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 forecast for today's Browns-Patriots game calls for a 100% chance of rain, with heavy rainfall at times possible. The wind will be at just 7-14 mph, so that shouldn't have a major impact. But this will be a wet one. We've made some slight adjustments to our projections for this game.
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 Phillip Dorsett (hamstring) is active for tonight's game against the Jets. He should slide in as New England's #2 WR with Josh Gordon out, although there's elevated risk here as Dorsett comes off the hamstring injury.
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.
WR Phillip Dorsett has re-signed with the Patriots on a 1-year deal. The former 1st-rounder evolved into a short-range target in New England last season, hauling in 76.2% of his targets but averaging just 9.1 yards per catch. He has a shot to take on a bigger role in 2019 with Chris Hogan a free agent and Cordarrelle Patterson off to Chicago. But we'd bet on the Pats making some additions to their WR room.
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.
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.
Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett (knee) was limited in practice all week and is questionable for this weekend’s game against the Texans. He’s not a fantasy option with Danny Amendola expected back.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) returned to practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to play against the Texans this weekend. WR Phillip Dorsett (knee) was also on the field Wednesday. We'll get another update on both guys tomorrow.
Patriots WR Phillip Dorsett injured his knee in the 2nd half of Sunday's game against the Saints. He's officially questionable to return, but we doubt we see him back out there with New England nursing a big lead. We'll see what kind of update we get from the team after the game.
Patriots WR Danny Amendola (concussion, knee) has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Saints. He didn’t practice all week and could be looking at a multi-game absence. Phillip Dorsett will step in as New England’s #3 WR but is an extreme fantasy flier. Expect Amendola’s targets to go to Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan, Rob Gronkowski, James White and Rex Burkhead.
The Colts on Saturday traded disappointing WR Phillip Dorsett to the Patriots for 3rd-string QB Jacoby Brissett. Dorsett caught just 51 passes through 2 seasons in Indy after arriving as a late 1st-round pick. Brissett just finished throwing 4 TD passes in New England's preseason finale. The move could signal significant worry that QB Andrew Luck will miss multiple games as he works back from offseason shoulder surgery. Dorsett's a poor bet to make a fantasy impact in 2017, though he could see some early targets if WR Malcolm Mitchell remains hobbled.
Chester Rogers has worked as the Colts' #3 WR in the team's last 2 training-camp practices, according to the Indianapolis Star's Zak Keefer. That's ahead of Phillip Dorsett and Kamar Aiken. Kevin Bowen of the Colts' official website wrote back in June that Rogers was a candidate for this role -- but it's starting to look like he's the favorite for it. Rogers went undrafted last year out of Grambling State, where he never topped 735 yards or 6 TDs in a season. He tested as a 62nd percentile athlete, though, and averaged 14.4 yards on his 19 catches last year. We just bumped Rogers up the WR rankings.
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