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The Patriots have agreed to a 4-year, $56 million deal with EDGE Matt Judon, according to multiple reports. The deal includes $32 million guaranteed over the 1st 2 years, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Judon produced 8, 7, 9.5 and 6 sacks over 4 seasons of starter-level duty with the Ravens. He sports double-digit sack upside, but his production dipped last year vs. a 2019 high point that garnered him the 2020 franchise tag. New England's financial commitment certainly shows the Pats believe in his rush ceiling. The Patriots posted the 6th-fewest sacks and the 8th-lowest sack rate in the league last year. But they also delivered the 5th-highest pressure rate. Judon should quickly become the team's top pass rusher and might be in a better situation than New England's 2020 sack total suggests. We'll see how the rest of the edge rotation settles in around him.

The Patriots have agreed to a 4-year deal with TE Jonnu Smith, agent Drew Rosenhaus tells ESPN. The pact includes $50 million, with $31.25 million guaranteed. Smith flashed intriguing athleticism and receiving ability across 3 seasons with the Titans. He has yet to eclipse 41 receptions or reach 450 receiving yards in a season, though. Smith saw particularly odd usage with last year, garnering just 12 more targets for the season than teammate Anthony Firkser. The size of this contract suggests New England plans to feature him more as a receiver. And a roster that saw only WR Jakobi Meyers reach 50 receptions last season presents plenty of opportunity for Smith. The TE will turn just 26 this August and looks like a high-upside fantasy prospect going forward. His arrival is bad news if you were hoping for a Year 2 breakout from TE Devin Asiasi.

The Chargers have informed TE Hunter Henry that they won't be using the franchise tag on him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. That means Henry will hit the open market later this month. It also leaves Donald Parham as the apparent lead TE for the moment. Parham is a 6'8, 240-pounder with above-average athleticism. He delivered a 99th-percentile dominator rating in college and won't turn 24 until August. Parham contributed just 10 catches last season after arriving from the XFL but presents intriguing upside vs. a current ADP that places him outside the top 40 TEs in best-ball drafting. We'll see where Henry lands in what should be a loaded TE market.

Patriots DE Lawrence Guy, S Devin McCourty, LB Ja'Whaun Bentley, DT Adam Butler and CB J.C. Jackson are all active for today's finale against the Jets after entering the day questionable.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is inactive for the 2nd straight game today against the Vikings. Without Collins last week, Jahlani Tavai led the LBs in playing time at 81%, with Jarrad Davis following at 51% and Reggie Ragland 3rd at 49%. Davis led the group with 9 tackles (though just 4 of those solos). This isn't a situation worth targeting for IDP lineups.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) is active for today’s game against the Bills. It’ll be his 1st action since Week 14. WR Jakeem Grant (ankle) is inactive, leaving Mack Hollins and Lynn Bowden as Miami’s #2 and #3 WRs.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ankle) is out for Sunday's finale vs. the Jets. Sony Michel gets another game as lead back -- a role that's fed him 20 carries and 1 target over the past 2 weeks.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Vikings. After missing Week 16, he put in just a single limited practice Friday. He doesn't look like a good bet for this game. We'll check his status Sunday morning.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry (COVID) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Chiefs. TE Donald Parham ran a route on 72% of pass plays last week, catching 2 of 3 targets for 47 yards. He’s an intriguing Week 17 flier.

Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker (hamstring) and Jakeem Grant (ankle) are listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Bills. Parker has seemingly been close to playing the past 2 weeks and got in 3 limited practices this week. Expect him to play on Sunday, although it looks like he's still not at 100%. Grant reportedly suffered a high-ankle sprain last week, so he'll be at far less than 100% if he suits up.

Patriots LB Ja'Whaun Bentley (shoulder) and DE Lawrence Guy (shoulder) are inactive for tonight's game against the Bills. Questionable defenders CB Jonathan Jones (neck), CB J.C. Jackson (knee), DE John Simon (hamstring) and DT Adam Butler (shoulder) are active.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ankle) is inactive for tonight's game against the Bills. Sony Michel will continue operating as New England's lead back.

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. the Bills. He was in the same boat last week and ended up inactive. Unless you own both Harris and Sony Michel, we'd avoid the Patriots backfield in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (hamstring) is inactive for tonight's game vs. the Raiders. It's a surprise after he was seemingly trending toward playing. WR Jakeem Grant (hamstring) is active tonight and joins Lynn Bowden and Mack Hollins as Miami's top 3 WRs.

Lions LB Jamie Collins (neck) and S Jayron Kearse (hip) are inactive for today’s game against the Buccaneers. Kearse’s absence could mean a return to starter duty for Tracy Walker. Playing time for Lions LBs behind Collins lacks claruty

Patriots RB Damien Harris (ankle) has put in 2 limited practices so far this week. We’ll see what he does on Saturday and how he’s listed on the final injury report for Monday night’s game vs. the Bills. Sony Michel operated as New England’s lead back with Harris out last week.

Dolphins WRs DeVante Parker and Jakeem Grant are listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Raiders. Grant shouldn't be in your fantasy plans at less than 100%. Parker will be a risk/reward option if he ends up active. We'll find out around 6:45 pm ET on Saturday.

Lions LB Jamie Collins is questionable for Saturday's game against the Buccaneers after missing the entire practice week with a neck injury. That doesn't make him a particularly attractive IDP option, especially in what was already a lackluster scoring matchup. S Jayron Kearse (hip) is also questionable. He just joined the injury report Thursday as a limited participant, so it looks like he picked the injury in that day's workout. We'll check the status on both players Saturday afternoon.

Chargers TE Hunter Henry has been placed on the COVID list. He's out for Sunday's game against the Broncos; we'll see about Week 17. Henry's absence leaves Donald Parham as Los Angeles' lead TE -- but he'd be a desperation fantasy play. Downgrade QB Justin Herbert a bit with Henry out.

Lions LB Jamie Collins missed practice Tuesday and Wednesday with a neck injury. We'll see if he can make it back onto the field for Thursday, ahead of Saturday's clash with the Buccaneers. Considering the lackluster scoring matchup for LBs that Tampa has represented, you'd probably be best off going ahead and making alternate plans. We'll keep an eye on Collins' status.

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