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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 20): Everything could change, but for last week, Gray was ahead of Brandon Bolden, and perhaps underused because the Patriots just chose to not challenge the Jets stout run defense very often. That could easily change against the Bears, giving Gray the opportunity for significant touches. He had live legs and run with great power on his few touches, enough to be worth a flier in deeper leagues and waiver wire speed dial entry in shallow leagues.

Week 8: vs Chicago Bears

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Shane Vereen led the team in rushing (11/49/0 rushing) and receiving (eight targets for 5/71/2) last week during the narrow victory 27-25 over the Jets. Jonas Gray (3/12/0 rushing) is competing with Branden Bolden for touches in relief of Stevan Ridley (out for the season due to ACL/MCL torn ligaments). It appeared like Vereen will be the leader of this committee of backs going forwards - however, the Patriots are notorious for turning the 'hot hand' into their featured running back on any given Sunday. We'll see if Vereen remains the lead back during Week 8. The Bears' rush D ranks 14th in the NFL averaging 108.4 yards rushing allowed per game, with five rushing scores handed out so far. Miami had 33/137/1 rushing at Chicago last week - Atlanta managed just 13/42/0 rushing vs. the Bears two weeks ago. This unit has swung wildly from outstanding to sub-par over the last two weeks. Vereen and company may have found a new rhythm with Ridley out for the year - we'll see how they approach the mix at running back this weekend as they work through a neutral matchup against Chicago.

Recent Stats and Projections

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7 vs NYJ 3 12 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds 6 * * 1 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * 0 * * *
8 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom 15 * * 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.

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Latest News

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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Patriots | Brandon Bolden to be more involved? (Mon Oct 13, 06:06 PM) - New England Patriots RB Brandon Bolden was the fill-in for RB Stevan Ridley (knee) in Week 6 as the 'big back.' Bolden has been a core special teams player this year, and something will have to give if he's to start being more of a factor at running back with Ridley out for the year. RB Jonas Gray could be promoted from the practice squad.

Our View: The Patriots need a large back to wear down opponents, and that's where Bolden comes in. We'll see more touches for Bolden, Vereen and maybe even rookie James White now that Ridley is done for the season.
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Schedule

8vs Chicago Bears
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