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Rob Gronkowski told reporters Friday he will not change his playing style due to past injuries.

Gronk has missed 14 games over the past two seasons, but Gronk wouldn't be Gronk if he didn't go all out. "I'm gonna keep smashing and dashing in everything I do," he assured, followed by a smiling giggle. "Haha." Amid numerous injuries, Gronkowski has scored 33 touchdowns over his last 34 games.
Jul 25 - 3:31 PM

Patriots WR Greg Orton was carted off the practice field Friday with what appeared to be a "significant leg injury."

Orton went down with a non-contact injury, suggesting a possible torn knee ligament. The 27-year-old was re-signed to the 90-man roster this week. If the injury is as severe as initially thought, Orton's career may be in doubt.
Jul 25 - 11:32 AM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is sporting both a brace on his surgically-repaired knee, and a protective sleeve over his surgically-repaired arm.

Despite avoiding the PUP list, Gronk has been limited to individual drills thus far in camp, and is expected to be brought along slowly. However, ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss observed Thursday that Gronk does not seem "reluctant running, cutting and planting." The injury concern with Gronk is self-evident at this point, but the monster upside remains.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 24 - 10:29 PM

Patriots RBs coach Ivan Fears praised fourth-rounder James White on Thursday.

"I like his running style," Fears said. "He runs like a big guy for a little guy (5-foot-10, 195 pounds). He plays big. ... Right now, he's doing everything right. It's hard not to be in love with him." Fears' lavish praise comes one week after ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss predicted White would be on the field for more than 20 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps this season. He's a name to keep an eye on behind fumbler Stevan Ridley, and injury-prone Shane Vereen.
Jul 24 - 10:18 PM

Patriots NT Vince Wilfork (Achilles') is practicing without restriction.

Wilfork will likely he held out of some 11-on-11s, but he's full steam ahead for Week 1. That being said, we'd expect him to see very limited action in the preseason. There's simply no reason for the Patriots to take the risk.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 24 - 6:39 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) is not participating in 7-on-7 or 11-on-11 work Thursday.

It's a reminder that even though Gronkowski has avoided the PUP list and been medically cleared, he's not 100 percent. Less than seven months removed from reconstructive surgery, the Patriots are going to ease him in gradually in the hope that he'll be ready to play all the snaps come Week 1. The good news for Gronk is that we still have more than six weeks until the opener.
Jul 24 - 11:48 AM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) has been cleared by doctors and is not being placed on active/PUP.

Considering Gronkowski is just 7 1/2 months removed from blowing out his knee, this qualifies as an impressive rehab. Avoiding the active/PUP list means Gronk will not be eligible for the reserve/PUP list to start the season, which would have cost him the first six regular season games. He'll likely be coddled a bit at camp, but this news puts him squarely on track for Week 1 and his fantasy ADP should skyrocket accordingly. Gronk's 16-game pace last season was 89-1,353-9, and he's scored 42 touchdowns in 50 career NFL games.
Jul 23 - 8:58 AM

Patriots placed DL Dominique Easley (knee) on the active/NFI list.

Easley is in the final stages of his recovery from a torn ACL, and is week to week. Barring a setback, Easley should see the field in the preseason. Joining him on the NFI list are RB Roy Finch, LB Deontae Skinner and OT Chris Martin.
Jul 21 - 5:23 PM

Patriots placed WR Aaron Dobson (foot) on the active/PUP list.

Joining him there will be CB Alfonzo Dennard, WR Jeremy Gallon, DT Tommy Kelly and WR Matt Slater. Dobson had been optimistic he'd be good to go for the start of camp, but isn't ready after sitting out the entire offseason program. This being the Pats, there's little hard info on Dobson's recovery, but we doubt his stay on the PUP list will be a long one. Dobson can be activated at any time.
Jul 21 - 5:15 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ACL/MCL) said Friday night that he anticipates playing a full season in 2014.

"I'm planning on playing the whole season this year," said Gronk at his women's football clinic. Gronkowski played all 16 games his first two NFL seasons, but has missed 14 over the past two years. Gronk is expected to open camp on the active/PUP list as he's eased into football activities. If Gronk indeed makes it 16 games, he'll push Jimmy Graham to be fantasy's No. 1 tight end.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 1:10 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss said rookie RB James White "will play more than 20 percent" of the Patriots' offensive snaps in his bold predictions column.

This lives up the bold prediction moniker, but it may not be too far off reality. White was one of the more pro-ready backs in this year's draft class, and he has only an injury-prone Shane Vereen and fumble-prone Stevan Ridley ahead of him on the depth chart. There are many scenarios that could see White earn this kind of playing time and perhaps even some redraft value this season.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 19 - 9:54 AM

Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he doesn't know if he'll open training camp on the active/PUP list.

Gronkowski was able to get in limited work during OTAs, but his availability for the start of camp remains in doubt. He's still a strong candidate to begin on the active/PUP list. Gronk has been rehabbing at the Patriots' facility for the last month. All signs continue to point toward him being ready for Week 1.
Jul 18 - 8:58 PM

Patriots owner Robert Kraft believes the NFL should "work very hard" to have a team in London before the end of the decade.

In other words, the league won't be abandoning its fixation with bridging the pond any time soon. Kraft also believes it's "very important" for the NFL to have "one or two" teams in downtown Los Angeles. It's unclear if the league prefers London and L.A. to get their teams via expansion or relocation. Expanding from 32 teams would water down a product that already struggles to find 32 competent quarterbacks.
Jul 17 - 7:32 PM

Patriots DT Armond Armstead has retired from the NFL.

Armstead originally signed with the Patriots in February 2013, but landed on the reserve/NFI list for his entire rookie season after battling an infection. He suffered a heart attack while playing college ball at USC, which he blamed on the prescription pain killer Toradol. Armstead went undrafted in 2012 after a standout, 24-start college career surely because of health concerns. He played for the CFL's Toronto Argonauts for one season and compiled 43 tackles and six sacks en route to a Grey Cup championship. Armstead will be 24 in August.
Jul 16 - 3:44 PM

Patriots 2012 second-round pick Tavon Wilson is in danger of losing his roster spot.

A huge surprise at the 48th pick three drafts ago, Wilson's snap percentage was slashed from 42.5 as a rookie to 1.6 last year. Wilson does have special teams value, which could eventually secure his spot on the 53. On defense, he's behind Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon, with rookie Jemea Thomas applying heat.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 13 - 3:04 PM


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