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Patriots QB Tom Brady (left shoulder) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Brady has a sprained AC joint in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. He should be fine to face the Jets in Week 6.
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Tom Brady missed practice Tuesday as he had an MRI performed on his left shoulder.
The MRI came back negative and Brady should be ready to practice this week and play Sunday against the Jets.
According to NBC Sports Boston's Mike Giardi, Brady suffered the injury during one of two Julius Peppers sacks in the Patriots' loss to Carolina on Oct. 1
It's Brady's non-throwing shoulder and it's an A.C. joint sprain, the story said. Brady has taken a thunderous beating through five games. He's been sacked 16 times so far this season and taken countless hits on top of that, the story said.
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Panthers QB Cam Newton (right shoulder, ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 3. Newton will be fine to play in a fantastic matchup against a New Orleans defense that has been shredded by Sam Bradford and Tom Brady in the last two weeks.
The Patriots will only have three wide receivers active Sunday against the Saints: Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett, and respected Patriots beat writer at ESPN, Mike Reiss, expects Hogan to play a heavy snap count.
"I expect Chris Hogan to play close to every offensive snap Sunday at New Orleans," Reiss wrote.
Hogan already played 73 of 81 snaps Week 1, but he only caught one of his five targets. If it doesn't happen for him this week, then when will it? The Saints are a much more beatable defense for Hogan and this offense this week, but he's still, at best, the third passing option behind Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks. For that reason, we still don't consider Hogan a WR2 play this week but a FLEX play option with room for more from there.
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.
Burkhead was making his first game appearance for the Patriots and the wasted no time getting him involved in the offense. Burkhead carried seven times for 20 yards and caught a pair of passes from Tom Brady during his time on the field.
The second of those catches was a 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter and ended the night for many of the Patriots offensive regulars. James White was also involved early and Dion Lewis took over the running duties once Jimmy Garoppolo entered at quarterback with Mike Gillislee not in the lineup.
We believe Mike Gillislee is the most talented early-down option for the Patriots and offers double-digit touchdown upside, but a hamstring injury is keeping him off the field. He needs to get healthy, or it is not out of the realm of possibility that Burkhead wins this job. With fantasy drafts fast approaching, this backfield needs to be monitored very closely. If you are going to use a 5th/6th-round pick on Gillislee, it's probably wise at this point to draft Burkhead late too.
The Patriots have released their first unofficial depth chart, ahead of Thursday's preseason opener against the Jaguars. Mike Gillislee is behind Rex Burkhead, who is on the second team. Dion Lewis and James White are back from last year and are listed on the first team. It's likely those two are the passing down backs, with Gillislee and Burkhead competing for the valuable goal line back duties. Brandon Bolden is also listed on the second team with Burkhead.
Gillislee has been nursing a hamstring injury since late in the first week of training camp, something he also dealt with in the spring.
This comes after Gillislee was the first to get a crack at goal line work in training camp and powered ahead for touchdowns on two consecutive plays. Burkhead also received first-team snaps since Gillislee has been out.
As is usually the case with Bill Belichick, this is a muddled situation and requires monitoring throughout the preseason. With Giovani Bernard sidelined, Burkhead averaged 10.8 touches for 56 yards as the change-of-pace back. Then, in Week 17 with Jeremy Hill also out, Burkhead turned in an epic 29-touch, 144-yard, two-touchdown effort against the Ravens. As a junior at Nebraska, Burkhead rushed for 1,357 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns. If not for the Mike Gillislee signing, Burkhead would be first in line for the “big back” role. Now he’s likely fighting for snaps behind Gillislee and James White.
White's role in the running game is minimal -- what's important is his role in the passing game after Dion Lewis returned. In nine games without Lewis, White averaged 3.7 catches for 32 yards and 0.33 TD per game. After Lewis returned, White averaged 3.4 catches for 32 yards and 0.33 TD in the nine games leading up to the Super Bowl, so his passing down role remained largely unchanged after Lewis returned. Of course, White had a huge performance in the Super Bowl, turning 20 touches (14 catches) into 139 yards and three touchdowns, and per beat writer Mike Reiss, White has “won over” Bill Belichick and has “seized” the passing down role. The Patriots don't seem inclined to give him as many carries as they would Lewis, though his 4.3 YPC in 2016 was an improvement.
It came nearly two months after the fact, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has finally addressed the contention from his wife, Gisele Bundchen, that Brady suffered a concussion in 2016, and others before that.
Most significantly, Mr. Brady did not say that Mrs. Brady was misinformed.
“She’s there every day,” Brady said in an interview on ESPN’s E:60. “I mean, we go to bed, you know, in the same bed every night. So I think she’s, you know, she knows when I’m sore. She knows when I’m tired. She knows, you know, when I get hit. I mean, we drive home together. But she also knows how well, you know, I take care of myself. She’s a very concerned wife and very loving.”
In other words, if she says Brady had a concussion, he had a concussion.
The story went on to say, curiously, Brady wasn’t asked that specific question: Have you had concussions that weren’t disclosed to the team. Instead, the question seemed to regard concussions as a given. And if the question and answer fairly imply that, yes, he has had concussions, this raises plenty of questions about how he got those concussions and when he got those concussions and when he realized he had those concussions and who he told about those concussions. So where does it go from here? No one really knows. The issue of players potentially concealing a concussion seems to be far too significant to ignore, but the fact that Brady has played through multiple concussions during his career apparently will continue to be ignored, by the league, his team, and pretty much everyone — except by his spouse.
James White has won over Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and Co., with his steadiness and continued improvement, elevating from a player who was inactive in Super Bowl XLIX to becoming unquestionably the Patriots' go-to guy in the all-important "passing back" role. White played 30 snaps as a rookie in 2014; upped it to 290 in 2015; and played 425 last season.
As for 2017, White is one of three running backs who are considered locks to make the roster based on contract status, along with Mike Gillislee and Rex Burkhead. Lewis is also likely to be there, while second-year man D.J. Foster has also shown promise.
White has now seized the spot with authority.
Coming off of an injury, Lewis played in 10 games last year, including the playoffs, and averaged 11.1 touches (8.9 carries, 2.2 catches) for 49 yards and 0.2 touchdowns, or 8.3 PPR fantasy points per game. He averaged 17.5 PPG in seven games in 2015, so his role was clearly reduced last year. White's role in the running game is minimal -- what's important is his role in the passing game after Lewis returned. In nine games without Lewis, White averaged 3.7 catches for 32 yards and 0.33 TD per game. After Lewis returned, White averaged 3.4 catches for 32 yards and 0.33 TD in the nine games leading up to the Super Bowl, so it appears that his passing down role remained mostly unchanged after Lewis returned. Of course, White had a huge performance in the Super Bowl, turning 20 touches (14 catches) into 139 yards and three touchdowns, and it appears that he's now entrenched as the passing down back. The Patriots don't seem inclined to give him as many carries as they would Lewis, though his 4.3 YPC in 2016 was an improvement. White is currently the 50th RB off the board in early MFL10s (PPR drafts), and he's a fantastic value in that format if this report that he has "seized" the passing down role is true. There’s always the chance that the Patriots turn back to Lewis if White gets a case of fumble-itis, but White should have enough leash to overcome a turnover or two.
The five-year veteran, who is best known for his special teams work, has rushed for 845 yards and six touchdowns. He’s also caught 46 passes for 366 yards with two touchdowns. During the week leading up to Super Bowl LI, quarterback Tom Brady was highly complimentary of Bolden, who had two special teams tackles during the win.
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