Player News - Patriots

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WEEI’s Ryan Hannable believes Julian Edelman’s work early in camp suggests he is close to returning.

Edelman was spotted running routes off to the side on Thursday, and he was seen running hills on Friday. Hannable does not think Edelman would be participating in either activity if he was not close to getting back on the field. Danny Amendola (knee/ankle) was also seen working with Edelman, perhaps indicating he is close to a return as well.
Source: WEEI
Jul 30 - 12:00 PM

Patriots G Jonathan Cooper was carted off the practice field Saturday with a right foot injury.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reports he is dealing with a "plantar fascia issue." Acquired in the Chandler Jones trade this offseason, the former first-round pick was hoping to get his career back on track with the Patriots after injuries played a role in his struggles with the Cardinals. He was working with the first team at right guard prior to the injury.
Jul 30 - 11:55 AM

Patriots RBs coach Ivan Fears said he wants to see more consistency from LeGarrette Blount.

"I want to see the LeGarrette I know that can be a dominant player when he’s playing up to his stuff," Fears said. "He’s been hurt. He’s been away from us. There’s a lot of opportunity there for him. Let’s see what he can do." With the Patriots failing to add any backs of note over the offseason, Blount is in a great spot to retain the big-back carries, a role which could get more use with Tom Brady suspended the first four games. The reportedly "trimmed-down" Blount is a great value at his RB41 draft cost.
Jul 30 - 8:28 AM

Patriots contract-year LB Jamie Collins said extension talks will "take care of itself."

Collins missed the first day of training camp Thursday, leading some to speculate that he was staging a holdout. However, his absence was excused and Collins was back on the field for Friday's session. The Patriots have some difficult financial decisions ahead with Collins and fellow linebacker Dont'a Hightower both coming off the books next year. Pro Bowl corner Malcolm Butler is also headed for restricted free agency in 2017.
Jul 29 - 5:55 PM

Rob Gronkowski said Martellus Bennett has "came in and picked up the playbook very well."

The biggest hurdle Patriots newcomers have to clear is the playbook in order to earn Tom Brady's trust. According to Gronkowski, Bennett has been able to do that. On the first day of training camp Thursday, all three of Brady, Gronk, and Bennett took time away to go to a side field to work on red-zone plays, and it's becoming abundantly clear that this is going to be the foundation of the offense when it gets into scoring position. Bennett looks like a value at his TE16 ADP.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 29 - 10:50 AM

Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) is already running routes off to the side at Patriots camp.

The Pats are being predictably vague with their No. 1 receiver's status, but he certainly appears on track for Week 1. Edelman might sit out the entire preseason, but can be targeted as an upside WR2 in fantasy drafts.
Jul 28 - 5:32 PM

Patriots LT Nate Solder (calf) has been cleared for training camp.

He missed OTAs and minicamp, but his status was never in doubt. Solder has a $10.32 million cap number this season.
Jul 27 - 7:44 PM

Patriots placed DT Alan Branch on the active/NFI list.

Branch failed his conditioning test due to a minor hip injury. His absence could give Terrance Knighton the early edge to start next to Malcom Brown.
Jul 27 - 5:41 PM

Patriots signed TE Bear Pascoe and OG Jon Halapio.

Blocking tight end Pascoe appeared in three games for the Lions last season after spending much of his career with the Giants. Halapio was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots back in 2014. Both are roster long shots.
Jul 27 - 12:10 PM

LeGarrette Blount (hip) avoided the Patriots' active/PUP list to begin camp.

It's a great sign after Blount missed all spring practices, then ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported Blount's roster spot wasn't secure. If Blount is healthy and in good shape -- he is both of those things right now -- he will return as the heavy favorite to handle big-back carries in the Patriots' high-scoring offense. New England may lean on Blount more than usual during Tom Brady's four-game ban. The Pats play the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans, and Bills in that window.
Jul 25 - 6:04 PM

Patriots placed WR Danny Amendola (knee, ankle) on the active/PUP list.

After undergoing ankle and knee surgeries in the offseason, Amendola was held out of all offseason workouts, though he was seen moving around "well" at Tom Brady's charity softball event in early June. The Boston Herald has reported Amendola is questionable for Week 1. Following the additions of Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell, Amendola will face an uncertain role upon his return.
Jul 25 - 6:01 PM

Patriots placed WR Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) on the active/PUP list.

He has not been medically cleared to practice, and we suspect Edelman will not practice at all until the later stages of camp. He will probably be held out of most of the preseason, if not all of it. Edelman has undergone two foot surgeries since last November. He is tentatively expected to play in Week 1.
Jul 25 - 5:58 PM

Patriots placed RB Dion Lewis (ACL) and Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) on the active/PUP list.

This doesn't hint where either player is in their respective recoveries, though it is a small surprise Lewis hasn't been cleared for training camp. Lewis did participate at June minicamp, practicing without a brace on his surgically repaired knee. We suspect he'll be activated onto the 90-man roster within a few weeks, if not sooner. Edelman's recovery is going to be more complex.
Jul 25 - 5:55 PM

Patriots signed S Vinnie Sunseri, formerly of the Saints.

A 2014 fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans, Sunseri is believed to have suffered two ACL tears since his final season at Alabama. He will compete for a roster spot in New England as a reserve safety and core special teamer.
Jul 24 - 8:55 PM

Patriots released LS Christian Yount.

It means fifth-rounder Joe Cardona will be available for the season. A Navy product, Cardona was potentially going to have to serve this year. Cardona could still be recalled to the navy at any time.
Jul 21 - 5:17 PM


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