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Rob Gronkowski (knee) admitted he won't play every snap in Sunday's Week 1 game against the Dolphins.

Gronk is still less than eight months removed from surgery to repair his ACL and MCL, so just being active on Sunday is a major accomplishment. "Definitely not [playing] every single snap. But just get out there, get my feet wet, whatever we game-plan this week, will be good," he said. Note that Gronk only played on 59.4 percent of the snaps in his first three games off an elbow injury last year. He still produced 19 catches, 284 yards and one touchdown during that span.
Sep 1 - 12:10 PM

Speaking Monday, Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he will play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins.

Gronkowski says he has received the green light for Week 1. "I'm ready to go. I'll be playing. ... I feel like I can be myself out there. ... I'll be playing like I always play." It will be Gronk's first game action since tearing his ACL and MCL in Week 14 of last year, but owners should obviously get him in lineups right away. The Patriots are clearly comfortable with his health and Gronkowski has scored a remarkable 42 touchdowns in 50 career regular season games.
Sep 1 - 11:51 AM

Second-round pick Jimmy Garoppolo has won the Patriots' backup quarterback job.

Garoppolo was detested in draftnik circles, but played exceptionally well this preseason, completing 46-of-79 passes for 618 yards (7.8 YPA), five touchdowns, and one interception. He did take something of a step back in New England's preseason finale, but ultimately was the better option over Ryan Mallett. In the Patriots' high-octane offense, Garoppolo would be worth grabbing in fantasy leagues if something happened to Tom Brady. Garoppolo deserves to be bumped up Dynasty league rankings.
Aug 31 - 2:26 PM

Patriots signed RB Jonas Gray to the practice squad.

Gray rushed 37 times for 142 yards (3.83 YPC) in the preseason. He'll be the first man up if the Pats have issues at running back.
Aug 31 - 1:59 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss gets the sense from those around the team that Shane Vereen will have a "significant role in almost every plan."

The Patriots are a week-to-week team in terms of game-planning, which can make weekly statistical projections extremely difficult. So noting that the versatile Vereen is involved in all packages and schemes is crucial. Already the team's passing back, the contract-year running back is an excellent bet to set a career-high in touches -- and will get plenty of carries if Stevan Ridley fumbles again. Vereen is an ideal target for PPR owners beginning in the third round.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 31 - 12:52 PM

Stevan Ridley has made the 53-man roster.

Speculation over the last week had Ridley's roster spot in danger thanks to his error-repeating ways. But the Patriots were never likely to cut him as they know he's their best inside runner -- and it isn't even close. If Ridley can simply hold onto the football this season, he's going to push for double-digit touchdowns. James White has been strikingly unimpressive this preseason.
Aug 30 - 5:01 PM

Patriots waived RB Jonas Gray.

The Patriots are reportedly "hoping" to land Gray on their practice squad. The powerful, one-cut runner had 142 yards on 37 carries this preseason. The move likely means Brandon Bolden has made the team.
Aug 30 - 12:04 PM

Patriots waived WR Josh Boyce.

Boyce fell behind Kenbrell Thompkins a year ago and never gained ground. The Patriots will likely try to sneak their 2013 fourth-rounder onto the practice squad, but he's a candidate to get claimed. Boyce ran a 4.38 and posted an explosive 10-foot-11 broad jump at his Combine.
Aug 30 - 11:15 AM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe reports suspended WR Brian Tyms will remain with the Patriots during his four-game ban.

It was a no-brainer move for the Pats. Tyms will not count against New England's roster during his four-game suspension, and was stellar this preseason, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 wide receiver. Tyms will battle for snaps at the bottom of New England's wide receiver depth chart when he returns.
Aug 30 - 11:14 AM

New Patriots TE Tim Wright ran a pass route on 34 of his 43 snaps in New England's preseason finale.

He finished with four catches for 43 yards on six targets. Wright isn't an in-line tight end like Rob Gronkowski; he's a "flex" or "move" option who will compete for snaps in the old Aaron Hernandez role. The Hernandez role has diminished in Foxboro, however, with the team now utilizing more three-wide sets. Wright remains no more than a coin-flip, back-end TE2 in fantasy.
Aug 29 - 4:37 PM

ESPN Boston now has Stevan Ridley making the Patriots' 53-man roster after leaving him off it earlier this week.

Beat writer Mike Reiss "played a hunch" last time around, but now admits it "looks like that was off the mark." Last week, Reiss left Ridley off the roster in favor of Jonas Gray. Gray now gets the boot, and Ridley makes it because rookie James White hasn't shown enough. We expect Vereen to play the vast majority of running back snaps in New England, but Ridley has the early edge for short-yardage and goal-line work with an opportunity to expand his role with good play. We still like Ridley at his eighth-round ADP as a boom-or-bust RB2.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 29 - 12:20 PM

New Patriots TE Tim Wright caught 4-of-6 targets for 43 yards in Thursday night's preseason finale against the Giants.

Wright operated as New England's "move" tight end with the Jimmy Garoppolo group. The Pats' starters didn't play. Wright has enough talent to earn more playing time as the season progresses, but for now he's no more than a coin-flip fantasy TE2. His ceiling is capped by a deep pass-catching corps in Foxboro.
Aug 28 - 10:51 PM

Aaron Dobson caught 3-of-9 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' preseason finale Thursday night.

The efficiency wasn't there, but Dobson's playmaking ability flashed, highlighted by a 33-yard touchdown catch delivered by rookie QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Behind Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, and Shane Vereen, Dobson is arguably the highest ceiling skill-position player on New England's roster. We suspect he'll open the season sharing time with Kenbrell Thompkins at "X" receiver, before overtaking Thompkins eventually, assuming Dobson can sustain health.
Aug 28 - 10:49 PM

Jimmy Garoppolo will start Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants, and play "most of the game, if not all of it."

Reporter Mike Reiss believes Garoppolo could "ascend to the No. 2 job over Ryan Mallett" with a strong performance. Garoppolo has looked better this preseason than Mallett ever has in August. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Pats are still shopping Mallett. The writing is on the wall for Mallett in New England.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 28 - 3:56 PM

Aaron Dobson (foot) is expected to make his preseason debut in Thursday's game against the Giants.

Dobson's recovery from his left foot surgery finally appears complete. Now he can begin a quest to regain the starting outside receiver job he held last year before these foot woes shut him down. Eventually, we'd expect Dobson to pass up Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell, giving him plenty of stash appeal. In the six games Dobson played at least 50 snaps last year, he averaged 4.5 catches for 60.8 yards and scored three touchdowns.
Aug 28 - 10:25 AM


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