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Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worthy (back) practiced Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Worthy, a former second-round pick, was acquired from the Packers last week. Assuming he can re-prove his health, he'll provide the Patriots with some valuable defensive line depth.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones has re-signed with the Patriots, the team's official site reports.
Impact: At 6-8, Jones' size is an obvious asset as he tries to earn a job as a depth tight end with the Patriots, but he's off the sleeper radar for now, especially with the team's top tight end, Rob Gronkowski, continuing to progress in his recovery from a knee injury.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hoomanawanui (undisclosed injury) returned to practice Monday, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Hoomanawanui slots in as Rob Gronkowski's top backup at tight end at this stage, and even with Gronkowski still bouncing back from a knee injury, Hoomanawanui is only on the Gronk contigency plan radar in the deepest of formats.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) indicated that he absorbed minor contact during Monday's practice, Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While that isn't a declaration that Gronkowski has been cleared for contact, or specifically, full contact, the nugget is nonetheless encouraging. Moreover, Reiss also relayed that Gronkowski indicated after practice Monday that he has avoided setbacks with his knee thus far, and that his plan remains to play the Patriots' full 16-game regular season slate. It remains to be seen if the Patriots will sign off that notion, but at this stage, the tight end's incremental progress (including participation in 11-on-11 work Monday) is a positive indicator with regard to that potential outcome.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills during Monday's practice, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Impact: The report suggests that Gronkowski had a lot of balls thrown his way during Monday's practice, though at this stage, the tight end has yet to be cleared for contact. At this point, we'd be surprised to see him suit up for Friday's preseason contest against the Panthers, though continued incremental progress and a lack of setbacks do provide some encouragement with regard to the tight end's potential Week 1 prospects.
Mon. Aug 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mayo (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Lee Schechter of the ESPN Boston reports.
Impact: Mayo missed three practices last week, as well as Friday's preseason game versus the Eagles, for an undisclosed reason. While an explanation for his absence still hasn't been provided, he returned to action Monday and could be ready for Friday's exhibition contest against Carolina.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tyms caught three passes for 29 yards and a TD in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: Tyms, who is slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the season, has a slew of capable options ahead of him on the Patriots' wideout depth chart, but once he's eligible to resume regular season action, there may be a depth role waiting for him, in the event that injuries are in play at that stage.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vereen was on the field for 7-of-91 of the Patriots' snaps on offense in Friday's preseason contest against the Eagles, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While Vereen didn't record a carry in his limited workload Friday, he did notch two catches for 21 yards in the contest. With LeGarrette Blount no longer in the Patriots' backfield mix, Vereen is in line to work this season in tandem with Stevan Ridley and rookie James White. Vereen's projected role as a pass catcher out of the backfield puts him on track to be a productive PPR option, but it remains to be seen how big a share of the team's carries he'll see. While Ridley is probably the best suited among the team's RB options to handle early-down work, he's had issues with fumbles. If they persist, Vereen and/or White would presumably be in a position to receive added touches in the New England offense.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: In relief of top QB Tom Brady, Garoppolo saw work in the final five drives of the first half of Friday's preseason game against the Eagles, ESPN.com reports. In the process, Garoppolo completed 6-of-12 passes for 72 yards, with a pair of TD passes.
Impact: It's notable that Garoppolo entered Friday's game ahead of Ryan Mallett -- who played the entire second half -- though as ESPN.com's Mike Reiss suggests, it remains to be seen at this stage if the move signals that the rookie is threatening Mallett's position on the Patriots' QB depth chart, or if the team simply wanted to get a look at Garoppolo (who largely worked against Washington's third-stringers last week) against superior competition.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett (knee) completed 7-of-11 passes for 92 yards, with a touchdown in Friday's preseason contest against the Eagles. The quarterback also recorded four carries for nine yards, with a six-yard rushing score.
Impact: After missing some practice time earlier in the week, Mallett was the third QB (after Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo) to enter the game, and while playing the entire second half Friday, Mallett was able to improve upon his spotty effort in last week's preseason opener. While Mallett's experience in the Patriots' system works in his favor as he tries to hold off Garoppolo, at this stage, his grip on the team's No. 2 QB job now appears less secure than it did heading into training camp.
Sat. Aug 16, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brady completed 8-of-10 passes for 81 yards with a touchdown and a pick in Friday's preseason win over the Eagles.
Impact: While the interception was returned for a TD, the play can at least be partly attributed to a miscommunication on a route between Brady and recently-signed reserve tight end Steve Maneri. Brady, who sat out the team's preseason opener last week, otherwise looked sharp in the contest. As he approaches the coming season, Brady is healthy, as are key passing targets Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. Once wideout Aaron Dobson (foot) and star tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) return to the mix, Brady will benefit from working with a solid and deep pass-catching corps that also includes the likes of Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell, though at this stage, it's unclear what can be expected from Gronkowski out of the gate.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyce caught two passes for 31 yards on three targets in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: While he has excellent speed and could perhaps enter the mix for snaps at some point, Boyce didn't do much to encourage prospective fantasy owners Friday, as he was largely used in the second half, and his most notable play was a holding call that brought back a touchdown. Given the stiff competition at wide receiver, Boyce may be in danger of losing his roster spot, and is only on the radar in the deepest of leagues.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolden gained 21 yards on three carries in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: James White has received all the hype as the potential third piece in a three-headed backfield, but Bolden is still worth keeping an eye on. Not only is White a rookie, but the Patriots are notoriously unpredictable when it comes to running back usage, and coach Bill Belichick doesn't seem to fully trust Stevan Ridley, who had fumbling problems last season. While he probably won't do much unless there's an injury or two in front of him, Bolden can't be entirely counted out. On the other hand, he's likely on the roster bubble, and may not even be with the Patriots come Week 1.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: White gained 27 yards on 10 carries and eight yards on one reception in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: While he didn't do much with his carries, White did see work with the first-team offense, as was the case in practice this week. Stevan Ridley had more success running the ball, but the veteran's fumble provided a reminder of what happened last season, even if he should have been ruled down in Friday's game. The Patriots backfield is almost always hard to get a read on, and it looks like things will be no different this season. White seems to have a shot at earning a significant role, but it's unclear exactly what that role might be. He's more similar to Shane Vereen than to Ridley, yet the former seems to be rather secure in his role. For what it's worth, the Patriots have apparently taken a liking to two-back formations -- presumably in passing situations -- that use both White and Vereen, The Boston Herald reports.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ridley started and gained 45 yards on nine carries in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: Ridley, James White and Shane Vereen all saw work with the first-team offense, and while White didn't do much with his carries, Ridley did himself no favors by putting the ball on the ground. Ridley may have been been down, and the Patriots recovered, but the play was his last of the game. While it may be the case that he was already about to be taken out, Ridley is giving his fantasy owners cause for concern. His fumbles were an issue last season, when he was benched for an entire game in Week 13, and then used as part of a three-headed backfield down the stretch. Ridley still has plenty of upside, but Friday's game only reinforced that he's a high-risk, high-reward pick.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Thompkins started over Brandon LaFell in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles, the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports.
Impact: Thompkins turned in a strong performance, catching three passes for 32 yards and a touchdown on four targets. Reports out of training camp have also been positive, but the Patriots have quite a crowd at wide receiver, with Thompkins joined by Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson (foot) and Josh Boyce. With Edelman, Rob Gronkowski and Shane Vereen all locked into major roles in the passing game, there are a lot of players left to fight for not so many targets. Dobson, who didn't play Friday, has both a second-round pedigree and a higher ceiling than Thompkins.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Edelman caught two passes for 19 yards on two targets in Friday's preseason game against the Eagles.
Impact: Edelman has reportedly looked good in training camp, and he's locked in as one of the starting wide receivers. Kenbrell Thompkins got the start over Brandon LaFell on Saturday, with Aaron Dobson (foot) sidelined and Danny Amendola working as the third receiver. Though Edelman figures to have much more competition for targets this season, he's still the safest bet to produce among the New England wide receivers.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) will not take part in the second preseason game for the Patriots, The Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Dobson wasn't expected to take part in the game, as he is easing his way back from offseason foot surgery, and he won't play Friday as a result. His ultimate goal is returning in time for the regular season, but it's possible he could see a little action in preseason if he's healthy enough.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LaFell is coming off a strong week of practice, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: While LaFell slots in behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola in the Patriots' receiving pecking order, at 6-2, 210 pounds, he could carve out some value in deeper leagues if he develops good red-zone chemistry with Tom Brady as the regular season progresses. His production will, however, likely be tied to the health (or lack thereof) of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Dobson.
Fri. Aug 15, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee), who has yet to be cleared for contact, is among the Patriots not expected to suit up for Friday night's preseason game against the Eagles, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Of course, with Gronkowski not yet cleared for contact, it's pretty safe to assume that he won't play Friday and it's unclear if he will see any preseason action for that matter, as suggested earlier this week by ESPN's Adam Schefter. While it's encouraging that there have been no reported setbacks to date in Gronkowski's recovery from Jan. 9 knee surgery, the closer we get to the Patriots' Sept. 7 regular season opener against the Dolphins, the more important it is that he gains clearance for contact, an eventuality for which there is still no precise timetable outlined.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots have released Ben Hartsock four days after signing the tight end.
Impact: The 10-year veteran spent the past three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He previously played for the Indianapolis Colts, Tennessee Titans, Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets. He has 31 catches for 312 yards and one touchdown in 131 games. Last season he played in 13 games with no receptions.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mayo (unspecified issue) sat out practice again Thursday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: It's unclear what's keeping Mayo off the field, but he's been out for three days thus far. In his absence, Dont'a Hightower has assumed some of Mayo's play-calling responsibilities, while Darius Fleming is among the players seeing added opportunities in practice.
Thu. Aug 14, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Hartsock has been released by the Patriots, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: With the Patriots having also waived Terrence Miller on Wednesday, only Steve Maneri remains among the trio of tight ends recently added by the team. The moves leaves Rob Gronkowski, Michael Hoomanawanui, D.J. Williams and Maneri as the team's current options at the position, with the report also suggesting that fullback James Develin could also enter the equation.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mayo (unspecified issue) missed his second straight day of practice Wednesday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Mayo was limited to six games last season due to a torn pectoral muscle, but he had been practicing prior to his current absence, so assuming no major setbacks, he appears on track to hold down the Patriots' starting middle linebacker job and thus re-emerge on the IDP radar thanks to his tackling prowess.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: White saw action with the first team during Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles, NFL.com reports.
Impact: White has been impressive this preseason, and his work with the starters Wednesday is further indication that the coaching staff believes he could make an impact in his rookie season. White carried the ball just four times in the Patriots' preseason opener, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him get more work in the team's second exhibition game Friday.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots have waived/injured Miller, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: The move frees up a roster spot for the team's acquisition of defensive lineman Jerel Worthy, with Miller having been a long-shot to make the Patriots' final roster, in any case.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots have acquired injured lineman Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers in a trade pending a physical for the defensive end. Worthy's agent, Chafie Fields, says Wednesday that the deal was conditional.
Impact: Worthy had been placed on the non-football injury list. He spent much of 2013 on injured reserve with a knee injury. The Packers traded up in the 2012 draft to take Worthy in the second round out of Michigan State. He had 2 1/2 sacks and 23 tackles in 14 games that season, starting four.
Wed. Aug 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) saw limited work at Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles, with the session focusing largely on 11-on-11 work, csnne.com reports.
Impact: The Patriots' tight end has yet to be cleared for contact, with ESPN's Adam Schefter suggesting at this stage that that he would be surprised to see Gronkowski suit up for preseason action. While it's unclear when Gronkowski might be cleared for contact, a key milestone toward his goal of suiting up in Week 1, on the plus side, to date there have been no reported setbacks in the tight end's recovery from Jan. 9 knee surgery.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worthy (back) was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick, ESPNWisconsin.com's Jason Wilde reports.
Impact: The deal is pending a physical, which isn't insignificant given Worthy's checkered injury history. He opened camp on the Packers' non-football-injury list due to a back ailment and has yet to practice. He was limited to just 12 snaps in 2013 upon returning from a torn ACL. The former second-round pick could still have some upside with the Patriots if he can stay on the field.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bass (hamstring) was traded to the Patriots on Tuesday in exchange for Justin Green, DallasCowboys.com reports.
Impact: Bass had been slowed with hamstring issues throughout camp, damaging his chances of winning a roster spot. When the opportunity arose to acquire an extra cornerback following news of Orlando Scandrick's four-game suspension, the Cowboys were more than willing to part with Bass to get a deal done.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett (knee) returned to practice Tuesday, ESPN reports.
Impact: Mallett received a maintenance day off Monday to rest his left knee, which he may have tweaked while sliding in New England's preseason opener. Now back in action, Mallett will resume as the Patriots' second-string quarterback moving forward.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Easley (knee), who was activated off the Patriots' active/non-football-injury list, practiced Monday, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Easley, who is bouncing back from Oct. 25 ACL surgery, was limited to individual drills and we'd expect him to be worked into the Patriots' defensive line mix gradually. When fully healthy, the 2014 first-rounder will provide the team's defense with some valuable interior line depth behind veterans Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly.
Tue. Aug 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) participated in Monday's practice on a limited basis, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: The report notes that Dobson - who had been on the Patriots' PUP list -- was able to participate in individual drills before moving to a side field to work with strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash. Look for Dobson to be eased back into practice activity in the coming days, but his return to the field at this stage puts him in a position to be ready for the start of the regular season, barring any setbacks. That said, it's unclear how much, if any, preseason game action he is likely to see.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Gronkowski (knee) is still sporting a red (non-contact jersey), he participated in 7-on-7 drills during Monday's practice, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Impact: Though it's unclear when Gronkowski will be cleared for contact, this nugget represents a positive milestone, as the tight end continues to move in the right direction with regard to the goal of suiting up for the Patriots' regular season opener.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) was in uniform in advance of Monday's practice, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Dobson, who is bouncing back from March surgery on a stress fracture in his left foot, has been on the team's PUP list, but it looks like he is poised to resume practicing, with coach Bill Belichick noting Monday that the wideout is "making good progress." Assuming no setbacks, the 6-3 Dobson, who caught 37 passes for 519 yards with four touchdowns in 12 games last season, has a chance to emerge as a key outside/downfield threat in the Patriots' offense this season, while working in tandem with fellow wideouts Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett (knee) did not practice Monday, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Impact: The report notes that Mallett, who has been wearing a brace over his left knee, slid awkwardly during this past Thursday's preseason opener, which suggests that the Patriots' backup QB may have tweaked his knee in the process.
Mon. Aug 11, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski, who didn't travel with his teammates to Richmond, Va. last week for joint practices with the Redskins, indicated that he's feeling better after the time off, the Boston Globe reports. "Just listened to the trainers, stayed back, just working out and stuff, getting in shape," he said of his recent activities. "Basically, I went hard during the practices all last week and just a little time off to let the knee heal up a little bit more. You know, you can't always be grinding on it 24/7 coming off an injury. You've got to let it heal. You've got to hit it hard and let it heal. So [there have been] no setbacks, I'm improving every single week [and] feeling better since the time off."
Impact: Thus far, Gronkowski hasn't been participating in team drills in training camp, but the tight end notes that he has been "going full speed in the drills" that he has been working in, which to date have not included full contact. While there's generally optimism regarding his chances of suiting up in Week 1, he acknowledged on that front that he and the team "really don't have a schedule all set and planned. Our schedule is to just get better every single day, every single week, and that's what's been going on."
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones was waived by the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The report suggests that Jones has had issues holding on to the football during training camp, but at 6-8, tight end brings good size to the table and should get a look elsewhere.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Miller has signed with the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Miller, an undrafted rookie out of Arizona, will have his work cut out for him to stick with the Patriots, but he was added by the team Sunday (along with fellow depth tight ends Ben Hartsock and Steve Maneri), while Justin Jones and Asa Watson were waived.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Maneri has signed with the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Maneri, who spent time with the Patriots during the 2010 season, will try to stick with the team as a depth tight end, but he's more of a blocker than a pass-catching threat, in any case.
Aug 10, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots have signed Hartsock, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: While the move shouldn't cause much of a fantasy stir, given that Hartsock earns most of his keep as a blocker, he'll have a chance to earn a depth role with the Patriots, along with fellow tight ends Steve Maneri and Terrence Miller, who were also added by the team Sunday. Meanwhile, Justin Jones and Asa Watson were waived by the Patriots.
Sat. Aug 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Amendola was among the Patriots' key players who did not play in Thursday's preseason opener, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Neither did fellow listed starting wideout Julian Edelman, who at this stage the Boston Herald suggests remains QB Tom Brady's favorite wideout target. With Aaron Dobson still hobbled, Amendola thus slots in as the signal-caller's second-favorite wide receiver look, an assignment that carries fantasy value, notably in PPR formats, assuming Amendola can avoid the injury bug.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ridley carried twice for two yards in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington.
Impact: Ridley drew the start Thursday, and while there's not much to be gleaned from his two carries in the game, the Boston Herald suggests that Ridley maintains a hold on the Patriots' starting rushing job for now, with Shane Vereen and James White also both candidates to see their share of touches in the team's offense.
Fri. Aug 8, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Tyms recorded five catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against Washington.
Impact: Tyms, who is slated to serve a four-game suspension to start the coming season, saw added work Thursday with top receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola rested by the Patriots, but despite strong effort, he'd need a break or two in his favor in order to crack the team's final roster.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: White gained nine yards on four carries in Thursday's preseason game against the Redskins.
Impact: White was the third running back into the game, and he even worked alongside Shane Vereen in a third-down formation that featured two running backs, according to NESN's Doug Kyed. While Vereen and Stevan Ridley probably won't face much of a threat from White, the Patriots deployed a three-headed backfield for much of last season, so the former Wisconsin Badger may have a shot at a significant role in the offense. There has been positive buzz around White in training camp, and he'd be the logical injury replacement for Vereen, who caught 47 passes in eight games last season. In terms of what happened in Thursday's game, none of the notable New England running backs did much.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vereen gained seven yards on one carry in Thursday's preseason opener versus the Redskins.
Impact: Vereen only touched the ball once but actually got a decent amount of playing time. According to NESN's Doug Kyed, the Patriots made use of a formation on some third downs which featured both Vereen and rookie running back James White in the backfield. White may push for a role in the offense, and while Vereen thrived as part of a three-headed monster last season, it would be a bit more concerning this time around, with White -- a talented receiver -- replacing battering ram LeGarrette Blount. Of course, Vereen is an established part of the New England passing game, while White is a fourth-round rookie who still needs to prove that he deserves a role in the offense.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Garoppolo outplayed Ryan Mallett in Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins, completing 9-of-13 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown, with another nine yards on one carry.
Impact: Of Garoppolo's four drives, only one can truly be considered unsuccessful. One ended at the Redskins' four-yard line and another with a fumble by RB Stephen Houston, while the rookie's last drive resulted in a touchdown. Meanwhile, Ryan Mallett played the entire first half and was terrible, perhaps opening the door for Garoppolo to seize the No. 2 role. This could be a fun battle to watch for the rest of the preseason, even though there's the distinct possibility that neither player handles a meaningful snap in a regular-season contest.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett completed 5-of-12 passes for 55 yards in Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins.
Impact: Mallett played the entire first half and struggled, while Jimmy Garoppolo was much better after the break. One preseason game probably won't flip the two quarterbacks on New England's depth chart, but the rookie could make a run at the No. 2 role. If Mallett was being auditioned for a potential trade, he did nothing to attract any suitors.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots' preseason opener was a night off for Tom Brady. The Patriots planned to start backup Ryan Mallett for Thursday night's game against the Washington Redskins.
Impact: Brady already had plenty of work against the Redskins this week. The two teams held three days of joint practices at Washington's training camp.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett is in line to start Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The report notes that Mallett (a 2011 third-rounder) has had his best training camp with the Patriots to date, thus solidifying his position as Brady's top backup. With Mallett entering the final year of his rookie contract, and Jimmy Garoppolo now in the team's QB mix, it's conceivable that the team could entertain the notion of dealing Mallett to a quarterback-seeking team at some point down the road, but such a scenario remains highly speculative at this point.
Thu. Aug 7, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brady's teammate, Ryan Mallett, is in line to start Thursday's preseason opener against the Redskins, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Brady has looked sharp in team drills against the Redskins (during the two squad's joint practices) this week, with the report noting that the veteran QB completed 60-of-80 passes in the process. Meanwhile, Mallett is having a strong training camp, which solidifies his standing as Brady's top backup, assuming the Patriots elect to hold on to him, rather than entertain the notion of dealing him, with second-rounder Jimmy Garoppolo now also in the team's QB mix.
Wed. Aug 6, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LaFell had a strong practice Tuesday, with quarterback Tom Brady noting that the veteran wideout "made a lot of plays out there" during the team's workout, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While LaFell presumably slots in behind Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola in both real and fantasy terms, his 6-2, 210-pound frame adds a different element to the Patriots' offense that the aforementioned duo does and as long as the 6-3, 200-pound Aaron Dobson is hobbled, LaFell remains in the team's No. 3 wideout equation, along with Kenbrell Thompkins.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots are reportedly trying to extend Revis' contract with the team, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Revis signed a two-year, $32 million deal with the Patriots in March, which includes a team option for the second year that includes a $12 million roster bonus and a hefty cap hit of $25 million. With those terms in mind, and given how much Revis has impressed the team with his skills thus far, it's no wonder that the Patriots are looking to work on his deal, with an eye toward keeping the shut-down cornerback around beyond 2014.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brady looked sharp during Monday's joint practice with the Redskins, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: The report notes that the 37-year-old signal-caller completed 27-of-33 passes during team drills Monday and while practice numbers don't carry a lot of weight, it's nonetheless encouraging that at this stage of training camp, Brady is healthy and getting in productive reps. With a wideout corps that includes Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Kenbrell Thompkins, Brandon LaFell and Aaron Dobson (once he returns from a foot injury), Brady heads into the season with a solid set of pass-catchers, in particular if star tight end Rob Gronkowski is available (as hoped) to start the season.
Tue. Aug 5, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) did not travel with the Patriots for the team's joint practices with the Redskins in advance of Thursday's preseason opener, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: With Gronkowski having focused on individual and positional drills thus far in training camp, it makes sense for the team to keep him out of the team-oriented joint practices this week. In the meantime, Gronkowski (who is bouncing back from a torn ACL and MCL) will continue his rehab at Gillette Stadium with the team's strength staff. Look for Gronkowski -- whose goal is still to be ready by Week 1 -- to rejoin his teammates on the practice field once the team returns to Foxboro, with his status for the team's second preseason tilt unclear.
Wed. July 30, 2014 | STATS
News: The New England Patriots are short-handed at tight end so James Develin is getting another chance to show the versatility that has earned praise from coach Bill Belichick.
Impact: Rob Gronkowski isn't ready for full-time practice as he continues his recovery from knee surgery. Michael Hoomanawanui has been sidelined the past two practices with an undisclosed injury. So Develin is getting more practice time at tight end while continuing to run plays from his usual fullback position.