Player News - Patriots

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Chris Hogan (ribs) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Hogan played through the injury against the Jets. Rex Burkhead has been sitting out "limited" tags with a ribs issue, but Hogan seems all but certain to suit up for Sunday's likely shootout with the Falcons.
Oct 19 - 5:44 PM

Rex Burkhead (ribs) remained limited at Wednesday's practice.

Burkhead looked close to returning in Week 6, but was a late-week downgrade. He's still yet to get in a full practice since going down. He doesn't seem particularly likely to return this week.
Oct 18 - 5:11 PM

Chris Hogan (ribs) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

Hogan got shaken up on a hit from Marcus Maye in the first half Sunday against the Jets, but still played 63-of-68 offensive snaps. He'll be fine for Sunday night's Super Bowl rematch against Atlanta, even if his practice reps are limited. Last week ended Hogan's touchdown streak at four games.
Oct 18 - 5:09 PM

Mike Gillislee played a season-low 13 snaps in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Dion Lewis got the start and out-snapped Gillislee 29-13. Pass-catcher James White also saw 29 snaps in the victory. Gillislee was benched for a span of 34 snaps after committing a fumble in Jets territory late in the first quarter. He's averaged just 44 yards during his four-game touchdown drought and has yet to catch a pass this season. Gillislee will be a touchdown-or-bust RB3 against Atlanta in Week 7.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 16 - 9:33 AM

James White totaled 23 yards on three carries while catching four-of-seven targets for 22 yards Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

White only broke off one long gain, a 16-yard catch late in the third quarter. On a day where Tom Brady completed barely half of his 38 passes, the Patriots utterly failed in finding creative ways to get White involved. Luckily he gets an enticing matchup against the slumping Falcons, who he roasted for three touchdowns in Super Bowl LI, in Week 7.
Oct 15 - 5:58 PM

Mike Gillislee delivered 44 yards on 10 carries Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

As usual, he was not targeted in the passing game. Gillislee committed an ugly fumble in New York territory late in the first quarter and didn’t resurface until the second half. Dion Lewis handled early-down work during his benching and punched in a goal-line touchdown that surely would have belonged to Gillislee had he not been glued to the sideline. Gillislee began his Patriots tenure with four touchdowns in his first two games but hasn’t scored since then. He’ll try to end that drought next week against the Falcons.
Oct 15 - 5:56 PM

Dion Lewis racked up 52 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

Lewis did most of his damage in the first half, tallying eight carries for 35 yards before halftime. He scored New England’s first touchdown of the afternoon on a one-yard rush with five minutes remaining in the second quarter. Mike Gillislee usually functions as the Patriots’ goal-line back, but he rode the pine for a while after a bad fumble in the first quarter. Even with Gillislee in Bill Belichick’s doghouse, Lewis won’t have much fantasy appeal next week in a rematch of Super Bowl LI against Atlanta.
Oct 15 - 5:55 PM

Brandin Cooks snagged six catches for 93 yards on nine targets Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

Now that’s more like it. Cooks didn’t visit the end zone on Sunday, but he still had a nice day for himself. It started inauspiciously with a bad drop in the first quarter but Cooks soon made his presence felt by reeling in an impossible 42-yard catch against Morris Claiborne. That set up a two-yard touchdown by Rob Gronkowski two plays later. Cooks stayed hot by absorbing all three of his targets for 41 yards in the second half. Sunday extended Cooks’ touchdown drought to three games, though he’s averaged a respectable 72 yards over that stretch. He gets the Falcons next week on Sunday Night Football.
Oct 15 - 5:54 PM

Chris Hogan was held to one catch for 19 yards on four targets Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

It was a shockingly quiet week for Hogan, who was held without a catch in the second half. Notably, Hogan went down with a rib injury after taking a huge hit from Marcus Maye in the second quarter but ended up missing just one snap. Perhaps the injury was to blame for his second-half struggles. Sunday ended Hogan’s touchdown streak at four games, the longest by a Patriots receiver since Randy Moss scored in five straight games during his record-setting 2007 campaign. Hogan will look to get back on track next week versus the Falcons. He caught four-of-seven targets for 57 yards against them in Super Bowl LI.
Oct 15 - 5:53 PM

Danny Amendola nabbed three-of-five targets for 40 yards Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

The five targets matched his lightest workload of the season. Amendola played his usual slot role but didn’t move the needle much in a game where the Patriots never looked comfortable on offense. He’ll be in play as a PPR WR3/flex next time out against the Falcons.
Oct 15 - 5:51 PM

Rob Gronkowski corralled six-of-10 targets for 83 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

Back after missing Week 5 with a bruised thigh, Gronk was predictably unstoppable in his return to action. Gronk got off to a somewhat slow start (the same could be said of the Patriots as a whole) but chipped in by drawing pass interference to set up a goal-line touchdown for Dion Lewis in the second quarter. Later in the same quarter, Gronk let an end-zone target go through his hands but beat Jamal Adams for a TD on the next play. Gronkowski’s second and final touchdown came on a 33-yard strike from Tom Brady early in the third quarter. He’s now gone for at least 80 yards receiving in four straight games, a streak he’ll look to continue against the Falcons in Week 7.
Oct 15 - 5:50 PM

Tom Brady completed 20-of-38 passes for 257 yards with two touchdowns and one interception while rushing once for a one-yard loss Sunday in the Patriots’ Week 6 win over the Jets.

Brady and the Pats got off to an extremely sluggish start, falling behind 14-0 in the first quarter. After having their first few drives stall out, New England finally got it going by scoring a pair of touchdowns to tie the game before halftime. Rather than settling for his usual assortment of quick-hitters and intermediate throws to running backs and slot receivers, Brady attacked the Jets deep with a number of long gains including a 42-yarder to Brandin Cooks. Both of his touchdown passes went to Rob Gronkowski, who dominated his matchup with rookie Jamal Adams. Brady’s interception, his second in as many weeks, came on a second-quarter deep ball intended for Phillip Dorsett. On the plus side, Brady’s protection was much better this week as he didn’t take a sack for the first time all season. He’ll be a top-tier option next week at home against the Falcons, the team he famously beat with a 25-point comeback in Super Bowl LI.
Oct 15 - 5:48 PM

Patriots declared RB Rex Burkhead, OL Cole Croston, OL Cameron Fleming, CB Stephon Gilmore, LB David Harris, LB Harvey Langi and CB Eric Rowe inactive for Week 6 against the Jets.

Burkhead (ribs), Gilmore (concussion), Langi (back) and Rowe (groin) were all ruled out on Friday. The other inactives are healthy scratches. Tom Brady (shoulder) and Rob Gronkowski (thigh) are both ready to go for New England after missing practice time earlier this week.
Oct 15 - 11:34 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss reports Patriots WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, injured reserve) is "not close" to returning.

Mitchell sat out most of the preseason before being placed on injured reserve ahead of the season opener. The fact the Patriots carried him through final cuts suggested he would return this year, but Reiss is not sure that will happen. Mitchell is a talented receiver, but he has a long history of knee trouble. His only fantasy value is as a stash in Dynasty at this point.
Source: ESPN
Oct 15 - 8:56 AM

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 6.

The Patriots only listed Gilmore with an ankle injury, so this comes as a surprise. Gilmore had reportedly been dealing with headaches since the Bucs game. It's a concern to New England's secondary with Eric Rowe also sidelined. Jonathan Jones should start opposite Malcolm Butler.
Source: ESPN Boston
Oct 14 - 3:50 PM


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