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Wed. Aug 27, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Gronkowski (knee) is unlikely to play in Thursday's preseason finale, he continues to progress, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Impact: The report suggests that, as has been the case since the spring, the goal remains for Gronkowski to suit up in Week 1. Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter suggests that the tight end is in a "good spot," while putting forth the notion that the team's acquisition of fellow tight end Tim Wright on Tuesday is with depth and flexibility in mind, as opposed to being a move indicative of concern surrounding Gronkowski's status. In any case, when Gronkowski is healthy enough to play, his blocking and red zone presence are key components in the Patriots' offense, whereas Wright proves a complementary pass-catching threat for the team to employ in two-tight end formations.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | STATS
News: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers addressed a need to upgrade their struggling offensive line by obtaining six-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins from the New England Patriots for Wright and a draft pick.
Impact: The deal Tuesday comes less than 24 hours after the Bucs met with Richie Incognito to try to determine if one of the central figures in the Miami Dolphins bullying scandal might be an answer to their problems at guard.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bass was among the Patriots' roster cuts Tuesday, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Bass, who was acquired from Dallas in a trade earlier this month, will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth defensive lineman.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gaffney (meniscus) has been placed on IR by the Patriots, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Drafted in the sixth round of 2014 NFL Draft by the Panthers, Gaffney suffered a season-ending knee injury in July and was waived by Carolina. The Patriots then claimed him on waivers, evidently with the idea of stashing him on IR in 2014 and giving him a chance to compete for a roster spot next season.
Tue. Aug 26, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots have traded Logan Mankins to the Buccaneers in exchange for Wright and a fourth-round draft pick, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: While the Patriots dealing Mankins is an unexpected move, it's understandable that they would be interested in bolstering their tight end depth with Rob Gronkowski bouncing back from a knee injury and not much upside depth at the position behind him. Wright, who caught 54 passes for 571 yards and five touchdowns with the Bucs in 2013, provides the Patriots with a legitimate pass-catching option to combine with Gronkowski, who the team still presumably hopes will be ready for Week 1. In any case, the addition of Wright opens the door for the team to run more two-TE sets (when Gronkowski is healthy) and in such a scenario, Wright could carve out some fantasy utility in PPR formats. Moreover, those looking to insure their investments in Gronkowski now have another option to consider for their early-season lineups.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | STATS
News: Garoppolo will get his first NFL start when the New England Patriots visit the New York Giants for Thursday night's preseason finale.
Impact: Garoppolo, who has played well in three preseason games, likely will play a good portion of the game amid talk that incumbent backup Ryan Mallett may be traded.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones has been released by the Patriots, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.
Impact: Assuming he isn't scooped up by another team, Jones is a candidate to resurface on the Patriots' practice squad.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: In the Patriots' roster projection posted Monday by ESPN's Mike Reiss, Ridley is listed as a possible odd man out.
Impact: The report is admittedly speculative in nature, and such an outcome would be very surprising, but Ridley's low snap count (11) in Friday's third preseason game caught Reiss' eye. Meanwhile, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe predicts that Ridley will stick, which seems a much more likely scenario, with the running back's past fumbling issues presumably the reason at this stage that there would be any question surrounding his potential role with the Patriots this coming season.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Garoppolo is expected to start Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants and play most, if not all, of the contest, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, the Patriots are expected to hold fellow QB Ryan Mallett out of the contest, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, with speculation that the team may deal, or even possibly consider releasing Mallett in advance of roster cut-downs. In any case, it looks like the Patriots' backup QB situation behind Tom Brady will be one to monitor in the coming days.
Mon. Aug 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: The Patriots are expected to hold Mallett out of their final preseason game Thursday, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports.
Impact: Meanwhile, the Boston Herald indicates that Jimmy Garoppolo is in line to start the contest. With Sam Bradford of the Rams having suffered a torn ACL, speculation that the Patriots may consider dealing Mallett in advance of the team's final roster cut-downs has been reignited, so holding the QB out Thursday would make sense in such a scenario. The Herald report further speculates that Mallett could turn into a candidate for release, should the Patriots be inclined to carry just two signal callers this season. In any case, who will serve as Tom Brady's top backup come Week 1 remains an unsettled situation.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Smith has been released by the Patriots, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Smith, who missed all of last season with a torn ACL, will now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth DE/LB, after failing to carve out a role in the Patriots' defense this summer.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Anderson has been released by the Patriots, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: ESPN's Mike Reiss suggests that Anderson was let go by the Patriots, since he wasn't likely to factor in on special teams. He'll now look to catch on elsewhere as a depth linebacker.
Aug 24, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Wilfork was on the field for 22-of-52 of the Patriots' defensive snaps in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While Wilfork recorded just one tackle in the game, both ESPN and the Boston Herald suggest that Wilfork seems past his Achilles' woes at this stage. While the veteran DT is only an IDP factor in deeper formats, his return to the the Patriots' defensive front line should represent a big boost to the team's overall defense, in particular against the run.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Though Mayo (undisclosed injury) was in uniform, he did not play in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Given that Mayo (who has been practicing of late) was viewed as a game-time decision for the contest and that he suited up, it doesn't appear that the linebacker's undisclosed injury is something that is likely to impact his regular season availability.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: While on the field for 42-of-72 of the Patriots' snaps on offense in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers, Brady completed 17-of-21 passes for 204 yards and two touchdowns.
Impact: We'd be surprised to see Brady suit up for the Patriots' preseason finale, but Friday's sharp effort in the team's 30-7 win Friday is an encouraging one and the eventual return of Aaron Dobson (foot) and star tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) will further bolster the team's offense and, in turn, Brady's fantasy prospects.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) did not suit up for Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: Dobson was able to take some some limited reps in 11-on-11 work this past week, a sign of progress, but it remains to be seen when he will be fully turned loose by the Patriots. When Dobson is finally up to speed, he has a chance to emerge as a key outside/downfield threat (working in tandem with fellow wideouts Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman) in the team's offense this season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Boyce was on the field for 23-of-72 snaps on offense in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Boyce, who didn't play until there was 1:26 left in the third quarter, did not catch a pass in the game, with his spot on the Patriots' 53-man roster no lock at this stage.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Butler drew the start at cornerback for the Patriots opposite Darrelle Revis in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Butler continues to make a case to be a part of the team's cornerback rotation out of the gate while Brandon Browner serves a four-game suspension at the start of the coming season.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bolden (unspecified reason) did not play Friday against the Panthers, the Boston Globe reports.
Impact: With Bolden not playing Friday, fellow RB Jonas Gray saw added action (nine carries for 20 yards) in the contest, with the duo competing with Roy Finch for depth slotting in the New England backfield as the preseason rolls along.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gray carried nine times for 20 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: With Stevan Ridley, Shane Vereen and James White seemingly locked into roster spots, Gray is competing with Brandon Bolden and Roy Finch for reserve slotting in the New England backfield.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Jones recorded six tackles and two sacks in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Coming off a 2013 season in which he recorded 79 tackles and a team-high 11.5 sacks in 16 starts for the Patriots, the versatile Jones (capable of playing defensive end or outside linebacker) remains locked in as a key cog in the Patriots' defense and an IDP on the rise.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: LaFell was on the field for 30-of-72 snaps on offense in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, recording two catches (on five targets) for 14 yards.
Impact: With Aaron Dobson still sidelined, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Kenbrell Thompkins opened up the game as starters at wideout for the Patriots on Friday. That said, we suspect that LaFell's roster spot is secure, though with so many mouths to feed in the offense -- especially when Dobson and TE Rob Gronkowski return to the mix -- he figures to be a hit-or-miss option out of the gate.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mallett completed 2-of-3 passes for 14 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: While top QB Tom Brady started and played in the first two series Friday, he was pulled in favor of Mallett for one series. Both the Boston Globe and ESPN.com suggest that coach Bill Belichick threw Mallett into the game in that fashion in an effort to help him prepare for unexpected situations that may arise during the regular season. Meanwhile, the ESPN report further suggests that the move is likely an indicator that Mallett appears to have retained his status as the Patriots' No. 2 QB over Jimmy Garoppolo.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gostkowski made all three of his field goal attempts (from 47, 60 and 21 yards out) en route to a 12-point effort in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers.
Impact: The longest field goal Gostkowski has made made in a regular season contest was from 54 yards, but in Friday's preseason contest, he was given a chance to make the 60-yard attempt. While such opportunities are rare when the games count, what is worth noting is that Gostkowski approaches the coming season healthy, on the heels of notching a league-high 158 points in 2013. He also led NFL kickers in points (with 153) in 2012 and remains among the top fantasy options at his position, while working behind the Patriots' offense.
Sat. Aug 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Vereen had five receptions for 57 yards and two touchdowns and six carries for 18 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: The Patriots went with a heavy dose of Vereen in the first half, as he even got the starting nod over Stevan Ridley. While Ridley and, to a lesser extent, James White figure to have roles in the offense, Vereen has the most secure role as a pass-catching specialist with the ability to contribute on the ground.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Garoppolo completed 9-of-12 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Garoppolo played most of the second half, while Ryan Mallett oddly played one series in the first half, only to have Tom Brady go back in. Garoppolo was expected to serve as the No. 3 quarterback this season, but he's making Mallett look rather expendable. While it's hard to say what the Patriots are thinking here, they seemed happy with Mallett as the backup for the past few seasons. The fourth-year pro may still keep that job, but he's lost some security over the last few weeks.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Once against starting over Brandon LaFell, Thompkins caught two passes for 35 yards on three targets in Friday's game against the Panthers.
Impact: Thompkins oddly saw his three targets on three consecutive plays, with a pair of first downs sandwiched around a drop in the second quarter. While he's quite clearly ahead of Brandon LaFell, Thompkins will likely face a challenge from Aaron Dobson (foot), who has yet to play this preseason but seems to be making progress. Whether it's Thompkins or Dobson in the starting role, the targets will likely be rather inconsistent, as was the case last season.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Edelman hauled in all eight of his targets for 99 yards in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Tom Brady honed in on Edelman and Shane Vereen, just as he did for much of last season. Rob Gronkowski (knee) also figures to get plenty of attention once healthy, but Edelman is the clear top dog among the New England wide receivers. Just keep in mind that Brady figures to have more options than he did last season, when Gronkowski, Vereen and Danny Amendola missed a combined 21 games. To be fair, each member of that trio is rather injury-prone, so it won't be at all surprising if they again combine to miss double-digit games.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: White gained 15 yards on four carries and five yards on one reception in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Shane Vereen dominated the first-half snap count, but White and Stevan Ridley both got playing time with the starters. Per ESPN's Mike Reiss, the Patriots once again utilized sets featuring both Vereen and White, even using the two together on three consecutive plays. While that can only be a good thing for White, he hasn't impressed this preseason, and doesn't look like a real threat to Vereen's workload. Vereen obviously figures to dominate the passing-down work, while Ridley is still the clear favorite to handle goal-line and clock-killing duties. That probably leaves just a few touches per game for White, which is still better than what other No. 3 running backs are looking at. He could also see a boost in value if either Ridley or Vereen suffers an injury, or if the former has trouble holding on to the ball.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Amendola caught two passes for 13 yards on two targets in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: With the Patriots opening in a three-wide set, Amendola got the start alongside Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins, who started in the absence of Aaron Dobson (foot). While he may not get much playing time in two-wide formations, Amendola could end up drawing more of Tom Brady's attention than Thompkins or Dobson, as the Patriots figure to go three-wide quite often. Edelman still appears to be Brady's favorite wideout by a wide margin.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Ridley gained 28 yards on eight carries in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers.
Impact: Shane Vereen got the start and dominated the first-half workload as the Patriots went with a fairly pass-heavy approach. Ridley and James White were both worked in with the first-team offense, but White had just two touches while the starters were still in the game. Though Ridley remains the favorite to handle the goal-line work and lead the team in carries, he's once again a risky proposition. Shane Vereen could easily end up playing more snaps, and White looms as a threat to further eat into Ridley's touches. On the flip side, assuming Ridley is able to avoid fumbling woes, he should see quite a bit of work when the Patriots are nursing a lead or near the goal line, and both of those things figure to happen quite often.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mayo is dressed for Friday's preseason game, but will be a game-time decision, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reports.
Impact: It's unclear what is ailing Mayo, but he was limited this week in practice. Odds are it's not a very serious injury, as there's a chance he'll play Friday.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee) is in line to sit out Friday's preseason contest against the Panthers, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Impact: This was an expected outcome, though the report encouragingly notes that things are still on course in the tight end's recovery from knee surgery, while suggesting an "optimistic, but not certain" outlook with regard to Gronkowski's possible Week 1 status.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Dobson (foot) is not expected to play Friday against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While the report notes that Dobson has started taking limited reps in 11-on-11 drills, we suspect that the Patriots are not inclined to rush the wideout back, with an eye toward avoiding any setbacks with his surgically repaired foot in advance of Week 1.
Fri. Aug 22, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Gronkowski (knee), who has been participating 11-on-11 drills, is not expected to play Friday against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: At this stage, it would be no surprise if Gronkowski does not see any preseason game reps, though an absence of setbacks, coupled with his incremental progress, continues to offer encouragement with regard to his chances of suiting up in the season opener.
Thu. Aug 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Williams (leg) has been released by the Patriots, the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Williams, who was a candidate to work as a depth TE behind Rob Gronkowski and Michael Hoomanawanui, hasn't practiced since suffering a right leg injury Aug. 5 and is thought to be about a week and a half away from practicing. Once he is healthy, the report suggests that Williams could be a candidate to re-join the Patriots.
Wed. Aug 20, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Brady indicated that he and the Patriots' other key healthy players could see extended action in Friday's preseason game against the Panthers, ESPN.com reports. "Coach told us we're going to get a lot of work," Brady said Wednesday after practice. "What that means, I don't know. I don't think anyone ever knows with him. But we'll be prepared and ready to go for 60 minutes and hopefully it's a good 60 minutes."
Impact: While Brady's reps Friday, however many he sees, will be of the tune-up variety, there will be some intrigue with regard to the team's backup QB pecking order, with Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo still jostling for the No. 2 slot on the team's depth chart.
Tue. Aug 19, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Worthy (back) practiced Monday, ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Worthy, a second-round pick in 2012, was acquired from the Packers last week. Assuming he can reprove 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: Wright is struggling to duplicate the success he experienced during his rookie season last year, according to the Tampa Bay Times' Rick Stroud. "He hasn't played as well as he should be playing," coach Lovie Smith said. "He's dropped some balls. He's a big part of what we want to do with the two-receiver, two-tight end set. Tim hasn't blocked as well inside."
Impact: Wright switched from receiver to tight end in 2013 and finished second on the team in receptions (54), receiving yards (571), and touchdowns (five). During the preseason, however, Buccaneer quarterbacks have not connected with him with any consistency. Wright played only 17 offensive snaps in Saturday's 20-14 preseason loss to the Dolphins. He was targeted twice, catching one pass for five yards.
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: Wright could work out of the slot for the Bucs this season, ESPN's Pat Yasinkas reports.
Impact: It may be that Wright is a better candidate for playing time at slot receiver than he is at tight end, after the Bucs signed TE Brandon Myers and drafted TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the second round of May's draft. Wright is unlikely to beat out either for work as an in-line tight end, but the Bucs lack attractive options at wide receiver behind Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans. Other slot candidates include Louis Murphy, Chris Owusu, and perhaps Robert Herron.
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.
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.