Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots signed TE Bear Pascoe and OG Jon Halapio.

Blocking tight end Pascoe appeared in three games for the Lions last season after spending much of his career with the Giants. Halapio was a sixth-round pick of the Patriots back in 2014. Both are roster long shots.
Jul 27 - 12:10 PM

LeGarrette Blount (hip) avoided the Patriots' active/PUP list to begin camp.

It's a great sign after Blount missed all spring practices, then ESPN Boston's Mike Reiss reported Blount's roster spot wasn't secure. If Blount is healthy and in good shape -- he is both of those things right now -- he will return as the heavy favorite to handle big-back carries in the Patriots' high-scoring offense. New England may lean on Blount more than usual during Tom Brady's four-game ban. The Pats play the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans, and Bills in that window.
Jul 25 - 6:04 PM

Patriots placed WR Danny Amendola (knee, ankle) on the active/PUP list.

After undergoing ankle and knee surgeries in the offseason, Amendola was held out of all offseason workouts, though he was seen moving around "well" at Tom Brady's charity softball event in early June. The Boston Herald has reported Amendola is questionable for Week 1. Following the additions of Chris Hogan and Malcolm Mitchell, Amendola will face an uncertain role upon his return.
Jul 25 - 6:01 PM

Patriots placed WR Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) on the active/PUP list.

He has not been medically cleared to practice, and we suspect Edelman will not practice at all until the later stages of camp. He will probably be held out of most of the preseason, if not all of it. Edelman has undergone two foot surgeries since last November. He is tentatively expected to play in Week 1.
Jul 25 - 5:58 PM

Patriots placed RB Dion Lewis (ACL) and Julian Edelman (foot surgeries) on the active/PUP list.

This doesn't hint where either player is in their respective recoveries, though it is a small surprise Lewis hasn't been cleared for training camp. Lewis did participate at June minicamp, practicing without a brace on his surgically repaired knee. We suspect he'll be activated onto the 90-man roster within a few weeks, if not sooner. Edelman's recovery is going to be more complex.
Jul 25 - 5:55 PM

Patriots signed S Vinnie Sunseri, formerly of the Saints.

A 2014 fifth-round draft pick by New Orleans, Sunseri is believed to have suffered two ACL tears since his final season at Alabama. He will compete for a roster spot in New England as a reserve safety and core special teamer.
Jul 24 - 8:55 PM

Patriots released LS Christian Yount.

It means fifth-rounder Joe Cardona will be available for the season. A Navy product, Cardona was potentially going to have to serve this year. Cardona could still be recalled to the navy at any time.
Jul 21 - 5:17 PM

According to ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss, it "isn't a given" that LeGarrette Blount makes New England's 53-man roster.

Following the draft, Reiss tabbed Blount as a "winner", but that was before he missed all of the Patriots' spring practices with a hip injury. Blount initially injured his hip last December and landed on I.R. Re-signed to a modest one-year, $1 million deal, Blount won't be handed anything. The Patriots could be in the market for running back help when rosters are cut down this summer.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 10:41 AM

CSN New England's Phil Perry reports coaches and teammates are "very confident" in Jimmy Garoppolo.

ESPN's Mike Reiss left OTAs believing teammates had embraced Garoppolo as a leader. These types of reports are nice to hear, but ultimately they do not mean much of anything. The Patriots will feel much less "confident" in Garoppolo if he lays an egg Week 1 against the Cardinals.
Jul 18 - 10:29 AM

Patriots S Nate Ebner was selected to represent USA Rugby at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.

Ebner was a standout as a junior rugby player, earning team MVP honors multiple times on the world stage. He took a leave of absence from the Patriots in May to chase his dream of competing in the Olympics. The rugby competition ends on August 11, so Ebner should rejoin the Pats by mid-August at the latest.
Source: ESPN
Jul 18 - 8:16 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss still expects Tom Brady to receive most of the first-team reps at Patriots training camp.

Brady is suspended for the first four games of 2016 but he still needs his reps. The focus will shift to Jimmy Garoppolo as Week 1 approaches but the early part of camp should look pretty similar to past years with Brady running the first-team offense. Brady can practice and compete in preseason games up until September 3. After that, he won't be allowed at the team facility for four weeks.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 12:28 PM

Julian Edelman says his surgically-repaired foot is "feeling a day better than yesterday."

"I’m feeling a second better than the last second," said Edelman Saturday. "Hopefully when that time’s up, that time’s up." It's a classic Patriots non-answer and does little to clear up Edelman's status for training camp. Edelman sat out the last seven games of the 2015 regular season after undergoing foot surgery and had another procedure this offseason.
Jul 17 - 10:32 AM

ESPN's Mike Reiss gets the "sense" the Patriots aren't close to signing contract-year LBs Jamie Collins and Dont'a Hightower to long-term extensions.

The same goes for Malcolm Butler, who can be a restricted free agent next offseason. Butler carries only a $600,000 salary, so he probably has the most incentive to strike a deal quickly. The Patriots could apply the franchise tag to either of their stud linebackers in 2017, though the $14.1 million cap hit will be tough to absorb. As it stands, the Pats have just under $10 million in cap room.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 8:34 AM

While Tom Brady has accepted his four-game suspension, the NFL Players Association is still considering taking the case to the Supreme Court.

"We will continue to review all of our options and we reserve our rights to petition for cert to the Supreme Court," said the NFLPA in a statement released on Friday. 544 days of Deflategate were enough for Brady but the NFLPA isn't ready to throw in the towel just yet. Brady will still serve his suspension but if the NFLPA takes the case to the Supreme Court and wins (an extreme long shot), the NFL would return Brady's four game checks, which amount to $253,000. By taking the ban, Brady decided he'd rather miss the Patriots' first four games than serve his suspension later in the year. We think he made the right call.
Jul 15 - 1:37 PM

Tom Brady announced he will "no longer proceed in the legal process" of appealing his four-game suspension.

It's finally over. Deflategate dragged on for about two years, with both Brady and the NFL going back and forth in court, but at least Brady is putting an end to this thing by accepting his punishment. He has vowed to never admit to any wrongdoing. Jimmy Garoppolo will start the first four games before Brady is eligible to return against the Browns. Knock Brady down a few pegs in fantasy, but he remains a top-ten quarterback in drafts and will be a top-five option once he returns in Week 5.
Jul 15 - 1:05 PM


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