New England Patriots WR Julian Edelman will miss about three weeks due to a thumb injury, per Adam Schefter and Field Yates of ESPN.
Edelman held his youth camp over the weekend and was wearing a brace over his thumb. Schefter points out it is unclear if he suffered a break or sprain of his thumb while catching a pass. In any event, Edelman will miss some time and there's a good chance he will not play in the Patriots' preseason opener on August 8th against the Detroit Lions, though he may not have played even if he was healthy, as starters tend to see very little playing time in the first preseason game. With Edelman out, Schefter and Yates expect more practice reps for receivers such as first-round pick N'Keal Harry, Phillip Dorsett, Braxton Berrios, Dontrelle Inman and Maurice Harris.
Mike Klis of 9News believes Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay may be utilized more in the passing game. Klis writes "New Broncos’ offensive coordinator Rich Scangarello dropped hint Sunday that suggested Lindsay might get more touches through the passing game. The 5-foot-7 ¼ Lindsay was seen splitting out wide and matched up by various linebackers several times during 11 on 11 team periods Sunday."
Lindsay exploded onto the fantasy scene as an undrafted rookie in 2018 with 1,037 rushing yards and nine touchdowns and caught 35 passes on 47 targets for 241 yards. As Klis alludes to, getting Lindsay more involved in the passing game would help preserve the body of the small running back. The Broncos are expected to throw the ball more with new quarterback Joe Flacco and more touches in the passing game for Lindsay can only add to what is already a viable option among running backs. After averaging 15 touches per game in 2018, a jump to 20 per game is not out of the question. 4for4 currently has Lindsay as a backend RB2 option in PPR formats at No. 24.
The New England Patriots have placed WR Demaryius Thomas (Achilles) on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list to begin training camp, per Field Yates on ESPN.
Thomas is recovering from a torn Achilles suffered last December and signed a one-year deal with the Patriots in April. The once star receiver has now endured two torn Achilles and is on the downhill trend of his career at 31 years old. It's possible he is facing an uphill battle for a roster spot with the Patriots, who also spent a first-round pick on Arizona State's N'Keal Harry. The Patriots also have the option of placing Thomas on the reserve/PUP list, which would mean he will miss the first six games of the season. Thomas is currently ranked No. 115 among wide receivers.