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WR Matt Slater - New England Patriots

6-0, 198Born: 9-9-1985College: UCLADrafted: Round 5

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He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.

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General News (Fri Sep 22): partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this week.

General News (Thu Sep 21): partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Week 3: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Good matchup. Tom Brady's Week 2 - however inflated it was by the horrid New Orleans "defense" - showed definitively that he can excel even with a depleted group of pass-catchers. Down to just three healthy wideouts (plus special-teamer Matt Slater), Brady carved up the Saints for 447 yards and 3 touchdowns on 30-of-39 passing. There's no one more adept at utilizing the right weapon at the right time. There is indeed a blueprint to slowing Brady: hefty, organic pressure from an aggressive front seven that allows its secondary to win the numbers game in the intermediate areas. But that's easier said than done, considering Brady's rocket-speed release and the team's strong pass-blocking line. New addition Brandin Cooks will look to get on track in Week 3, while Chris Hogan will help test the Texans' banged-up secondary on the boundary. Rob Gronkowski was dazzling against the Saints, but may be marginalized in the game plan against Houston's elite tight-end defense. It's hard to gauge the progress of Houston's pass defense. Through two games, they've faced the league's two most anemic passing games: Blake Bortles and the Jaguars in Week 1, followed by a Bengals "attack" that has already fired its offensive coordinator. From what we can tell, though, this pass defense looks similar to last year's dominant unit - and it's hard to overstate the return of J.J. Watt. With Watt on board, the Texans boast at least four dynamic pass rushers. And the loss of cornerback A.J. Bouye hasn't been felt much: the Texans held A.J. Green largely in check last Thursday, allowing a 50-yard deep ball but just 17 yards on his other 7 targets. Unfortunately, they'll press on without the services of cornerback Kevin Johnson, who sprained his MCL in Week 2, for awhile. His snaps will be filled by 34-year-old Jonathan Joseph and special-teams specialist Marcus Burley. It's not a big downgrade, but a noticeable one, especially with a high-octane Patriots offense on tap. And Joseph may be limited Sunday by a Week 2 shoulder injury of his own.

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Patriots | New England injury report for Week 3 (Fri Sep 22, 05:22 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs) and DT Vincent Valentine (knee) did not practice Friday, Sept. 2. Burkhead is out for Week 3, while Valentine was placed on the Reserve/Injured list. WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle, concussion), WR Phillip Dorsett (knee), S Nate Ebner (shoulder), CB Stephon Gilmore (groin), TE Rob Gronkowski (groin), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), WR Chris Hogan (knee), LB Elandon Roberts (thumb), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) were each limited in practice and considered questionable for the game against the Houston Texans.

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Patriots | Thursday practice report for Patriots (Thu Sep 21, 04:53 PM) - New England Patriots OT Marcus Cannon (ankle, concussion) and DT Vincent Valentine (knee) did not participate in practice Thursday, Sept. 21. CB Stephon Gilmore (groin), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), LB Elandon Roberts (thumb), CB Eric Rowe (groin) and WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) were limited during practice.

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Patriots | New England practice report for Wednesday (Wed Sep 20, 05:55 PM) - New England Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (ribs), OT Marcus Cannon (ankle, concussion) and TE Rob Gronkowski (groin) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 20. WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee), WR Phillip Dorsett (knee), CB Stephon Gilmore (groin), LB Dont'a Hightower (knee), WR Chris Hogan (knee), LB Elandon Roberts (thumb), CB Eric Rowe (groin), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) and NT Vincent Valentine (knee) were limited in their participation.

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Patriots | Week 2 New England inactives (Sun Sep 17, 11:36 AM) - The New England Patriots have declared OL Cole Croston, WR Danny Amendola, LB Dont'a Hightower, OT LaAdrian Waddle, WR Matthew Slater, FS Nate Ebner, DL Vincent Valentine inactive for Week 2.

Our View: Rex Burkhead or James White could get more targets today with Amendola out.

Patriots | Week 2 injury report for Patriots (Fri Sep 15, 05:25 PM) - New England Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring), DT Vincent Valentine (knee) and LB Dont'a Hightower (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Sept. 15, and have been ruled out for Week 2. OT Marcus Cannon (ankle), FS Nate Ebner (shoulder) and FS Devin McCourty (groin) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. OT Cameron Fleming (ankle) and DT Adam Butler (knee) fully participated in practice and are not on the injury report.

Our View: The team will miss Hightower, one of their best pass rushers. Running backs Rex Burkhead and James White could help replace the snaps and targets vacated by Amendola.
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