Mixon was still in on 66% of the Bengals' offensive snaps, but his last touch came on the very last play of the third quarter. The rest could very well have been precautionary, as Cincinnati took over with 10:00 left in the fourth quarter and proceeded to run the ball 11 times in a row in order to use up the clock, up by 15 points. Mixon's Week 4 opponents, the Miami Dolphins, have been relatively stout against the run but also just allowed a 14-121-1 receiving line to Bills running backs in Week 3.
Pelissero continued, "this means ligament damage in his ankle. By and large, these are multiple week types of injuries." The hope is that he will not need surgery, but it is highly unlikely he will suit up for Week 4.
The Patriots' fantasy options were already nothing to get excited about with Mac Jones at the helm, so sticking 36-year-old Brian Hoyer back there isn't going to move the needle. In Hoyer's last full start, he went 15-of-24 for 130 yards and an interception and a fumble in Week 4 of the 2020 season.
Osborn more than doubled his season total of receiving yards on the last drive, but as the article mentions, this was not a fluke. Kirk Cousins was quoted after the game, “In the two-minute (drill), you sort of have guys in their spots. And you don’t really move people around. It ends up being a more organic way of getting people the football. It just kind of happens. Whoever’s open. And that’s what happened last year with K.J. a lot in two-minute. He was now in primary spots, where during the normal game he was in secondary and tertiary spots, if you will.”
It's not often Jefferson will be held to a 3-14-0 stat line, but Osborn is emerging as the team's third receiving option, and if Cousins continues to attempt 40+ passes, there is fantasy value in that.