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Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dennard (shoulder) was removed from the Patriots' PUP list after practice on a limited basis Tuesday, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Dennard missed the start of Patriots training camp while still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, but is now healthy enough to re-join his teammates, albeit in a limited capacity for now. Nonetheless, Dennard should increase his activity level moving forward and is expected to compete for New England's starting cornerback position opposite Darrelle Revis.
Tue. July 29, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) had a permanent screw inserted into his left foot during his March surgery to repair a stress fracture, NFL.com reports.
Impact: Dobson was previously reported to be progressing well in his recovery from surgery, but the latest news suggests the second-year wideout just began running this month. As such, Dobson is still building both comfort in his foot and his conditioning as well. Furthermore, given that stress fractures have a history of reoccurring, the Patriots will likely err on the side of caution with Dobson, who remains on New England's PUP list. At the moment, Dobson does not have a timetable for his return, but his foot should probably worry potential fantasy owners.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots have claimed Gaffney (knee) off waivers from the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Gaffney, a sixth-round draft choice by the Panthers, sustained a season-ending torn lateral meniscus in practice Friday, which led to him being waived, but the Patriots are evidently prepared to stash him on their roster this season. With Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden all in the final year of their contracts, Gaffney -- assuming he's indeed retained by the Patriots -- would then be in line to push for a roster spot with the team next season.
Mon. July 28, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ridley, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden are all entering the final year of their contracts with the Patriots, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Given that reality, it's not surprising that the Patriots drafted the versatile James White in the fourth round of May's NFL draft. Stephen Houston, Jonas Gray, and Roy Finch are also around as depth options, but this coming season, it's not hard to imagine a scenario in which Ridley reclaims his role as the heavy-lifter in the Patriots' backfield, with Vereen's pass-catching ability likely ensuring him a key role in the team's offense as well. White figures to slot in primarily as Vereen insurance out of the gate, but he's already impressed early on in camp, so he could factor in as well. Of course, in order for Ridley to cement a key role in 2014, he'll need to re-prove his ability to hold on to ball after fumbling issues led to him ceding carries to to the bruising LeGarrette Blount (now with Pittsburgh) last season.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: White has looked sharped early on in training camp, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The report notes that the fourth-rounder has exhibited good "quickness, short-area change of direction skills and hands" thus far. While White still has to contend with holdovers Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen, and Brandon Bolden, his versatility evokes favorable comparisons to Veree. The rookie could be but an injury away from fantasy relevance.
Sun. July 27, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots have released Orton two days after he suffered a leg injury.
Impact: Orton was taken off the practice field on a cart Friday just two days after signing as a free agent. He was on the practice squads of Denver for part of the 2011 season and all of the next season and of the Patriots from Dec. 31 to May 22.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee), who had been limited to individual drills early on in training camp, spent a portion of Sunday's practice participating in what NFL Media's Albert Breer described as half-to-3/4 speed 11-on-11 drills, NFL.com reports.
Impact: While the Patriots are understandably easing Gronkowski back into the mix, his recovery from the torn ACL and MCL that he suffered last Dec. 8 continues to go well. According to Breer, "everything that you see here indicates that (Gronkowski) is going to be a go for Week 1, even if they are taking it a little easy on him right now."
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tyms signed with the Patriots on Sunday.
Impact: With the loss of Greg Orton (Achilles') for the season, the Patriots are looking to bolster their depth at wide receiver by adding Tyms. Tyms caught two passes for 12 yards in seven appearances with the Browns last season, and should be considered a long shot to make the Patriots roster.
July 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Orton (Achilles') was released by the Patriots on Sunday.
Impact: Orton is expected to miss the entire season, after tearing his Achilles' tendon Saturday at camp, so the news that he won't be on the Patriots roster when the season starts comes as no surprise, especially since he's been a practice squad player for most of his career.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | STATS
News: Gaffney will have season-ending surgery after tearing the lateral meniscus in his left knee.
Impact: Gaffney was Carolina's sixth-round draft pick out of Stanford and was expected to provide some depth in the backfield. Coach Ron Rivera says the team will miss Gaffney, calling him a "workhorse" style of back.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The injury that Orton suffered during Friday's practice is believed to a torn Achilles, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Given the Patriots' depth at wide receiver, Orton was viewed as a long shot to make the team's roster, with Friday's injury presumably ending his 2014 season, in any case.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gaffney (knee) will miss his rookie season after MRI results showed that he has a torn lateral meniscus, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Impact: This is disheartening news for Gaffney, who barely even got on the practice field during his first season in the NFL. While it was unlikely that he would have received much playing time anyway, a year on the bench is detrimental when he needs to gain professional experience on the playing field.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gaffney injured his knee during Friday's practice and is currently awaiting MRI results, Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer reports.
Impact: Gaffney came into preseason workouts as a rookie desperately needing practice time to gain experience. With running backs like DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Mike Tolbert on the depth chart, Gaffney's odds of seeing the field were slim in 2014-15. Now that he might have to miss beneficial preseason practice, the odds are even greater against him.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyce, who tweaked his right leg during the Patriots' final minicamp session last month, has been participating in training camp practices, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: There's been talk that Boyce may be in direct competition with Kenbrell Thompkins -- who has stood out early on in camp -- for a roster spot with the Patriots, but things could change on that front (to accommodate keeping both players) if injuries hit the team's wideout corps as the summer rolls along.
Sat. July 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Kelly (knee), who opened training camp on the PUP list, practiced Saturday, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: At this, stage, the defensive tackle -- who is returning from an ACL injury -- is limited to individual drills, but his presence on the field Saturday is nonetheless encouraging. The reintroduction of Kelly and Vince Wilfork to the team's defensive tackle corps should provide a boost to the Patriots' run-stuffing capabilities this coming season.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Dobson (foot/PUP list) is not participating in training camp practice yet, he did run through about an hour of conditioning work on Thursday, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The report notes that Dobson -- who is still bouncing back from from March 10 surgery on his left foot -- went through sprints, cardio workouts and stretches Thursday with an eye toward preparing for his eventual return to practice. A timetable on that front has yet to be outlined, but the second-year wideout does at least appear to be progressing at this stage.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Gronkowski ran short routes, caught passes and jogged back to the line of scrimmage Friday. He didn't cut sharply, run hard at defensive backs or participate in 11-on-11 drills.
Impact: The oft-injured tight end for the New England Patriots is practicing at training camp but not ready for full activity as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. He's not even sure he'll play in the season opener Sept. 7. "I'm preparing myself to my max ability right now for the first regular game," Gronkowski said, dripping with sweat after Friday's workout.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots cut Byham on Friday, the Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reports.
Impact: Byham is purely a blocking specialist, and he never had much hope of amounting to more than a camp body for a New England squad that already has a blocking-oriented veteran in Michael Hoomanawanui.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompkins has looked sharp early on in training camp, the Providence Journal reports.
Impact: As part of a crowded Patriots' wideout mix that also includes Julian Edelman, Aaron Dobson, Brandon LaFell and Josh Boyce, Thompkins has generally flown under the radar this offseason. However, with Dobson not practicing, Thompkins has a chance to see added reps at outside receiver in camp, and the early returns are solid, with the second-year wideout having drawn the praise of QB Tom Brady.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) practiced Friday, but acknowledged that he wasn't at 100 percent, Shalise Young of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Gronkowski still didn't participate in any drills that involved a live defender, but his presence on the field for the second straight day is certainly encouraging. The 25-year-old hopes to return to Pro Bowl caliber form in 2014, and hopes to be cleared for 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills before the end of camp.
Fri. July 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Orton was carted off the field during Friday's practice, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Orton suffered the injury on a non-contact play, so this is definitely cause for concern. Any injury could severely hurt his chances of earning a roster spot as a reserve receiver with the Patriots.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wilfork (Achilles) was a full participant in Thursday's first training camp practice, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Wilfork practicing without limitation in Thursday's non-pads session represents a hurdle cleared in his return from last September's ruptured Achilles tendon. To his credit, the space-eating Wilfork reportedly looked slimmer than in recent seasons, which should reduce the stress on his lower body this season. While Wilfork's practice capacity will be monitored in the coming weeks, early indications appear promising.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Byham was added by the Patriots in advance of training camp, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Byham is a depth TE with limited pass-catching ability, plus he is bouncing back from a knee injury. He'll need to have a strong summer in order to crack the Patriots' final roster.
Thu. July 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) participated in Thursday's practice, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The report encouragingly notes that Gronkowski, who was sporting a knee brace, displayed some speed during individual position group drills. The tight end was, however, held out of 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 team drills. Still, his participation Thursday, in any capacity, is nonetheless a positive development.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Gronkowski has been cleared to play at the New England Patriots training camp. Coach Bill Belichick says the star tight end has been cleared after offseason knee surgery. The Patriots hold their first public practice of camp on Thursday.
Impact: Gronkowski missed the last three regular-season games and both playoff games after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he was hit by Cleveland Browns safety T.J. Ward. Gronkowski underwent surgery in January. He also missed the first six games while recovering from forearm and back operations. He played just seven games last season and finished with 39 catches and four touchdowns.
Wed. July 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: According to coach Bill Belichick, Gronkowski (knee) has been medically cleared to play, the Patriots' official site reports.
Impact: Gronkowski's recovery from the torn ACL and MCL that he suffered last Dec. 8 has evidently gone smoothly and he'll avoid placement on the Patriots' PUP list to start training camp. After working with the team's medical staff (as opposed to on-field activities) during the team's OTAs and mini-camp, we'd expect the Patriots to ease Gronkowski back into action as camp progresses, but in the absence of any setbacks, Wednesday's news puts the star tight end in line to be available for Week 1.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Easley (knee) has been placed on the non-football injury (NFI) list by the Patriots, the team's official site reports.
Impact: Easley, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered last September, was able to take the field for the last day of the Patriots' June minicamp, but it appears at this stage as though the team will work the rookie defensive tackle into the team's defensive line mix in a gradual fashion.
Tue. July 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Gronkowski (knee) hasn't yet been placed on the Patriots' active/PUP list in advance of training camp, ESPN.com suggests that the designation could still be an option for the tight end before the team's first training camp practice Thursday.
Impact: On an encouraging note, Gronkowski -- who is bouncing back from a torn ACL and MCL -- indicated Friday that he plans to play the entire 2014 season. Either way, look for the star tight end to be eased back into action by the Patriots, with an eye toward having him as healthy as possible leading up to Week 1. While it's still too early to completely sign off on Gronkowski's participation in the team's regular-season opener, the signs remain promising on that front.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) will open training camp on the PUP list, ESPN reports.
Impact: Dobson, who underwent surgery on Mar. 10, hoped to be ready for training camp but is taking his time in recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot. The team will continue to monitor his progress, though a return estimate hasn't been provided.
Mon. July 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dennard (shoulder) will open training camp on the PUP list, ESPN reports.
Impact: The cornerback is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and wasn't present at the Pats' OTAs. However, Dennard will likely return in time for Week 1 and figures to compete for a starting spot opposite Darrelle Revis.
Sun. July 20, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots have signed Byham.
Impact: The 26-year-old Byham spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay after his first two seasons with San Francisco. Byham has 11 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in 29 games since the 49ers drafted him out of Pittsburgh in the sixth round in 2010. Last season, he had three catches for 38 yards in four games with the Buccaneers.