Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Danny Amendola (knee and ankle surgeries) says he "(feels) really good."

Amendola referred to his operations as a "couple of minor procedures." The Boston Herald has reported Amendola is questionable for Week 1, but it sounds like that's a worst-case scenario. Amendola will undoubtedly begin camp on the active/PUP list, being eased in. The preseason seems unlikely.
Jun 28 - 2:07 PM

Patriots.com's Paul Perillo said Nate Washington struggled to get "on the same page" with Tom Brady during the offseason program.

Many veteran receivers have faced similar problems when joining the Patriots, but it is still surprising considering Washington played in a similar offense with the Texans. In a wide-open competition for the No. 5 job, Washington will have to show better in training camp to earn a roster spot. He likely needs to beat out both Keshawn Martin and Aaron Dobson to keep his job.
Jun 27 - 10:57 AM

Shea McClellin worked primarily at defensive end during the Patriots' offseason program.

McClellin entered the league as a defensive end, but he spent the last two years playing as an off-ball linebacker. It seems as if the Patriots like him better as a pass rusher. He is too slight to play defensive end full-time, but he should fill a role in sub packages.
Jun 27 - 9:12 AM

CSN New England's Phil Perry left Aaron Dobson off his 53-man roster projection.

Perry is unswayed by Dobson's strong spring, saying he will have to "continue to impress through training camp" to earn a roster spot. ESPN's Mike Reiss said earlier this month Dobson would be the starting "X" receiver if the season started then, which shows how jumbled New England's receiver situation is right now. Dobson may need to beat out both Keshawn Martin and Nate Washington to keep his job.
Jun 27 - 9:05 AM

Patriots OT/TE Michael Williams won't have surgery until the swelling goes down in his left knee.

Williams suffered a torn ACL at minicamp on June 8. He had been the favorite to land the No. 3 tight end job behind Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Now that role will likely be occupied by Clay Harbor. Williams is hoping to undergo surgery the week of July 4. He'll be a restricted free agent next offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 8:41 AM

A decision from the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tom Brady's Deflategate suspension could be coming in the next week.

Legal experts predicted it would take the court between 3-6 weeks to make a ruling and Monday will mark five weeks from when the appeal was filed. Brady asked for an en banc hearing after the court upheld his suspension by a 2-1 vote on April 25. It's been 17 months since this ordeal began and we're still no closer to reaching the finish line.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 26 - 8:26 AM

Patriots.com's Andy Hart believes RB Donald Brown needs a strong training camp to stick on the roster.

Brown reportedly worked mostly with the passing backs during the offseason, meaning he will likely have to beat out 2014 fourth-rounder James White for a roster spot behind Dion Lewis. That seems unlikely after White came on strong down the stretch last season, but New England did guarantee almost a third of Brown's $965,000 contract. With LeGarrette Blount's (hip) health in question, it is possible both White and Brown stick around.
Jun 25 - 11:09 AM

Jonathan Cooper lined up at right guard in offseason practices.

Cooper spent time on both sides in Arizona, but was primarily on the right last season. Cooper blames the rookie leg break he suffered in 2013 for the rough start to his career. Acquired in the Chandler Jones trade, Cooper will be given every opportunity to win a starting job in New England.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 21 - 1:45 PM

LeGarrette Blount (hip) missed all of the Patriots' spring practices.

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss calls it a "notable storyline entering training camp." Reiss has previously predicted New England will add another running back, at one point speculating it could be Bishop Sankey if he's cut by the Titans. Blount suffered the year-ending hip injury last December. He was believed to have avoided surgery, but the lengthy recovery may suggest otherwise.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 20 - 10:28 AM

Patriots signed third-round QB Jacoby Brissett to a four-year contract.

A developmental project for Bill Belichick, Brissett could be forced into a backup role behind Jimmy Garoppolo while Tom Brady is suspended. The Patriots have signed all of nine of their draft picks.
Jun 16 - 10:02 AM

ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss believes Aaron Dobson would be New England's starting X receiver if the season started today.

Another offseason, another positive story on Dobson. Without question, Dobson has flashed in past spring and training camp practices, but he's never been able to stay healthy when the calendar flips to September through December. With just one year left on his deal, it's now or never for Dobson.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 15 - 9:36 AM

ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss predicts Martellus Bennett will be a "big factor" in the Patriots' 2016 offense.

A sometimes malcontent in Dallas and Chicago, Bennett has had the right attitude at Patriots spring workouts as "usually the first tight end through drills" and "one of the more impressive players on the field." The Patriots are nursing a multitude of injuries at wide receiver, and could conceivably make two-tight end sets their base offense this year. Rob Gronkowski and Bennett can both block and are New England's two most imposing targets in the passing game.
Source: ESPN Boston
Jun 15 - 6:44 AM

Rob Gronkowski says he's seen a "huge development" from Jimmy Garoppolo over the last two seasons.

"You can see a huge development over the last two years in the way he handles the offense now," said the Patriots' tight end. "He’s doing a great job going out there, listening to coaches and just working together with the whole team." Garoppolo has been splitting first-team work with Tom Brady and didn't throw any interceptions at last week's OTAs. He'll be under center for New England's first four games if Brady's Deflategate suspension stands.
Source: Mass Live
Jun 14 - 9:23 AM

Patriots second-round CB Cyrus Jones has impressed at OTAs.

Jones has seen a lot of run this spring with Logan Ryan sidelined by an undisclosed injury. Malcolm Butler and Ryan are penciled in as the starters but Jones is making a case for himself in nickel packages. His main competition will come from second-year corners Justin Coleman and Darryl Roberts, who he has outperformed to this point.
Jun 14 - 8:42 AM

Dion Lewis (ACL) practiced without a brace on Monday.

It's a great sign, but Lewis still has a ways to go in his rehab, by his own admission. "...At the beginning, it was a little scary, but every day I get stronger," Lewis said. "I feel better every day but still have a long way to go." Lewis is on track for Week 1, but will likely be babied along through camp. He is still only seven months removed from going down.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 2:39 PM


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