Friday, September 22, 2017, 6:44pm
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 3. Amendola says he’s in for Week 3. In the 8 games that Julian Edelman has missed since 2013, Amendola has averaged 5.4 catches for 54 yards and 0.12 touchdowns per game.
Thursday, September 21, 2017, 6:42pm
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. It looks like Amendola is on track to play in Week 3. In the 8 games that Julian Edelman has missed since 2013, Amendola has averaged 5.4 catches for 54 yards and 0.12 touchdowns per game.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 7:42pm
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. It looks like Amendola is on track to play in Week 3. In the 8 games that Julian Edelman has missed since 2013, Amendola has averaged 5.4 catches for 54 yards and 0.12 touchdowns per game.
Acquired in a trade with the Saints this offseason, Cooks said the job got tougher without Edelman (who suffered a torn ACL in their most recent preseason game), but he knew he was walking into an environment where adaptability was key.
“Very unfortunate, a guy like that; a warrior who works so hard,” Cooks said of Edelman, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “At the same time, we know we have to get ready, to keep the wheels turning and do what we have to do to make up for that.”
Cooks says he feels fresh but is still learning the demands of the Pats offense. We have Cooks ranked 12th on our list of WRs.
It was notable to me that Tom Brady mentioned veteran receiver Danny Amendola first when assessing where the Patriots go from here, without Julian Edelman. Brady has a similar level of trust with Amendola, as was evidenced in Super Bowl LI.
The Patriots have managed Amendola's playing time carefully in recent years -- hoping to keep him healthy for the long haul -- with the 2016 season a good example of it.
The Pats are still going to monitor Amendola's workload. This writer feels 40-50 percent of the snaps are a realistic range. The story added in 2015, Amendola played 51.5 percent of the snaps and totaled a line of 65-648-3. The writer went on to say getting Mitchell healthy to fill some of the void is the team's best-case scenario at this point.
Hogan likely steps in and replaces most of his production in the offense. To this point, he's been more of a late-round flier thanks to the addition of Brandin Cooks, but he has the receiving chops to play in the slot or outside. In 18 games last season (including the postseason) he played at a 49-catch, 900-yard, 5.3-touchdown pace, which equates to fantasy WR4 numbers in PPR formats and low-end WR3 numbers in standard (thanks to his 18.4 yards per catch). Hogan will likely run more shorter routes causing his receptions to increase while the yardage and touchdowns stay about the same. He's our No. 42 receiver in PPR scoring, which would make him an 8th-round value on draft day. Most owners will probably be able to get him in the 10th or later.
We'll update as more information becomes available, but the injury appeared to be non-contact, which usually isn't good. We should know tomorrow if there's ligament damage. If he were to miss time, it would boost the other Patriot receivers, but Chris Hogan is the best of the rest and should benefit the most.
But the Pats' reliance on "11 personnel" (3 WR, 1 RB, TE) was not a radical departure from what we have seen in previous games. The idea that the Patriots were using Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett together a ton was not accurate.
The Patriots used three receiver sets with a TE and an RB on 32 snaps and three receiver sets with two RBs and no TE on six snaps. They used a full back with two receivers on 16 snaps and four WRs on eight snaps.
Friday, December 2, 2016, 6:13pm
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:10pm
Friday, November 25, 2016, 6:43pm
Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 8:58pm
Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:41pm
Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (chest, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. We doubt Gronkowski suits up this week, making Martellus Bennett a terrific start against the 49ers. Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Malcolm Mitchell also get a bump.
Friday, November 18, 2016, 6:41pm
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