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 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.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson didn't play a single offensive snap in the 1st half of Sunday's game against the Panthers. He played a few in the 2nd but finished catch-less on 1 target. Patterson missed some practice time this week to attend a family member's funeral. He's also dealing with minor knee and foot injuries. But his lack of production is the biggest reason for his dwindling playing time. "He continues to deal with things," is all HC Mike Zimmer would offer. Patterson obviously isn't a fantasy option for the rest of 2014 and has a long ways to go if he wants to break out next season.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson says his injured hip was bothering him in Sunday's loss the Lions. "I don’t feel like I’m 100 percent. I should be next week," he said afterward. "Just keep getting treatment, just keep grinding in treatment and do what it takes." Patterson suffered the injury in Minnesota's previous game against the Packers. But he practiced all 3 days this week, including a full workout on Friday, and was listed as probable. Patterson managed just 2 catches for 15 yards -- plus 1 carry for 2 yards -- against the Lions. He hasn't scored or topped 56 yards since the opener. Patterson is best off on fantasy benches until we see signs of life.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson injured his hip making his 2nd catch in Thursday night's blowout loss to the Packers. He stayed on the field for the next play but then left the game for good. Patterson said afterward that he could have finished the game if the outcome was still in doubt. He should be fine for Week 6 against the Lions. Patterson is getting tougher and tougher to trust in fantasy lineups, though. He's totaled just 156 scoreless yards in his last 4 games.
Vikings WR Cordarrelle Patterson popped up on this week’s injury report with a back issue. But he practiced all week and is listed as probable. Patterson will make his NFL debut Sunday against the Lions. We’re excited to see how the Vikes use the electrifying rookie, but he’s not a fantasy option right now.
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