Player News - Patriots

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Aaron Dobson reeled in four catches for 56 yards in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Giants.

His biggest play came on a 24-yard slant in the second quarter. The third-year wideout has home run potential and can really stretch the field, but injuries and inconsistency have held him back. Dobson should have no trouble securing a roster spot, but it’s unlikely he’ll play enough to warrant fantasy consideration.
Sep 3 - 10:43 PM

LeGarrette Blount had another poor game Thursday against the Giants, tallying just 24 yards on 10 carries.

The fact that Blount played at all was a bit strange. Some might see it as a red flag, though we’re chalking it up to the usual Bill Belichick shenanigans. Blount had a dismal preseason, averaging 2.27 yards per carry on 30 rushing attempts. The one positive is that the Patriots are starting to use him more in the passing game, though one of his drops Thursday led to an interception. Blount is suspended for Week 1 but will be a back-end RB2 when he returns.
Sep 3 - 10:37 PM

James White totaled 36 rushing yards on 10 carries in Thursday’s preseason loss to the Giants.

White also snagged two catches for 21 yards. He juked a few defenders on his way to a nice nine-yard run late in the first half, setting up a 33-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski. White had a chance to secure a role for himself on third downs at the start of camp but was outplayed by Dion Lewis and Brandon Bolden. It's safe to ignore White in fantasy.
Sep 3 - 10:34 PM

Dion Lewis was held out of the Patriots' preseason finale.

It's a good sign for Lewis' roster chances. Lewis is competing with a cast of characters for the old "Vereen Role" as a passing-down back in New England's offense. A well-traveled former fifth-round pick, Lewis may have the lead on Brandon Bolden, James White, and injured Travaris Cadet.
Sep 3 - 10:15 PM

The league has formally appealed Judge Richard Berman's decision to vacate Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

However, as previously reported, the league will not seek an injunction to prevent Brady from playing as the appeals process plays out. It's expected to take several months, meaning Brady's 2015 status is in little doubt. It would seem to behoove the league to take the "L" and move on, but that has never been commissioner Roger Goodell's style.
Sep 3 - 2:53 PM

The Boston Globe's Ben Volin reported the NFL will not seek a stay of Judge Richard Berman's decision to nullify Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

This confirms an earlier report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. This means Brady will be able to play while the NFL appeals the ruling. With the appeal process likely to take several months, Brady should get in a full season regardless of the appeal decision.
Sep 3 - 12:40 PM

The NFL is not expected to seek an injunction which would keep Tom Brady off the field during the appeal of Thursday's decision.

The NFL will almost certainly appeal the decision to vacate Brady's four-game ban, but they do not have to seek an injunction which would keep Brady off the field. Brady will be under center in the season opener, and barring injury should be the starter all season. He is now a top-five fantasy quarterback.
Sep 3 - 10:53 AM

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman nullified Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

The NFL will likely appeal the decision, but Brady will be under center for the Patriots' opener on September 10. Most reports suggested Brady's team had the stronger case, and the NFL's decision not to pursue a settlement when Brady was reportedly open to one earlier this week is yet another puzzling decision from the NFL office. Brady should now be considered a top-five fantasy option and a solid DFS play in his tasty Week 1 matchup against the Steelers.
Sep 3 - 10:16 AM

CSN New England's Tom E. Curran said James White could be the "odd man out" in the Patriots' third-down running back battle.

White was drafted as the heir apparent to Shane Vereen last season, but he has struggled to make an impact in both of his NFL preseasons. Travaris Cadet shined in the offseason program, but he has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury. Brandon Bolden is the most tenured and versatile of the four competing, and Dion Lewis has been the most impressive this preseason. At least one of those four will not make the team, and there is a chance it is White.
Sep 3 - 9:23 AM

Patriots placed CB Darryl Roberts (wrist) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Roberts earned first-team reps at OTAs, but got hurt about midway through training camp and will presumably require surgery. A 4.36 speedster at 6-foot, 190, Roberts was a seventh-round selection in this past May's draft.
Sep 1 - 6:12 PM

Federal judge Richard Berman expects a ruling in the Tom Brady case by the "end of the week."

A decision was tentatively expected to come down on Tuesday, but that isn't happening. Berman could be giving the sides more time to reach a settlement, but it's reportedly unlikely. Thankfully the melodramatic food fight will be over before Week 1.
Sep 1 - 4:45 PM

Patriots placed FB James Develin (broken tibia) on injured reserve.

Develin suffered the injury in the third preseason game. He is done for the season. Develin was the only full back on the Patriots' roster.
Sep 1 - 12:22 PM

Patriots coach Bill Belichick called DT Dominique Easley an "explosive player that is very disruptive."

This is the second time in a week Belichick has talked up Easley, who had a sack and an impressive tackle for loss in the third preseason game. Finally healthy, Easley should make an impact as a pass rusher and disruptive run game force this season.
Source: WEEI
Sep 1 - 10:40 AM

Patriots acquired WR/KR Jalen Saunders from the Saints in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

With RB/KR Marcus Murphy set to make the Saints, Saunders' spot on the team was in serious question. Patriots undrafted rookie WR Chris Harper had been getting work as a returner this preseason, so this move could be bad news for his roster chances.
Sep 1 - 9:13 AM

Updating a previous item, Patriots waived/injured WR Josh Boyce.

It was initially reported that Boyce was flat-out cut. Instead, he'll pass through waivers and head to the Patriots I.R. list, where he'll either miss the entire season or later be released with an injury settlement. It'll probably be the latter.
Aug 31 - 7:15 PM

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