Reggie Wayne Fantasy News

Tuesday, September 15, 2015, 8:22pm

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

The New England Patriots announced Tuesday that they have waived wide receiver Chris Harper, which could mean Kenbrell Thompkins, currently on the practice squad, will soon be promoted.

Harper, undrafted out of Cal, had a productive preseason for the Pats. He caught a few breaks along the path to a spot on the 53-man roster, too. Brandon Gibson, who looked like a good bet to make the team, suffered a torn ACL in the Pats' second preseason game, and the Reggie Wayne signing didn't work out.

The Pats brought Thompkins, a favorite target of Brady's, back into the fold this past week. He spoke Monday about what it's like to be back "home" in New England. The Pats also reportedly worked out ex-quarterback-turned-receiver Terrelle Pryor Tuesday.

Pats Beat: Breaking down RB usage Week 1 and beyond

Sunday, September 6, 2015, 11:16am

MassLive.com - [Full Article]

Brandon Bolden has previously filled the role of starting running back, but never consistently. He has registered only three career games of 10+ carries.

This past year, Bolden never carried more than five times in a game; in Week 16 against the Jets, when LeGarrette Blount was injured, Bolden carried five times, Jonas Gray carried six times and Shane Vereen carried six times.

We could see a similar distribution between Bolden, James White and Dion Lewis Thursday (although the overall number of attempts might be slightly higher, because the Jets dominated time of possession in that Week 16 game).

Pittsburgh ranked 6th in rush defense and 27th in pass defense a year ago, so the Pats -- also thin at wide receiver with Brandon LaFell on PUP and Reggie Wayne cut -- could feature lots of Rob Gronkowski and Scott Chandler. If Travaris Cadet is available, he could figure into the passing game, too. This may not be a 25-carry game on the ground.

The position that must sort it self out is the pass-catching, change-of-pace back. Whoever it is should have a fairly significant role in the offense. Right now, the first choice has to be Lewis, who displayed terrific change-of-direction and underrated power when given the opportunity in the preseason. Lewis can pass protect and has enough punch to run between the tackles.

Fantasy Impact:

The good news is once Blount returns Week 2, if healthy, the story said he should lead the team in attempts, yards and TDs for the season. In terms of pass catching, White has proved slippery in the open field, as well as Lewis. And Cadet hasn't proven anything as a member of the Patriots, which should be an indication of how much the team likes him. They kept him around despite not seeing him at all in the preseason due to a hamstring injury, the story went on to say. After what should be a committee approach Week 1, signs continue to point to Blount as the main back, but there remains three pass-catching options which could cause headaches for fantasy owners.

Saturday, September 5, 2015, 5:07pm

CBS Sports - [Full Article]

If Reggie Wayne's going to continue his NFL career, it won't be in New England. Wayne was cut by the Patriots on Saturday after only 12 days with the team.

There is an odd side to this story though, according to ESPN.com, Wayne actually asked the Patriots to release him.

The former Colts signed with the Patriots on Aug. 24 and suited up four days later for the New England's Week 3 preseason game against the Panthers.

Although Wayne caught zero passes in that game, he did see more playing time in the Patriots final preseason game against the Giants.

In the 12-9 loss to New York, Wayne caught two passes for 24 yards.

Monday, August 31, 2015, 12:53pm

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Brandon LaFell, who played more snaps than any New England Patriots wide receiver in 2014, remains out of practice and thus puts his availability for the season-opening game Sept. 10 against the Steelers in jeopardy.

LaFell, who was spotted with a boot on his left foot in the offseason, opened training camp on the physically unable to perform list. If he remains on the PUP list at the final roster cutdown Sept. 5, he wouldn't be eligible to play for the first six weeks of the season.

LaFell's status, coupled with a run of injuries at the position, contributed to the team signing veteran Reggie Wayne to a one-year contract last Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 8:25am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Patriots aren’t making any promises when it comes to wide receiver Reggie Wayne’s role on the team or even that he’ll have a role on the team come the regular season, but the list of players standing between him and a roster spot got shorter on the day he agreed to join the team.

Brandon Gibson was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury and Brian Tyms will join him as long as a team doesn’t pluck him off waivers. The Patriots waived Tyms with the injury designation on Monday because of a foot injury suffered during last week’s practices with the Saints.

Tyms made the team off a strong preseason last year and played 11 regular season games and one playoff game after serving a four-game PED suspension to start the year. He caught five passes for 82 yards and a touchdown and also played on special teams.

Fantasy Impact:

Tyms and Gibson were both vying for spots on the Patriots receiver depth chart behind Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola. That’s what Wayne will be doing in New England as well with Aaron Dobson, Josh Boyce and Chris Harper now looking like his chief competition, the story said. However Dobson is another WR with injury issues right now.

Report: Patriots sign Reggie Wayne

Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:33pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Patriots have signed wide receiver Reggie Wayne to a one-year contract.

Wayne, who had triceps and knee surgery this offseason, took a physical with the Patriots over the weekend. It would appear he proved healthy enough for the Patriots to see if there’s still enough left in the tank for Wayne to help their offense during the 2015 season.

Fantasy Impact:

It’s an interesting signing by the Patriots, who seemingly have plenty of depth at receiver. Wayne joins Julian Edelman, Brandon LaFell, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson and Brandon Gibson. He’s likely going to compete with Amendola, Dobson and Gibson for WR3 snaps, though the signing may have something to do with LaFell’s mysterious foot injury. We’re not expecting much out of Wayne assuming Edelman and LaFell are (and remain) healthy, but he could work his way into fantasy relevancy in PPR formats if there is an injury or two ahead of him.

Source: Reggie Wayne to take physical with Patriots

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 2:21pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Former Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne is visiting with the New England Patriots and will take a physical Sunday with the reigning Super Bowl champions, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Wayne, who parted ways with the Colts earlier this year after spending 14 seasons with Indianapolis, arrived in New England on Saturday night, sources told Schefter.

The Patriots are currently dealing with injuries to several members of their receiving corps:

• Top receiver Julian Edelman has been out since Aug. 2 with what is believed to be a leg/ankle injury.

• No. 2 receiver Brandon LaFell, who was spotted in the offseason with a boot on his left foot, has been on the physically unable to perform list since camp opened.

Brian Tyms, a candidate for a spot as the fourth or fifth receiver, sustained a foot injury Wednesday that could threaten his season.

Aaron Dobson, a 2013 second-round pick, has reportedly been slowed by a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact:

It would be an interesting add to the Pats WR group which has been banged up most of camp as the story said. We haven't really got a good grasp of the injuries because the Pats are pretty hush, but this could be an indication they are worried about one or two of their current wideouts. Wayne seems like a WR who could end up having a good connection with Tom Brady, when he returns from suspension.

Reggie Wayne plans to play in 2015

Friday, July 17, 2015, 2:30pm

Indy Sports Central - [Full Article]

WR Reggie Wayne made it clear he has no intention of retiring following a decorated 14-year career with the Indianapolis Colts. He’s the NFL’s active leader with 1,070 receptions and 14,345 yards – each is No. 2 in club history behind Marvin Harrison – but is coming off an injury-plagued 2014 that limited him to 64 catches and 779 yards.

And let’s not forget, Wayne turns 37 in November.

An ideal scenario, he said, is to play one more season then retire. Wayne said teams – he wouldn’t elaborate – have expressed an interest.

Fantasy Impact:

Wayne finished as a fantasy WR5 as he battled numerous injuries during the 2014 campaign. If he lands in a possession role in a good passing offense he could be a factor in PPR leagues this season.

Former coach calls Titans WR Dorial Green-Beckham a 'nightmare matchup'

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 11:30am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Dorial Green-Beckham spent weeks sidelined by a hamstring injury. That aside, his former college coach believes the Titans have landed the equivalent of a "nightmare matchup for any cornerback at any level."

"I was with the Colts with Jim Mora when he had Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne, I was with the Raiders when they had Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, Jerry Porter and some other guys on the Super Bowl team," University of Texas receivers coach Jay Norvell told the Tennessean.

Norvell spent last season coaching the red-shirted Green-Beckham in practice at Oklahoma, saying: "When you go through the history of the draft and look at the guys with size and speed and all that, he is just unique. Calvin Johnson is probably one of the closest comparisons physically because of his size."

Armed with 4.49 speed and a 6-foot-5, 237-pound frame, Green-Beckham drew pre-draft comparisons from NFL Media's Charles Davis to Falcons star Julio Jones and former NFL wideout Plaxico Burress.

"He's not a finished product, but most players aren't," Norvell said. "So he's going to have to learn the pro game and that's a completely different game from college. But he's got some natural gifts that will help him in that game, and in some ways, the NFL is probably a better game for him than college football, just because of the bump rules and (less) contact and all of that. So there are some advantages he has. ... That's why they picked him."

Fantasy Impact:

If Green-Beckham picks up things quickly and proves he’s not as raw as his detractors say — one offensive coordinator said he was “completely lost” at the whiteboard in a pre-draft interview — he could certainly start early in the season opposite Kendall Wright, since it seems that Justin Hunter is on the outs with the current coaching staff. If he sees starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant as a rookie, though he'll have to prove he's ready for the mental side of the game. Long-term, he has a chance to flourish if both he and Marcus Mariota are the real deal.

Colts WR Andre Johnson 'reinvigorated' by playing with a contender

Friday, May 29, 2015, 1:14pm

Indy Star - [Full Article]

Colts WR Andre Johnson's late-career change of address has reinvigorated his passion for the game. His mom hears it in his voice. His uncle sees it in his body language. HC Chuck Pagano senses it on the practice field.

For Andre Johnson, football is fun again.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.

Andre Johnson says playing for Colts is 'like a breath of fresh air'

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:20pm

PFT - [Full Article]

“Being in one place for a long time, the past two years have been pretty frustrating,” Colts WR Andre Johnson said, via ESPN.com. “Just being here is like a breath of fresh air for me.”

Part of that breath of fresh air has to include playing with Andrew Luck after cycling through several quarterbacks while with the Texans. Matt Schaub was the most accomplished player of that group and Johnson showed them all some kindness by putting a unnecessary qualifier on his assessment of Luck’s skills.

“He throws a great ball,” Johnson said. “Probably the best quarterback I’ve ever played with. I’m excited about the opportunity.”

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.

Colts WR Donte Moncrief poised to break out, but playing time is uncertain

Friday, April 3, 2015, 11:15am

Colts.com - [Full Article]

There’s been a lot of wide receiver news this offseason, but all the while, Colts WR Donte Moncrief appears poised for an even bigger second season in the NFL.

“This guy can make plays. He’s big. He’s fast. He can stretch the defense, all those types of things,” said Pagano. “It’s a learning process, and he’s going to be better in year two than he was in year one. He’s going to have more opportunities.”

The question is to what extent will Moncrief’s production increase. There are a lot of options in the passing game for Andrew Luck, not even factoring in tight ends Dwayne Allen and Coby Fleener.

Overall, Moncrief played more than 50% of the snaps in just six games (week 8 at Pittsburgh when Reggie Wayne was out & the last five weeks of the season). In those six games, Moncrief accumulated 18 receptions, 301 yards, and all 3 of his TDs.

That’s more than 56% of his catches for the year, about 68% of his yards, and 100% of his touchdowns for the season...in just six games, the only games where Moncrief played a majority of the snaps. The picture is getting clearer as to why the 6’2”, 221 pound burner is expected to get more opportunities in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

In those six games, Moncrief averaged 3.0 catches for 50 yards and 0.50 touchdowns, but that split includes both huge games (3-134-2 vs. Washington, 7-113-1 vs. Pittsburgh) and disappearing acts (a goose egg vs. Houston, 2-5 vs. Dallas, 3-16 vs. Tennessee), so his production was all over the place. Moncrief's ADP took a two-round hit (6th to 8th) once the Colts signed Andre Johnson, and the signing certainly takes some of the wind out of Moncrief's sails. But both Reggie Wayne (859 snaps) and Hakeem Nicks (576 snaps) are gone, so there may be room for both Johnson and Moncrief to play starter's snaps. The question is how often the Colts go to two-TE sets since Dwayne Allen should be healthy after missing six games last season. When either Allen or Wayne were out, Nicks played 59% of the snaps. When both were in the lineup, Nicks played just 45% of the snaps. Moncrief is still going to be a breakout candidate, but his playing time is up in the air.

Colts will use WR Andre Johnson as a 'big, possession-type guy'

Wednesday, April 1, 2015, 3:08pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

If Andre Johnson has lost a step -- as Texans owner Bob McNair intimated last week -- the wide receiver's new coach hasn't seen it on game film.

"You don't see a huge drop-off numbers-wise," coach Chuck Pagano said, via ESPN.com's Mike Wells. "Maybe in touchdowns. But you still see a guy who is more than capable of stretching the defense. Certainly somebody who an opponent can't just line up and say, 'Don't worry about Andre Johnson.'"

If defenses still opt to send extra coverage toward T.Y. Hilton, Pagano expects Johnson to take advantage as a "big, possession type guy" on the underneath routes that an injury-ravaged Reggie Wayne couldn't convert in the second half of last season.

"He's a big body guy that can still separate, create separation," Pagano continued. "He's got a big catch radius. But again, the contested catches that you see on tape. It's very difficult to match up."

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable.

Colts sign WR Andre Johnson to a three-year deal

Wednesday, March 11, 2015, 4:32pm

Jason La Canfora, Twitter - [Full Article]

Andre Johnson's three-year deal with the Colts is worth $21 million. Gets to face the Texans twice a year.

Fantasy Impact:

Johnson will likely start opposite T.Y. Hilton. It’s a big upgrade from a quality-of-quarterback standpoint, as he has never played with one as good as Andrew Luck. His targets are likely to take a hit, however. He averaged 9.7 T/G in 2014, while Hilton and Reggie Wayne led the Colts with 8.7 and 7.7 T/G, respectively. So this looks like a case of the targets dropping but the quality of those targets increasing. After finishing in the top 10 (in PPR) in five of his previous six seasons, Johnson finished #28 in 2014. He’s turning 34 this offseason, so it may be foolhardy to expect a huge bounceback season, but low-end WR2 numbers in PPR formats seem reasonable. His arrival puts a big dent in Donte Moncrief's prospects.

Colts WR Reggie Wayne mulls retirement after triceps surgery

Friday, February 27, 2015, 5:27pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Colts WR Reggie Wayne had triceps surgery and is now rehabbing as he mulls whether to play in 2015.

Fantasy Impact:

After 10 straight top 25 finishes in PPR formats, Wayne finished #72 and #50 in the last two seasons, respectively. He missed half of the season due to an ACL tear in 2013 and played 15 games (but wasn't himself) last season. If he retires, Donte Moncrief figures to be the biggest beneficiary.

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