Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots DT Alan Branch (knee) is out for Week 15 against the Steelers.

Branch has played limited snaps this year but is arguably the Patriots' best run-stopper. This is good news for Le'Veon Bell.
Dec 15 - 1:14 PM

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

Hogan avoided setbacks in his disappointing Week 14 return. He should be out there against the Steelers, and can be fired up as a WR3 for what profiles as a high-scoring game.
Dec 14 - 5:05 PM

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

Hogan was quiet Monday in his return from a four-game absence, hauling in just one-of-five targets for five yards. He should fare better against the Steelers in Week 15.
Dec 13 - 5:57 PM

Patriots placed RT Marcus Cannon on injured reserve with an ankle injury, ending his season.

Cannon hasn't played since Week 8, and the Patriots finally decided to throw in the towel for the rest of the season. Cannon's loss will be felt and already has at times with La'Adrian Waddle and Cameron Fleming trying to fill in the last several weeks. Cannon signed a five-year, $32.5 million extension last November.
Dec 13 - 2:13 PM

The Boston Herald reports the Patriots consider WR Malcolm Mitchell (knee, injured reserve) unlikely to return this season.

Beat writer Jeff Howe reports that's been the Pats' assumption "for weeks." The Pats signed Kenny Britt on Tuesday to bolster their receiver corps. A promising second-year fourth-rounder who can't shake persistent knee woes, Mitchell was placed on injured reserve ahead of Week 1. Despite his upside, Mitchell's Patriots future is likely up in the air.
Dec 12 - 7:40 PM

Patriots signed WR Kenny Britt to a two-year contract.

Waived by the worst team in football four days ago, Britt will try to stick to the Super Bowl-or-bust Patriots' 53-man roster. Especially while Chris Hogan (shoulder) was sidelined, the Pats were lacking depth at receiver. Hogan is back now, but another body was still needed. It's an open question as to whether Britt will be able to keep his roster spot, though the two-year deal suggests he will. Britt was all the way checked out for the Browns, making awful errors and few, if any, big plays. Although he will be catching passes from Tom Brady, Britt won't have any fantasy value in his new home.
Dec 12 - 4:01 PM

Rob Gronkowski's one-week suspension is over.

Gronk's presence was sorely missed in Monday night's beatdown loss to the Dolphins. Gronk, as usual, will be the top tight end play on the board for Week 15 against the Steelers.
Dec 12 - 3:57 PM

Chris Hogan caught 1-of-5 targets for one yard in the Patriots Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

This was Hogan's first game back from a shoulder injury which sidelined him multiple weeks. It was an absolute dud for a player that has been stellar when healthy. Hogan will look to get on track in a plus matchup against the Steelers in Week 15.
Dec 12 - 1:55 AM

Danny Amendola caught 6-of-9 targets for 76 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Amendola led the team in targets, racking them up over the middle and filling the void left by Rob Gronkowski's suspension. He could have had an even bigger game, but was stopped at the one-yard line on a near score. With Gronk returning and WR Chris Hogan likely playing a bigger role, Amendola is a dicey start in Week 15 against the Steelers.
Dec 12 - 1:52 AM

Brandin Cooks caught 1-of-7 targets for 38 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Cooks had a horrible game and was shut down by CB Xavien Howard. Howard intercepted two passes intended for Cooks and had multiple key pass break-ups. Cooks struggles to run crisp routes at times and it was put on display tonight. He didn't catch a pass until late in the game on a corner route against zone coverage. He has a plus matchup against Pittsburgh in Week 15 and should be started despite this week's dud.
Dec 12 - 1:47 AM

James White caught 3-of-4 targets for 11 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

White somehow led all Patriots' running backs in snaps with 35 but was third in touches with three. His touchdown came on play-action where he made a good effort to dive into the end zone. Despite the ample amount of snaps, White shouldn't be started in fantasy leagues.
Dec 12 - 1:41 AM

Rex Burkhead rushed five times for eight yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins, adding five receptions for 45 additional yards.

Burkhead has now scored five touchdowns in his last three games. On his touchdown run this week, he made a nice cut and made a defender miss for a four-yard score. He has a firm grasp of the Patriots red-zone carries and has been cashing in on them as of late. Burkhead will be an upside RB2 against the Steelers in Week 15 in what should be a high-scoring affair.
Dec 12 - 1:28 AM

Dion Lewis rushed five times for 17 yards and caught 5-of-5 targets for 50 yards in the Patriots' Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

After rushing for 112 yards against the Dolphins in Week 12, Lewis was held to 17 yards this time around. His best play of the day was a highlight-reel one-handed catch on a wheel route down the sideline. In a game the Patriots offense wasn't clicking, Lewis still turned in a solid performance for fantasy owners. He will be a RB2 in Week 15 against the Steelers.
Dec 12 - 1:18 AM

Tom Brady completed 24-of-43 passes for 233 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Patriots' 27-20, Week 14 loss to the Dolphins.

Brady had one of his worst games this season, struggling under pressure throughout. Both interceptions were underthrown deep balls to WR Brandin Cooks who was blanketed by CB Xavien Howard. Between the pass rush from the Dolphins and Patriots receivers unable to gain much separation, Brady struggled to turn in a vintage performance. Brady will be a top-five QB play in Week 15 against the Steelers.
Dec 11 - 11:59 PM

Patriots declared RB Mike Gillislee, RT Marcus Cannon, DE Trey Flowers, OLB Kyle Van Noy, S Brandon King, LB David Harris, and OL Cole Croston inactive for Week 14 against the Dolphins.

Gillislee was listed questionable with an illness but has long been out of the plans.
Dec 11 - 7:10 PM


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