Andy Hart of the Patriots' website calls WR Eric Decker "far from a lock to make the roster," adding that "the veteran still doesn't seem comfortable." Of course, you can still take a late shot on Decker in fantasy football drafts this weekend if you'd like, in a WR corps that will miss Julian Edelman for the 1st 4 weeks. But Phillip Dorsett and Cordarrelle Patterson are better bets to make the final roster if you're looking for a late upside pick.
Patriots WR Cordarrelle Patterson has drawn raves from multiple beat writers early in training camp. Mass Live's Andrew Callahan wrote Thursday that it's been "The Cordarrelle Patterson Show" so far. "He's made contested catches at every level of the field and carried the ball with the first-team offense," Callahan adds. The Patriots' WR corps is wide open behind Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman, who's suspended for the first 4 games of the season. Patterson hasn't clicked as a WR through 5 NFL seasons but still has theoretical upside thanks to his supreme athleticism. We'll be keeping a close eye on him this preseason.
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 on Sunday traded a 5th-round pick to the Raiders for WR Cordarrelle Patterson and a 6th-rounder. This looks like a special-teams move. New England already retained WR Kenny Britt as part of a crowded WR corps, and Patterson has achieved little as a wideout with the Vikings and Raiders. Don't expect him to become a fantasy factor in 2018.
The Raiders have signed WR Cordarrelle Patterson to a 2-year deal. A mega-bust former 1st-rounder, Patterson failed to reach 500 yards or 5 TDs in any of his 4 seasons in Minnesota. He actually set a career high with 52 catches this past year, but they amounted to just 453 yards (8.7 YPC) and 2 TDs. Now he joins a Raiders squad that saw WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree hog 46.5% of the targets last season. Patterson will battle for the #3 WR gig with Seth Robert, who garnered just 12.9% of the targets (77 total) in 2016. Patterson is unlikely to come into fantasy value in Oakland, outside of return-yardage leagues.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer's status for Thursday night's game against the Cowboys is "uncertain" after he underwent emergency eye surgery on the Wednesday, the team announced. It's certainly not an ideal scenario for a team that's topped 20 points in just 1 of its last 6 games. WR Stefon Diggs and TE Kyle Rudolph should be the only Vikings on your Week 13 radar.
Update: Zimmer will miss the game.
Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Lions. Adam Thielen, Cordarrelle Patterson and Laquon Treadwell expected to serve as Vikings' top 3 WRs. Thielen is the best fantasy bet and on the lower-end WR3 radar.
ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that Vikings WR Stefon Diggs (knee) is "unlikely" to play against the Lions on Thanksgiving. With Diggs sidelined back in Week 5, Adam Thielen (92% snap rate, 8 targets), Cordarrelle Patterson (61%, 6 targets) and Jarius Wright (59%, 4 targets) served as Minnesota's top 3 WRs. Thielen and Patterson are on the WR4 radar this week vs. a burnable Lions secondary.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion) is active for tonight’s matchup with Chicago. Patterson has emerged over his last 2 games, snagging 11 of 13 targets for 106 yards and 2 scores.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson (concussion) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Bears. He returned to a limited practice on Saturday, so he's making progress through the league's protocol. We might not know his official status until 7 pm ET on Monday, though. He needs to be on fantasy benches.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson missed Thursday's practice with a concussion. It's the 1st we've heard of it, but it has Patterson iffy for Monday night's game against the Bears. We'll have another update tomorrow.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson injured his hip in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Texans. He's questionable to return. Patterson had 3 catches for 30 yards before exiting.
Update: Patterson returned for the 2nd half.
Vikings HC Mike Zimmer said Wednesday that if Cordarrelle Patterson is going to develop into a starting WR, "this is the year he has to do it." The 2013 1st-round pick has been trending in the wrong direction, with his catches sinking from 45 to 33 to 2. "I don't know if it's gonna happen," Zimmer added. "I hope it does for our sake." Minnesota isn't counting on Patterson emerging and fantasy owners shouldn't be either. There is at least opportunity in an unproven WR corps that includes Stefon Diggs, Jarius Wright and Charles Johnson.
Vikings WR Jarius Wright will open training camp as the team's slot receiver. “The best things that Jarius did were when he was in the slot,” HC Mike Zimmer said. “We keep working him outside, but we know he has big value for us in the slot as well.” Wright ran just 23.5% of his routes from the slot last season but hauled in 8 of 10 targets for 130 yards. He's been incredibly efficient no matter where he's lined up over the past 3 years, posting a 63.8% catch rate and 14.8 yards per reception. Still, Wright will be tough to trust in fantasy lineups as the 3rd or 4th pass-catching option in an offense that will funnel through RB Adrian Peterson. The other takeaway here is that WR Cordarrelle Patterson is sitting 4th on the depth chart. He won't be a fantasy factor as long as he's in that role.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson will head to training camp 4th on the depth chart, per insider Ben Goessling. Charles Johnson and Mike Wallace are essentially locked into the 2 outside spots, and Jarius Wright is the favorite for slot duties. That'd leave Patterson in more of a gadget role -- which might make the most sense for the Vikings but wouldn't do much for fantasy owners. Patterson's skill set makes him worth monitoring closely this summer, but he'll need to climb the depth chart in order to be more than a late-round flier.
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