Patriots Fantasy News
Aaron Dobson has foot surgery, out 2-3 months
Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 1:06am
Aaron Dobson had surgery today to repair the stress fracture in his foot, per source. Early recovery timetable estimated at 2-3 months.
Dobson is an intriguing player given the opportunity available in the Patriots' offense, but it's never a good thing for a young receiver to miss out on OTAs and other offseason development.
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Aaron Dobson may need foot surgery
Monday, March 3, 2014, 11:04am
The stress fracture in Aaron Dobson’s left foot has stunted his progress in the first full offseason of his NFL career, as the Patriots wide receiver awaits a more definitive diagnosis that will come down within the next two weeks.
To this point, Dobson has been prescribed a heavy dose of rest that eliminated running from his offseason regimen at home in West Virginia, according to a team source. But Dobson returned to the Foxboro area within the past few days and will continue his workouts at Gillette Stadium before the medical staff determines if his foot has healed. He has been able to strengthen his upper body in the meantime.
In the next 10-14 days, Dobson will find out if the rest worked as a recovery method or if he’ll need surgery to repair the foot, according to the source. It’s unclear how long the recovery period would be, but it sounds unlikely he’d be cleared in time for the April 21 launch of the Patriots’ offseason program if he needs the procedure.
If healthy, Dobson would be a breakout candidate in his second season. He saw 10 targets in three of his first five games and has one of the best QBs in the league throwing him the ball. However, the injury is worrisome, especially since the Patriots are so tight-lipped about injuries.
Pats open to trading Danny Amendola
Saturday, March 1, 2014, 12:34pm
NFL teams say the name of Danny Amendola has been floated in trade talks. The Patriots signed the wide receiver to a five-year, $28.5 million contract last offseason, but Amendola struggled to stay healthy and did not have the kind of impact the team envisioned him having. Amendola caught 54 passes for 633 yards with Tom Brady throwing to him. He had two better seasons when he played in St. Louis with Sam Bradford throwing to him. There has been speculation the Patriots could cut Amendola if a deal cannot be worked out.
'Mutual interest' between Patriots, Blount
Thursday, February 27, 2014, 1:31pm
ESPN Boston discusses Patriots free agent LeGarrette Blount: Mutual interest in his return. A player who seemingly has more value to the Patriots than most others, which makes us think it's a greater likelihood he's back.
It would be best for Stevan Ridley's value if Blount were to move on, but the team would like to re-sign him after he outperformed Ridley in 2013. Blount was the #19 RB over the final eight games and had an incredible 166-yard, 4-TD effort against the Colts in the Divisional Round of the playoffs.
Dolphins wish Lamar Miller ran with more physicality
Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:34am
“They’re a good complement to each other, and we like Miller’s speed and explosiveness,” the Dolphins staffer said. “Miller has the higher ceiling, but you wish he ran with a more physical [style]. And both have to improve as blockers.”
Miller is ranked #31 in John Paulsen's Never-Too-Early RB Rankings due to concerns about certainty of workload. Miller averaged 12.7 touches per game, while Thomas saw an average of 8.3 touches.
Danny Amendola may avoid groin surgery
Saturday, January 25, 2014, 11:41am
It seemed like a near certainty that Danny Amendola would eventually need surgery to repair the groin injury he suffered during the season opener.
But it is currently believed that the New England Patriots wide receiver can heal through rest, according to a source. So Amendola's once inevitable trip to the operating table will be circumvented – at least for now.
Amendola was outplayed by free-agent-to-be Julian Edelman, though the groin injury certainly played a role. If Edelman returns, Amendola's upside will be somewhat capped even if he is 100 percent healthy in 2014.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 11:26am
The Week 1 groin injury limited Patriots WR Danny Amendola all season. He didn't meet expectations in Year 1 in New England, but it's important to remember how much pain he played through. Year 2 -- provided he's healthier -- should be better.
Julian Edelman is a free agent and his status will greatly impact Amendola's upside in 2014.
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 2:17pm
Bucs plan to use a 'one-two punch' in backfield
Friday, January 17, 2014, 12:00pm
Unlike former head coach Greg Schiano, who preferred to give the bulk of the carries to a single back such as Doug Martin, new OC Jeff Tedford plans to use a two- and maybe even three-back scheme that constantly forces defenses to adjust to his personnel.
“When I was at (the University of California) we were always very fortunate to have two very good backs, whether it was J.J. Arrington and Marshawn Lynch or Lynch and Justin Forsett, or Lynch and Jahvid Best or Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen,’’ Tedford said Wednesday.
“We really had a good one-two punch in the backfield there and I think that’s what you need. For one guy to carry the load the whole time, especially as physical as this level is, is a lot. So (we’re looking) to have two and probably three backs that can provide different things for you.’’
We don't have to read between the lines to see that Martin may not get the workhorse-type touches that he received in his first season. Still, he'll very likely be the lead back and hold 2nd/3rd round value heading into 2014 fantasy drafts.