Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots contract-year CB Malcolm Butler is skipping OTAs and reportedly wants a new deal.

Butler is scheduled to make just $600,000 this season after earning $510,000 in 2015. He'll be a restricted free agent next March. According to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, Butler "plans to push for an adjustment" to his contract before the season. Skipping voluntary workouts is the first step in his plan. Butler was PFF's No. 11 cover corner last season and recently turned 26.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 10:42 AM

Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady are splitting first-team snaps at OTAs.

Brady was facing the possibility of a four-game suspension last season as well, but the Patriots still gave him all of the first-team work in the offseason program. Their decision to give Garoppolo more snaps this year hints at a pessimistic view of Brady's chances to overturn his ban. Garoppolo will be an interesting streamer and DFS option while (if) Brady is suspended.
May 27 - 1:47 PM

Patriots contract-year WLB Dont'a Hightower was evasive when asked about extension talks on Thursday.

"I ain’t got nothing to do with none of that," Hightower said. "I’m just out here trying to get better with my teammates." Coming off another strong year, Hightower will be gunning to top Lavonte David's $22.5 million guaranteed.
May 26 - 6:12 PM

According to WEEI Boston, Martellus Bennett is "gaining early entry into Tom Brady's circle of trust."

Bennett has spent part of OTAs working off to the side with Brady and a small group of other passing-game personnel. Of course, reporter Christopher Price notes Scott Chandler did something similar last year before going on to bomb during the regular season. Bennett is coming off a head-case campaign where the Bears had "pervasive doubts" about his commitment, but he seems to understand the stakes are higher in New England this year. Bennett is a very intriguing fantasy pick in New England. His ADP is in the double-digit rounds.
Source: WEEI Boston
May 26 - 4:15 PM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss believes second-year UDFA David Andrews could earn the Patriots' center job.

He'll have to unseat Bryan Stork. Andrews spent much of 2015 filling in for an injured Stork, out-snapping him 776-377. Andrews wasn't terribly effective, but that's not surprising for a rookie UDFA.
May 26 - 2:39 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss reports Dion Lewis (ACL) is fully expected to be ready for Week 1.

Lewis tore his ACL on November 8. Reiss reports people close to Lewis believe he could be ready to play in a month. The Patriots will likely limit him throughout the offseason program and into training camp, but Lewis' availability for the regular season does not appear to be in doubt. Lewis tallied 622 total yards and four touchdowns in just seven games last season. His role should remain secure as New England's dynamic space/passing-down back.
Source: ESPN
May 24 - 11:11 AM

Tom Brady's appeal in the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals argues that two judges who sided with the NFL to have Brady's suspension reinstated "got the law wrong."

Brady's team is asking the three judges who heard his initial case (two voted nay, one yay) to "rehear their arguments." "The panel decision stands in stark contrast with fundamental rules of labor law and undermines the rights of union members and employers alike," Brady attorney Theodore Olson wrote. "This court should grant rehearing or rehearing en banc." According to the Boston Herald, Brady has "told friends since January 2015 that he'll go to his grave believing he did nothing wrong" in the so-called Deflategate. On a personal note, we CAN'T WAIT for this whole thing to go away.
May 23 - 5:48 PM

Tom Brady will file an appeal Monday for a second hearing by the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn his four-game Deflategate suspension.

A surprise to nobody. Brady had until Monday to file this appeal after the U.S. Appeals Court ruled in favor of the NFL on April 25 that Brady's four-game ban be reinstated. This ordeal has been going on for nearly 500 days now, and an end doesn't appear to be in sight. "The facts here are so drastic and so apparent that the court should rehear it," said Brady's lawyer, Theodore Olson.
Source: ESPN.com
May 23 - 9:15 AM

Terrance Knighton is competing for one of the Patriots' starting defensive tackle jobs.

Last year's first-round pick Malcom Brown is locked in as one of the starters but the other DT spot is up for grabs. Knighton's primary competition figures to come from Alan Branch, who earned PFF's No. 36 grade out of 123 defensive tackles last year. Woodrow Hamilton, Anthony Johnson, Frank Kearse, Markus Kuhn, Vincent Valentine and Joe Vellano will be in the mix for backup roles.
Source: NESN.com
May 22 - 8:52 AM

The Boston Herald's Jeff Howe said "optimism is very high" Julian Edelman (foot) will be ready for training camp.

This echoes a report from Adam Schefter, who said Edelman is "on track" for camp. Edelman was able to come back for the playoffs after surgery to repair a broken foot he suffered Week 10, but he was clearly less than 100 percent. Hopefully the second procedure he underwent this offseason helps him gets him back to full health. While Edelman should be expected back for camp, foot injuries can be tricky. It is not out of the question he suffers a setback.
May 17 - 12:05 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss reports Danny Amendola's knee and ankle injuries are considered "minor" and are not "long-term" issues.

Amendola had surgery on his troublesome left knee and underwent a procedure to remove a bone spur from his ankle "early this offseason." He originally injured the knee in November, but he was able to play through it the rest of the season. Reiss reports Amendola is already "moving well" and is "on a positive track." It sounds like he has a good shot to be ready for training camp, but he could be eased into action.
Source: ESPN
May 17 - 9:18 AM

The Boston Herald reports Danny Amendola is recovering from knee and ankle surgeries that could "impact the start of his 2016 season."

Amendola underwent surgery on the left knee that bothered him in 2015, and had a bone spur removed from his ankle. The knee operation is the bigger concern. Per reporter Jeff Howe, both operations occurred "early this offseason." Howe reports there is "hope" Amendola is ready for training camp, but "no guarantee" he'll be back by Week 1. The Pats can't be that worried, as they retained Amendola's roster spot after he agreed to a pay cut. Amendola plays an extremely hard-nose style of football that leads to numerous injuries. Even though he'll likely have some big games in 2016, he can't be counted on as a fantasy draft pick this summer.
May 16 - 2:16 PM

Only four rookie wide receivers have ever caught 20 or more passes under Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

They are Deion Branch (43 in 2002), Julian Edelman (37 in 2009), Aaron Dobson (37 in 2013), and Kenbrell Thompkins (32 in 2013). The Patriots' offense is famously complex and stocked with option routes, where receivers have to show mental chemistry with Tom Brady. Malcolm Mitchell was a terrific route runner at Georgia, which should accelerate his transition. In order to win playing time, Mitchell will have to fend off Danny Amendola, Nate Washington, Keshawn Martin, and Chris Hogan behind Julian Edelman.
May 15 - 9:33 PM

Patriots re-signed RB Joey Iosefa.

The plan was always for the Patriots to bring back Iosefa, who was waived last week to make room for undrafted free agents. Iosefa stayed in New England and even turned down an offer to work out for another team. 14 of Iosefa's 15 carries last year came in a Week 15 win over Tennessee.
May 13 - 2:54 PM

Rob Gronkowski has been selected as the cover star for Madden 17.

He follows in the recent footsteps of Odell Beckham, Richard Sherman and, infamously, Peyton Hillis. The supposed "Madden curse" has died in recent years, with Beckham and Sherman both enjoying All-Pro type seasons during their years shifting videogame units. Another "Summer of Gronk" is upon us.
May 12 - 6:06 PM


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