WR Malcolm Mitchell - New England Patriots
|6-0, 198||Born: 7-20-1993||College: Georgia||Drafted: Round 4|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
General News (Fri Feb 3): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Wed Feb 1): partially participated in Wednesday's practice.
Week 21: at Atlanta Falcons
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Tom Brady has posted a phenomenal set of records during his post-season performances - for example, Brady is the all-time leader in Super Bowl completions (164), passing yards (1,605) and passing touchdowns (13) - but he comes into this Super Bowl with several of his targets ailing - Martellus Bennett (knee, ankle), Malcolm Mitchell (knee), Danny Amendola (ankle) and Chris Hogan (thigh) were all limited during practice Friday, January 27 - keep an eye on how the various receivers progress/don't progress in their recoveries this week. So far during the 2017 playoffs, Brady has thrown 18/38 for 287 yards, two TDs and two interceptions vs. Houston (with two sacks taken for -8 yards and several other hits/pressures), followed by a stong 32/42 for 384 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown (with two sacks taken for -10 yards) against the Steelers two weekends ago. He threw to three main targets against the Steelers - Hogan (12 targets for 9/180/2 receiving), Julian Edelman (10 for 8/118/1) and Bennett (five for 5/32/0) - Mitchell (four for 1/5/0) and Amendola (two for 2/12/0) were sparingly employed during the Conference Championship game. Brady has found enough offense to win both games by comfortable margins, and his talents as a quarterback remain formidable. The Falcons' pass defense has averaged 238.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with five passing scores given out vs. three interceptions and five sacks generated during the 2017 post-season. Russell Wilson managed 17/30 for 208 net yards passing, with two TDs and two interceptions thrown at Atlanta in the Divisional round (three sacks taken for -17 yards), while Aaron Rodgers managed 27/45 for 268 net yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown (with two sacks taken for -19 yards) at Atlanta two weekends ago. Atlanta was ranked 28th in the NFL averaging 266.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with a whopping 31 passing scores given out during regular season (vs. 12 interceptions and 34 sacks generated). Over the final three weeks of regular season, Atlanta averaged 19.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); 21.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers (14th-most); and 8.2 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends (17th in the NFL during that time span). The Falcons have played stronger during the post-season in this phase of the game, though, as the 28.7 net passing yards allowed per game drop in their post-season average demonstrates. Brady is one of the all-time best players at his position, and he has a wealth of post-season experience. The Falcons are a young, brash defensive unit that has improved over the course of 2016-17 - but they are still suspect against the league's top talents, as Aaron Rodgers showed us two weekends ago. Advantage, New England.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 16 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Since the Patriots went up early, Mitchell's number was not called much in terms of volume. It was a fairly un-notable day.
2016 Week 15 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 14 / 0 rec)
After a few big weeks, Mitchell quieted down with the Pats' passing attack stalling out for much of the game. He'll be back, especially with the high praise he's received from teammates.
2016 Week 13 vs LA (10 / 8 / 82 / 0 rec)
Due to Gronk's injury, Mitchell's snap count rose against the Rams considerably, playing over 80% of offensive snaps. Like Edelman, Mitchell's grabs were shorter, though he did run intermediate routes with some regularity. Expect to see him as a fulltime player for the rest of the season.
2016 Week 12 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 42 / 2 rec)
Despite playing 50% of the snaps, Malcolm Mitchell had his best day as a pro, catching two touchdowns and narrowly missing two others. Mitchell's first touchdown came off a bobbled snap, though Mitchell didn't notice and kept running his route as intended. Mitchell's second touchdown was the game winner, as he immediately cut left on a route then snared a touchdown, narrowly running inside the pylons. Both of Mitchell's missed touchdowns were on deep connections. On one, it was simply a great play by his defender, knocking the ball loose and Mitchell snared it in the air. The other went through Mitchell's hands on a diving attempt. Gronk's injury may open up some opportunity going forward, but his snap count bares watching.
2016 Week 11 vs SF (5 / 4 / 98 / 1 rec)
Mitchell was successful on his early targets when used in motion, getting the rookie away from potential press coverage. Most of his production came on a broken play in the fourth quarter - a long catch-and-run touchdown to break open the game. Brady left the pocket as Mitchell took off down the seam. Brady's throw whistled by the defensive back's unturned helmet in coverage as Mitchell was already at full speed, sprinting the rest of the way for the long touchdown. Mitchell also nearly made a toe-tapping reception on the sideline in the closing minutes near the end zone. With Chris Hogan out of the lineup this week, Mitchell took full advantage of his opportunity as the big-play threat for the Patriots on the outside.
2016 Week 10 vs SEA (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Beyond being the recipient of Tom Brady's interception, which was no fault of Mitchell's, it was a quiet day for the rookie, who continues to rotate snaps with other receivers.
2016 Week 3 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 27 / 0 rec)
Mitchell's highlight play was a slant route where he broke two tackles en route to a 27 yard gain. Had the first defender tackled him, it would have been a gain of maybe 5 yards, so it was a great effort. Mitchell also had a key block on Jacoby Brissett's touchdown run. He's still 3rd in line in terms of WR snap counts as of now.
2016 Week 1 vs ARI (5 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)
Malcolm Mitchell saw time in 2 and 3 wide receiver sets, and his best work was a 28 yard catch and go that saw him fake and elude a defender for plenty of yards after catch. Mitchell was sporting a brace on his injured elbow, and will likely continue to rotate with other receivers as the season goes on.
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