Description: It sounds like Tom Brady could remain suspended for four games to begin the season.
Insight: According to Pro Football Talk, Brady remained in denial during his appeal on Tuesday. Roger Goodell and the NFL office wanted to see a different side of Brady, which according to Pro Football talk, they didn't see. Adam Schefter of ESPN, however, had a different take Tuesday night reporting that Brady was his "greatest ally". It will be interesting to see where this story turns next.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is having his appeal of the four-game suspension heard this morning.
Insight: At least we should know the final suspension total before training camps begin. No matter what, Jimmy Garoppolo is the likely starter Week 1 against the Steelers. The question is whether the league will cut anything off the announced four-game suspension. My guess is no.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will have his appeal heard on June 23.
Insight: At least we should know the final suspension total before training camps begin. No matter what, Jimmy Garoppolo will likely start Week 1 against the Steelers. The question is whether the league will cut anything off the announced four-game suspension.
Description: Patriots' second-year running back James White will be one of three guys seeking to take over the Shane Vereen role.
Insight: White will battle with Travaris Cadet and Dion Lewis for the Patriots' third-down role. Of course, starting any New England running back is always an "adventure." Watch this competition in preseason, but the likelihood is that only LeGarrette Blount will be fantasy worthy.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has been suspended four games for his role in DeflateGate.
Insight: New England has also lost their 2016 first-round pick and 2017 fourth-rounder, along with being handed a $1 million fine. Brady will likely appeal the suspension, which could potentially be reduced to two or three games. No matter what, Jimmy Garoppolo will likely start Week 1 against the Steelers.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady could face discipline for his invovlement in "Deflategate" according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: The Ted Wells report didn't have definitive evidence, but one can connect the dots and figure out that Brady instructed the Patriots equipment staff to decrease the air in the footballs. It is possible that Brady will be suspended the first game of the season, which would mean the NFL opener would be without Brady and Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. As far as fantasy, if Brady misses just one game, it should effect his preseason value.
Description: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount will be suspended one game for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.
Insight: Blount and former teammate Le'Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession in November. Bell likely will see a slightly harsher punishment, as he was behind the wheel when the two were pulled over.
Description: Patriots DT Vince Wilfork will not have his option picked up by the team, according to the lineman himself, making him a free agent
Insight: The 33-year-old Wilfork has been one of the top interior linemen in the NFL during his career and was a solid run-stopper again last season. He could still help the Pats or another team in 2015.
Description: New England Patriots PK Stephen Gostkowski was slapped with the franchise tag.
Insight: This is noteworthy because he was the top point-getter among kickers in 2014. For all intents and purposes, Gostkowski will be back in New England in 2015, and he will be a top option yet again.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught six passes for 68 yards and a touchdown to help the Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX, 28-24.
Insight: Seattle held Gronkowski in check for much of the first half, and then the tight end caught a 22-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds left in the second quarter. This was Gronkowski's first Super Bowl win.
Description: Patriots running back Shane Vereen had 81 yards from scrimmage in Super Bowl XLIX.
Insight: Vereen had 11 receptions for 64 yards. Seattle's defense played pretty well, intercepting two passes, but they really didn't find a way to stop Vereen and Julian Edelman. It cost them in the end.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman could have easily won Super Bowl MVP.
Insight: No one will argue Tom Brady didn't deserve MVP, but Edelman had a tremendous performance, catching nine passes for 109 yards and a touchdown. Seattle really had no answer for New England's short passing game.
Description: Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount averaged just 2.9 yards per attempt versus the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.
Insight: Blount had 40 yards on 14 carries, which was a bit surprising based on the success the Panthers and Packers had running the ball versus the Seahawks in the playoffs. However, Tom Brady did enough through the air to win the game.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won his fourth Super Bowl and third Super Bowl MVP.
Insight: Brady was 37-of-50 for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. He rallied New England from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, leading two fourth quarter touchdown drives. Brady is now tied with Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most Super Bowls by a starting quarterback. He is also tied with Montana for the most Super Bowl MVP awards.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led New England to a victory Sunday versus Indianapolis.
Insight: Brady was on target, going 23-of-35 for 226 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. He also had three carries for 13 yards. Brady will look to win his fourth Super Bowl during his sixth appearance.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman led the team with eight catches and threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola against the Ravens on Saturday.
Insight: Edelman's first pass attempt in the NFL went for a 51-yard score to Amendola to tie the game at 28 with four and a half minutes left in the third quarter. It was a perfectly designed play as Edelman took Tom Brady's backwards pass to the left and then threw the ball down the sideline to a wide open Amendola. Edelman also had 74 receiving yards.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola picked a great time to have his best game in New England.
Insight: Amendola caught five passes for 81 yards and two touchdowns against the Ravens in the AFC Division Round. The second touchdown pass came from Julian Edelman on a trick play in the third quarter. This kind of performance is exactly what the Patriots were hoping to get from Amendola when they signed him to replace Wes Welker.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown to help lift the Patriots over the Ravens, 35-31, on Saturday.
Insight: Like most weeks, the defense had no one to stop Gronkowski, so Tom Brady threw it his way a lot in the second half. Gronkowski caught his touchdown halfway through the third quarter with New England trailing by 14 points at the time. The Patriots scored the 21 of the final 24 points to erase a 14-point deficit.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady put his team on his back and carried them to a victory in the AFC Division Round against the Ravens.
Insight: Brady threw 50 pass attempts, completing 30 of them for 367 yards and three touchdowns. He did have one costly interception at the end of the first half, which led to a Ravens touchdown, but that was the only blemish of Brady's night. The winning touchdown throw put Brady ahead of Joe Montana for the most touchdown passes in the postseason.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola had his second straight game with at least four catches.
Insight: After a season-high eight catches and 63 yards last week, Amendola had four more catches and 24 yards in Week 17, though, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman didn't play. It will be interesting to see how Amendola will be involved in the playoffs.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady played the first half, going 8-of-16 for 80 yards.
Insight: Brady and the Patriots said all week how important this game was to their team, but come Sunday, New England pretty much conceded the game. New England will still have home field advantage going to the Super Bowl.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman is inactive for Sunday's game against Buffalo.
Insight: It's a meaningless game for the Pats and they are using discretion. Rob Gronkowski is also sitting making Brandon LeFell and backup TE Tim Wright viable options for Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount (shoulder) did not play on Sunday, but was on the practice field Werdnesday.
Insight: Blount could play Sunday, but with nothing to play for the Pats are more likely to hold him out for the playoffs. Jonas Gray and Shane Vereen are the other options. Good luck trying to figure out what Coach Bill Belichick is going to do.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski did not catch a pass in the first half, but that was no big deal for Tom Brady's favorite target.
Insight: Gronkowski made some big plays in the third quarter as the Patriots outscored the Dolphins in the quarter, 24-0. Gronkowski had three catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. He is the top fantasy tight end in the league.
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray is apparently out of the doghouse.
Insight: Gray led the team with 11 carries versus the Dolphins and gained a team-high 62 yards. LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen, however, scored the rushing touchdowns, so the Patriots backfield remains a mystery.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman had seven catches for 88 yards and a touchdown in Week 15.
Insight: It is hard to predict where the Patriots or Tom Brady are going to go with the ball, but Edelman is nearly as sure a bet as Rob Gronkowski. Edelman has at least seven catches the last four games.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount gave way to Jonas Gray a bit in Week 15, but Blount did score a touchdown.
Insight: Blount had just eight carries and 17 yards while only supplying seven more yards receiving, but he avoided the fantasy dud finding the end zone on the goal line. Blount, along with every other Patriots running back, has risk invovled every week because owners just don't know who will get the ball.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for a pair of touchdowns again in Week 15.
Insight: Brady has at least two touchdown passes in 10 straight weeks, which is every game since the debacle at Kansas City. Brady was 21-of-35 with 287 yards and his only blemish was the one interception.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (thigh) was questionable for Sunday's contest against Miami, but is active.
Insight: With the Patriots notorious for listing their players as questionable, Edelman was fully expected to play and he's in the starting lineup. He will be a borderline WR2 against the a solid Dolphins' secondary.
Description: Patriots backup tight end Tim Wright was a non-factor in the game against San Diego.
Insight: Tom Brady targeted him just twice and he came up empty. Wright has gone two games without a touchdown reception and he's total dependent on getting into the end zone for his fantasy value as he has just 24 reception for 232 yards this season.
Description: Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell was targeted a solid nine times, but came up with just four receptions for 41 yards.
Insight: LaFell's yardage totals are inconsistent this season and he's dependent upon getting into the end zone to help his fantasy owners. Unfortunately, he didn't do that against San Diego, but he does have a career-high seven touchdown catches this season.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman's thigh injury was a non-factor and he posted his best numbers of the season in San Diego.
Insight: Edelman caught eight of 12 targets for 141 yards and a game-clinching 69-yard touchdown strike. He's best in PPR leagues with his 85 receptions for 884 yards and three touchdown catches this season.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady racked up 317 yards and a pair of touchdowns Sunday night against San Diego.
Insight: Brady had a bit of trouble getting his team into the end zone for most of the first half, but they did move the ball well and accumulated nice yardage statistics. Brady has silenced all of his critics and is once again one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Description: New England running back Shane Vereen (ankle) is probable for Sunday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Vereen rushed three times for six yards and caught one of two targets for 26 yards, but wasn't a major factor in last weekend's running game. LeGarrette Blount's return has significantly hurt Vereen's fantasy value.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman (thigh) missed part of Sunday's game, but did return after the injury
Insight: He caught seven balls for 48 yards. Edelman has been a solid possession receiver for the Pats with 77 receptions for 741 yards, but just a couple of scores. He's got limited fantasy value in non-PPR leagues.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing again in Week 13.
Insight: Blount rushed 10 times for 58 yards, but Brandon Bolden vultured a red zone touchdown and Shane Vereen was also involved. It's impossible to predict what Bill Belichick will do from week to week, but Blount appears to be his favorite running option.
Description: Running back LeGarrette Blount led the team in rushing during Week 12's win against the Lions.
Insight: He had 12 carries for 78 yards, making the backfield even more cloudy. Shane Vereen chipped in eight carries for 12 yards and eight catches for 48 yards, while Jonas Gray did no have a touch, after missing Friday's practice.
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray was late to Friday's practice and was not permitted to practice with the team.
Insight: Gray is coming off a great game (201 rushing yards 4 TDs), but coach Bill Belichick's zero-tolerance program could end up costing the youngster a chance in Week 12. Don't forget the team just signed LeGarrette Blount and has Shane Vereen. Gray's fantasy value in Week 12 is now a huge question mark.
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray was given a stat correction, giving him a 200-yard rushing game.
Insight: Originally, Gray was credited with 38 carries for 199 yards, but that was changed to 37 rushing attempts for 201 yards. If owners get bonus points for a 200-yard game, those owners will be very happy.
Description: Patriots wideout Julian Edelman saw a team-high eight targets against the Colts, but didn't do much with them.
Insight: He caught five for 50 yards. Part of his poor numbers might have been the Pats use of multiple tight ends as they ran the ball down the Colts throats. He also took a big first quarter hit that may have slowed him down.
Description: Patriots running back Jonas Gray was a monster in Week 11, running around and through the Colts defense for 199 yards on 38 carries and scoring an amazing four times.
Insight: Gray was obviously featured over Shane Vereen, but likely wasn't started in many leagues because of the Patriots inconsistent use of the back over the previous three games. While we can't expect this massive workload every game, a more consistent approach will allow fantasy owners to start him more often.
Description: Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell returned to mediocrity catching six for 53 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: After his 11-catch, 124-yard, one touchdown game against Chicago, fantasy owners were hoping he could repeat the effort, but he came up short. Still, he did post double-digit fantasy points in a game where he was the third or fourth option which is encouraging.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski backed up last weekend's game with another 100-yard effort.
Insight: He caught nine of 10 targets for 105 yards and a touchdown. It was his first back-to-back 100-yard games since November 2011. Back then he was the best tight end in football and he may be able to reclaim that title now.
Description: Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones' hip injury he suffered in Week 7 will cost him at least six weeks according to the Boston Herald.
Insight: The Boston Globe originally reported Jones would return in four weeks, but it now appears it will be at least six. It could be the rest of the season. Jones is a huge loss for the Patriots defense. Of New England's 18 sacks, Jones has 4 1/2 of them.
Description: Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was late for Tuesday's practice, but is not expected to miss any game time over the issue.
Insight: Revis appologized to coach Bill Belichick for oversleeping. I guess when you are the best cover corner in the NFL and your team is facing one of the toughest pair of receivers in the league (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery) a little extra rest isn't a bad thing.
Description: Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (hip) will be be out for about a month, according to The Boston Globe.
Insight: This came out of nowhere, and is a huge blow to New England. Jones has 4.5 sacks on the season, and has consistently created pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Expect the Patriots to update his status on Wednesday.
Description: Patriots receiver Danny Amendola has been a non-factor for most of the season and Thursday night was another example.
Insight: Amendola caught one pass for 19 yards and a score. He has just five catches for 42 yards this season and there is no indication that his workload is going to increase so fantasy owners can continue to ignore him unless Julian Edelman is injured.
Description: Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell caught just four balls for 55 yards Thursday night against the Jets.
Insight: The excitement of Week 6's huge game against Buffalo (4-97-2) has quickly faded, but at least he's still involved in the offense. It's just going to be hard to figure out when he's going to go big.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady managed to put up solid numbers despite running just 53 plays to the Jets 80.
Insight: Brady went 20-of-37 for 261 yards and three touchdowns and has now thrown nine touchdowns without an interception over his last three games. He appears to have righted the ship and should be a viable fantasy option from here on out.
Description: New England running back Shane Vereen was the running back to have last night as he posted 43 yards rushing and caught five passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns.
Insight: We weren't sure how things would play out with Stevan Ridley sidelined, but Vereen saw 11 of 14 running back carries and was a force in the passing game. Brandon Bolden and Jonas Gray were non-factors.
Description: Patriots rookie running back James White is healthy scratch for Thursday's game against the Jets.
Insight: Some thought he would be mixed in at running back due to the Stevan Ridley injury. However, with rainy conditions at Foxboro, New England is holding White out. Brandon Bolden is in line for more work, with Jonas Gray mixing in as well. Shane Vereen will have the best opportunity to be a RB2 moving forward.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is on the injury report for his ankle, but there is no chance he misses the Thursday night game with division rival New York.
Insight: He has six touchdowns and 653 yards over his past two games. The only thing that can slow him down is the poor weather expected in Gillette Stadium. There is a 90 percent chance of rain and 10 mph winds.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley is officially done for the season.
Insight: He tore both his ACL and MCL, and could have played his final snap with New England, as he will be a free agent after the season. With the uncertainty at running back for the Patriots, owners can target James White and Brandon Bolden on waivers, but need to realize that no tailback is a sure thing. Shane Vereen will see the most increase in playing time, making him a viable RB2, moving forward.
Description: Patriots receiver Brandon LaFell caught four passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns against the Bills in Week 6.
Insight: Tom Brady is back, so the Patriots recieving game is relevant again, but Brady is spreading the ball around so much, it is hard to predict who will score big when. Rob Gronkowski is the only viable fantasy option in the New England receiving core.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley possibly tore his ACL in New England's Week 6 win.
Insight: An MRI is scheduled for Monday, but reports have not been good. If Ridley is sidelined for the rest of the season, Shane Vereen will see an increased workload, and Brandon Bolden will see an increase in snaps as well.
Description: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has overcome the ankle injury from Friday's practice and is active for Sunday.
Insight: Brady was 23-of-35 for 295 yards, two scores and no interceptions and was in complete control in Week 5 and should be a solid option in Week 6 against the Bills who he owns with a 22-2 career record.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has been removed from the Week 6 injury report.
Insight: Gronkowski's snaps and statistics have been trending up the entire year, so this news is just further indication that the tight end is getting healthy. Gronkowski is a top-three tight end this Sunday against the Bills.
Description: Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner has been activated from the suspension list.
Insight: Browner missed the first four games of 2014 while serving a suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Although they figure to bring him along slowly at first, eventually the combination of Darrelle Revis and Browner could be one of the league's best pair of cover corners.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley dominated with 113 yards and a score on the ground.
Insight: With the Patriots building an early lead, Ridley got to be part of the action for most of the game and rewarded his fantasy owners. He's laways going to be at the mercy of the score because he's not part of the passing packages. Today, with the lead, he was fantasy worthy.
Insight: New England promoted linebacker Ja'Gared Davis from the practice squad, so Thompkins was the player chosen to go. He was a healthy scratch the last two weeks as he fell behind Brandon LaFell and Danny Amendola. Since Thompkins caught that game-winning touchdown against the Saints last season, he has done virtually nothing in his NFL career.
Description: Another ugly outing from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Insight: Brady and Patriots were never in this one and he finished a short night of work going 14-of-23 for 159 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. At this point there are better options out there.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson and fellow wide out Kenbrell Thompkins are inactive for Monday night's game against the Chiefs.
Insight: This is the second straight week Dobson is a healthy scratch. Tom Brady will have Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, and Brandon LaFell as his wide receiver targets in addition to a healthy Rob Gonkowski.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) told the Boston Herald that he doesn't "feel limited" and is ready for more responsibility.
Insight: Gronkowski saw his snaps increase again in Week 3 up to 57.5 percent of the team's snaps, but he has not caught more than four passes in a game through three weeks. The good news is the knee feels good, and he has not suffered a setback. Keep rolling with Gronkowski, and it will eventually pay off.
Description: Julian Edelman continues to be the Patriots' number one wide receiver.
Insight: Brady clearly trusts him, as he had another nice outing during Week 2 (6 catches for 81 yards and 1 touchdown). With Danny Amendola nowhere to be found, Edelman is in line for another monster year. Consider him a WR2, with even more upside in PPR leagues.
Description: New England halfback Shane Vereen was outshined by fellow back Steven Ridley during Week 2.
Insight: Another season, same story for the Patriots. Owners never know which running back is going to get the majority of the reps. Vereen managed only six carries for 40 yards and one catch for no yards on Sunday. Vereen should get back on track at home against Oakland, during Week 3. Consider him a RB2.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley was the workhorse running back for the Patriots Sunday, getting 25 rushes for 101 yards to just six carries for Shane Vereen.
Insight: The even better news is he scored a touchdown and didn't fumble the football. It appears the feature back could be different from week to week and neither Ridley or Vereen is going to be an every game RB1.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson should be a part of the offense "sooner than later" according to Erik Frenz of the Boston Globe.
Insight: Dobson was a healthy scratch Week 1 after missing a lot of training camp and the preseason with a foot injury. But with Kenbrell Thompkins and Brandon LaFell combining for just five catches, Dobson should be active in Week 2 and see targets immediately. Dobson has the biggest upside among any of the wideouts for New England.
Description: Tom Brady owners can't be happy with what they saw in Week 1 against Miami.
Insight: The Pats quarterback threw the ball 56 times for just 249 yards and was sacked four times. It's the lack of balance that should concern fantasy owners. The Patriots rushed the ball just 20 times and dropped back to pass 60 times.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) is active and will play Sunday.
Insight: We always expected Gronkowski to start against the Dolphins. He is The Sports Network's No. 3 tight end for Week 1. He might still be on a play limit, but he's going to make the important catches.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) is not active for Week 1.
Insight: The second-year receiver had surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He has the size and speed New England's other receivers lack and has a lot of upside if he can stay healthy. Kenbrell Thompkins should see more snaps.
Description: New England QB Tom Brady did not practice on Thursday due to a calf issue according to patriots.com.
Insight: The Patriots did not list Brady on the injury list on Wednesday, so that means this is a new injury. Although it will be hard to find out before Sunday the status on the injury due to Bill Belichick's lack of words, we don't expect Brady to miss Week 1.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) said he won't play every snap in Week 1, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Less than nine months after Gronk tore his ACL and MCL, we're just happy to see him back on the field. He doesn't have to play every snap to be a fantasy factor. As long as he's on the field when New England gets in the red zone he'll be a threat to post top-five tight end numbers.
Description: Patriots tight end Tim Wright caught 4-of-6 targets for 43 yards in Thursday's preseason finale against the Giants.
Insight: Wright worked with the second-team offense and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. The new Patriots tight end has enough talent to earn more playing time with the starters, but as of Week 1, he is just one of many potential targets for Tom Brady.
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) remains in a "good spot".
Insight: The Patriots acquired tight end Tim Wright on Tuesday, so many experts have begun to wonder if Gronkowski will actually be completely healthy. Schefter says the purpose of the trade was to provide depth and open up some cap space. It also gives Bill Belichick the option to return to its two tight end sets, which the team really hasn't done since Aaron Hernandez's arrest.
Description: The Patriots have acquired Tim Wright and a 2015 fourth-round pick from the Buccaneers for Logan Mankins.
Insight: The deal clears up cap space for New England and gives its offense more flexibility. Wright is light for a tight end at 220 pounds but he may be able to serve in Aaron Hernandez' old role as the move tight end. He had 54 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie. It's unnecessary to target Wright in fantasy right now but he's another guy who will see targets. The Patriots receiving hierarchy is unclear after Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time in training camp on Monday according to NESN's Doug Kyed.
Insight: Gronkowski is returning from a torn ACL and MCL he injuried last year against Cleveland in Week 14. A week ago, ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio reported the All-Pro tight end had a 50/50 chance to start Week 1. Gronkowski being cleared to perform 11-on-11 drills is obviously a good sign for the tight end, Tom Brady owners and any owner with other Patriots offensive players for that matter. Still proceed with caution though as Gronkowski has not played a full season since 2011.
Description: Patriots running back Stevan Ridley fumbled during Friday's preseason game and didn't play another snap, according to Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com.
Insight: Uh oh. Ridley lost four fumbles last season and was on the bench frequently down the stretch. It's unclear if Ridley not playing after the fumble was planned or because Bill Belichick put him in the doghouse again. It's a shame because he rushed for 45 yards on nine carries (5.0 ypc) in the game. Rookie James White has a good shot to cut into Ridley's carries this season.
Description: Patriots rookie running back James White got some first-team reps along with Shane Vereen during Wednesday's joint practice with the Eagles. SOURCE: csnne.com
Insight: Stevan Ridley got most of his reps with the second-team offense. White has reportedly had an impressive camp and could cut into Ridley's usage, especially if Ridley's fumbling issues resurface.
Description: According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a source with knowledge of the situation said that Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is 50-50 to play in Week 1. He tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14.
Insight: Gronkowski hasn't been cleared for contact yet, but when the Patriots kept him off the active/PUP list to start training camp it was thought to be a sign he would be ready for Week 1. Of course, he wasn't placed on the PUP list at the start of last season but he still missed the first six games while recovering from forearm and back surgery. He's an extremely risky pick at his current early third-round ADP.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) has been activated from the active/PUP list.
Insight: He did some work in shorts and a helmet Monday. The second-year receiver had surgery in March to repair a stress fracture in his left foot. He has the size and speed New England's other receivers lack and has a lot of upside if he can stay healthy.
Description: According to Tom Curran of csnne.com, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) participated in 7-on-7 workouts at Monday's practice for the first time during training camp.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery and says he's feeling stronger every day. He hasn't been cleared for contact yet but is still expected to be ready for Week 1. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his early third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) still doesn't have a timetable for his return to contact.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery and says he's feeling stronger every day. He should be ready to go for Week 1 of the NFL season. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his early third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: Third-year receiver Brian Tyms posted the statistical total of the night, catching five balls for 119 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Its likely an audition for another team as the Patriots are deep at the wideout position with Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola, Aaron Dobson, Kenbrell Thompkins and Josh Boyce, but the performance did get our attention.
Description: According to Ben Volin of the Boston Globe, Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski "doesn't look like someone coming off a torn ACL/MCL."He's been "firing off the line, planting hard, cutting and catching passes from (Tom) Brady."
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski (knee) has been cleared for training camp and won't be placed on the active/PUP list.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14, but he's made an impressive recovery. Fantasy owners won't have to worry about him being placed on the reserve/PUP list, which would cost him the first six games of the regular season, because he's not eligible. Gronk has missed 14 games the past two seasons and his third-round ADP makes him a high-risk, high-reward option.
Description: Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson will begin training camp on the active/PUP list, according to Field Yates of ESPN.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He should be back before the end of the preseason. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with an 11th-round ADP. No other New England receiver has Dobson's combination of size and speed.
Description: New England running Brandon Bolden may not make the Patriots 53-man roster this season, according to a Boston Globe report by Erik Frenz.
Insight: Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen figure to be the workhorses out of the backfield both running and receiving and should eat up most of departed LeGarrette Blount's 153 carries. The reporter believes James White, Roy Finch and James Develin will make the roster.
Description: According to masslive.com, "there is now optimism" that Patriots receiver Aaron Dobson (foot surgery) will be ready for the start of training camp.
Insight: Dobson had surgery on his foot this offseason and was expected to be back for minicamp, but he's taken much longer than expected. He would have had the surgery sooner but the team thought he would heal naturally. Dobson first suffered the injury in Week 12 last year, missed three games, aggravated the injury in the last regular season game and sat out until the AFC Championship. The 22-year-old has the potential to turn into New England's No. 1 receiver in his second season and he comes with a 12th-round ADP.
Description: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is expected to be ready to play in Week 1 of the NFL season, according to patriots.com.
Insight: Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL against Cleveland in Week 14. When healthy, Gronkowski is as good as any tight end in the league, but he's had at least eight surgeries in his career and missed 14 games the past two years.