Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots OG Shaq Mason (broken hand) returned to practice Monday.

Mason ended up missing just over a week. With Jonathan Cooper (foot) also back Monday, the Patriots are starting to get healthy on the interior of their line.
Source: WEEI
Aug 29 - 12:39 PM

Patriots OG Jonathan Cooper (foot) returned to practice Monday.

Cooper was carted off the field with a right foot injury very early in camp. Returning now is a good sign for his Week 1 availability, and he may still have a shot to lock down the right guard job, a spot which has seen three different starters this preseason. Joe Thuney is locked in at left guard.
Aug 29 - 12:12 PM

Bryan Stork failed his physical with the Redskins and has reverted back to the Patriots.

In a saga which refuses to end, Stork has now been cut, traded, retired, and now reverted in the last week. Again the owners of his rights, the Patriots will almost certainly release Stork before tomorrow's deadline. Washington will have to look elsewhere for interior line depth.
Aug 29 - 9:24 AM

Patriots signed LB Jonathan Freeny to a two-year extension through 2018.

Freeny is not a big factor on defense, but he is a solid special teamer and good depth at linebacker. He will back up Jamie Collins this season.
Aug 27 - 1:05 PM

Aaron Dobson hauled in 2-of-3 targets for 49 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night.

Dobson turned Tom Brady's first pass into a nice 37-yard catch-and-run, but he had another pass knocked out of his hands on the sideline later in the game. Dobson saw plenty of work with the first-team offense Friday night, but he will likely be supplanted by Malcolm Mitchell (elbow) once the rookie gets healthy.
Aug 26 - 10:40 PM

Martellus Bennett was held catch-less on four targets Friday night against the Panthers.

Tom Brady just overthrew Bennett in the end zone in the first quarter, and he was late on what would have been a long gain to the tight end later in the game. Despite the quiet night, it is clear Bennett will play a big role this season. He is as good a TE2 flier as any.
Aug 26 - 10:36 PM

Chris Hogan caught 5-of-6 targets for 62 yards and a touchdown Friday night against the Panthers.

Hogan came out on fire, catching two passes for 23 yards on the Patriots' first drive. He did a nice job getting a step on Bene Benwikere a couple times, and Tom Brady hit him with a beautiful pass for a 33-yard touchdown over the corner in the second quarter. He should have had another long catch, but Jimmy Garoppolo overthrew him near the end of the first half. Hogan is up to nine catches for 115 yards and a touchdown in two preseason games. His role is still unclear, but it looks like he could be a big part of the offense.
Aug 26 - 10:29 PM

Julian Edelman caught 1-of-3 targets for six yards Friday night against the Panthers.

It was a quiet night for Edelman which included a miscommunication with Jimmy Garoppolo that should have resulted in an interception. Most importantly, however, Edelman appeared to be healthy in his first preseason action. Injury concerns keep him out of the WR1 tier, but he has that kind of upside when on the field.
Aug 26 - 10:27 PM

James White rushed three times for two yards in the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night.

White failed to catch his only target. He was not heavily involved Friday, but White was clearly the third-down back of choice even with Tyler Gaffney and LeGarrette Blount battling it out for early-down work. White is not on the same level as Dion Lewis (knee), but he should have some PPR value while Lewis is sidelined.
Aug 26 - 10:23 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed five times for 26 yards and caught all three of his targets for 16 yards Friday night against the Panthers.

The real story of the night was Tyler Gaffney, who started the game and rotated series with Blount all night. Blount did his best to make his claim for the starting job, including a long gain which he ended by hurdling Tre Boston, but it's clear his spot atop the depth chart is at the very least contested. Blount has RB2 upside with Dion Lewis (knee) sidelined, but he needs to solidify his role.
Aug 26 - 10:16 PM

Tyler Gaffney rushed nine times for 35 yards Friday night against the Panthers.

Gaffney started the game over LeGarrette Blount and ended up splitting possessions with the veteran while the first-team offense was on the field. He took advantage of the opportunity, sprinting off the left side for a 14-yard gain on his first carry and opening a touchdown drive with a 15-yard scamper. Gaffney has steadily been earning work with the first-team offense, and he now looks like a legitimate threat to Blount's workload. He is worth a look late even in standard formats.
Aug 26 - 10:08 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo completed 9-of-15 passes for 57 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night.

Garoppolo got the start, but he only played three possessions before giving up the reins to Tom Brady, who immediately led the team on two scoring drives. Garoppolo took back over for a couple possessions on both sides of the half. Garoppolo was not terrible Friday night, but he seemed to struggle when pressured, missed a couple open receivers down field, and should have turned the ball over at least twice. He should be a serviceable starter while Brady is suspended, but it is unlikely Garoppolo puts up big fantasy numbers. He is certainly not worth using Week 1 against the Cardinals.
Aug 26 - 10:02 PM

Tom Brady completed 3-of-9 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown Friday night against the Panthers.

Jimmy Garoppolo got the start, but Brady came on after three possessions for his first work of the preseason. Brady started strong, dropping a dime over Chris Hogan's shoulder for a 33-yard score in the second quarter, but he struggled to get anything going before handing the reins back to Garoppolo late in the first half. Unlikely to see any snaps in the final preseason game, the next time we see Brady should be Week 5 against the Browns.
Aug 26 - 9:54 PM

Rob Gronkowski will not play against the Panthers Friday night.

Gronk missed nine days after "pulling up lame" during practice, but he returned to the field Wednesday. The Patriots are just using caution by holding him out Friday night. Gronk remains the clear-cut No. 1 tight end.
Aug 26 - 6:59 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo will start the Patriots' third preseason game.

Tom Brady is over his thumb injury, but the Patriots want to get Garoppolo reps with the starters in their dress rehearsal. Brady is expected to play "at some point" in Friday night's game.
Source: WEEI.com
Aug 26 - 5:47 PM


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