Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots placed ILB Dont'a Hightower on the active/PUP list.

Alan Branch joined Hightower there. Hightower battled shoulder and knee injuries last season but was expected to avoid offseason surgery. It's unclear if he underwent any operations, but the Jets allegedly pulled their free-agent offer to him due to concerns over Hightower's physical. He can be activated at any time in camp.
Jul 24 - 6:05 PM

Patriots DB Duron Harmon is recovering from ankle surgery.

Harmon sat out the entire offseason program. He's close to fully healthy, but may not be ready for training camp. Harmon is locked in as the Patriots’ No. 3 safety behind Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 22 - 8:20 PM

An anonymous AFC scout believes the Patriots are serious about keeping Jimmy Garoppolo.

"I know teams called about Garoppolo," the scout said. "I don't believe they were ever given a realistic price. Why? To me, the answer is simple: Bill (Belichick) thinks he's got the next great one." This sentiment was echoed by other scouts, an AFC front office executive and a former Patriots player. The Patriots' handling of Garoppolo has been baffling in the context of Tom Brady's recent play, but makes much more sense if the Pats believe Brady has only 1-2 years remaining. Absent a long-term extension, the Pats would have to use the pricey franchise tag to keep Garoppolo for 2018.
Jul 20 - 6:31 PM

Patriots TE Matt Lengel had offseason hand surgery.

Lengel was moved slowly at OTAs, but should be fine for training camp. He’s competing for a backup role behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jul 15 - 10:06 AM

The Patriots are expected to keep three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Jacoby Brissett is considered a lock to make the team. Brissett started two games last season as a third-round rookie and completed 61.8 percent of his passes with 7.3 yards per attempt. He didn't throw a touchdown or interception, but scored once as a rusher. If Jimmy Garoppolo leaves as a free agent next year, Brissett could take over as Tom Brady's No. 2.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 14 - 9:45 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss believes Dion Lewis is a roster lock.

There have been questions about Lewis' roster status after New England added Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee and extended James White's deal through 2020. Reiss thinks Lewis "adds an element of explosiveness and quickness" the other backs cannot bring, however. Lewis is unlikely to play big snaps -- Reiss thinks New England could take a similar approach with Lewis as they do with Danny Amendola to keep him healthy -- but he is likely too valuable and cheap for the Patriots to cut.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 9:41 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss did not list TE Dwayne Allen as a lock for the Patriots' roster.

Reiss lists only Rob Gronkowski as a roster lock at tight end. New England will certainly keep more than one, however, and Allen is a very good bet after New England moved down two rounds to acquire him from the Colts in March. Still, Allen reportedly did not show well in minicamp, and he would not be the first player to struggle after moving to New England. He has some work to do in camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 13 - 9:35 AM

Kevin Dillon of Mass Live believes Dion Lewis' roster spot could be in danger.

The Patriots certainly made it seem like they are ready to move on from Lewis by signing Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee while extending James White through 2020. Lewis only costs $1.3 million this year, however, and is an electric playmaker when healthy. It is not out of the question New England moves on, especially if he struggles with injuries in camp, but it is more likely Lewis sticks on the roster as a situational weapon. Unfortunately, that role is unlikely to return much fantasy value.
Source: Mass Live
Jul 10 - 9:31 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss considers Danny Amendola a roster lock.

Reiss said in May he expected Amendola to compete with Andrew Hawkins for the final roster spot at receiver, but that apparently changed during the offseason program. Reiss still lists Hawkins as a "wild card," although he admits it is "unlikely" the Patriots keep more than six receivers on the final roster. In addition to Amendola, Reiss lists Brandin Cooks, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Malcolm Mitchell, and special-teams ace Matthew Slater as locks.
Source: ESPN
Jul 10 - 9:19 AM

Julian Edelman converted only 13.3% of his red-zone targets and 11.1% of his targets inside the ten-yard line last season.

The Patriots' offseason additions of Brandin Cooks and Dwayne Allen as well as two extremely efficient red-zone rushers in Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee should mean a decrease in Edelman's red-zone targets. After Edelman was targeted 15 times in the red zone last season and only converted twice, the efficiency-oriented Patriots will probably scheme more targets toward the now-healthy Rob Gronkowski. You can read more about Edelman in Raymond Summerlin's article "Unreliable Red Zone Receivers" in the link below.
Jul 8 - 1:41 PM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss wrote Mike Gillislee is "the most likely running back" to fill the LeGarrette Blount role.

Blount rushed for a gaudy 18 touchdowns last season and recorded 43 total scores in 57 career games with the Patriots including the playoffs. With Blount now in Philly, Gillislee looks like the best bet to take on that role, although he could lose some work to James White, Dion Lewis, and Rex Burkhead. New England's backfield is likely to induce headaches this fall, but Gillislee is the best fantasy bet because of his touchdown upside.
Source: ESPN
Jul 4 - 10:46 AM

Appearing on ESPN's E:60, Tom Brady seemed to confirm Gisele Bundchen’s claim he suffered a concussion last season.

"She’s there every day. We go to bed in the same bed every night, so I think she knows when I am sore," Brady said. "She knows when I am tired. She knows when I get hit." In addition to last year's head injury, Bundchen said Brady suffers a concussion "pretty much every year." Still, Brady has said he would like to play into his mid-40s, and Gisele will "support me as long as I continue to want to play." This is an offseason story through and through, but it does shine a light on the issues the NFL continues to face as it attempts to deal with head injuries.
Jul 3 - 9:19 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss considers LB David Harris a lock to make the 53-man roster.

New England didn't necessarily need Harris but will take him. He figures to play on running downs ahead of Shea McClellin, who will likely be saved for sub-packages. Harris got $1.25 million guaranteed from the Patriots.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 23 - 9:13 AM

Patriots signed ILB David Harris, formerly of the Jets, to a two-year, $5 million contract.

Naturally. The Jets released their 10-year veteran and longest-tenured player earlier this month only to see him join big brother. Now 33, Harris isn't the player he once was, but he remains a serviceable two-down thumper on the inside and could fill the old Brandon Spikes role for the Patriots. But New England does have a crowded linebackers group led by Dont'a Hightower. Harris may compete for playing time with Shea McClellin, Elandon Roberts, and Kyle Van Noy.
Jun 21 - 10:34 AM

Coach Bill Belichick came away impressed with Brandin Cooks' work ethic during the Patriots' offseason program.

"A transition for him (from New Orleans); he’s working hard to make it," Belichick said. "We’ll see how it goes when we get into a more competitive situation (in training camp), but he learns well. It looks like he’s been able to do some multiple things, but we’ll see how all of that transfers in training camp." Cooks' work ethic was never a concern in New Orleans, though he bristled at his inconsistent usage. That will remain a problem in New England.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 20 - 6:41 PM


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