The author didn't really say his opinion on who could emerge in that spot, but did say Carter and Harper can be placed on the practice squad while Dobson and Martin cannot. The author did say Carter is in the Edelman/Amendola mold which could provide some insurance since both are currently hurt.
Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot, out) missed practice Friday after taking limited reps Thursday and is out for Week 17. With Danny Amendola very iffy, it looks like Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin will lead the New England receiving corps again this week.
With the Patriots receiving corps ailing, one backup has stepped up and seized the opportunity in front of him.
Brady targeted Martin 11 times (seven catches, 68 yards). He threw to LaFell once.
Martin's name started to emerge soon after Edelman went down. Martin was battling his own injuries so it took a little longer, but Martin seems to be a key part of the offense and earning Brady's trust with all the injuries to the position in New England.
Saturday, December 26, 2015, 3:02pm
It's never easy for a wide receiver to jump in midseason, or late season, and pick up the New England Patriots' offense.
Apparently, the Leonard Hankerson addition didn't go as the team had hoped.
Hankerson, claimed off waivers from Atlanta on Dec. 16, lasted only 10 days in the New England, according to ProFootballTalk.
Both Amendola and LaFell are questionable Sunday due to injuries sustained in Week 15 versus the Titans. Amendola injured his left knee, the one that kept him out of the Week 12 game versus Denver. And LaFell appeared to injure his left foot, the one that kept him on the PUP list until Week 7.
Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6:31pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) missed practice again Thursday. He remains out for another month or so. Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin are trying to hold down the fort until he can return.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 6:33pm
Friday, December 4, 2015, 6:28pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 13. He’s not going to play for a while. Danny Amendola, Brandon LaFell and Keshawn Martin will have to pick up the slack.
Thursday, December 3, 2015, 5:56pm
Friday, November 27, 2015, 6:20pm
Patriots WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 12. He was limited all last week as well before being ruled out on game day. There is definitely opportunity in the New England receiving corps with Julian Edelman out and Danny Amendola potentially sidelined.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Amendola is not expected to miss much time, but he’s iffy for Week 12 against Denver. If he’s out, Keshawn Martin and/or Chris Harper will pick up his snaps.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 6:15pm
Patriots WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Martin has been limited for some time now. With Danny Amendola potentially on the shelf, there is plenty of playing time available in the New England receiving corps.
Keyshawn Martin was questionable coming into this contest but recently popped up on the fantasy radar when stories broke he had a chance to take on the Julian Edelman role. However, that will at least have to wait a week. Aaron Dobson became questionable today, but is active tonight and should play behind Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell.
Monday, November 23, 2015, 1:12pm
Dobson is listed as questionable. No word as to how or when the injury surfaced, but it could further deplete New England’s receiving corps if he’s unable to play. Dobson is the team’s fourth wideout behind Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin, though Martin is also questionable with a hamstring injury.
Bills vs. Patriots
G Richie Incognito (shoulder)
T Cyrus Kouandjio (knee)
CB Justin Coleman (hand), LB Jamie Collins (illness), WR Julian Edelman (foot)
T Marcus Cannon (toe), G Tre' Jackson (knee), WR Keshawn Martin (hamstring), T Sebastian Vollmer (concussion)
DT Alan Branch (elbow), DE Chandler Jones (abdomen), G Shaquille Mason (knee), DE Jabaal Sheard (ankle)
Keshawn Martin popped up on the fantasy radar this week as a possible replacement for Julian Edelman. But Martin is dealing with a hamstring issue and that makes him even more risky for lineups this week. Best to take a wait-and-see approach with Martin. Danny Amendola looks like a safer play right now until we see how this unfolds. As for the Bills, in terms of fantasy offensive players, they enter this contest healthy.
Friday, November 20, 2015, 6:29pm
Patriots WR Julian Edelman (foot) missed practice again Friday. He’s going to be out for a while. Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola and Keshawn Martin are the primary beneficiaries with Edelman out. Tom Brady mentioned Martin first when asked how the team would replace Edelman’s production.
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