Shark Bites

The Patriots on Wednesday agreed to a 3-year deal to keep RB Rex Burkhead on the roster, NFL Network reports. Burkhead finished top-20 in points per game among RBs in PPR scoring last season. Dion Lewis has left town, and Mike Gillislee looks like less of a factor than anyone expected heading into 2017. We'll see if New England adds any other significant backfield pieces, but Burkhead looks like a solid RB2 in fantasy football drafts at the moment.

Browns WR Josh Gordon has signed his 1-year tender, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. The contract is reportedly worth the league minimum, $790,000. As an exclusive-rights free agent, though, Gordon didn't have much choice. We'll see if he can make it through the offseason without off-field issues. If he does, Gordon will have an opportunity to re-prove it in 2018 and hit the open in 2019.

Browns HC Hue Jackson is happy with WR Josh Gordon's offseason so far. “Josh has been great. Josh has been outstanding,” Jackson said from the Combine. “He’s having a really good offseason. Obviously, he’s got to continue to do so and continue to do the right things, but I truly believe that Josh Gordon is going to have a great year for us.” The goal for Gordon at this point in the year is to stay out of trouble off the field. He flashed in his 5-game cameo last season, posting lines of 4-85, 3-69-1 and 4-115. He'll be a high-upside fantasy pick in 2018 drafts if the next few months go smoothly.

The Patriots expect WR Julian Edelman to be ready in time for training camp this summer, according to the Boston Herald. Edelman tore his right ACL in August, timing that seemed unlikely to threaten his 2018 readiness all along. We'll certainly keep tabs on him as the coming season approaches. Edelman's a potentially strong value in early best-ball fantasy football drafts.

Josh McDaniels will not accept the Colts' HC job and instead stay on as the Patriots' OC, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The decision obviously blindsided the Colts, who announced the hiring of McDaniels earlier today and had a press conference scheduled for tomorrow. Per Schefter, the Pats "sweetened" McDaniels' contract -- but McDaniels also had reservations about moving his family from New England. The decision is sure to fuel speculation that HC Bill Belichick is about to step down, but Schefter is adamant that that's not the case. McDaniels' return as OC is good news for QB Tom Brady and the rest of the Pats offense. We'll see who the Colts hire as Plan B.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (right hand) put in a limited workout Thursday, when New England had it's 1st practice ahead of the Super Bowl. The QB also had his stitches out this week and seemed to have no trouble getting through the conference-championship win over the Jaguars. There should be no reason for injury concern here.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. He still has yet to put in a full practice since returning from his knee sprain, but New England clearly has a role in mind for him in the AFC Championship game. RB Mike Gillislee (knee) is inactive after entering the day questionable. Having Burkhead back in the lineup threatens the goal-line role for RB Dion Lewis, but Lewis still figures to easily lead the backfield in touches.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) is active for today's game against the Jaguars. Multiple reports had him throwing the ball well in Friday's practice, so use Brady as you normally would in fantasy football lineups today.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Jaguars after a limited week of practice. With all the hubbub about QB Tom Brady’s injury, we haven’t heard anything about Burkhead’s status. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport did report back on Monday that Burkhead is expected to play. We’ll find out for sure around 1:30 pm ET on Sunday.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (hand) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC Championship against the Jaguars. He returned to a limited practice on Friday, although it’s entirely unclear how much he did. Brady was allowed to speak to the media afterward but stopped short of guaranteeing that he’ll play this weekend. Of course, the Pats haven’t told us anything about the injury. Brady was reportedly injured in a collision with a teammate during Wednesday’s practice. NBC Sports Boston’s Mike Felger hears that Brady received 4 stitches for a cut around 1 of his knuckles. We’d be shocked if he didn’t start Sunday’s game, but how big an issue the injury will be is anyone’s guess.

Patriots QB Tom Brady (thumb) didn't practice on Thursday, according to the team's official injury report. He was spotted on the field for warmups with a glove on that injured throwing hand. We don't know much more about the injury at this point, but we'd be shocked if Brady didn't play against the Jaguars this weekend. Check back tomorrow for another update.

The Boston Herald's Karen Guregian reports that Patriots QB Tom Brady "jammed" his throwing hand when he ran into a teammate during Wednesday's practice. X-rays on the hand revealed no structural damage, per Guregian. Colleague Jeff Howe hears that Brady will play against the Jaguars on Sunday, "barring an unexpected setback." We'll continue to keep a close eye on this one.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) remained limited on Wednesday. He was limited all last week before missing the Titans game. Burkhead is reportedly expected back for Sunday's AFC Championship, but it'd be nice to see him get in a full workout on Thursday or Friday.

Patriots QB Tom Brady was listed as limited in Wednesday's practice with a right (throwing) hand injury. He didn't meet with the media afterward because he was with the team's medical staff. It's possible that he was injured during practice today. We'll look for further updates.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is expected back for Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Jaguars, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Burkhead was limited in practice last week and was close to playing on Saturday night vs. Tennessee, Rapoport adds. New England got 181 total yards and 2 TDs from RBs Dion Lewis and James White in the win over the Titans but will certainly welcome back Burkhead's versatile skill set.

Patriots RBs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee are inactive for tonight's game against the Titans with their knee injuries. RB James White (ankle) is active and figures to play in passing situations behind Dion Lewis.

Patriots RB James White (ankle) is expected to return for tonight’s game against the Titans. He’s officially questionable. If active, White would carry nice PPR appeal against a defense Football Outsiders rates 7th vs. the run and 32nd in RB pass coverage

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Patriots RB Rex Burkhead and RB Mike Gillislee aren’t expected to play tonight against the Titans. Both backs enter the day questionable. Their absences would help the fantasy outlooks for Dion Lewis and James White, who is expected to return

Patriots RB James White (ankle) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Titans after a limited week of practice. He told insider Jeff Howe on Thursday afternoon that he's healthy enough to play. We'll find out for sure 90 minutes before kickoff. White could play an expanded role vs. a Tennessee defense that finished the regular season dead last in Football Outsiders' RB coverage rankings.

Patriots RB Rex Burkhead (knee) is listed as questionable for Saturday night's game against the Titans. After noticeably favoring his injured leg on Wednesday, Burkhead "made some nice progress" on Thursday, according to insider Jeff Howe. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET on Saturday. He'll be a risk/reward fantasy play if active. Dion Lewis remains the best fantasy bet in New England's backfield.

 
 
 

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