WR Phillip Dorsett - New England Patriots
|5-10, 185||Born: 1-4-1993||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2015|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 2): Dorsett did nothing to take the top off of the Texans defense or otherwise aid Tom Brady in the loss. He's just a desperation play against the Chiefs this week.
Week 14: vs Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Patriots passing offense over the last four games has been struggling mightily. While Tom Brady threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns last week, that was mostly in garbage time when the game was already out of hand as this was a unit that struggled for most of the game completing just 51% of their passes. Brady has completed 55% or fewer in three consecutive games and while the first two of those three were mostly written off as weather games, the lack of production is starting to become a concern for the Patriots who are desperately trying to find a second receiving option outside of Julien Edelman. While Mohamed Sanu was active, he played just 22% of the plays for the Patriots and caught just three passes for 14 yards as the Patriots are still trying to find a way to get a return on their trade for a second-round pick earlier this year. Philip Dorsett, Jacobi Meyers, and N'Keal Harry all struggled as well as they had a total of just five receptions amongst the three of them on 14 targets. The Patriots turned heavily to James White in the second half while trying to mount a comeback, and if the receiving troubles continue one would have to question whether the Patriots just have to keep White on the field at a rate much higher than the 40% that he is seeing now. The Chiefs pass defense has been one of the bright spots on the season. While it is not a shut-down unit, it is a unit that has been much improved compared to 2018 where it was one of the worst units in football. The Chiefs have allowed the 17th most yards to quarterbacks per game at 253, and the 17th most touchdowns with 1.5 per game. This is a unit that has allowed just three teams to throw for 300 yards on the year two of which were in garbage time performances in Jacksonville and the Chargers. At the cornerback position, they are by no means an elite unit, but one that has been consistent with very little weaknesses, but the real story has been the play of their safeties as Juan Thornhill and Tyrann Mathieu both have been strong in coverage this season. If there is a weakness in this passing game it is the linebackers covering running backs. On the year, no team has allowed more receiving yards to running backs than the Chiefs as Anthony Hitchens and the linebacking group has struggled for most of the season.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Phillip Dorsett's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 11 vs PHI (5 / 3 / 33 / 1 rec)
Dorsett's highlight was catching a touchdown pass from Julian Edelman early in the 3rd quarter, but he was knocked out of the game after the catch with a head injury. Beyond that, there wasn't much to speak of since he missed nearly half the game, but he was still seeing good snaps.
2019 Week 8 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Dorsett's highlight was a chunk back shoulder catch from Tom Brady early in the game. He did get 6 targets, but wasn't able to do much else with them.
2019 Week 7 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 46 / 1 rec)
Though he only had 4 targets, he made one count on a deep touchdown with a nice sluggo route. It's worth noting gamescript didn't favor the passing game even though Josh Gordon was out, and the Pats purposely played a quick passing game. It remains to be seen how the return of Gordon, NKeal Harry and the addition of Mohamed Sanu affect him.
2019 Week 4 vs BUF (9 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Tom Brady looked and threw Dorsett's way plenty, but Dorsett was unable to get separation on most of his targets, and many were questionable throws and decisions from his quarterback. This is one case where the stat sheet did the performance justice: 2 catches for 10 yards on 9 targets is wholly awful. Dorsett's depth of target was also in chunk areas, which meant Brady forced or was inaccurate on a lot of those throws thanks to pressure and generally great defense. Any game where Dorsett is the most targeted Patriot either means something went very wrong or there was nonexistent coverage. On the plus side, maybe this means more trust is being developed between QB and WR.
2019 Week 3 vs NYJ (7 / 6 / 53 / 1 rec, 2 / 12 / 0 rush)
Another week, another touchdown for Dorsett. Apparently he's Tom Brady's new Gronk. Kidding aside, Dorsett showed up on the field and in the stat sheet once again with a solid day that included a 25 yard touchdown on an easy crossing route. Brady's trust with Dorsett has definitely grown this year, and with Antonio Brown, he's locked in as the third receiver on this team.
2019 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 4 / 95 / 2 rec)
It may be his high watermark for the year, but Dorsett had himself a game, including two touchdowns on deep throws. His first was a go route where he ran past defenders on a great throw by Tom Brady. His second touchdown was semi-broken coverage against the zone, and he simply ran straight ahead for an easy touchdown. His snap share is likely to go down with Antonio Brown in the fold, but he showed he still has value to the Pats.
Latest NewsPatriots | Phillip Dorsett does little in return (Mon Dec 2, 03:10 AM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion) was targeted six times in Week 13, catching two passes for 15 yards against the Houston Texans. link to story Patriots | Phillip Dorsett will be uniform (Sun Dec 1, 06:57 PM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion) is officially active for the team's Week 13 game. link to story Patriots | Phillip Dorsett likely to play (Sun Dec 1, 09:41 AM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion) is expected to play in Week 13's game against the Houston Texans, according to a source. link to story Patriots | Phillip Dorsett listed as questionable (Fri Nov 29, 05:53 PM) - New England Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion) was limited during practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable for Week 13. Our View: Dorsett is out of concussion protocol and should be considered a boom/bust WR3/Flex play against the vulnerable Texans secondary.
link to story Patriots | New England's Week 13 injury report (Fri Nov 29, 05:05 PM) - New England Patriots TE Ryan Izzo (illness) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Houston Texans. LB Kyle Van Noy (illness) did not practice Friday, Nov. 29, and is listed as questionable. S Patrick Chung (illness, heel, chest), LB Jamie Collins (illness), OL Jermaine Eluemunor (illness), CB Stephon Gilmore (illness), LB Dont'a Hightower (illness), CB Joejuan Williams (illness), OT Isaiah Wynn (illness), LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (knee), OT Marcus Cannon (illness), WR Phillip Dorsett (concussion), S Nate Ebner (ankle, back), WR Julian Edelman (shoulder), CB Jason McCourty (groin), WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle), WR Matthew Slater (hamstring) and OL Byron Cowart (head) were limited in practice Friday and are also listed as questionable. QB Tom Brady (elbow) returned to a full practice Friday and has been removed from the injury report. DE John Simon (elbow) was not given a practice designation for a second straight day but also no longer appears on the injury report. Our View: About a third of the Patriots roster is questionable in another typical chapter of Belichickian gamesmanship. All of the key names on this list should be available on Sunday.
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