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  • Patriots Optimistic About Nelson Agholor, Jonnu Smith

    The free-agent signings of New England Patriots wide receiver Nelson Agholor and tight end Jonnu Smith seemed like mistakes after last season, but the Patriots are very optimistic about both Agholor and Smith this summer. The team is high on Agholor after they feel like he made a jump in the offseason thanks to some schematic changes. Agholor finished with only 37 catches (64 targets) for 473 yards and three TDs in 15 games in 2021, and the Patriots also have Jakobi Meyers, Kendrick Bourne and DeVante Parker. Smith finished with 28 catches (45 targets) for 294 yards and one score and was outshined by teammate Hunter Henry, especially in the red zone. Both players could see added opportunities in 2022 in a new offense, but they still face big obstacles for consistent real-life and fantasy production.

    Aug 5 · Source via Patriots Nelson Agholor Jonnu Smith
  • No Clear Timetable For James White

    There remains no clear timetable for New England Patriots running back James White (hip) to return after undergoing hip surgery, according to a source. It's possible that he remains on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the regular season, but the team still has several more weeks to evaluate his recovery and decide if he's ready to practice before the end of the preseason. If White starts the season on the PUP, he'd be forced to miss at least four games. The 30-year-old continues to fall on draft boards the longer he remains out, while at the same time Rhamondre Stevenson's fantasy stock continues to rise as a change-of-pace option alongside Damien Harris. Harris is the best fantasy bet, but rookie Pierre Strong Jr. could also be involved, making this backfield more frustrating from a fantasy standpoint.

    Aug 3 · Source via Patriots James White
  • Patriots' Jonathan Jones, Jabrill Peppers Return To Practice

    After letting J.C. Jackson walk in free agency, a decision consistent with offseason cornerback choices in the recent past, the Patriots will have a transition to make. But the team does return some talent at the position. One of those players made a long-awaited return to work Monday. The Patriots activated Jonathan Jones from their […]

    Aug 1 · Pro Football Rumors Patriots Jonathan Jones Jabrill Peppers
  • Patriots, P Jake Bailey Agree To Extension

    The Patriots have taken care of an important piece of business with respect to their special teams. New England is extending punter Jake Bailey on a four-year, $13.5MM contract with $6.5MM fully guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter (Twitter link).  Bailey, 25, was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract. Now, he will be on […]

    Aug 1 · Pro Football Rumors Patriots
  • Patriots WR DeVante Parker solidifying role with big plays, contested grabs

    The veteran wideout has been effective in the red zone, where he figures to be a big part of the Pats' plans.

    Jul 31 · ESPN Patriots DeVante Parker
  • DeVante Parker An Early Camp Standout

    New England Patriots wide receiver DeVante Parker had one of the plays of the day in training camp practice on Thursday, catching a back-shoulder touchdown pass from quarterback Mac Jones near the left pylon of the end zone with cornerback Jalen Mills in tight coverage. Parker has made an early statement in camp and is showing his red-zone skills with his new team. The former first-rounder had one 1,000-yard season with the Dolphins in 2019, but he played in just 10 games due to injury in 2021 and finished with a disappointing 40-515-2 line. Jakobi Meyers and Kendrick Bourne are likely to do most of the heavy lifting between the 20s, but Parker could emerge as a nice red-zone weapon for Jones in his second season. With better health, Parker should bounce back, but he'll likely be left to the waiver wire in standard 12-team leagues to begin the season.

    Jul 29 · Source via Patriots DeVante Parker
  • Rhamondre Stevenson Leaner At Training Camp

    New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson confirmed the "eye test" that he is leaner at training camp this year, down to 225 pounds (seven pounds lighter than he was in 2021). Stevenson has also been seeing more third-down repetitions early in camp practices, a sign that he'll be a big part of the team's early down mix this year alongside Damien Harris. It's worth noting that veteran pass-catching back James White (hip) is on the Physically Unable to Perform list and rookie Pierre Strong Jr. is dealing with an undisclosed injury, but regardless, Stevenson should see more chances in the passing game in 2022 after he saw just 18 targets in 12 games in his rookie campaign. It's hard to ever get too excited against a Patriots backfield in what usually becomes a committee approach, but there's a lot to like about Stevenson as an RB3/flex in fantasy.

    Jul 28 · Source via Patriots Rhamondre Stevenson
  • Rhamondre Stevenson More Comfortable In Passing Game

    New England Patriots running back Rhamondre Stevenson is becoming more comfortable in the passing game out of the backfield. "I feel more comfortable running routes and catching the football," said Stevenson. In his rookie season, he carried the ball 133 times for 606 yards and caught 14 passes for 123 yards with five total touchdowns while taking a backseat to his teammate Damien Harris. Now, the sophomore has been running with the first-team offense so far at training camp and has cut down to 225 pounds to play a more versatile role heading into his second season. With James White recovering from a hip injury suffered last season, there could be an opportunity for Stevenson to have an increased role as a pass-catcher. The 24-year-old will have to fight off Harris for playing time, but he looks like the more attractive fantasy option as of now.

    Jul 28 · Source via Patriots Rhamondre Stevenson
  • Davon Godchaux Signs Two-Year Extension

    New England Patriots defensive tackle Davon Godchaux signed a two-year, $20.8 million contract extension on Wednesday that includes $17.85 million fully guaranteed at signing, according to agents Drew Rosenhaus and Ryan Matha. The Patriots also have Christian Barmore on the interior of the defensive line, but Godchaux impressed in a starting role last year by recording 65 tackles (32 solo), one sack, five QB hits and one forced fumble in 17 games in his first year in New England. The former fifth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins in 2017 out of LSU has just four sacks in five NFL seasons, though, so he's well off the fantasy radar in IDP leagues.

    Jul 27 · Source via Patriots Christian Barmore Davon Godchaux
  • Matt Patricia Calls Plays On Wednesday

    New England Patriots offensive coach Matt Patricia called the plays for the team's offense at training camp practice on Wednesday. Players pointed out that Patricia brings all his defensive knowledge to the table and let's them see, as offensive tackle Trent Brown said, "the who, what, when, where and why" of how a defense thinks and wants to play. New England didn't officially name an offensive coordinator, but the expectation was that Patricia would be the man calling plays in 2022. Second-year quarterback Mac Jones is showing signs of maturity already, but the move from Josh McDaniels to Patricia at offensive coordinator is seen as a downgrade for the young signal-caller.

    Jul 27 · Source via Patriots Mac Jones
  • Patriots See "Dramatic" Improvement From Mac Jones

    New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones has seen "dramatic" improvements heading into his sophomore season, according to head coach Bill Belichick. Jones has focused on his diet and body, as his "offseason work has been significant," said Belichick. The former Alabama collegiate star will be supported by a pass-catching group that consists of wide receivers DeVante Parker, Jakobi Meyers, and Kendrick Bourne, as well as tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith. Jones doesn't have the rushing upside of some of the other second-year quarterbacks, but he still figures to find himself as a solid QB2 option for fantasy managers with a chance at QB1 production. The 23-year-old is worth a pick near the end of fantasy drafts in conventional formats.

    Jul 26 · Source via Patriots Mac Jones
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