As it currently stands, the availability of the Patriots' quarterbacks are all very much in question. Tom Brady is suspended for one more week. Jimmy Garoppolo is coming back from an AC joint sprain (timetable unclear). Jacoby Brissett reportedly sustained a thumb injury on his throwing hand during last week's game (though it looks like it doesn't require surgery).
This combination of factors has lead to the reasonable conclusion that the Patriots would likely be in the market for the services of a fill-in quarterback if either (or both) non-suspended QBs aren't able to play Sunday.
At least for the time being, it seems that the team is confident that either Garoppolo or Brissett is in good enough shape to take the job in Week 4. At 3-0, there probably isn't a lot of reason for the Pats to panic and make a big move. The story said Yates would be a leading candidate.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016, 6:15pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (hamstring, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. We won’t if Gronk will play Thursday night until the inactives are released. Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald thinks this is the week that Gronkowski makes his return. Since the Patriots have two wins in two weeks, and a longer layoff after the Thursday game, it’s possible that they would continue to rest Gronk with the idea of getting him fully healthy for Tom Brady’s return in Week 5. If he’s out, Martellus Bennett would draw the start, but with Jacoby Brissett likely under center, there’s no telling how much the Patriots will be willing to throw the ball.
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is still not 100 percent healthy, still feeling the effects of when he pulled up and took himself out of practice on Aug. 15. He remains limited in practice with a hamstring injury.
Gronkowski's inclusion on the team's first injury report of the season Wednesday adds context to what he's been facing health-wise. Gronkowski took himself out of a joint practice with the Chicago Bears on Aug. 15 after attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Tom Brady along the sideline. He returned to practice Aug. 24, but didn't play in either of the final two preseason games, which wasn't a major surprise considering Gronkowski hasn't played in the preseason since 2012.
The implication is that Gronk may not play in Week 1, but if he's limited in practice on Wednesday, it's an indicator that he'll be out there on Sunday night. The Patriots play in Arizona, and players who are not going to play typically do not travel, so we should know more on Saturday.
Those absences continued a run of unexpected absences for Brady this summer that also include missing the first preseason game to attend a memorial service and missing the second game after he reportedly cut his thumb with scissors while working on his cleats. Coach Bill Belichick declined to elaborate on the reason for this absence and he shouldn’t have to answer any other questions about it on Tuesday.
Mike Reiss of ESPN.com reports that Brady is back with the team for one of their last practices before Thursday’s game against the Panthers.
Belichick said Monday that he doesn’t view that game as a dress rehearsal for the start of the regular season, so we’ll see how they handle things in terms of getting Brady playing time or if Jimmy Garoppolo continues to do all of the work with the starters ahead of his four-game stint as the team’s starter in the regular season, the story said.
Gronkowski appeared to suffer an injury during 7-on-7 drills where he pulled up on Tom Brady’s pass in Gronk’s direction. The Patriots tight end walked over to a trainer, who eventually escorted Gronkowski off the field. Gronk walked off under his own power, but was moving slowly as he exited to the rear of the field.
Information about the injury is scarce at the moment, but given Gronk's injury history, it seems worthwhile to pass along the report from Boston.com. We don't recommend Gronkowski in the 1st or 2nd round this season due to the good depth at his position.
Capping off a hurry-up, 11-on-11 drill, Edelman ran a post corner route to the back right of the end zone and made an over-the-shoulder, diving catch on a perfect delivery from quarterback Tom Brady. The fiery Edelman got to his feet and then spiked the football with Gronk-like authority before getting a congratulatory head-butt from Brady.
Then, to the surprise of few, Edelman let the defense know about it, first turning to cornerback Justin Coleman, who had been in tight coverage, and then firing up more trash talk to defenders along the sideline. He also appeared to be jawing at defensive coaches.
"You definitely know he's out there because he's talking," joked safety Duron Harmon. "It's good to see him back. He's a great teammate, a great player, and he's a pleasure to work with."
Good news for Edelman owners. Edelman is once again poised to be a top-PPR WR this year. Unfortunately, with Tom Brady suspended for four games, it's going to lower his preseason ranking. If you can get Edelman on the cheap, he should get a boost starting in Week 5 when Brady returns.
The Patriots are managing his availability (likely with his knee in mind), as he's been held out of two practices, but he seems to pick up right where he left off upon returning to the field.
The writer feels Mitchell looks like the 'X' receiver with the highest upside traits-wise -- he's fast, runs good routes and has made an early impression in terms of grasping some of the complex concepts in the team's scheme. Past X receivers have been Aaron Dobson and most recently Brandon LaFell, so there is certainly some fantasy relevance should Mitchell win this job.
Nick Foles was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2012, when they were coached by current Chiefs coach Andy Reid. He has had a big NFL season -- just one, but it was impressive -- that was statistically better than any ever produced by Chiefs starter Alex Smith. Foles is only 27, or five years younger than Smith, leaving him plenty of time to resurrect his career.
Add it all up and it’s easy to come to the conclusion the Chiefs are looking at this as more than a nothing-to-lose gamble that Foles can become the player he was for the Eagles in 2013, when he threw 27 touchdown passes in 10 starts and led the NFL with a passer rating of 119.2, which is a better number than Tom Brady has ever put up.
Monday, August 1, 2016, 10:05am
"He's definitely going to work," Faulk said in a segment airing on NESN. "There's no doubt in my mind. He's probably going to do the same regimen he's been doing for the last how many years he's been playing football, stay in that routine, and yes, I'm almost positive Wes Welker is going to be here. He probably will reach out to Randy (Moss), and Randy will come because Randy's in still good shape. Real good shape."
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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