Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 14.

Bennett only got in limited practice reps this week. He's not fully healthy but there's no concern over his status. Bennett is our No. 15-ranked tight end for Monday night's matchup with Baltimore.
Dec 10 - 4:30 PM

Fox Sports' Mike Lombardi said the Browns will "go hard after" Jimmy Garoppolo this offseason.

Lombardi has worked for both organizations recently, so this is likely not just idle chatter. "I think Cleveland understands, Hue Jackson specifically understands he needs a quarterback. I think they’ll be very aggressive," Lombardi said. "I think Jimmy Garoppolo’s on top of their list, and I think they’ll go hard after him." With Tom Brady showing no signs of slowing down and Garoppolo set to be a free agent in 2018, it makes sense for the Patriots to move the young quarterback this offseason. The Browns have the picks to make a big move if Garoppolo is really their guy. Even though this is a weak draft class for quarterbacks, there could be quite a few interesting options available in free agency and on the trade block this spring.
Dec 10 - 9:24 AM

Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) was limited in Friday's practice.

Bennett admitted he's not 100 percent but is going to continue playing through his injuries. He's a touchdown-dependent TE1 for Monday's game with Baltimore.
Dec 9 - 5:12 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) admitted he is not 100 percent healthy.

We did not need the confirmation after watching him on the field the last couple weeks, but Bennett said he plans to keep playing through the issues. "I never thought about [sitting out]. I just keep going," Bennett said. "I’m like the Energizer Bunny. I just try to find a way." At less than 100 percent and being asked to do less in the passing game, Bennett is a risky option in the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Source: WEEI
Dec 9 - 9:10 AM

Patriots signed WR Griff Whalen.

The Pats needed a warm body at receiver after Danny Amendola suffered a high-ankle sprain. Whalen can run routes out of the slot and contribute on special teams.
Dec 8 - 5:31 PM

Chris Hogan (back) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

Even with Rob Gronkowski (back surgery) on the shelf, Hogan doesn't carry much fantasy appeal. Julian Edelman and Malcom Mitchell have emerged as Tom Brady's go-to targets.
Dec 8 - 4:29 PM

Julian Edelman (foot) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

Edelman never seemed hurt to begin with. He's in the WR1 mix against the Ravens.
Dec 8 - 4:26 PM

Tom Brady (knee) has been removed from the Patriots' injury report.

As has Julian Edelman (foot). Brady appeared genuinely hobbled in Week 12 before looking better against the Rams in Week 13 (shocker). He'll be a top-five option against the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
Dec 8 - 4:23 PM

Martellus Bennett (ankle, shoulder) returned to practice Thursday.

He was officially "limited." Bennett sat out Wednesday and has been missing practice time for the past several weeks. It's clear he's not 100 percent, and Bennett's role in the passing game has fallen off dramatically, even in the absence of Rob Gronkowski. Playing through multiple injuries, Bennett is a mere touchdown-or-bust streamer.
Dec 8 - 1:07 PM

Bill Belichick said DE Jabaal Sheard has been good the last couple weeks.

Sheard did not even travel with the team for the Week 11 game in San Francisco, but he has played 44 percent and 54 percent of the defensive snaps in the last two games with seven tackles and a couple pass breakups over that span. Too good not to play for a struggling defense, Sheard should remain involved the rest of the way.
Dec 5 - 10:53 AM

Malcolm Mitchell played 67-of-79 (85%) snaps Week 13 against the Rams.

As expected with Rob Gronkowski out, Mitchell became an almost every-snap player as the Patriots transitioned to a more three-wide offense. With Danny Amendola looking likely to miss the rest of the regular season with a high-ankle sprain, Mitchell should continue to play the vast majority of the snaps. Coming off a 10-target game, Mitchell will be a solid WR3 next week against the Ravens.
Dec 5 - 9:46 AM

Danny Amendola suffered a high-ankle sprain Week 13 against the Rams.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the "plan is to make sure he's ready for the playoffs," suggesting he will be out for the rest of the regular season. Amendola does not have much fantasy value on his own, but his absence solidifies Malcolm Mitchell's spot in the offense. Mitchell is shaping up as a solid WR3 despite a tough schedule the rest of the way.
Dec 5 - 9:20 AM

Martellus Bennett caught 2-of-4 targets for four yards in the Patriots' Week 13 win over the Rams.

Tom Brady tried to get Bennett a touchdown on a corner fade late in the first half, but the pass was defended well by Rams SS T.J. McDonald. Bennett was also flagged for a pair of penalties. Even without Rob Gronkowski (back) in the lineup, Bennett has settled in as a boom-bust TE1 option. He will remain that in Week 14 against Baltimore's stingy defense.
Dec 4 - 4:44 PM

Chris Hogan caught 4-of-5 targets for 23 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 13 win over the Rams.

Hogan scored New England's second touchdown on a back-shoulder throw from Tom Brady from 14 yards out in the first quarter. The Patriots essentially put it in cruise control from there, leaning on Stephen Gostkowski's busy leg. Hogan has yet to top five targets in any of Brady's starts, but he has still delivered useful production at times. He's just a boom-bust WR4 option going forward.
Dec 4 - 4:38 PM

Julian Edelman caught 8-of-12 targets for 101 yards in the Patriots' Week 13 win over the Rams.

He lost a ninth catch on a holding penalty back at the line. The Patriots attacked the Rams with a ball-out-quick passing game in order to mitigate the impact of Los Angeles' talented defensive line. The Pats also put double and triple teams on DT Aaron Donald. Edelman took over as the focal point of this offensive approach and was no match for Lamarcus Joyner in the slot. Edelman has earned every-week WR1 treatment heading into a Week 14 date with the Ravens on Monday Night Football.
Dec 4 - 4:33 PM


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