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Tom Brady is 3-of-20 on passes of that travel 15 yards or more this season.

Brady was 2-of-18 looking down the field in Week 1 and then barely even attempted to push the ball to the intermediate range in Week 2. It reminds of last season, when the 37-year-old struggled with both accuracy and zip on longer passes. If Brady can't shred the Raiders at home in Week 3, we'll have some real concerns.
Sep 16 - 9:32 AM

Rob Gronkowski didn't play every snap until his fifth game back last season.

Gronkowski played on just 28-of-67 snaps Sunday as the Patriots coasted to a 30-7 win at Minnesota. This comes on the heels of a 38-of-86 Week 1 snap count. It's a reminder that he's still rounding into form just like last season, although it's worth noting that a knee reconstruction is far different than the elbow issue he battled in 2013. Regardless, Gronk will be an excellent bet to score a touchdown in a home game against the Raiders Week 3.
Source: ESPN Boston
Sep 15 - 7:56 AM

Amendola had zero catches on one target in the Patriots' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

Amendola was rarely on the field Sunday, and The Boston Globe's Ben Volin said, "Just don't think Amendola has [Tom] Brady's trust, at all." With Aaron Dobson healthy, Amendola may find targets hard to come by. He is a drop in all but the deepest of leagues.
Sep 14 - 4:35 PM

Aaron Dobson caught one pass for 13 yards in his season debut against the Vikings Week 2.

Dobson was targeted twice, and drew a pass interference call in the second quarter. With Tom Brady only throwing 22 times, there were not enough passes to go around. Despite the meager stat line, Dobson started the game and was clearly the No. 2 wide receiver on the depth chart. He is not in the starting conversation yet, but Dobson has a ton of upside as the starting "X" receiver in New England. He needs to be owned in most 12-team leagues.
Sep 14 - 4:29 PM

Rob Gronkowski had four catches for 32 yards against the Vikings Week 2.

Gronkowski was limited to only 27 snaps as the Patriots simply did not need him. He was more involved in the second half, suggesting he could have played a much bigger role if needed. Gronk will be a locked-in TE1 when the Patriots play the Raiders in their home opener next week.
Sep 14 - 4:25 PM

Julian Edelman caught six-of-seven targets for 81 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings Week 2.

Edelman's seven targets paced the Patriots, and his 81 yards made up 54 percent of Tom Brady's total output. Edelman has established himself as the top receiver in New England, and looks to be well on his way to another big season. He is a WR2 in PPR formats.
Sep 14 - 4:18 PM

Shane Vereen rushed six times for 40 yards against the Vikings Week 2.

Vereen was a non-factor most of the game as the Patriots decided to ride Stevan Ridley for 25 carries in the blowout. Vereen will have better days, but this game is a good reminder that everyone on the Patriots' offense not named Julian Edelman or Rob Gronkowski is game-plan dependent.
Sep 14 - 4:14 PM

Stevan Ridley rushed 25 times for 101 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings Week 2.

Ridley dominated the Patriots running back touches, seeing more carries than every other Patriot combined. It was a surprising performance after Ridley only played 26 percent of the Patriots' offensive snaps in Week 1, and yet another reminder that New England running backs are hard to project week-to-week. Ridley will be a touchdown-dependent RB3/FLEX against the Raiders next week.
Sep 14 - 4:09 PM

Tom Brady completed 15-of-22 passes for 149 yards a touchdown in the Patriots' Week 2 win over the Vikings.

The Patriots' defense picked off Matt Cassel four times, and returned a blocked field goal for a touchdown. That performance left Brady with not much to do, and he operated in more of a game-manager role all game long. Brady has 398 yards and two touchdowns through two games this season. He is a low-end QB1.
Sep 14 - 4:02 PM

Aaron Dobson is active for the Patriots' Week 2 matchup with the Vikings.

With Kenbrell Thompkins inactive, Dobson gets a chance to cement himself as the starting "X" receiver in New England. He has the most upside of any of the Patriots' outside receivers, but should be left on fantasy benches until his role in the offense becomes clearer.
Sep 14 - 12:01 PM

James White is inactive for Week 2 against the Vikings.

White is a healthy scratch for the second straight week. White is now clearly behind Brandon Bolden in the Patriots' backfield.
Sep 14 - 11:55 AM

Patriots declared WR Kenbrell Thompkins, CB Alfonzo Dennard, DE Zach Moore, RB James White, LB Jamie Collins, C Ryan Wendell and DE Michael Buchanan inactive for Week 2 against the Vikings.

Thompkins had a horribly inefficient Week 1, and was replaced on the active roster by Aaron Dobson. White is a healthy scratch for the second straight week, and is now clearly behind Brandon Bolden on the Patriots' depth chart. Dennard was never listed on the injury report, but is reportedly dealing with a left-shoulder injury. Wendell (knee) and Buchanan (ankle) were both game-time decisions.
Sep 14 - 11:52 AM

Patriots rookie DT Dominique Easley is expected to see an expanded role in Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Easley played just 27 snaps in his debut. With Jamie Collins (thigh) ruled out, Chandler Jones could move to outside linebacker, with Easley taking over at right end. The Patriots are hoping Easley can improve their defensive line after allowing 360 total yards to Miami in Week 1.
Source: NESN.com
Sep 13 - 9:08 PM

Patriots WLB Jamie Collins (thigh) has been downgraded to out for Week 2.

Collins was injured during Friday's practice and won't play this week. The Patriots will likely go with a rotation on the weak-side to replace him.
Sep 13 - 9:05 PM

The Boston Globe's Erik Frenz believes Aaron Dobson will be a part of the Patriots' offense "sooner than later."

Dobson was a healthy scratch Week 1 after missing most of the offseason program with a foot injury. After Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell combined to catch 5 of 16 targets against the Dolphins, it would be a surprise if Dobson was once again inactive Week 2. Dobson has the most upside of all the Patriots "X" receivers, and is still worth a stash in deeper leagues.
Sep 13 - 11:15 AM


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