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RB Jonas Gray - New England Patriots

5-10, 225Born: 6-27-1990College: Notre DameDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): Gray has been installed as the "big back" for the Patriots, and this team just might give him the game scripts to have 15-20 carries most weeks, with a decent shot at a score. While that won't approach RB1 numbers, Gray coould certainly be a good fix for an RB poor team or at least great injury/emergency depth.

General News (Tue Oct 28): rushed 17 times for 86 yards in the Week 8 game Sunday, Oct. 26. Gray ran decisively, which is something the team has seen in the downhill runner since training camp.

Week 9: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. The Patriots opted to ride a new 'hot hand' last week, feeding Jonas Gray the football for 17/86/0 against the Bears. Shane Vereen was still involved with 5/22/0 rushing and 3/23/0 receiving, but didn't have the lead back's share of the touches during Week 8, after posting 11/43/0 rushing and 5/71/2 receiving against the Jets two games ago (Gray had 3/12/0 rushing in that game). Bill Belichick's 'Flavor of the Week' running back approach remains his standard Modus Operandi heading into the second half of the 2014 season (as it was in 2013, 2012 and so on ad nauseum for fantasy owners). Denver's rush D ranks first in the league averaging 72.4 yards allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out to date. San Diego had 15/61/0 rushing as a team last week; San Francisco managed 18/62/0 two games ago. Teams get behind quickly against the Denver offense, and end up lightly employing their running backs in this phase (San Diego threw 41 passes last week; San Francisco attempted 46 the week prior). This is a tough matchup for the home-team Patriots.

Recent Stats and Projections

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7 vs NYJ 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 vs CHI 17 86 0 0 0 0 0 0
9 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 11 * * 0 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 10 * * 0 * * *
9 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom 12 * * 0 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 7 vs NYJ (3 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Jonas Gray made his Patriots debut, rushing 3 times. He played a mere handful of snaps, and looked decent against a tough Jets run defense. A bigger sample size will be needed as he earns his way to more touches.

2014 Week 8 vs CHI (17 / 86 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

A week after seeing 3 carries, Jonas Gray operated as the primary early down back for the Patriots, having a very productive day and displaying solid vision and patience considering he was just called up from the practice squad 2 weeks prior. Run blocking was very good on the day, which did help Gray's stat line. Promisingly, he did see several goal line and red zone touches, but was unable to cash any of them in. On one particular play, Gray had an opportunity to cash in from the 1, but wasn't able to leap or avoid the pile well enough. That was a play he'd like to have back. He also had a couple other unsuccessful goal line runs, but those were more on his line than anything else. His long run was a good display of vision as he followed his blocking, hit the outside and ran over a couple defenders for 19 yards. Gray looks like the early down guy in New England who might be used in a Stevan Ridley type role, as Shane Vereen continued to operate as the third down and pass catching back.

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Latest News

Patriots | Jonas Gray emerges (Mon Oct 27, 10:59 AM) - New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray rushed 17 times for 86 yards in the Week 8 game Sunday, Oct. 26. Gray ran decisively, which is something the team has seen in the downhill runner since training camp.

Our View: Oh that tricky Belichick. Shane Vereen had dominated the snap count in Week 7...the team's first game without Stevan Ridley. On Sunday, it was Gray leading the way. The power back has a skill set that most closely resembles Ridley, and he could continue to see a large role going forward...but it's Belichick we're talking about here. We're optimistic but cautious when considering Gray.
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Patriots | Jonas Gray barely used (Fri Oct 17, 12:53 PM) - New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray was the team's 'inside' runner behind RB Shane Vereen in Week 7 against the New York Jets Thursday, Oct. 16, but Gray only had three carries on the night.

Our View: Gray ran pretty hot on his carries and seemed disappointed that he didn't get longer gains. Against a lighter run defense like Chicago's next week, he could break through. Of course, the team could always go back to Brandon Bolden, although Gray looks more roster-worthy than Bolden in fantasy leagues.
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Patriots | Jonas Gray playing tonight (Thu Oct 16, 07:07 PM) - New England Patriots RB Jonas Gray will be active tonight and is currently listed ahead of James White on the team's depth chart. White is inactive for the contest.

Our View: Interesting move for the Patriots here. Fantasy owners need to see how these carries/touches are split between Brandon Bolden, Shane Vereen and Gray.
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Schedule

9vs Denver Broncos
10--- BYE WEEK ---
11@ Indianapolis Colts
12vs Detroit Lions
13@ Green Bay Packers
14@ San Diego Chargers
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ New York Jets
17vs Buffalo Bills