Patriot TEs Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett spent notable time together during practice Thursday, at one point breaking away to the second field with Tom Brady to work close to the goal line. The pairing brought a smile to Gronkowski's face.
"He’s great, a great guy to work with. He’s football smart. He came in and has picked up the playbook very well, which is super, super beneficial here in our offense. So that’s super good to see," he said.
"It’s another guy who is super talented and just wants me to push harder too. Seeing his athleticism and how he gets off the ball, I can bring it in my game, use some of his routes. He can use some of mine, so it’s great to work off each other.”
This is similar to what the Patriots did last year with Gronkowski and Scott Chandler, but the results weren't what the team was hoping for, in part because Chandler battled a nagging knee injury. So they're trying it again this year, with Bennett representing an upgrade in talent alongside Gronkowski, the story said. Bennett is just 19th on our list but it’s feasible that both Gronkowski and Bennett could deliver TE1 numbers. It should be noted that the Patriots did not have a productive pass-catching running back that year with Aaron Hernandez, and Dion Lewis will see his share of targets out of the backfield. Bennett would have top-5 potential if anything were to happen to Gronk.
Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady end his legal battle with National Football League to get a new hearing on his "Deflategate" suspension, he wrote on his Facebook page on Friday.
"It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process," Brady wrote, thanking his supporters. "I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."
If Brady's ADP drops into the 8th-10th round, savvy drafters can use the Angry Tom Strategy again and draft Brady along with a late-round quarterback to "get by" for the first four weeks. Last year, we were targeting Carson Palmer, but it turned out to be a non-issue since Brady was able to play in the first month of the season. This year it looks like Tyrod Taylor is the best value in the 12th-14th rounds. Jimmy Garoppolo would be a solid option as well. Our projections have assumed he'd miss four games for months, so they will remain relatively unchanged. We're not too worried about Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis, since Garoppolo has a tendency to check down to the shorter pass. Rob Gronkowski should be fine as well, since he can make so many plays after the catch.
The second circuit court of appeals has denied Tom Brady's request for a rehearing. His recourse now: Appeal to the supreme court.
Given his ADP, the fantasy community has mostly ignored Brady's suspension, probably assuming that he would get it overturned again and play in the first month of the season. But for that to happen, he'll have to come to some settlement with the league (unlikely) or appeal the Supreme Court, who may or may not elect to hear his case. There isn't much time for that process to play out, though the court could stay his suspension if they elect to hear his case. For now, it does look like Brady will miss the first four games of the season. If his ADP drops in to the 9th or 10th round, he'll once again be a candidate for the Angry Tom Strategy, which worked beyond expectations last year. Jimmy Garoppolo will be under center for the first quarter of the season, and Brady's absence will have a negative impact on all of the Patriots' skill position players. Our rankings have assumed that Brady would miss four games since news of the reinstatement of his suspension broke.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman missed minicamp and every OTA open to the media. He was in a bulky walking boot for Tom Brady's annual Best Buddies flag football game on June 3. He did not play in the game.
According to one photo from Patriots.com, though, it appears Edelman did not wear the boot to the MGH event Wednesday.
This would be a sign of progress for Edelman, who, according to a May 12 report from ESPN's Mike Reiss and Adam Schefter, was "on track" to return for training camp.
The Jones fracture suffered by Edelman can be a tricky injury. Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, who also underwent a second surgery following his Jones fracture, needed five months to gain clearance for running and cutting. As CSNNE's Tom Curran pointed out, Edelman wouldn't be back until November if he followed the same timeline.
In 28 games over the past two seasons (including the playoffs), Edelman has averaged 7.0 catches for 75 yards and 0.43 TD on 10.3 targets per game. That works out to low-end WR1 numbers in PPR formats, so as long as he's healthy, he should provide good value in the 3rd round of fantasy drafts.
Watching the Patriots offense during the first few open practices, Chris Hogan has been one of the central figures. He’s catching everything being delivered his way by either Tom Brady or Jimmy Garoppolo, and he’s constantly getting open.
That 7-Eleven nickname is on the money. He does always seem to be open.
What Bill Belichick got was a perfect fit for his offense. Hogan works very well in the Patriots horizontal style of play. At 27, he’s a few years younger than the 30-year-old Edelman and Amendola, and with the duo sitting out organized team activities and minicamp, Hogan has been running those similar routes, the quick hitters that are staples to Brady and the offense. There’s little doubt, at 6-foot-1, 220 pounds, Hogan could move into Brandon LaFell’s old “X” receiver role as well.
Hogan has more size (6'1") than it seems, but his skill set isn't much different from that of Julian Edelman or Danny Amendola. It sounds as if he'll take over the outside role in the offense, which means he could potentially have a 2014 Brandon LaFell-type season. LaFell was the #22 receiver in standard formats two seasons ago. He'll need to see more snaps than Amendola if he's going to be fantasy relevant in 2016.
A federal appeals court has ruled that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady must serve a four-game Deflategate suspension imposed by the NFL, overturning a lower judge and siding with the league in a battle with the NFL Players Association.
"We hold that the Commissioner properly exercised his broad discretion under the collective bargaining agreement and that his procedural rulings were properly grounded in that agreement and did not deprive Brady of fundamental fairness," the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday in a 2-1 decision in New York.
The NFLPA and Brady can petition for a re-hearing in front of the same panel then the entire 2nd Circuit Court or take their appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. They would have to request a stay of Brady's suspension during the appeal.
The NFL has the option to implement the full suspension or attempt to reach a settlement and avoid further appeals.
The Angry Tom Strategy lives! Barring a successful appeal (unlikely), Brady will have to serve the four-game suspension in 2016. His ADP is currently in the 8th round, but is likely to take a hit as early drafters learn the news. Savvy owners can scoop up Brady in the 10th or 11th round, draft a backup in the later rounds (Tyrod Taylor?) and then enjoy Brady's production from Week 5 on.
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Bob Quinn worked for the Patriots before being hired in Detroit, so he was on hand when the Patriots used relatively early picks on Kevin O’Connell, Ryan Mallett and Jimmy Garoppolo to back up Tom Brady. He was also hired in 2000, which was the same year that the Patriots drafted Brady in the sixth round and a year before Brady took over for an injured Drew Bledsoe in a franchise-shifting move.
Quinn suggested the same might be in store for the Lions in this year’s draft.
“I think it’s really good football business to acquire a young quarterback every year or every other year,” Quinn said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “There’s such a value in the position and nowadays in college football there’s a lot of spread offenses, which means it’s a lot different than pro football. So it takes these young quarterbacks time to develop. So if you can add a young quarterback every year or every other year to your roster, it’s good football business in my mind. So you have time to develop them, either on the practice squad or as a backup, before eventually them having to play in a game.”
The story mentioned the Lions would look in the mid-to-late rounds for a possible QB selection.
Tom Brady’s new contract would save him a lot of money — almost $2 million — if he ends up being suspended for Deflategate.
A three-judge panel is currently weighing whether to overturn a judge’s decision last August that reversed the NFL’s decision to suspend the Patriots quarterback for four games. If they agree with the NFL, which appealed Judge Richard M. Berman’s ruling, Brady would face being sidelined for the first four games of the 2016 season.
Honestly, we thought Deflategate was behind us, but it's like a bad penny that continues to turn up. It sounds as if there's a real possibility that the three-judge panel will overturn the judge's decision, which would mean that Brady would have to serve his original four-game ban. If that's the case, his draft stock will take a hit, and there's an opportunity to use the Angry Tom strategy again in 2016.
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Tom Brady is down but not out in New England.
Armed with the AFC's second-overall playoff seed, New England won't play until Saturday, Jan. 16, giving Brady another 12 days to rest the ankle, which he hurt on a crushing hit from defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.
"I'm pretty sore," Brady said after the game, per ESPN.com, "but it will be all right."
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