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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski expects to play    Mon Sep 1, 12:16 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he will be able to play Week 1.

Footballguys view: That's the plan, and it's been the plan since day one. The team has worked Gronkowski back slowly through camp in anticipation of him being ready for the season opener. The forecast for Gronk is simple--if he's playing, then he's in your lineup.

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  Patriots | Two claimed off waivers    Sun Aug 31, 09:27 PM

The New England Patriots have claimed DT Bruce Gaston off waivers from the Arizona Cardinals and DT Kelcy Quarles from the New York Giants.


  Patriots | Chris White waived    Sun Aug 31, 08:36 PM

New England Patriots LB Chris White has been placed on no-recall waivers.

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  Patriots | James Morris to IR    Sat Aug 30, 09:53 PM

New England Patriots LB James Morris (undisclosed) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Saturday, Aug. 30.


  Patriots | Armond Armstead waived    Sat Aug 30, 09:06 PM

New England Patriots DT Armond Armstead was placed on no-recall waivers after being released from New England's Reserve/Retired list with a partially guaranteed contract Saturday, Aug. 30.

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  Patriots | Steve Beauharnais waived    Sat Aug 30, 09:01 PM

New England Patriots LB Steve Beauharnais (undisclosed) was placed on no-recall waivers after reaching an injury settlement Saturday, Aug. 30.

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  Patriots | Jerel Worthy released    Sat Aug 30, 02:07 PM

New England Patriots DT Jerel Worthy was released Saturday, Aug. 30, according to a source.

Footballguys view: The Pats tried, but they have no problem letting Worthy go. The 2012 second-round pick should attract interest from other teams even though he's been a miserable bust for two teams.

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  Patriots | Daxton Swanson cut    Sat Aug 30, 12:04 PM

New England Patriots FS Daxton Swanson was released Saturday, Aug. 30, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Josh Boyce waived    Sat Aug 30, 11:25 AM

New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce was informed of his release Saturday, Aug. 30.

Footballguys view: Boyce is another WR bust for the Patriots. Selected in the fourth round last year, Boyce struggled to impress despite having explosive measurables coming out of TCU. The Patriots could put him on the practice squad, but there might be a team interested in signing him to the active roster.

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  Patriots | Tim Wright debuts    Fri Aug 29, 10:58 AM

New England Patriots TE Tim Wright caught four passes for 43 yards in roughly one half of action in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28. It was his first game with his new team.

Footballguys view: Wright is an intriguing fit on the Patriots. He's a move tight end, basically a super-sized wide receiver, who can attack the seam. We're interested in him as a late-round TE3 in super deep leagues.

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  Patriots | Aaron Dobson solid    Fri Aug 29, 10:53 AM

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson had three catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in the final preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28.

Footballguys view: Dobson's return was a triumphant one....but don't get too far ahead of yourself. We're still talking about a player who has inconsistent hands and concentration. Beating up on third-string defenders in the final preseason game of the year isn't enough to budge Dobson off his current ADP for us. Dobson is coming off the board at WR60 (13.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Patriots | Michael Buchanan exits    Thu Aug 28, 10:04 PM

New England Patriots DL Michael Buchanan (ankle) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, with an ankle injury and is questionable to return.

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  Patriots | James Morris injured    Thu Aug 28, 08:43 PM

New England Patriots LB James Morris (leg) left the team's preseason game Thursday, Aug. 28, and was having his right leg looked at by trainers.

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  Patriots | Tim Wright to play    Thu Aug 28, 04:48 PM

New England Patriots TE Timothy Wright is expected to play Thursday, Aug. 28, against the New York Giants after recently being acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Footballguys view: Wright was really the throw in to get a pick for Logan Mankins. A converted wide receiver, he got a shot last year because the wide receivers were a mess in Tampa last year. While we know that Bill Belichick likes two-tight end sets, he isn't married to them and Wright has Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman at least in front of him. While he's a big, athletic player, we think his upside is a bit limited and even though he gets Aaron Hernandez comparisons in terms of talent, he's a pale shadow. Right now he is no better than a TE3.

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  Patriots | Aaron Dobson to debut    Thu Aug 28, 10:40 AM

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) will make his preseason debut Thursday, Aug. 28, in the final preseason game.

Footballguys view: It took a long time, but Dobson is getting back on the field. Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell are the roadblocks to a starting job for Dobson and they are more speed bumps than full on roadblocks. That said, he's well behind at this point and still has Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski in the pecking order ahead of him. That limits the fantasy value of any No. 3 receiver in this offense. Dobson (or Thompkins/LaFell) are really no more than bench depth.

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  Patriots | Like Timothy Wright    Wed Aug 27, 10:19 PM

The New England Patriots really like TE Timothy Wright, acquired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for OL Logan Mankins. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport even considers him as the team's 'new' Aaron Hernandez, or complement to TE Rob Gronkowski.

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  Patriots | Josh Kline could start    Wed Aug 27, 02:10 PM

New England Patriots OG Josh Kline may be the leading candidate to start at left guard after the team decided to trade OG Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski likely to sit    Wed Aug 27, 12:07 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) continues to make progress in his rehab but likely will sit out the final preseason game. Gronkowski is looking to be ready for the start of the regular season.

Footballguys view: Gronkowski may well be a game-time decision for week 1, and perhaps even miss multiple games, but he took only three games to get back to old form last year after a more tumultuous offseason.

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  Patriots | No setbacks for Rob Gronkowski    Tue Aug 26, 06:30 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) has not encountered any setbacks from the end of last week, and the acquisition of TE Timothy Wright is not a sign that the team is concerned about Gronkowski's health. The Patriots have wanted to remain cautious with Gronkowski's workload this preseason. Wright is a 'move' tight end, similar to the role free-agent TE Aaron Hernandez used to play with the team.

Footballguys view: Don't read anything into this move re: Gronkowski, and don't assume that the Pats will go back to two TE as their base set. Wright fills a gap in the Patriots personnel that they have been trying to plug, including flirting with Dustin Keller earlier this offseason, but like a lot of their passcatchers, he will be a role model.

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  Patriots | Two placed on IR    Tue Aug 26, 04:49 PM

The New England Patriots placed RB Tyler Gaffney (undisclosed) and LB Cameron Gordon (undisclosed) on Reserve/Injured Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Footballguys view: Gaffney will be a classic Pats stash for the future. He's a big back with some straight-line speed.

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  Patriots | Two more released    Tue Aug 26, 04:46 PM

The New England Patriots released DE Ben Bass and S Jemea Thomas Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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  Patriots | Acquire fourth-round pick    Tue Aug 26, 02:08 PM

Updating a previous report, the New England Patriots acquired a fourth-round pick as part of the deal that sent OG Logan Mankins to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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  Patriots | Acquire Tim Wright    Tue Aug 26, 01:43 PM

The New England Patriots acquired TE Timothy Wright and an undisclosed draft pick from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in exchange for OG Logan Mankins.

Footballguys view: Wright is probably going to be a role player who doesn't approach Aaron Hernandez's level of involvement in the Patriots offense. This trade was mainly about the Pats recouping value for a player they saw as overpriced and the Bucs sorely needing help at guard. The pick was reportedly a fourth-rounder, which is solid value if the Patriots offensive line depth can mask the loss of a declining but still quality player.

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  Patriots | Logan Mankins not practicing    Tue Aug 26, 01:25 PM

New England Patriots OG Logan Mankins (undisclosed) is not participating in practice Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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  Patriots | Cut Travis Hawkins    Tue Aug 26, 01:17 PM

The New England Patriots cut CB Travis Hawkins Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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  Patriots | Cut Derrick Johnson     Tue Aug 26, 01:12 PM

The New England Patriots cut WR Derrick X. Johnson Tuesday, Aug. 26.

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  Patriots | Wilson Van Hooser to be cut    Tue Aug 26, 12:43 PM

New England Patriots WR Wilson Van Hooser will be released Tuesday, Aug. 26, according to a source.

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  Patriots | Justin Jones cut    Mon Aug 25, 01:35 PM

The New England Patriots have released TE Justin Jones.

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  Patriots | Stevan Ridley could be cut    Mon Aug 25, 09:54 AM

New England Patriots RB Stevan Ridley may not make the team out of the preseason.

Footballguys view: Ridley's fumbling problems might be his doom. He could use a fresh start away from the Patriots as he just isn't playing up to his potential. The emergence of rookie James White could also prompt the team to move on from Ridley.

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  Patriots | Three released    Sun Aug 24, 05:53 PM

The New England Patriots released DT Tommy Kelly, DE Will Smith and LB James Anderson.

Footballguys view: Anderson had arguably the best chance to make the final roster out of this group of players. Kelly and Smith are no longer the same players they used to be, and they were unable to make a positive impression in camp with the Patriots.

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  Patriots | Chandler Jones earns praise    Sun Aug 24, 04:34 AM

New England Patriots DE Chandler Jones earned praise from coach Bill Belichick for his play in the Friday, Aug. 22 exhibition game. 'He's a versatile player and he's very conscientious to try to do whatever we ask him to do and playing in all those different spots,' Belichick said. 'He's a very athletic player with good length, good playing strength so he has a lot of versatility athletically, he has a lot of versatility mentally.'

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  Patriots | Shane Vereen leads in touches    Sat Aug 23, 01:47 AM

New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen was in for 26 offensive snaps in the first half of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, a team-high among running backs.

Footballguys view: With Stevan Ridley's fumbling problems, we could see more from Vereen and rookie James White this season. Vereen has a current ADP of RB17 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.

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  Patriots | Josh Boyce well behind others    Sat Aug 23, 01:41 AM

New England Patriots WR Josh Boyce did not play an offensive snap until there was 1:26 remaining in the third quarter of the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers. He is considered to be decisively behind WRs Kenbrell Thompkins, Aaron Dobson (foot), Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell on the depth chart.

Footballguys view: Let's be frank here--Boyce just hasn't impressed as a pro. Dynasty owners need to take note of this situation.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski targets Week 1    Sat Aug 23, 12:32 AM

As expected, New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) did not play in the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, but he is targeting a return for the regular season opener.

Footballguys view: That's been the target all along. The Patriots have eased Gronkowski back this offseason in order to have him near full strength at the start of the regular season. He should be drafted as a top-3 fantasy tight end.

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  Patriots | Jerod Mayo sits again    Sat Aug 23, 12:31 AM

New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (undisclosed) missed his second consecutive preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers, although he did dress for this one.

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  Patriots | Stephen Gostkowski boots long FG    Fri Aug 22, 08:49 PM

New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski connected for a 60-yard field goal to close out the first half of the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers.

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  Patriots | Several sit against Carolina    Fri Aug 22, 08:09 PM

New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee), LB Cameron Gordon (undisclosed), DT Chris D. Jones (ankle), DT Sealver Siliga (hand), C Bryan Stork (leg) and OT Sebastian Vollmer missed the preseason game Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers.

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  Patriots | Pair of RBs inactive    Fri Aug 22, 08:09 PM

New England Patriots RBs Brandon Bolden (undisclosed) and Tyler Gaffney (undisclosed) were each inactive for the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Friday, Aug. 22.

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  Patriots | Aaron Dobson inactive    Fri Aug 22, 08:00 PM

New England Patriots WR Aaron Dobson (foot) was inactive for the preseason game against the Carolina Panthers Friday, Aug. 22.

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  Patriots | Brandon Bolden may not play    Fri Aug 22, 05:35 PM

New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden (undisclosed) does not appear like he will play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.

Footballguys view: Bolden is no lock to make the final roster. With the emergence of James White, Bolden is trying to stay on the team as the fourth running back. His absence is not going to help his cause.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski not playing    Fri Aug 22, 04:42 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) will not play in the team's preseason game Friday, Aug. 22.

Footballguys view: Fantasy owners would have a bit more confidence if Gronk plays this week, but in the end this was expected by most. The team is saving Gronk for the start of the regular season. He should still be the second or third TE off the board in your fantasy draft.

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  Patriots | Dominique Easley out    Thu Aug 21, 04:49 PM

New England Patriots DT Dominique Easley (knee) will not play Friday, Aug. 22, against the Carolina Panthers.

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  Patriots | DJ Williams released    Thu Aug 21, 04:19 PM

The New England Patriots released TE DJ Williams Wednesday, Aug. 21.

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  Patriots | Marcus Forston released    Thu Aug 21, 04:14 PM

The New England Patriots released DT Marcus Forston Thursday, Aug. 21.

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  Patriots | Sebastian Vollmer misses practice    Wed Aug 20, 01:01 PM

New England Patriots OT Sebastian Vollmer (undisclosed) was not on the field during practice Wednesday, Aug. 20. Vollmer has missed the last three practices because of an undisclosed reason.

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  Patriots | Rob Gronkowski part of drills    Mon Aug 18, 03:56 PM

New England Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time this offseason Monday, Aug. 18.

Footballguys view: He's getting closer to returning to the field. Gronkowski is a top-3 fantasy tight end if healthy. Fantasy owners should look at him as a second- or third-round pick in any format.

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  Patriots | More return to practice    Mon Aug 18, 02:24 PM

New England Patriots TE Michael Hoomanawanui (undisclosed), C Bryan Stork (leg) and LB James Anderson (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 18.

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  Patriots | Jeremy Gallon off PUP    Mon Aug 18, 02:09 PM

New England Patriots WR Jeremy Gallon (undisclosed) is off the Physically Unable to Perform list and back at practice.

Footballguys view: The rookie receiver from Michigan can get open with ease. He's lightning quick and fast when running after the catch. Gallon is unlikely to make the final roster, but he could find a home on the practice squad if he impresses in camp.

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  Patriots | Jerod Mayo returns    Mon Aug 18, 02:06 PM

New England Patriots LB Jerod Mayo (undisclosed) returned to practice Monday, Aug. 18.

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  Patriots | Justin Jones re-signed    Sun Aug 17, 10:51 PM

The New England Patriots have re-signed free-agent TE Justin Jones. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Jones is a towering tight end who lacks great athleticism but could find a spot on a team that loves to cycle through tight end depth in attempts to rekindle the two tight end set look they lost when Aaron Hernandez's career ended abruptly.

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