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A source told the Boston Globe that Aaron Dobson was deactivated in Weeks 3 and 4 because he "mouthed off" to Patriots OC Josh McDaniels.

"Mouthing off" to Belichick wannabe McDaniels apparently costs you two full games, despite the Patriots' glaring needs at perimeter wide receiver. 23 years old, big, and fast, Dobson would give New England an offensive element it sorely lacks, but it sounds like McDaniels is putting his ego before the team. Dobson's status going forward is unclear. He's just a WR5 stash in 12-team leagues.
Oct 1 - 8:46 PM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) is practicing in full for Week 5.

It's the first time Gronkowski hasn't been listed as limited all season. Gronk played 31-of-50 snaps (62 percent) in Monday night's loss. The fact that the Patriots are no longer limiting him in practice suggests he's close to returning to an every-down role.
Oct 1 - 7:11 PM

Patriots activated CB Brandon Browner from the reserve/suspended list.

Browner will enter the mix at cornerback this week, but may not immediately start opposite Darrelle Revis. He'll likely need a few weeks to get back into football shape.
Sep 30 - 5:59 PM

Patriots WR Brian Tyms has been reinstated from suspension.

Tyms is a name for deep-leaguers to monitor. He was spectacular in the preseason, grading out as PFF's No. 1 WR while posting an 11-188-2 line. Given that Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins both appear in the doghouse, we wouldn't rule out Tyms making an impact at some point.
Sep 30 - 12:00 PM

Following Monday night's loss at Kansas City, coach Bill Belichick scoffed when asked if he'd "evaluate" the quarterback position this week.

Belichick chuckled at the notion, the reaction most people have when asked about benching a legend like Tom Brady in favor of a rookie like Jimmy Garoppolo. It's obviously not going to happen, but the fact that it even has to be asked speaks volumes. Brady has been bad since the beginning of last season, lacking zip on his intermediate throws and showing no accuracy on deep balls. It would be extremely rare for a player to reverse his career arc at age 37.
Sep 30 - 8:20 AM

Danny Amendola was held without a catch in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

Even as one of the three receivers active, Amendola didn't draw a single target. He has just three catches for 16 yards this season, and clearly doesn't have Tom Brady's trust. Amendola is now falling behind Brandon LaFell. He's obviously not worth owning in any format. Amendola may find himself inactive soon.
Sep 30 - 12:38 AM

Julian Edelman caught four passes for 23 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

Edelman was targeted eight times on the night, but couldn't win at all against the Chiefs' bigger corners. That left Brandon LaFell to do most of the "damage" the Patriots could muster in the 41-14 blowout loss. After four games, Edelman is on pace for a 104-1,132-4 receiving line. He should definitely come close to those numbers if he stays healthy. Edelman is a locked-in WR2.
Sep 30 - 12:35 AM

Rob Gronkowski caught two passes for 31 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

Gronkowski was targeted just three times, and was sitting on one catch for 18 yards for much of the night before reeling in a 13-yard touchdown from Jimmy Garoppolo late in the fourth quarter of this 41-14 blowout. While it was a bad night all around for the Patriots, it was at least encouraging to see Gronkowski playing a large chunk of the snaps. His usage rate continues to rise as he works his way back from knee surgery. But it remains clear that Gronk isn't 100 percent or back to his normal self. He's staying afloat fantasy-wise by scoring touchdowns. After four games, Gronk is on pace for a 52-588-12 receiving line. Look for him to easily top those catch and yards totals by season's end.
Sep 30 - 12:27 AM

Brandon LaFell caught six passes for 119 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs.

LaFell was targeted a team-high ten times as one of only three receivers active. With Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola unable to win against Kansas City's bigger corners, LaFell was the go-to guy. His big play was a 44-yard catch-and-run touchdown on a slant where LaFell broke a tackle on his way to the end zone. Don't expect many more of these outings from LaFell. Through four games, he's on pace for a 40-660-4 line. Continue to ignore him in fantasy.
Sep 30 - 12:20 AM

Shane Vereen rushed for 26 yards on eight carries in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs, adding 41 yards on five catches.

Vereen saw the bulk of the work in the backfield with the Patriots getting blown out and in pass-first mode. Unfortunately, he didn't do much with his touches, turning in a long gain of nine yards. Through four games, Vereen is on pace for 860 total yards and eight touchdowns. Expectations were higher heading into the season. Vereen will be a touch-dependent RB3 next week vs. Cincinnati.
Sep 30 - 12:12 AM

Stevan Ridley rushed five times for 28 yards in the Patriots' Week 4 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

The Patriots were blown out 41-14 and were trailing 17-0 at the half, leaving no real action for Ridley because he doesn't play in passing situations. Ridley's weekly role is unpredictable right now, making him a touchdown- and touch-dependent RB3. Through four games, he's on pace for a 228-816-4 rushing line. Ridley obviously isn't a factor in the passing game. He gets the Bengals next.
Sep 29 - 11:46 PM

Tom Brady completed 14-of-23 passes for 159 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Patriots' Week 4 blowout loss to the Chiefs on Monday night.

Brady was yanked early in the fourth quarter in favor of Jimmy Garoppolo after tossing a pick-six to Husain Abdullah. The Chiefs were up 41-7. In addition to his two interceptions, Brady lost a fumble inside his own 20-yard line on a strip-sack by Tamba Hali. As much as the Chiefs embarrassed the Patriots, New England's roster on the offensive side of the ball is even more embarrassing. Brady has nobody to throw to besides a slot receiver in Julian Edelman who can't win downfield and a less-than-100-percent Rob Gronkowski. New England has been painfully bad at developing receivers, and 37-year-old Brady is on pace for the worst statistical season of his career. He's a back-end QB2.
Sep 29 - 11:03 PM

Kenbrell Thompkins is a healthy scratch for Week 4 against the Chiefs.

Thompkins and Aaron Dobson are both healthy scratches, leaving Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell at receiver. Thompkins is off the fantasy map.
Sep 29 - 7:13 PM

Aaron Dobson and Kenbrell Thompkins are both healthy inactives for Monday night's Week 4 game against the Chiefs.

That's back-to-back weeks for Dobson being a scratch. The Patriots will roll with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell as their top three receivers. Also inactive for Week 4 are OL Josh Kline, OL Jordan Devey, DL Zach Moore, DL Casey Walker, and CB Alfonzo Dennard.
Sep 29 - 7:08 PM

Patriots CB Alfonzo Dennard (shoulder) will not play against the Chiefs Monday night.

Dennard did not travel with the team to Kansas City. Dennard had been considered probable, but was a listed a limited participant each practice this week. Logan Ryan will start opposite Darrelle Revis.
Source: NESN
Sep 28 - 9:28 PM


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