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The Patriots made UCLA’s Devin Asiasi the 2nd TE off the board, moving up to take him with the 91st overall pick. Asiasi started his college career at Michigan before transferring to UCLA after his freshman season. He caught just 6 balls in his 1st year with the Bruins before breaking out for 44 receptions, 641 yards and 4 scores this past year. Asiasi averaged a big 14.6 yards per catch and ranked top 6 among 18 of the class’ best TE prospects in both yards per route run and Pro Football Focus receiving grade. The 6’3, 257-pounder is tough to tackle and is also considered a solid blocker. Asiasi joins a wide-open TE corps in New England alongside Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo. We wouldn’t bank on a major 2020 fantasy impact, but Asiasi is an intriguing dynasty stash.

The Patriots picked up Michigan EDGE Josh Uche in Round 2 of the NFL Draft. Uche posted limited production in college, with 7 and 7.5 sacks in his final 2 seasons and 18.5 total tackles for loss over that span. But his impressive tape left many evaluators wondering why the Wolverines didn't get him on the field more. Uche shows nice play strength for a guy who measured in at just 6'1 and 245 pounds at the Combine. That profile likely means he'll settle for a LB designation in fantasy, which would ding Uche's IDP upside. He's at least in the right place for getting deployed properly.

The Patriots are signing WR Marqise Lee to a 1-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lee has appeared in just 6 games and totaled only 4 targets over the past 2 years because of knee trouble. That began with the August 2018 ACL tear. He joins a limited crew of receivers in New England, but we wouldn't bet on Lee cracking the top 3 -- if he even makes the regular-season roster.

The Jaguars have released WR Marqise Lee. The 2014 2nd-rounder posted 63-851-3 and 56-702-3 lines in 2016 and 2017, respectively, but has appeared in just 6 games over the past 2 seasons due to knee trouble. He'll turn 29 this November. We'll see where Lee lands next, but he's unlikely to be a 2020 fantasy factor. The Jags, meanwhile, move forward with WRs D.J. Chark, Dede Westbrook and Chris Conley atop the depth chart. They'll likely add at least 1 rookie to the mix later this week.

The Patriots have signed QB Brian Hoyer to a 1-year, $2 million deal. The 34-year-old made 1 start for the Colts last season, completing just 46% of his passes for 204 yards, 1 TD and 3 INTs in a loss to the Dolphins. Hoyer does have experience with New England, playing there for his first 3 NFL seasons and then again in 2017 and 2018. We imagine the Patriots would like to see 2019 4th-rounder Jarrett Stidham win the starting job, but Hoyer will be around as insurance. New England could also still add a rookie QB to the mix.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman had his shoulder surgery last week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. A previous report said the procedure would repair a separated AC joint in Edelman's left shoulder. The rehab isn't expected to be lengthy, per Schefter, and Edelman is expected to be ready for the start of the offseason program. He also reportedly needs knee surgery this offseason. We'll keep an eye on that.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman will undergo surgeries on his left shoulder and left knee this offseason, according to the Boston Herald. The shoulder surgery will repair a separated AC joint; the knee will be scoped to remove a loose body. Neither procedure should have a big impact on Edelman's offseason. But they're 2 more bullet points to add to the 33-year-old's lengthy injury history. Edelman also dealt with a rib cartilage injury throughout most of the 2019 campaign -- but actually played all 16 regular-season games for just the 3rd time in his career.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) says his health is on the rise heading into Saturday night's Wild Card game against the Titans. “I feel better than I have in the last few weeks, and I feel good enough to go out and compete at a high level," he said. Edelman struggled down the stretch, totaling just 18 targets, 10 catches and 107 scoreless yards over his last 3 games. It's worth noting, though, that he's been a monster in the playoffs, averaging 8.2 catches and 103 yards across his last 13 games.

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Patriots RB Sony Michel (illness) is active for today’s game against the Dolphins. He was added to the injury report on Saturday, but we’ve heard nothing about him being limited today. Michel boasts plenty of upside with the Pats big 17-point home favorites.

Patriots RB Sony Michel was added to the injury report on Saturday as questionable with an illness. We'll get his official game status by noon ET today. If active, Michel will be worth sticking with in an ideal matchup at home for the Dolphins' 25th-ranked RB defense.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman left in the 3rd quarter against the Bills for concussion testing. He collided head first with a Buffalo defender while running a route and left shortly thereafter. We'll watch to see if he makes it back. Jakobi Meyers appears to be picking up extra snaps in Edelman's absence.

Update: Edelman returned in the 4th quarter.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is active for today's game against the Bills. He was never in danger of missing this one. But Edelman was limited in practice all week and won't be at 100% today. Consider him more of a WR2 in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Bills. He's fully expected to play, but that knee injury is a real concern. Edelman played just 62% of the offensive snaps and finished with 2 catches for 9 yards last week. Downgrade him to lower-end WR2 status for Week 16.

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Patriots WR Julian Edelman (knee, shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Bengals. He’s not at 100% but remains a strong fantasy play. Edelman has tallied 10+ targets and 5+ catches in 8 straight games.

Patriots WR Julian Edelman is "optimistic" about playing through knee and shoulder issues against the Bengals today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, but he adds that "the team wants to see [Edelman] work out in the AM to be sure." As long as Edelman is active for the game, he should be in most fantasy football lineups.

The Patriots expect WR Julian Edelman (shoulder) and WR Mohamed Sanu (ankle) to play through their "questionable" tags against the Chiefs today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Play them in fantasy as you normally would.

Patriots WRs Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) are active for tonight’s game against the Texans. Dorsett should be a full-go after clearing the protocol on Wednesday. Sanu comes with a bit more risk, although he did put in 3 limited practices this week.

Patriots WRs Mohamed Sanu (ankle) and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) are listed as questionable for Sunday night’s game against the Texans. Both guys were limited in practice all week. Sanu is reportedly dealing with a high-ankle sprain, so consider him no better than 50/50 for this one. Dorsett said Wednesday that he cleared the concussion protocol, but the fact that he remained limited all week is slightly concerning. We’ll look for updates on both guys Sunday morning.

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.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Patriots WR Mohamed Sanu's injured ankle has "improved rapidly," giving him a "slim chance" to play against the Cowboys today. Rapoport adds that Sanu would be "extremely limited" if he ends up active. Avoid him in Week 12 fantasy lineups.

 
 
 

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