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The Patriots have surprisingly released QB Cam Newton, according to multiple reports. We wouldn't have been shocked to see the team name Mac Jones its Week 1 starter, but we certainly did not foresee New England unloading Newton completely. Jones graded out among the top passers across the league in preseason, according to Pro Football Focus. His ascension should be good news for the fantasy outlooks for basically everyone in the New England offense. It signals a more traditional scheme as opposed to last year's run-heavy approach. It returns lead status near the goal line to Damien Harris and the RBs. And it should mean more -- and more accurate -- targets for all pass-catchers. We're not overly interested in Jones as a fantasy football prospect, but Jakobi Meyers, Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Nelson Agholor and James White all gain some late-round appeal. RB Damien Harris also gets a bump. Check out the updated projections for the Patriots.

Henry McKenna of Patriots Wire says it would "surprise" him if WR Jakobi Meyers doesn't lead the Patriots in receptions and receiving yards this year. "Meyers has been the best pass-catcher at training camp and in preseason," McKenna writes. "It's not even close." We'll see exactly what that means for weekly target counts in an offense that figures to remain run-heavy as long as QB Cam Newton is behind center. But we'd also bet on New England transitioning to rookie Mac Jones at some point this year. Either way, Meyers is a low-risk PPR bet well outside the top 50 at WR.

Patriots WR Jakobi Meyers has been on the field for 93% of Cam Newton's snaps through 2 games (27 of 29). His 67 receiving yards rank 2nd on the team in preseason, trailing only reserve WR candidate Kristian Wilkerson (who has just 8 more yards on 5 more receptions). Meyers' top highlight has been a 28-yard catch-and-run TD against the Eagles in Week 2. Nelson Agholor sat out the preseason opener but returned for Thursday night's game. He played just 1 fewer snap than Meyers (15-14) but drew nary a target compared with 3 for Meyers. The 2nd-year wideout looks like a high-upside late-round pick for your fantasy football draft.

Andrew Callahan of the Boston Herald this week led his list of potential "breakout" Patriots for 2021 with WR Jakobi Meyers. Callahan points to the "only" potential hurdles for Meyers being injury or "dominant summers from Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne," whom New England paid up for in free agency. "But those free-agent additions undoubtedly saw what everyone else did at OTAs and minicamp this spring: Meyers was the best receiver on the field," Callahan writes. We've certainly read other similar offseason buzz for Meyers, who claimed 28% of Patriots targets from Week 7 on last season. At WR68 in current FFPC best-ball drafting and a mid-13th round price on Underdog, Meyers at least looks worth some shots in your drafts. We'll see how things go for him and the rest of the Pats offense through training camp and preseason. Mac Jones taking over for Cam Newton at QB would also likely be good for Meyers' target volume.

NBC Sports' Tom Curran believes Jakobi Meyers will be the "most reliable and productive Patriots wideout in 2021." New England added Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne to the WR room this offseason, but Curran believes Meyers' understanding of the offense, route-running ability and reliable hands will give him the edge. It's a situation to track in training camp and preseason action, but Meyers is a nice target right now at his late ADP.

The Patriots signed WR Kendrick Bourne to a 3-year, $22.5 million contract, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Bourne spent the past 4 years in San Francisco and is coming off his best season as a pro -- but one that still amounted to just 49 catches for 667 yards and 2 scores. He might find a bit more opportunity in New England but still seems unlikely to emerge as a real fantasy asset. The Patriots have now added Bourne, WR Nelson Agholor and TE Jonnu Smith to their pass-catching corps on the 1st day of free agency. That doesn't bode well for WR Julian Edelman, who's uncertain for 2021, or WR N'Keal Harry. WR Jakobi Meyers' stock has also taken a hit today.

Patriots WR N’Keal Harry (concussion) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game vs. the Ravens. It looks like he still has work to do to clear through the protocol. Harry shouldn’t be in your Week 10 fantasy plans. WR Julian Edelman (knee) remains out, leaving Jakobi Meyers as New England’s top WR.

The Dolphins have traded WR Isaiah Ford to the Patriots, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Ford was almost exclusively a slot receiver for Miami this season. He caught 15 balls over the first 4 games but just 3 over the last 3. We'll see how Ford is deployed in New England, where Jakobi Meyers has replaced Julian Edelman in the slot, but he's not a great bet for 2020 fantasy value.

Patriots WR N'Keal Harry (concussion) is out for Sunday’s game against the Bills. With WR Julian Edelman (knee) also out, Jakobi Meyers and Damiere Byrd are left as New England’s top 2 WRs. Neither is an exciting fantasy play in a struggling passing game.

Patriots WRs Phillip Dorsett (concussion) and Mohamed Sanu (ankle) are expected to play against the Texans tonight, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Dorsett news was expected after he cleared the protocol Wednesday, but Sanu is surprising after we heard last week that he's dealing with a high-ankle sprain. Consider both guys risk/reward WR3s in tonight's plus matchup. Rookie WRs N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers are no longer fantasy options.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Cowboys. He was limited in practice all week, but we've heard nothing to suggest he’ll be limited today. WRs Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) are inactive, leaving rookies N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers as New England’s #2 and #3 WRs.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett still hadn't cleared the concussion protocol as of Saturday morning, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss. Both Dorsett and WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) are looking very iffy for tomorrow's game against the Cowboys. Their absences would mean more playing time for rookie WRs N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers -- and more targets for WR Julian Edelman, RB James White and TE Ben Watson.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett sustained a concussion on his 3rd-quarter TD against the Eagles on Sunday. It's his 1st documented concussion. We'll track Dorsett's progress through the protocol this coming week. His absence would free up snaps for rookies N'Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers.

The Patriots have traded a 2nd-round pick to the Falcons in exchange for WR Mohamed Sanu. New England tried to acquire Sanu during this spring's draft, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, so it's clearly a player the team covets. Sanu was a steady producer in Atlanta, averaging 4.2 catches and 47 yards per game over the past 3+ seasons. He played primarily in the slot for the Falcons, but we'll see how he fits into the Patriots' WR corps alongside Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon (once he's back from his knee injury), Phillip Dorsett and Jakobi Meyers. When everyone's healthy, it figures to be Edelman, Gordon and Sanu in 3-WR sets. Sanu has a brand new offense to learn, though. And note that he's going from the league's 2nd pass-heaviest offense to its 14th run-heaviest. Sanu is worth stashing in most fantasy leagues but won't be a recommended Week 8 starter. The Falcons, meanwhile, figures to roll with either Justin Hardy or Russell Gage as the #3 WR. But Sanu's departure will mostly just free up extra targets for Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Austin Hooper.

Patriots WR Josh Gordon (knee) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Giants. He was limited with this knee issue last week but wasn't on the final injury report. We've heard nothing to suggest it's a real concern, but check back around 7 pm ET tomorrow to make sure he's active. WR Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is out for Week 5, leaving rookie Jakobi Meyers as New England's #3 WR.

ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett's hamstring injury is "minor" but that he's considered "week to week." It sounds like Dorsett will miss Thursday night's game against the Giants but has a shot to be back for Week 7. Rookie Jakobi Meyers will step in as New England's #3 WR for however long Dorsett is out.

Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett suffered a hamstring injury early in Sunday's game against the Redskins and will not return. We'll look for an update on the severity of the injury. Dorsett's absence leaves rookie Jakobi Meyers as New England's #3 WR.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (chest) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Bills after a limited week of practice. His injury reportedly isn’t serious, and the New England media has seemed optimistic about his chances of playing this weekend. We’ll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. If Edelman can’t go, rookie Jakobi Meyers would step in as the Patriots’ slot receiver.

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