ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Patriots believe Rob Gronkowski (knee) "is going to be ok."
We should know more after a Monday MRI, but all early reports have suggested Gronk's knee injury is minor. He still may miss Week 13, but at this point it would be surprising if Gronk sat out more than a couple weeks. Brandon LaFell should take on an even bigger role while Gronk is sidelined, and Scott Chandler will take over at tight end.
Owen Daniels caught 5-of-6 targets for 58 yards in Week 12.
Daniels saw more targets than Vernon Davis despite playing fewer snaps. He's been held out of the end-zone in three straight games. Daniels will remain a low-upside TE2 in Week 13 against the Chargers.
Scott Chandler caught 5-of-11 targets for 58 yards and a touchdown in Week 12 against the Broncos.
Chandler saw the biggest role increase in place of Danny Amendola. The Patriots used him in multiple spots, and lined him up on the outside for his touchdown. Chandler’s 11 targets were a team-high. With Rob Gronkowski going down late with a knee injury, he has potential for a huge Week 13 workload. Chandler is one of this week’s top waiver pickups.
Vernon Davis was held to two catches for 10 yards in Week 12 against the Patriots.
Davis took a step back after playing a big Week 11 role. He saw more snaps than Owen Daniels, but failed to do anything against an underrated Patriots secondary. Davis won't be more than a TE2 for Week 13.
Keshawn Martin caught one pass for eight yards in Week 12 against the Broncos.
Martin started with Danny Amendola sidelined, but played a minor role. The Patriots ran mostly two tight ends sets with Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler. Martin had only one target and didn't look higher than the No. 4 pass-game option. Martin will only have value if Amendola and Gronkowski don't play next week.
Demaryius Thomas caught 1-of-13 targets for 36 yards in Week 12 against the Patriots.
Thomas didn’t make his only catch until the final drive of regulation. His biggest play was drawing a defensive holding call that set up a go-ahead touchdown. Thomas still led the Broncos in targets despite his struggles. He'll remain a WR1 for Week 13 against the Chargers.
Brandon LaFell caught 4-of-9 targets for 36 yards in the Patriots' Week 12 loss to the Broncos.
LaFell failed to make an impact with Danny Amendola sidelined. He was shut down by Broncos CB Chris Harris. The Patriots lost Rob Gronkowski to a knee injury in the fourth quarter, so LaFell will be a prime bounce-back candidate if Gronk or Amendola can't return in Week 13.
Emmanuel Sanders caught 6-of-9 targets for 113 yards in Sunday night's Week 12 win over the Patriots.
Sanders looked fully healthy after sitting out last week. He was covered by Patriots CB Malcolm Butler for most of the game, but still managed to lead the Broncos in receiving. It’s the first time Sanders has had over 100 yards since Week 6. Sanders is a WR2 for next week's matchup with the Chargers.