Player News - Patriots

Date: Team: Pos:

Patriots SS Patrick Chung (concussion) has been downgraded to out for Week 3.

This was expected after Chung didn't practice and was listed as doubtful. The Patriots will also be without CB Eric Rowe (groin) and DL Trey Flowers (concussion) against Detroit.
Sep 22 - 8:10 PM

Patriots RT Marcus Cannon (questionable, calf) is on track to play in Week 3 against the Lions.

He made the trip to Detroit after sitting out Week 2. Getting Cannon back would be a needed upgrade after the Patriots rushed for just 82 yards last week. LaAdrian Waddle will start if Cannon sits.
Sep 22 - 3:34 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ankle) wasn't listed on the Patriots' final injury report for Week 3 against the Lions.

Gronk's ankle injury was reportedly "nothing to worry about" as of Friday morning and he was later listed as a full participant in practice. Josh Gordon (hamstring) is officially questionable. Even if Gordon suits up, it's expected he'll play limited snaps. Gronkowski, Chris Hogan, and New England's running game should all rebound against a hapless Lions defense that could be without top corner Darius Slay (questionable) Sunday.
Sep 21 - 4:08 PM

Josh Gordon (hamstring) is questionable for Week 3 against the Lions.

Gordon has been practicing on a limited basis this week and appears healthy enough to play, though he's only had a few days to learn the Patriots' offense. With New England playing in the Sunday night game, Gordon will be tough to employ in fantasy this week.
Sep 21 - 4:06 PM

Rob Gronkowski's ankle injury is reportedly "nothing to worry about."

Gronk was added to the injury report Thursday and was reportedly limited because he "wanted to take it easy." Rapsheet added there's "nothing to worry about" as it pertains to Gronk's overall health or availability for Sunday. Gronkowski and the Pats' recent addition Josh Gordon should both be available in Week 3 against the Lions.
Sep 21 - 9:07 AM

Josh Gordon (hamstring) remained "limited" in Thursday's practice.

Gordon is expected to play against the Lions, but his involvement figures to be limited, more because of playbook considerations than his hamstring "injury." Gordon's upside is self evident, but so is his Week 3 downside. He's a high-risk, high-reward WR4 for his Patriots debut.
Sep 20 - 4:15 PM

Rob Gronkowski (ankle) was added to the injury report as a limited participant at Thursday's practice.

We don't know much about Gronk's injury at the moment and knowing the tight-lipped Patriots, that might remain the case. Late-week additions to the injury report are never a good sign, but there's no real reason to worry yet. On the off chance Gronk sits, it would open up targets for Chris Hogan, James White, etc. etc.
Sep 20 - 4:15 PM

Patriots signed WR Corey Coleman to the practice squad.

The Patriots cut Coleman after trading for Josh Gordon, but he'll stay in New England now that he's cleared waivers. Coleman is going to need an injury to see snaps this year.
Sep 19 - 5:50 PM

Josh Gordon (hamstring) was limited at Wednesday's practice.

He got in limited reps at his first Patriots practice. Gordon reportedly tweaked his hamstring during a recent photo shoot (which prompted Monday's trade), though his MRI came back clean. The bigger concern for Gordon will be learning the Patriots' playbook in time for Sunday night's game against the Lions. Gordon's upside playing alongside Tom Brady is tantalizing, but for now, a wait-and-see approach might be best.
Sep 19 - 4:39 PM

Patriots signed CB Cyrus Jones off the Ravens' practice squad.

Jones was a 2016 second-rounder of the Patriots and was part of final cuts this summer. He's back to help out as a returner and provide secondary depth.
Sep 19 - 10:04 AM

Patriots placed WR Riley McCarron on practice squad injured reserve.

If you were holding onto McCarron in your Dynasty league, you can stop now.
Sep 18 - 5:19 PM

Patriots waived WR Corey Coleman.

They found an upgrade who goes by the name of Josh Gordon.
Sep 17 - 4:32 PM

Patriots acquired WR Josh Gordon from the Browns in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2019 draft.

If Gordon is active for ten games in New England, the fifth-rounder will be the only pick changing hands. If Gordon is active for fewer than ten games, the Pats will get back a 2019 seventh-rounder from the Browns. Gordon had an MRI on his hamstring and it "came out fine," per NFL Network. He'll be in play to contribute as soon as Week 3 at Detroit, although Gordon will obviously need more time to fully grasp the Patriots' complex offense. More will be known about Gordon's projected immediate playing time as the week moves along, but this is one of his best-case scenario landing spots from a fantasy standpoint. By Week 5, the Patriots should be able to field an 11-personnel configuration of Gordon, Julian Edelman, and Chris Hogan at wide receiver and Rob Gronkowski at tight end. The rich get richer.
Sep 17 - 4:18 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Patriots are "getting close" to acquiring Josh Gordon.

Remain calm. Gordon to the Patriots would be a true dream outcome for those who took the Gordon plunge in the early/mid-rounds of their draft, but we should not lose sight of the fact that Gordon will be on extremely thin ice wherever he ends up. The Pats are known for giving players second chances. They're also known for immediately moving on when those players do not live up to their expectations. Either way, it's hard not to be giddy at the thought of Gordon catching passes from Tom Brady.
Sep 17 - 3:04 PM

Rex Burkhead played 15-of-61 (25 percent) snaps Week 2 against the Jaguars.

Sony Michel only managed 13 while James White got in 34. That suggests Burkhead's usage was game-plan specific, but it is still concerning he disappeared for most of the second and third quarters, especially with Michel back in the fold. That said, this could be a buying opportunity. New England has averaged 17.7 rushing touchdowns over the last six seasons, but they have zero through two games. That should change in a hurry, and Burkhead is the most likely recipient of those scores.
Sep 17 - 10:19 AM


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