Player News - Patriots

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The New England Patriots head into their Week 4 bye tied for the NFL lead in sacks with 13.

An eight sack performance in Week 2 at Buffalo boosted New England's sack total, but they have registered multiple sacks in their other two games as well. The Patriots defense is also tied for third in the NFL with five interceptions through three games. A Week 5 trip to Dallas to face Brandon Weeden and the Cowboys is up for New England after the bye, where the Patriots D/ST will look to continue their opportunistic ways.
Oct 2 - 11:03 PM

Patriots acquired DL Akiem Hicks from the Saints in exchange for TE Michael Hoomanawanui.

A starter the last three seasons, Hicks had been losing heavy rotational snaps this year. Still, it's a better than expected return for a journeyman tight end. Hicks will give the Patriots a two-down option in multiple sets.
Sep 30 - 6:18 PM

The earliest the league's appeal will be heard in the Tom Brady case is February 1.

That's Super Bowl week. It means the matter could be decided before the 2016 season, but more appeals would also loom.
Sep 29 - 6:43 PM

Patriots acquired ILB Jon Bostic from the Bears in exchange for a sixth-round pick.

The 50th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Bostic has yet to play this season because of an ankle injury. He also missed a lot of the offseason program with a back issue. Bostic wasn't a fit under the new regime, and the 0-3 Bears are open for business. In New England's 4-3 scheme, Bostic can play any of the three linebacker positions. His strength is his speed as a sideline-to-sideline player.
Sep 28 - 8:23 PM

Aaron Dobson caught 1-of-3 targets for five yards in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Jaguars.

A week after catching seven balls for 87 yards, Dobson was again an afterthought in the Patriots' offense. He dropped what would have been a 50-plus yard pickup, but was able to draw a defensive pass interference penalty on the play as his lone contribution. With the Patriots smashing the Jaguars, Dobson rotated snaps late in the game with Keshawn Martin and other backups.
Sep 27 - 5:34 PM

Danny Amendola caught 5-of-5 targets for 39 yards and one touchdown in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Jaguars.

Amendola's second-quarter, one-yard touchdown was his first score of the young season, as he entered the game with just three catches for 52 yards. He's deep down the totem pole for targets, well behind Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and Dion Lewis. Treat Amendola as a WR4/5, or bye-week fill-in, when the Patriots return to action in Week 5 against the Cowboys.
Sep 27 - 5:27 PM

Julian Edelman caught 8-of-11 targets for 85 yards in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Jaguars.

The Patriots scored six touchdowns in the 51-17 stomping of Jacksonville, but Edelman wasn't part of the group that visited the end zone. Tom Brady only threw two passing scores, while Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount combined for four touchdowns on the ground. Edelman entered Week 3 leading the league with 31 targets. With 11 more on Sunday, he's setting himself apart. Edelman is locked in as a WR1 in PPR. The 3-0 Patriots are heading into their bye week.
Sep 27 - 5:20 PM

Rob Gronkowski caught 4-of-7 targets for 101 yards in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Jaguars.

The Jaguars employed the don't-cover-Gronkowski strategy early in the first quarter and let him run free for a 43-yard gain right down the middle of the field shortly after he picked up 20-plus yards. His 43-yarder set up Dion Lewis' eight-yard touchdown run on the very next play, and Gronk paved Lewis' way into the end zone by blocking two linebackers. The clear-cut TE1 overall, Gronkowski and the Patriots head into their bye week before going to Dallas in Week 5.
Sep 27 - 5:11 PM

Dion Lewis rushed eight times for 37 yards and one touchdown and caught 5-of-5 targets for 30 yards in the Patriots' Week 3 win over the Jaguars.

Lewis got the start for the Patriots and was in on pretty much every play until LeGarrette Blount got his first snap midway through the second quarter. With the Patriots knocking the sock off the Jaguars all day, the Patriots rotated running backs, with James White even getting significant playing time. Lewis' score came from eight yards out to get the Patriots' first six points on a day they'd score 51. Lewis is still the back to own in New England as the 3-0 Patriots head into their bye week.
Sep 27 - 4:47 PM

LeGarrette Blount rushed 18 times for 78 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots' 51-17, Week 3 stomping of the Jaguars.

Blount didn't see the field until midway through the second quarter, but predictably filled the clock-killer role for the Patriots' offense, playing a much bigger role than he did in his Week 2 debut. The Jaguars made Blount look like Bo Jackson, as he also added a 14-yard reception. All three of Blount's touchdowns came from one yard out. Dion Lewis is still starting for the Patriots and playing a ton of snaps, but this is the role Blount will likely fill as the goal-line back and clock killer. New England is running a ton of empty sets, spreading defenses out with no running back. The Patriots are 3-0 heading into their bye week.
Sep 27 - 4:20 PM

Tom Brady completed 33-of-42 passes for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 51-17, Week 3 demolition of the Jaguars.

The Patriots possessed the ball 10 times and scored on all 10 drives with the Jaguars offering absolutely zero resistance. If you looked away from the screen and came back, the Patriots were seemingly always in the red zone. Brady set a personal milestone in the process, throwing his 400th and 401st career touchdown passes. His first score went to Danny Amendola from one yard out, and the second was a 13-yarder to backup WR Keshawn Martin. Brady and Rob Gronkowski also hooked up four times for 101 yards. Brady and the Patriots head into their bye week at 3-0, and will travel to Dallas in Week 5.
Sep 27 - 4:12 PM

Patriots declared CB Bradley Fletcher, DE Trey Flowers, C Ryan Wendell, DE Rufus Johnson, S Tavon Wilson, TE Michael Hommanawanui, and RB Travaris Cadet inactive for Week 3 against the Jaguars.

Fletcher is a healthy scratch and has been benched after getting torched across 68 snaps the first two weeks. Tarell Brown and Malcolm Butler will start.
Sep 27 - 11:46 AM

ESPN Boston doesn't expect Patriots DT Dominique Easley (questionable, hip) to play in Week 3.

With the Patriots bye week looming, Easley could be held out despite practicing on a limited basis. Even with Easley sidelined, New England’s front-four should have little trouble against a Jacksonville line that could be without LT Luke Joeckel and RG Brandon Linder. The Patriots lead the NFL with 11 sacks.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 26 - 5:35 PM

Patriots ILB Dont'a Hightower (shoulder) is probable for Week 3 against the Jaguars.

Hightower was limited on Wednesday and Thursday, but got in a full practice on Friday. He will play. Hightower has 20 tackles through two games.
Source: ESPN
Sep 26 - 11:59 AM

The Boston Herald reports Patriots DT Dominique Easley (questionable, hip) is expected to play Week 3 against the Jaguars.

Easley practiced on a limited basis all week and is listed as questionable. Getting the disruptive defensive tackle back would be a boost to an already stout pass rush. The Patriots lead the league with 11 sacks this season and should add to the tally against the Jaguars' banged up offensive line.
Sep 26 - 11:03 AM

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