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Coach Bill Belichick praised Brandon LaFell for his work on special teams.

Belichick has a fondness for players that can contribute in multiple areas. "I think he’ll be able to carve out a role for himself here," Belichick said. "It might be a big one, I don’t know, we’ll see." LaFell has also started to gel with Tom Brady in the passing game. But his main contributions might not show up in the box score this season. LaFell is battling for the No. 3 or 4 receiver spot.
Aug 20 - 4:13 PM

Brandon LaFell said he's feeling much more comfortable in the Patriots' offense after admittedly being "shell-shocked" at OTAs.

LaFell has reeled in 4-of-7 targets for 45 yards and one touchdown through two preseason games and has been drawing praise from Tom Brady. Coach Bill Belichick has said he could have a "big" role. LaFell's locker is now situated right next to Brady, with youngster Aaron Dobson on the other side of the quarterback. LaFell's a strong blocker, but has displayed shaky hands in the past. He's battling for one of the spots behind Julian Edelman.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 19 - 3:36 PM

Stevan Ridley said re-watching tape of his lost fumble Friday night left him with a "sick feeling."

It was questionable whether Ridley actually lost the fumble, as he might have been down by contact. Either way, the ball still came loose, and Ridley knows he has to stop putting the ball on the ground if he wants to play. Coach Bill Belichick may give Ridley a pass this time, but it won't happen in the regular season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 18 - 6:51 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) says he plans to play all 16 games.

Speaking after returning to 11-on-11 drills on Monday, Gronk said he's experienced no setbacks in his recovery from his torn ACL and MCL. Although playing all 16 games might be Gronk's plan, there's no guarantee it's the Patriots'. Coach Bill Belichick won't tip his hand before Week 1. The body of evidence suggests Gronk will be ready to go for the opener, but it's not something fantasy owners can take for granted.
Aug 18 - 5:05 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp on Monday.

Per reporter Mike Reiss, there were a "lot of balls thrown his way." It's another huge step in the right direction for Gronk, though he should still be considered questionable for Week 1. He's not going to see preseason action, while the ever-coy Pats are unlikely to make any grand declarations about his early-season availability. Fantasy owners will just have to continue reading the tea leaves. Right now, they're cautiously optimistic.
Aug 18 - 3:55 PM

Aaron Dobson's locker has been moved next to Tom Brady's.

Perhaps it's nothing, but it reminds of the 2007 season when new Patriot Randy Moss was given a locker next to Brady. Dobson, finally back at practice following foot surgery, is ideally the guy that will emerge on the outside. Although Kenbrell Thompkins has been the first-string "X" throughout the preseason, he was passed up by Dobson midway through last season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 18 - 8:50 AM

ESPN Boston says WR Josh Boyce hasn't done enough to warrant a roster spot.

Beat man Mike Reiss still projects Boyce to stick on the 53-man roster because it's too early to give up on the second-year man. But he's been outplayed badly over the last two years by Kenbrell Thompkins, and Brian Tyms could even surpass him once off suspension. Boyce is a weak hold in Dynasty formats.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 18 - 8:41 AM

ESPN Boston reports Stevan Ridley's benching in Friday's preseason game "might have been more about workload than a message from the coaching staff."

Ridley started and played 16-of-91 snaps, but didn't return after his second-quarter fumble. He finished with nine carries for 45 yards. Bill Belichick said he thought Ridley's fumble "was close," and could have been overturned if challenged. Ridley shouldn't lose his role as the primary early-down back based on one preseason play, but he can't afford any turnovers in New England's third or fourth exhibition games. He's a boom-or-bust fantasy RB2.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 16 - 3:58 PM

Danny Amendola only played in three- and four-wide sets during Friday night's preseason game against the Eagles.

Julian Edelman and Kenbrell Thompkins were the exclusive wideouts in the Patriots' two-wide base. Therefore, Amendola only ended up playing on 12 of Tom Brady's 23 snaps Friday night, catching one pass for nine yards on two targets. Amendola is not going to pass up Edelman for primary slot duties, capping his upside in the WR3/4 range.
Aug 16 - 1:39 PM

Julian Edelman played on all 23 of Tom Brady's snaps in Friday night's preseason game against the Eagles.

While Brady was on the field, we had 23 snaps for Edelman, 21 for Kenbrell Thompkins, 12 for Danny Amendola and 7 for Brandon LaFell. While this wideout corps is somewhat muddled by the impending returns of Aaron Dobson (foot) and Rob Gronkowski (knee), it's clear Edelman is locked in as the No. 1 wideout. He's coming off a 105-catch season, is having a big camp and plays in every offensive formation. Don't expect another 100 catches, but 75-85 are within reach. Edelman had two grabs for 19 yards on two targets Friday night.

Tom Brady praised Kenbrell Thompkins after the second-year wideout caught three passes for 32 yards and a score during the Patriots' second preseason game.

"I've got so much confidence in him and what he's been able to do, and continue to achieve," Brady said. "So hopefully there will be a lot more of those [touchdowns]." With Aaron Dobson (foot) still out, Thompkins has made the most of his starting opportunities. He will be relegated to the bench if Dobson ever gets healthy, but for now is penciled in as a starter in three-wide sets.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 9:30 AM

Suspended WR Brian Tyms had three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's preseason game against the Eagles.

He was targeted a team-high seven times. Tyms continued his strong start to the preseason and now has eight catches, 148 yards, and two touchdowns through two games. He won't count against New England's roster during his four-game suspension. Tyms could push for snaps in five-wide sets when he returns.
Aug 16 - 12:05 AM

Ryan Mallett completed 7-of-11 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' second preseason game Friday night.

He also rushed four times for nine yards and a touchdown. This was a step forward for Mallett after his abysmal preseason opener, but he played behind rookie Jimmy Garoppolo and could be in danger of being supplanted as New England's primary backup to Tom Brady. Through two exhibitions, Mallett is 12-of-23 passing for 147 yards and the touchdown, which was good to Brian Tyms.
Aug 15 - 11:05 PM

Shane Vereen did not record a carry in the Patriots' second preseason game Friday night.

Vereen caught both of his targets for 21 yards, but was rarely on the field on first or second down. He only has one carry through two preseason games. Vereen should dominate the passing-down snaps, but he has to get some work on early down as well to live up to his fifth-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 10:59 PM

Running as the Patriots' starting "X" receiver, Kenbrell Thompkins secured 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's second preseason game.

The second-year UDFA is gobbling up first-team reps with Aaron Dobson still coming back from a foot injury. Dobson is a clearly-superior talent, but has obvious health concerns. We're still not recommending Thompkins as a re-draft pick. Dobson is a better target at his late-13th/early-14th-round ADP.
Aug 15 - 10:29 PM


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