lot of football left,' the 37-year-old Brady said.
Huddle Up: Brady didn't look anywhere near retiring while earning a Super Bowl MVP and fourth ring Sunday night, so there's no reason for the Patriots to expedite the grooming process for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Shane Vereen - RBPosted 2/2/15 10:27am ET
New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had 11 catches for 64 yards and four carries for 13 yards in a 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX Sunday, Feb. 1.
Huddle Up: Vereen heads to free agency as a valuable pass-catching back. Expect the Patriots to try to bring him back as part of their ongoing committee approach, but they certainly won't break the bank for him.
LeGarrette Blount - RBPosted 1/30/15 3:48pm ET
New England Patriots RB LeGarrette Blount completed his 50 hours of community service, and his drug charge from earlier this season in Pittsburgh has been withdrawn, according to his attorney.
Huddle Up: One less distraction -- if it really was ever much of one -- for Blount who has truly had an all or nothing postseason run with the Patriots the last two seasons. In two playoff games against the Colts, Blount has rushed for 314 yards and 7 TDs on 54 carries; in his other two games, against the Broncos and Ravens, he's totaled 7 yards and no scores on eight rushes.
Jimmy Garoppolo - QBPosted 1/29/15 10:35pm ET
New England Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo has been impressing in his mimicking of Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson in practice. He has been studying the dual-threat quarterback, and trying his best in practice to get the Patriots ready for Super Bowl XLIX. 'I've had to get a lot faster real fast,' Garoppolo said. 'He's an athletic guy, so (I am) trying to extend plays and give those guys the best looks I can. It's a tough balance between studying their offense and studying our defense, so it's a little bit of time management.'
Huddle Up: Tough assignment for the rookie QB, but ready or not, the Patriots' D will get a taste of the real deal Sunday in Wilson, who led all QBs with 849 yards and six rushing scores during the regular season while throwing for a career-high 3,475 yards.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/29/15 10:36pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, cold) was able to go through a full practice session Thursday, Jan. 29.
Huddle Up: Yeah, somehow we don't think Brady's cold or lingering ankle injury are going to be much of a factor come his record sixth Super Bowl on Sunday.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/28/15 1:54pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady (illness) admitted that he is currently battling a cold, but he said he expects to be 100% ready for the Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1. 'I've had it for four to five days, my kids got sick and my wife's pretty sick right now,' Brady said. 'I brought it, unfortunately, to Phoenix, but I'll be fine. I'll be good.' Brady is focused on rest and eating plenty of garlic, which he said is one of his 'old remedies.'
Huddle Up: Clearly Tom didn't wear his Uggs out in the New England snow. No matter, there's sure to be an endorsement deal at the end of the illness. Drew Brees, move over; Nyquil has a new spokesman.
Rob Gronkowski - TEPosted 1/27/15 1:28pm ET
New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski is an offensive weapon that the Seattle Seahawks are focused on shutting down during the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 1. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll thinks his team matches up well against the All-Pro tight end, though, as LBs K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin are 'pretty tall and long' and SS Kam Chancellor is 'about as big a strong safety as you can find.' The Seahawks will be focused on not allowing Gronkowski and QB Tom Brady to take over the game.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks have surrendered the third-most receiving TDs (11) to opposing TEs this season, but when fully focused, the Legion of Boom has shown it can negate a top TE -- reference Jimmy Graham's 1-catch, 8-yard performance in last season's divisional playoffs. Now no one's forecasting a 1-8 Super Sunday for Gronk, but don't expect him to run wild, either.
Tom Brady - QBPosted 1/27/15 11:37pm ET
New England Patriots QB Tom Brady has publicly stated he'd like to play well into his 40s and feels perfect after playing his 15th season, but his father Tom Brady Sr. believes it won't end well with the Patriots. The younger Brady is under contract through 2017, although he'll turn 40 prior to that season. Brady has publicly said he plans on playing until he's 43 or 44. The 37-year-old quarterback is scheduled to make $12 million in 2015, $8 million in 2016 and $9 million in 2017. His father thinks his son's determination to keep playing won't go over well with the Patriots' brass. "It will end badly," Brady Sr. told New York Times Magazine. "It does end badly. And I know that because I know what Tommy wants to do. He wants to play 'til he's 70. ... It's a cold business. And for as much as you want it to be familial, it isn't."
Huddle Up: After a slow start, Brady finished 2014 with a passer rating (97.4) above his career average (95.9) and bounced back from his 25-TD season a year ago with 33 scoring passes and two fewer interceptions (11-9). Now, as the Patriots chase another Super Bowl title, the lesson likely is don't count Brady out until he bows out.
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.
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