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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms the Patriots' acquisition of Tim Wright has nothing to do with Rob Gronkowski's health.

Gronk is a 6-foot-6, 265-pound in-line tight end. Wright is a 6-foot-4, 220-pound college wide receiver. They're completely different players who will play totally different roles. Most signs continue to point to Gronkowski being ready for Week 1, but there are no guarantees. For Gronk drafters, we suggest grabbing Heath Miller or Garrett Graham late as early-season insurance.
Aug 27 - 7:58 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport called Tim Wright the Patriots' "new [Aaron] Hernandez."

That's how we also see it. Many figured the Patriots' acquisition of Wright on Tuesday was a sign Rob Gronkowski's path back to the field was going to be halted. That couldn't be further from the truth. Wright is a former college receiver, while Gronkowski is a do-it-all in-line tight end. They're completely different players. While we need to tap the brakes on Wright becoming a top-three fantasy tight end like Hernandez, the Patriots clearly like Wright. It'll take him time to learn the offense, but he may be their future at "move" tight end. He's a back-end TE2.
Aug 27 - 7:49 PM

The Patriots are still hoping DL Dominique Easley (knee) will be ready Week 1.

Easley has missed each of the first three preseason games and won't play Thursday night either as he comes off a torn ACL. An early return to health by the No. 29 overall pick would be another boost to a Patriots defense that already projects to be excellent this season.
Aug 27 - 11:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter says Rob Gronkowski (knee) remains in a "good spot."

Newly acquired Tim Wright will compete for snaps as a "move" tight end complement to in-line Gronkowski. They play completely different positions, so the trade does not shed any new light on Gronk's rehab -- which reportedly continues to progress without setback. Within the last week, Schefter has stated that he would be surprised if Gronkowski isn't ready for Week 1.
Aug 27 - 7:51 AM

Patriots placed RB Tyler Gaffney (knee surgery) and LB Cameron Gordon (undisclosed) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

A sixth-round pick of the Panthers, Gaffney was claimed off waivers in July. He tore his left lateral meniscus in the early days of camp. The Panthers waived/injured him, trying to sneak him through to I.R., but the Patriots pounced. Gaffney had impressive Combine measurables and college statistics, but underwhelming tape. He'll fight for one of the Pats' final roster spots in 2014.
Aug 26 - 4:50 PM

Patriots acquired TE Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Bucs in exchange for LG Logan Mankins.

The Patriots had a bit of a logjam on their interior line, and needed help at "move" tight end. Wright is a natural fit to potentially fill the old Aaron Hernandez role. He's a former college receiver who caught 54 balls for 571 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season. This move puts Wright squarely on the fantasy TE2 radar. We don't believe it has anything to do with Rob Gronkowski's availability for Week 1, however, as Gronk and Wright play inherently different positions. Wright is a "flex" tight end, while Gronk plays the "in-line" role. The Pats will move RG Dan Connolly to left guard. Ryan Wendell is at center. Marcus Cannon is the right guard.
Aug 26 - 1:47 PM

The Patriots are expected to hold Ryan Mallett out of Thursday's preseason finale as opportunities around the NFL become available.

The Patriots are still holding out hope that they can get something in a trade for Mallett, who is entering the final year of his contract. It remains unlikely, even with Sam Bradford (knee) going down and Cam Newton (ribs) slightly iffy for Week 1. If teams are interested in Mallett, they know he'll likely be on waivers soon. Second-round rookie Jimmy Garoppolo will start Thursday.
Aug 25 - 11:48 AM

ESPN Boston does not have Stevan Ridley making the 53-man roster in their latest projection.

We'd be stunned if Ridley gets cut, as he's clearly the team's best inside running option provided he doesn't fumble. But the projection comes from ace beat man Mike Reiss, who is not prone to hyperbole. Ridley played just 11 snaps in Friday night's third preseason game, and did lose a fumble in the second preseason game. Reiss has the Patriots keeping four running backs on the active roster (Shane Vereen, James White, Brandon Bolden, Jonas Gray) and one on the practice squad (Roy Finch).
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 25 - 8:28 AM

ESPN Boston believes Vince Wilfork is playing at an even higher level than he was before tearing his Achilles'.

Wilfork has dropped some weight and is quicker on his feet. He's played 50 snaps this preseason as an early-down lane clogger. The Patriots need Wilfork to stay healthy, as they enter 2014 with not much experience behind he and Tommy Kelly. New England could field a top-five fantasy defense.
Source: ESPN Boston
Aug 24 - 11:22 AM

Undrafted rookie CB Malcolm Butler started the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night.

Butler struggled, getting beaten twice by fellow rookie Kelvin Benjamin. He has played well this preseason, though, and should earn a roster spot with Brandon Browner suspended the first four games of the season.
Aug 23 - 12:38 AM

Jonas Gray rushed for 20 yards on nine carries in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Gray saw some work with the first-team offense on Friday night. A big (5-foot-10, 225), powerful back, Gray could function as the power runner in New England's offense if Stevan Ridley falters. Gray has 30 carries for 130 yards this preseason.
Aug 23 - 12:26 AM

Danny Amendola hauled in both of his targets for 13 yards in the Patriots' third preseason game.

Amendola earned the start on Friday night and saw snaps in three-wide sets. With Rob Gronkowski healthy, Amendola may struggle to find targets in the Patriots' suddenly stocked pass catching corps. Amendola now has three catches for 22 yards this preseason.
Aug 23 - 12:21 AM

Patriots RE Chandler Jones recorded two sacks against the Panthers Friday night.

Jones beat Panthers LT Byron Bell for both sacks, and was impressive in the run game as well. With the Patriots' improved secondary locking down opposing pass catchers, Jones should have plenty of time to get to the quarterback this season. 15-plus sacks are well within reason. Jones is a first-tier DL1 in IDP leagues.
Aug 23 - 12:18 AM

Kenbrell Thompkins started the Patriots' third preseason game Friday night, catching 2-of-3 targets for 35 yards.

Thompkins worked ahead of Brandon LaFell, though both players saw extensive time with the first-team offense. Thompkins dropped a wide-open look in the middle of the field in the second quarter, but Tom Brady came back to him on the very next play for a 14-yard gain. Brady has recently expressed confidence in the second-year wideout, and it is not inconceivable Thompkins holds onto the "X" receiver job even when (if) Aaron Dobson gets healthy. Thompkins has 6 catches for 78 yards and a touchdown this preseason.
Aug 23 - 12:11 AM

Patriots WR Brandon LaFell caught 2-of-5 targets for 14 yards against the Panthers Friday night.

LaFell slipped on one of his targets, and had another bounce off his hands. On the bright side, LaFell saw extensive work with the first-team offense, and Tom Brady seems to feel comfortable targeting him. LaFell is unlikely to be a fantasy contributor this season, but he could be a good real-football player for the Patriots. LaFell has six catches for 59 yards this preseason.
Aug 22 - 11:53 PM


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