The Patriots released WR Kenny Britt. He struggled to shake a hamstring injury in camp and missed the first 2 preseason games. New England is left with Phillip Dorsett, Eric Decker and Cordarrelle Patterson behind Chris Hogan. Julian Edelman, of course, is suspended for the first 4 games.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe projected New England's 53-man roster Monday and did not include Kenny Britt among the WRs. Volin projects Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett, Eric Decker and Cordarrelle Patterson making the roster, with Julian Edelman opening the year on suspension and Riley McCarron going to the practice squad. Britt has yet to practice in training camp because of a hamstring injury. "If Britt can't get on the field soon, his time with the Patriots might end swiftly," Volin writes. This is just 1 writer's opinion, of course, but we have to weigh all these opinions from regular observers of the team this time of year -- especially when deciding how to treat murky situations such as New England's WR corps in our fantasy football drafts. For now, Britt's a risky late-round option in any format. If he does get the boot, there's no guarantee he catches on elsewhere. Among the 3 new veterans listed, Patterson is probably the best bet to stick because of his value in the return game.
The Patriots have signed WR Eric Decker. The 31-year-old is clearly past his prime, averaging just 10.4 yards per catch in Tennessee last year. But he was still a reliable possession receiver, hauling in 65.1% of his targets. He finished a decent 48th among 116 WRs in Pro Football Focus' 2017 receiving grades. "Decent" is all Decker needs to be to have a shot at early-season fantasy value in New England. He'll compete with Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson for snaps behind Chris Hogan while Julian Edelman serves his 4-game suspension.
The Patriots have released WR Jordan Matthews. That didn't take long. After reportedly impressing in spring workouts, Matthews suffered a significant hamstring injury in Sunday's camp practice. We'll see if and when he resurfaces, but he's obviously off the redraft radar now. New England is left with Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett, Cordarrelle Patterson and rookie Braxton Berrios behind Chris Hogan and the suspended Julian Edelman. Malcolm Mitchell remains sidelined with his knee issue.
Update: New England ended up placing Matthews (hamstring) on IR. He'll likely end up being released with an injury settlement.
Patriots WR Jordan Matthews is dealing with what NFL Network's Ian Rapoport calls a "significant" hamstring injury. Matthews went down in practice on Sunday and hasn't been back on the field since. He had been considered the favorite to step in during Julian Edelman's 4-game suspension, but this injury throws a wrench in those plans. We've heard positive buzz on WRs Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson early in camp. And New England has shown some interest in free-agent WR Eric Decker. This remain a wide-open situation that we'll be monitoring closely.
Patriots WR Julian Edelman is facing a 4-game suspension for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Edelman has appealed the ban, so we'll see if it gets reduced. But fantasy owners should now be drafting as if he'll miss the first 4 games of the season. Edelman is returning from last August's torn ACL but had averaged 9.6 targets per game over the previous 3 seasons. So this is a big opportunity opening up in an offense that's finished top 12 in passing yards in an incredible 16 straight years. WR Chris Hogan is a good bet to serve as New England's #1 WR during Edelman's suspension. Jordan Matthews, Malcolm Mitchell, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson will battle for snaps behind Hogan.
The Patriots have exercised their 2018 option on WR Kenny Britt's contract. He's set to earn $1.5 million this year -- but none of that is guaranteed. It basically lets New England see what Britt can offer this offseason at no risk. He was a colossal flop in Cleveland last year but is also just a couple of seasons removed from a 1,000-yard campaign with the Rams.
The Patriots have signed WR Kenny Britt, who was dumped by the Browns last week. It's a 2-year deal, which makes it a more interesting move. Britt is a long shot to hold any fantasy value the rest of this season, but he'll be worth monitoring closely in the offseason. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, New England was in on Britt when he was a free agent this offseason but was priced out by the Browns' offer. Britt, of course, was a colossal flop in Cleveland. But he's also just a year removed from a 1,000-yard season with the Rams. He turns 30 next September.
The Browns are releasing WR Kenny Britt, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We actually forgot he was still on the roster. Britt totaled 18 receptions in 9 games as a Brown. We'll see where the 29-year-old lands next.
Browns WR Kenny Britt (groin) is active for today’s game against the Titans. It’s unclear where he stands on the depth chart now after disappointing in the first 4 games and then missing the last 2. Britt shouldn’t be in Week 7 fantasy lineups.
Browns WR Kenny Britt (groin) is questionable for Sunday’s game against the Titans after a limited week of practice. If he plays, he might find himself buried on the depth chart. Britt isn’t a Week 7 fantasy option.
Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Texans after a limited week of practice. He shouldn’t be in your Week 6 fantasy plans, but his absence would boost WR Ricardo Louis’ target projection.
Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) got back on the practice field Wednesday. That puts him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Texans -- if the Browns want him. Britt might be buried on the depth chart and isn't a Week 6 fantasy option.
Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) is inactive for today’s game against the Jets. Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins will serve as Cleveland’s top 2 WRs. Louis is the preferred fantasy play but isn’t more than a WR4 flier.
Browns WR Kenny Britt (knee, groin) is doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Jets. HC Hue Jackson suggested earlier this week that he was basically looking for a reason to bench Britt, and this is it. His absence leaves Ricardo Louis and Rashard Higgins as Cleveland’s top 2 WRs.
Browns WR Kenny Britt missed his 2nd straight practice on Thursday with knee and groin injuries. He's been arguably the worst WR in the league through 4 games, and these injuries won't help. Britt shouldn't be in Week 5 fantasy lineups.
The Browns have placed WR Corey Coleman (hand) on IR, knocking him out for at least the next 8 weeks. He's only worth stashing in dynasty/keeper leagues and deep redrafts. Coleman's absence leaves Rashard Higgins, Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis as Cleveland's top 3 WRs.